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Week 12


Craig Greenough clanged off fifteen dolls (5-5-5) for Garsington Sports ‘A’ but it was all in vain as they lost at home to New Club ‘A’ 3-0 and leaves Garsington languishing at the foot of the table. New Club set the opening leg with 23 and in reply Garsignton left anchor man Greenough needing all six to tie. He gave it a good try but fell one short. New Club took the second leg 32-26 and finally made it a full house in the final leg chasing a set of 29 they hit 32. Jimmy Kent (4-6-3) and Adie Shepherd (4-5-4) both hit thirteen for The New Club.
Yarnton British Legion fell further behind in Section One after suffering a 3-0 loss at The Gladiators. After a close opening winning leg 19-18 Gladiators stepped it up and won the next two legs quite comfortably 27-23, 31-26. Kevin Baker was top dog for The Glad’s with a ‘Bakers’ dozen, (3-4-6).
Black Prince ‘A’ grabbed a point at Premier leaders Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington but it quite easily could have been all three. The Bells set a paltry fifteen in the first leg and in reply The Prince hit 29. The next leg was tied 22-22 with the Bells winning it on three sticks. The final and deciding leg Prince set with 24 and it was the Bells anchor man Dick Walsh who came to their rescue hitting the four dolls needed to win the leg by the odd doll. Ian Grant top scored for The Prince with thirteen dolls (6-2-5).

Section 2 remains the tightest in the league with only four points separating the top five. Leaders Rose Hill Club ‘A’ crashed away at Kennington Social Club 2-1 for whom Steve Walton was back to his best with fourteen dolls (4-6-4). It started of well for Rose Hill as they won the first leg 22-18 but lost the next by the tightest of margins 21-22. The final leg went the same way Kennington winning it 23-22 and sent Rose Hill down to fourth spot.
Red Lion ‘B’ Eynsham took full advantage and moved to level top after a tight 3-0 home win over Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington. The first two legs were tied 18-18 & 23-23 with the Lion Eynsham winning them both on three sticks 10-9. The final leg was a bit easier for Eynsham winning it 24-19.
Ampleforth ‘B’ defeated Florence Park Club ‘A’ 2-1 despite Keith Bull hitting thirteen dolls (6-5-2) for the club men. The Amp stormed the first leg 28-23 but Florence Park pulled back level in the next leg 23-19. The Ampleforth secured victory in the final leg by one doll 19-18 and move level top.
Vikings Sports ‘B’ almost pulled of a shock at The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ after winning the first leg 18-19. However that was to be their only success as they only just lost the second leg on three sticks after it was tied 17-17 and lost the third leg by a margin 21-13.

The Crown Chalgrove are still top of section 3 but are struggling to find form at the moment. Visitors The Griffin came away with a well deserved 2-1 win and the damage was done in the first two legs. Griffin won the opener 18-16 and then set 20 in the next leg. In reply The Crown crashed to a low score of nine. They recovered well in the final leg hitting three times as much with 27 to the Griffins 19.
Dave Mathews was in fine form as he whipped off thirteen dolls (5-5-3) to lead The Queens Head to a 2-1 win over visitors Masons Arms ‘B’ in the leg scores of 21-14, 28-14, 17-24.

In Section 4 Brill Sports Club ‘A’ and Donnington Club ‘A’ both scored the same number of dolls (45-45) but it was Donnington who just scrapped a victory in a very close game. Brill won the first leg 16-15, with Donnington levelling in the next leg on three sticks after it was tied 14-14. Donnington set and won the final leg 16-15.
A good team effort from Rose Hill Club ‘B’ saw them take maximum points at home to The George. Tony Eles and Ray Winfield led the way with eleven dolls apiece (4-4-3) in the leg scores of 18-9, 18-17, 20-17.

New Club ‘B’ extended their lead at the top of Section 5 by beating their closest rivals Red Lion ‘A’ Marston 3-0, however the game was a lot closer than the score line reflects. New Club set and won the first leg 18-17 and was then set 21 in the next leg. In reply the club men left anchor man James Gilding needing four to win, which he successfully managed to snatch the leg by the odd doll. They wrapped up maximum points in the final leg 24-15. Gilding hit thirteen dolls (4-4-5).
Littlemore British Legion won their second game of the season against Green Road Club ‘B’ but remain at the foot of the table. Ian Bowler was in fine form with thirteen dolls (4-4-5) for the Legion. While Tracy Denton hit ten dolls for Green Road Club and remains top doll scorer for the section.

In Section 8 Original Swan ‘A’ scored more dolls than their hosts Red Lion ‘B’ Kidlington (43-39) but it could not prevent them going down to a 2-1 defeat and put a dent in their title ambitions. Swan went one up in the first leg 16-8 but lost the next on three sticks after it was tied 15-15. Red Lion wrapped up victory in the final leg 16-12. Steve Ledwell hit ten dolls (5-2-3) for The Swan.

In Section 9 Golden Ball ‘B’ lost their unbeaten record to The Kite 3-0 as they produced their poorest showing of the season. Kite took advantage winning all three legs 10-7, 15-8, 13-12. Adi Vendome top scored with nine dolls (2-4-3).

C.Greenough Garsington Sports \\\\\\\'A\\\\\\\' 15
S.Walton Kennington Club 14
K.Baker Gladiators 13
A.Shepherd New Club \\\\\\\'A\\\\\\\' 13
J.Kent New Club \\\\\\\'A\\\\\\\' 13
I.Grant Black Prince \\\\\\\'A\\\\\\\' 13
K.Bull Florence Park \\\\\\\'A\\\\\\\' 13
D.Mathews Queens Head 13
J.Gilding New Club \\\\\\\'B\\\\\\\' 13

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