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Week 3 Report

Black Prince made it nine leg wins out of nine after they defeated Garsington Sports ‘A’ away. They comfortably won the opening leg 27-18 but had to rely on a three stick shoot out to win the second leg after it was tied 26-26. Chasing a set of 23 in the final leg Black Prince went two better hitting 25 to give them maximum points for the third week running. Steve McAteer top scored for Black Prince with fourteen dolls (6-4-4) while Garsington’s Darren Cox had another excellent week with fifteen dolls (5-5-5).
The Chequers ‘C’ got their first win under their belt after they beat The Woodman at home 2-1. With a three doll handicap in each leg they were set only 18 in the first leg. A six apiece from Roger Alder and Dave Green saw them flash past that with 28. Woodman set the next leg with 25 but again The Chequers beat that with ease hitting 30 in reply. Woodman won the final leg 25-20. Dave Green with 14 dolls (6-5-3) and Roger Alder with thirteen dolls (6-4-3) starred for The Chequers.
With a two doll handicap and a good all round team performance saw The Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington get maximum points at home to The Swan ‘A’. They set and won the opening leg 27-26 and then turned on the style winning the next two legs 26-19, 28-24. Ray Townsend was top dog for The Bells with fourteen dolls (5-4-5) team mate Lee Hazell chipped in with a baker’s dozen (6-3-4).
The Gladiators ‘A’ whitewashed The Three Pigeons 3-0 in a mixed night of weather. The first leg and half played in the dry the rest played in spitting rain. The Glad’s set and won the first leg 29-25 and then were set 24 in the next leg. Some mixed throwing left anchor man Kevin Giles needing four to win and he did not disappoint clanging off the four dolls with a stick to spare. Glad’s completed the whitewash in the final leg 27-22.Kevin Baker for The Gladiators top scored with 14 dolls.
Simon King with fourteen dolls (5-4-5) led the Swan ‘B’ to a straightforward 3-0 victory at home to The George ‘A’. They won all three legs 25-20, 21-20, 27-22.

In Section 2 Florence Park Club ‘A’ won their first game of the season by beating a strong Garsington Sports ‘B’ team. It didn’t look good after the first leg when chasing a set of 20 they could only muster up a reply of 15. They upped their game in the next two legs winning them both 23-17, 24-22. Roger Goodall’s fourteen dolls (5-3-6) for Garsington was to no avail. Martyn Boulton hit his best score for over two seasons when he clanged off thirteen dolls (4-5-4) for Florence Park.
The first two legs were very tight between Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton and Donnington Club ‘A’. Only one doll separated them as Red Lion won them both 23-22, 22-21. The final leg was a bit of an anti-climax as The Lion won it at a canter 22-14.
The Bullnose ‘A’ had to fight hard for their 2-1 victory at Tiddington Cricket Club. They only set 17 in the first leg which should have been a formality for Tiddington but they struggled all the way through the team and ended up with a paltry 12 in reply. Tiddington responded well in the next leg and set 20. Bullnose left anchor man Graham Hambridge all six to win in reply and he almost achieved it but fell short by one doll with five to send it to three sticks. Tiddington winning it to level the scores. Final and deciding leg Bullnose set with a respectable 25 which proved too much for Tiddington as they crashed to 15 in reply.
Local derby between the two Kidlington sides Black Horse ‘B’ and Six Bells D’ saw the Bells win 2-1. Black Horse took first blood winning the first leg 21-14, Bells levelling in the next leg 22-18. Bells then set 19 in the deciding leg and after some mixture of throwing in return Black Horse left anchor man Lee Anderson needing all six to tie. He almost pulled it off but fell one short with five to give the Bells victory.

Ampleforth Arms ‘A’ lead Section 3 after a straightforward 3-0 win over Six Bells B Kidlington. They secured the first two legs 22-16, 18-13 and then were set 21 in the final leg. The Amp turned on the style and banged in a reply of 27 to complete the maximum win.
The Chequers ‘A’ attained their first win of the season while inflicting the first defeat for Red Lion Marston in the 2-1 scoreline. Chequers set the opening leg with 15, and in reply Red Lion left anchor man Steve Brandon one to win. Unfortunately he blobbed out to send it to a three stick shoot out. Chequers set 14 in the three stick which was more than enough to earn them the leg. Red Lion hit back in the next leg winning it 17-14 but a set of 18 in the final leg by The Chequers secured them the leg as Lion only hit 15 in return.

Alan Middleton clanged off a six in his first leg for Green Road Club at The Bullnose ‘B’ in Section 4 but then followed that up with a blob in the second leg, before finishing off with a three in the final leg. Bullnose winning 2-1 in the leg scores of 14-16, 21-13, 15-8.

In Section 5 Masons Arms ‘B’ got off to a poor start at home to Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton when they could only muster up a set of 10 in the opening leg in which The Lion hit 16 in return. Masons set 16 in the second leg and in reply Lion’s anchor man Ron Squires whipped off the four dolls needed to tie the leg but the Masons went on to win the leg in the three sticks. Masons then completed the comeback in the final leg 20-13.
Ian Turner hit a rare six for Vikings Sports ‘C’ to spearhead them to a 2-1 home win against Florence Park ‘B’ in the leg scores of 12-15, 21-15, 15-13.

North Oxford Con Club is finding life tough in Section 6 as they crashed to a 3-0 win at home to Cowley Workers Club. It was no wonder really as three of their players blobbed out and they failed to hit double figures in any of the legs losing them all 17-7, 13-8, 12-7.
The clash between the two British Legions saw Marston B come out on top away at Littlemore B 2-1. Leg scores being 16-13, 11-16, 12-15.

In Section 7 Harry Jenkins had complete mixed fortunes for The Chequers ‘B’ away at Marston British Legion A. The first leg Jenkins hit 1 as they won the leg 23-11. He then blobbed out in the next leg which Marston won 12-11. In the final leg Jenkins whipped off all six as The Chequers won the leg and game 20-12.
Bletchington Sports Club had a disastrous start away at The Gladiators ‘D’ hitting only four in reply to The Glad’s set of ten. They improved in the next leg but still lost by the smallest of margins 14-13. A set of eight in the final leg gave the Sportsmen a chance and they took it with both hands with a reply of nine to grab a point.

The Catherine Wheel ‘A’ hit double figures in all three legs away at The White Hart Wytham in Section 8 winning all three legs 12-5, 12-7, 12-9.

SIXERS : L.Hazell (Six Bells E) R.Alder, D.Green (Chequers’ C’) R.Goodall (Garsington Sports ‘B’) I.Turner (Vikings Sports ‘C’) A.Middleton (Green Road Club)
H.Jenkins (Chequers ‘B’) S.McAteer, R.Bradford (Black Prince) L.Purcell (The George ‘A’) D.Simms (Ampleforth Arms ‘A’)

BLOBBERS: P.Rivers (Democrats Club ‘A’) R.Trafford, A.Griffiths, D.Floyd (North Oxford Con Club) B.Allsworth (Northway Club ‘B’)
P.Soanes (Bletchingdon Sports Club) F.Delaney (Democrats Club ‘B’) B.Garry, C.Bracey (Headington Con Club) N.Rea (Cricketers Littleworth)
W.Beavan (Northway Club 'C') K.Dighton (The Tandem)

15: D.Cox (Garsington Sports ‘A’)
14: R.Townsend (Six Bells E) D.Green (Chequers ‘C’) R.Goodall (Garsington Sports ‘B’) S.King (Swan ‘B’) S.McAteer (Black Prince)K.Baker (Gladiators 'A')
13: L.Hazell (Six Bells E) D.Edwards (Three Pigeons) J.Horton (Gladiators ‘A’) R.Alder (Chequers ‘C’) M.Boulton (Florence Park ‘A’) L.Anderson (Black Horse ‘B’)

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