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Week 6 Report

After losing their opening three games of the season The George ‘A’ have turned it around and recorded their third win on the bounce, beating The Swan ‘A’ 2-1. Chasing an opening set of 26 proved to be no problem for The George as they hit 29 in return. They then banged in another score of 29 in the next leg which The Swan couldn’t get close and ended up with 24. In the final leg The Swan turned on the style and set a massive 32 which destroyed the George as they could only hit 23 in reply. Jon Townsend (5-3-6) and Lee Thompson (5-4-5) were in top form for The Swan with fourteen dolls apiece.
The top two clashed in the Premier Section and it was title holders Gladiators ‘A’ that came out on top at title contenders The Black Prince. Gladiators set a formidable 29 in the opening leg which was too much for The Prince as they fell five short with 24. Black Prince then set an impressive 28 in the next leg and despite a good start in return Gladiators faltered and ended up with 25. Final and deciding leg Prince set with 25 however Gladiators flew pass that with another score of 29. Andy Beal (2-6-5) & Barry Townsend (5-4-4) top scored for The Glad’s with thirteen, while Steve McAteer (5-4-4) and Rob Bradford (3-5-5) did likewise for The Prince.
Paul Townsend was in superb form as he clanged off fifteen dolls (5-4-6) for The Three Pigeons away at The Chequers ‘C’ but it was to no avail as they lost 2-1. Chequers set every leg and with a three doll advantage they set 26 in the opening leg. Pigeons matched that but lost out on the three stick shoot out. then set 28 in the next leg and in return some erratic scoring saw them fall three short. Final leg a set of 21 was not enough to complete the whitewash as Pigeons hit twenty tow in return to claim a well-deserved point.
The Woodman have their anchor man Mark Rollins to thank as they overcame Garsington Sports ‘A’ in a very close contest as they just edged it 2-1. Woodman set and won the first leg 25-20 and then were set 29 in the next leg by Garsington. After a steady reply they slightly wavered and left Rollins needing all six to tie the leg. He was up to the challenge and whipped off all six to send it to three sticks, however Garsington won that 13-7 to level the game. Garsington set in the deciding leg but struggled and could only muster up a score of nineteen. What should have been a formality for The Woodman they made it difficult for themselves and left anchor man Rollins needing three to win, and once again he came up with the goods to hit the three needed to win the leg by the odd doll.
The Swan ‘B’ top Section One after coming from behind to beat The Six Bells ‘E at home 2-1. Bells set a challenging 30 in the first leg which The Swan could not get close and ended up with 21. Bells could then could only set 21 in the next leg and it was not enough as Swan hit 23 in return. Swan then set twenty four in the final leg and it was just enough as Bells came up one short in return with twenty three.

In Section 2 The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ unbeaten run came to an end as they lost at The Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington 2-1. Bullnose set twenty in the first leg and in return The Bells had a disastrous start as they could only muster up six from their first four player. They rallied at the end but it was not enough as they fell one short with nineteen. Bells regrouped to set and win the next two legs 24-21, 24-21. Steve Ward was in dazzling form as he clanged off fourteen dolls (5-5-4) for The Bells.
Black Horse ‘B’ thought they would claim their first victory of the season after they won the opening leg away at Queens ‘B’ 21-20, however that was to be their only success as Queens hit back to win the next two legs 24-17, 19-17.
Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton scored two more dolls then their hosts Florence Park ‘A’ but still lost out 2-1 in a close encounter. Lion won the first leg 19-15 with Florence Park levelling in the next leg 21-20. The final and deciding leg Lion set twenty one which was not quite enough as the club man’s anchor man Nick Chapman whipped off the three dolls needed to win it by the odd doll with twenty two.

In Section 3 Six Bells ‘B’ Kidlington stopped a run of three consecutive losses by beating Littlemore British Legion ‘A’ 3-0. They sneaked the first leg by the tightest of margins 15-14 and then went to take maximum points in the next two legs 20-18, 18-13.

Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington unbeaten run in Section 4 came crashing down at Donnington Club ‘B’ as they lost all three legs 16-12, 20-16, 18-12.
Green Road Club got off to the perfect start at home to The George ‘B’ winning the first leg 20-18, but it all went downhill from there as George rallied to win the next two legs 19-15,17-13 and move them up to second spot.

In Section 5 the clash between Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton and Democrats Club ‘A’ the first two legs could not have been tighter as Red Lion claimed them by the odd doll 13-12, 13-12. Lion completed the wipe-out in the final leg 18-16. Paul Kilcoyne (3-3-4) Red Lion and Pete Stroud (2-4-4) Democrats top scored with ten apiece.
After losing their opening game of the season The Swan ‘C’ have now gone on an five match unbeaten run after defeating Vikings Sports ‘C’ 3-0 at home in the scores of 18-15, 16-15, 17-11.
The White Hart ‘A’ Wolvercote are still seeking the taste of victory after they fell to their sixth successive defeat this time at home to Masons Arms ‘B’ 3-0. Joe Bandrowski was in top form for The Masons with a baker’s dozen (4-4-5) as they won all three legs 16-12, 12-10, 19-11.
Cricketers Arms Cowley crashed to their first defeat of the season at The Blackbird 3-0. They easily lost the first two legs 12-18, 8-16 however Cricketers rallied in the final leg but still lost out 14-13.

The top two clashed in Section 6 and it was Vikings ‘D’ that came out on top at home to Cowley Workers. With the game nicely poised at 1-1 in the final leg Vikings set fourteen and in reply Workers left anchor man Eamon Hanlon needing just two to win, however he managed to blob out and hand victory to the Vikings who move level top with the Workers.

In Section 7 Black Horse ‘A’ and Red Lion Cassington both hit the same number of dolls but it was hosts Black Horse that secured the win. Black Horse won the opening leg by the odd doll 15-14 and then set and won the second leg by the same score. Red Lion then set fifteen in the final leg and it was enough to earn them a point as Black Horse fell two short with thirteen.
Marston British Legion A came through a sticky first two legs against Gladiators ‘D’ winning them both by the odd doll 12-11, 15-14. Glad’s fought back in the final leg 15-13. Derrick Lancaster with eleven dolls (4-3-4) was top dog for the Legion.

Catherine Wheel ‘A’ could only muster up a score of nine in the opening leg against Gladiators ‘C’ but it was enough as the Glad’s could only hit five in reply. Wheel improved immensely in the next leg 21-8 and completed the whitewash in the final leg 14-7.

SIXERS : A.Beal (Gladiators ‘A’) M.Rollins (The Woodman) P.Townsend (Three Pigeons) R.Townsend (Six Bells ‘E’) Lu. Purcell (The George ‘A’)
L.Thompson, J.Townsend (The Swan ‘A’) N.Chapman (Florence Park Club ‘A’)

BLOBBERS: D.Nelms (Cricketers Arms) R.Trafford (North Oxford Con Club) M.Smith (Bletchingdon Sports Club) A.Varney (Northway Club ‘B’)
R.Plowman (White Hart A) F.Delaney, C.Gibbs (Democrats Club ‘B’) P.Kirton (Original Swan)

15: P.Townsend (Three Pigeons)
14: L.Thompson, J.Townsend (The Swan ‘A’) Lu. Purcell (The George ‘A’)
13: A.Beal, B.Townsend (Gladiators ‘A’) G.Glenister , M.Rollins (The Woodman) S.McAteer, R.Bradford (Black Prince) J.Bandrowski (Masons ‘B’)

Back Row: Binney Casey, Den Butler, Kevin Giles, Jason Weller, Barry Townsend, John Horton
Front Row: Chris Jenkins, Kevin Baker, Andy Beal


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