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Week 7 Report

What a difference good weather makes to Aunt Sally.
Ray Grant was in magnificent form as he clanged off sixteen dolls (5-6-5) for The Woodman at The George ‘A’ but it was all in vain as they lost 2-1. Woodman set the opening leg with 28, and in reply The George scored well and left anchor man Kevin Stuart needing four to win and he did not disappoint, clanging off the four to win the leg with 29. The next leg was tied 26-26 with The George winning it on three sticks. Final leg Woodman banged in an impressive 32 and George gave it a good go in reply but fell three short with 29. Neil Pratley (5-4-5) and Charlie Buckingham (4-5-5) both threw well for The Woodman with fourteen dolls. Luke Purcell was top dog for The George with thirteen (4-5-4).
Section One Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington shocked Premier holders The Gladiators ‘A’ by beating them 3-0. Despite having a two doll handicap advantage the victory was well deserved. The Bells set 24 in the first leg and The Glad’s were on line to go past that but a dramatic collapse towards the end left them two short with 24. The next leg Bells set 29 which was more than enough as The Glad’s could only hit 22 in reply. The final leg was a lot closer with the Bells setting 31. Gladiators gave it a good attempt in reply but just fell short by one doll with 30. Lee Hazell for The Bells was in great form hitting fifteen dolls (5-5-5).
There was some fantastic throwing in the game between Three Pigeons and Garsington Sports Club ‘A’ which was like reverting back to the old days. Garsington set the opening leg with a massive 34 which included two sixes. Pigeons replied with a notable 27. Pigeons then set the next leg and banged in an imposing 33 which Garsington found too much and collapsed to a score of 17 in return. The final and deciding leg Garsington set with 30 which was enough to give them the leg and game as Pigeons hit 25 in return. Trevor Greenaway for the Sportsmen hit fourteen dolls (6-5-3) as did Eddie Edwards (5-5-4) for The Pigeons.
Black Prince opened up a six point gap at the top of the Premier Section after they came away from The Chequers ‘C’ with all three points. Chequers set the first leg with 27 which The Prince found no problem and had gone past that with seven players to end up with 33. Prince then completed the whitewash in the next two legs 26-20, 27-17. Rob Bradford (6-4-4) Darren Grant (4-6-3) and Phil Austin (4-5-4) all starred for The Prince.
The two Swan teams from Eynsham clashed and it was the B team that came out on top 2-1. The A team took an early lead winning the first leg 29-24, but that was to be their only success of the night as the B team hit back to win the next two legs 29-27, 22-19. John Greenaway was top dog for the B team with a baker’s dozen (5-5-3) while Jon Townsend did likewise for the A team (4-5-4).

In Section 2, Chris Webb (Gladiators ‘B’ ) and Pete Rampton (Six Bells ‘D’) were both in terrific form as they clanged of fifteen dolls (5-5-5) a piece in The Gladiators ‘B’ 2-1 win at home. First leg went to the Glad’s 22-19 with the Bells setting the next leg with 21. In reply Glad’s left anchor man Webb six to tie, and despite a gallant effort, fell one short with five. The final leg Bells set twenty two, and this time Webb was left needing four to win. He went one better and clanged off five to give a total of twenty four and with it the game.
The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ showed off their title credentials as they came from behind to beat Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton 2-1. Lion won the opening leg 23-17 and then set 26 in the next leg. Bullnose hit back with 28 to level the game and then won the deciding leg 24-20 to complete the turnaround.
Donnington Club ‘A’ move to second spot after a comfortable 3-0 win against Florence Park ‘A’ 19-14, 20-17, 22-13.
Black Horse ‘B’ finally got a win under their belts when they beat Tiddington Cricket Club on their own patch. It was all over after the first two legs Black Horse winning them both 17-14, 20-19. Cricket Club batted back to win the last leg 26-22. Pip Goulding was top dog for Tiddington with thirteen dolls (2-5-6).

Section 3 Table toppers The Ampleforth Arms ‘A’ were denied a clean sweep at The Queens Head ‘A’ after a final three stick shot out. The Amp went two up winning both legs 20-16, 25-19 and then set 23 in the final leg. A five from the Queens anchor man Dean Fitzgerald tied the leg and they then went on to win the three sticker to grab a point themselves.
Donnington Club ‘C’ are just a point a drift after they came from behind to beat Rose Hill Club 2-1 in the leg scores of 12-14, 21-16, 16-14.
Previous leaders Red Lion Marston ‘A’ crashed away at The Masons Arms ‘A’ losing all three legs 15-15 (on three sticks) 22-16, 23-17.

In Section 4 Cricketers Littleworth upset title contenders Six Bells A Kidlington by beating them 2-1 in a close contest, with both teams hitting the same number of dolls. Bells set and won the opening leg 17-15 and were then set 17 by The Cricketers in the next leg, but fell one doll short in reply to end up with 16. Cricketers then set fifteen in the final leg and once again Bells came up one short with fourteen to hand victory to the Cricketers.
Bullnose Morris ‘B’ scored more dolls than their visitors Vikings Sports ‘B’ but still managed to lose the game in a very close encounter. Vikings won the first leg 13-12 and then went two up in the next leg 21-20. Bullnose hit back in the final leg thanks to a first ever maximum six from Sam Macer to win the leg 22-18.

The Swan ‘C’ top section 5 after coming away from Florence Park Club ‘B’ with all three points, although it was much closer than the result reflects. Swan won the opener 15-12, the second leg on a three stick shootout after it was tied 15-15. Swan then wrapped up the maximum win in the final leg 16-14.

Prince Of Wales rule the roost in Section 6 after beating Marston British Legion ‘A’ 2-1 in the scores of 13-9, 14-17, 18-17.
Glyn Millard was the hero for Vikings Sports D away at Littlemore British Legion ‘B’. with the game nicely poised at one leg each Legion set 17 in the final leg. In reply Vikings left anchor man Millard needing all six to win,

The two unbeaten teams in Section 7 The Tandem & Chequers ‘B’ clashed and it was The Tandem who remain unbeaten with a 2-1 win. The Tandem took the opening leg on three sticks after it was tied 15-15. The Chequers quickly bounced back and levelled in the next leg 22-10. Tandem won the decider 13-11. Andy Hutton with ten dolls (4-3-3) top scored for The Tandem.

SIXERS : R.Grant (The Woodman) T.Greenaway, K.Maunder (Garsington Sports ‘A’) P.Goulding (Tiddington Cricket Club) S.Macer (Bullnose B)
R.Bradford, D. Grant (Black Prince) G.Millard (Vikings Sports ‘D’)

BLOBBERS: F.Delaney (Democrats Club ‘B’) M.Leigh (Golden Ball B) R.Chambers (Gladiators ‘C) R.Plowman (White Hart ‘A’)
D.Floyd (North Oxford con club)

16: R.Grant (The Woodman)
15: L.Hazell (Six Bells ‘E’) C.Webb (Gladiators ‘B’)P.Rampton (Six Bells 'D'Kidlington)
14: C.Buckingham, N.Pratley (The Woodman) T.Greenaway (Garsington Sports ‘A’) E.Edwards (Three Pigeons) R.Bradford (Black Prince)
13: Lu.Purcell (The George ‘A’) P.Goulding (Tiddington Cricket club) J.Townsend (The Swan ‘A’) J.Greenaway (The Swan ‘B’)
P.Austin, D.Grant (Black Prince


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