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Week 9 Report

At the halfway stage of the season no team is running away with their section. Three Pigeons shocked Premier leaders The Black Prince by coming away with all three points in a very close game. Pigeons set and won the opening leg quite comfortably 24-17. Despite a six from Mick Foreman Black Prince could only set 23 in the next leg. After a steady reply Pigeons left anchor man Neil Lyon four to win and he did not disappoint clanging off the dolls needed to win the leg. Final and deciding leg Pigeons could only set a misery 21 which should have been a formality for The Prince. However they struggled and the best they could do was tie the leg and send it to three sticks. Pigeons turned the tables and put the Prince in, and they set a healthy 14. Pigeons matched that to send it to a one stick shoot out. Pigeons decided to set and hit an impressive six, which was more than enough to win them the leg and complete the whitewash. Neil Lyon was top dog with thirteen dolls (5-4-4).
Paul Sawyer was in superb form again for The Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington as he clanged fifteen dolls (6-5-4) in their 3-0 win away at The Woodman. Bells set all three legs and won the opener 29-23. The second leg was won on three sticks after it was tied 26-26. Bells completed the whitewash in the final leg 29-24.
The George ‘A’ good run came to an end as Gladiators ‘A’ came from behind to win 2-1. Glad’s could only muster up a set of 18 in the first leg, which The George just passed with 21. George then set 27 in the next leg, A good team performance saw the Glad’s hit 31 in return to level the game. George set in the deciding leg again with 27 but The Glad’s were up for the challenge and also hit 27 in return , and then won the three stick shoot out to complete the turnaround.
Section One leaders The Swan ‘B’ lost at home to Garsington Sports ‘A’ 2-1. They started off well winning the first leg at a canter 29-21. Garsington immediately hit back in the next leg winning with ease 27-18. Garsington then set in the third leg and it was not looking good as they only had thirteen on the board with two players still to throw. However a maximum six from Ken Maunder and five from Trevor Greenaway gave them a respectable total of 24, which turned out to be the difference as Swan fell two short in reply with 22. Ken Maunder top scored with thirteen dolls (4-3-6).
Chequers ‘C’ keep up their record of wining every third game when they defeated The Swan ‘A’ 2-1. A six from Geoff Townsend guided the Chequers to a 26-22 win in the opening leg. Next leg Chequers set 23 and in reply Swan left anchor man Keith Powell needing all six to tie the leg. He gave it a good go but fell one short. Swan grabbed a point in the final leg 24-22. Geoff Townsend (6-3-4) and Keith Powell (3-5-5) top scored for The Chequers & Swan respectively.

Donnington Club ‘A’ move into second spot in Section 2 after a 3-0 win at Gladiators ‘B’. A good all round team performance and thirteen dolls from Steve Walton (5-4-4) saw Donnington win all three legs 24-11, 23-22, 24-15.
Simon Jones bagged himself a six in his thirteen doll haul (6-3-4) as he led Queens Head ‘A’ 2-1 win at home Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton in the leg scores of 24-23, 19-23, 21-19.
There was an exciting third leg between Six Bells ‘D’ Kidlington and Tiddington Cricket Club. With the score one a piece The Cricket Club set 18 in the final leg. Bells matched that and then the three stick shoot out was tied before Tiddington won it on one stick 4-1.

Donnington Club ‘C’ hit top spot for the first time this season in Section 3 thanks to a 3-0 win at home to Ampleforth Arms ‘A'. They won the first two legs 21-15, 23-20 and the final leg by the smallest of margins 16-15.
Littlemore British Legion ‘A’ won their second game of the season beating Masons Arms ‘A’ 15-13, 17-14, 15-26. Jim Gaul for The Masons hit a rare six in his ten dolls.
Red Lion ‘A’ Marston title hope took a dent as they crashed to a 2-1 loss to Vikings Sports ‘A’. It was all over after the first two legs which Vikings won 17-15, 19-15. Lion hit back well in the final leg 21-16 to take a point.

Section 5 leaders The Swan ‘C’ had a disastrous start against Masons Arms ‘B’ when they could only set six in the opening leg. Masons tripling the score with 18 in return. Swan hit back well to win the next two legs 17-13, 18-11.
Dave Simms was in great form as he hit a baker’s dozen 4-5-4) to guide The Blackbird to a 3-0 home win against Florence Park Club ‘B’ 15-13, 17-14, 17-15.
Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton had a dramatic crash as they lost at home to The Cricketers. It started off well winning the first leg 18-12. Cricketers levelled in the next leg on three sticks after it was tied 17-17. Cricketers set 16 in the deciding leg and in reply Lion whimpered to a score of 5.
Ian Turner was top form clanging off thirteen dolls (3-4-6) for Vikings Sports ‘C in their 3-0 win against a seven man White Hart ‘A’ Wolvercote in the scores of 14-12, 17-3, 20-5.

In Section 6 Steve Tooke was in great steady form as hit three fives in his fifteen dolls to lead The Catherine Wheel ‘A’ to a 3-0 maximum win at Marston British Legion. They won all three legs quite comfortable 19-13, 18-11, 17-10.
Cowley Workers had a nightmare start at Prince Of Wales losing the opening leg 13-9, however they composed themselves and won the next two legs 16-14, 18-11.
North Oxford Con Club continues to seek their first win of the season and they were desperately unlucky at Vikings Sports ‘D’. They lost the first leg on three sticks after it was tied 16-16, lost the second leg 19-10 but won the last leg 15-12.

In Section 7 Bletchingdon Sports put themselves back in the hunt after they defeated previous leaders The Tandem 2-1, 14-8, 12-12, 12-14, the second leg on three sticks,

SIXERS : Lu. Purcell (The George ‘A’) K.Maunder (Garsington Sports ‘A’) J.Gaul (Masons Arms ‘A’) I.Turner (Vikings Sports ‘C’)
M.Foreman (Black Prince) G.Townsend (Chequers ‘C’) P.Sawyer (Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington) S.Jones (Queens ‘A’)
R.Barson (Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton)

BLOBBERS: P.Nesbitt (Black Horse ‘A’) K.Finlay (The Tandem)

15: S.Tooke (Catherine Wheel ‘B’) P.Sawyer (Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington)
13: K.Maunder (Garsington Sports ‘A’) S.Walton (Donnington Club ‘A’) D.Simms (The Blackbird) I.Turner (Vikings Sports ‘C’)
N.Lyon (Three Pigeons) G.Townsend (Chequers ‘C’) K.Powell (The Swan ‘A’) S.Jones (Queens ‘A’)

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