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Week 10 Report

Garsington Sports ‘A’ continue to push to become Premier Section winners for the first time when they came away from The Chequers ‘C’ with maximum points. Barry Ruffels led the way with thirteen dolls (5-3-5) as they won all three legs 29-26, 27-22, 23-21. Top doll scorer Geoff Townsend was in magnificent form again for The Chequers with fourteen dolls (5-4-5).
Six Bells ‘E’ lead Section One by one point after a fine 2-1 win at The George ‘A’ and in turn dented their title ambitions. Six Bells raced to a 2-0 lead winning the first two legs 28-25, 27-25. George came back well to claim the final leg 26-20. Lee Hazell was top dog for The Bells with thirteen dolls (5-4-4).
Premier holders Gladiators ‘A’ season continues to be topsy turvy after they crashed to a 2-1 defeat at The Woodman. It started of tremendously well for The Glad’s winning the opening leg 32-23. However it went all downhill from there as they lost the next two legs 26-23, 26-19 to give The Woodman an unexpected win.
Three Pigeons mini revival continue as they beat The Swan ‘A’ 2-1 on their own patch, 26-24, 24-23, 23-29.
Premier leaders The Black Prince got back to winning ways with a 2-1 low scoring win over The Swan ‘B’. Prince set and won the opening leg 22-17. The Swan hit straight back to win the next leg 23-21. Final and deciding leg Prince set and won easily 28-20.

In Section 2 Steve Ward for The Six Bells ‘D’ Kidlington was in tremendous form as he clanged off fourteen dolls (3-5-6) to become level top doll scorer but it was all in vain as they lost at home to Florence Park Club ‘A’ 2-1. With the game nicely poised at a leg each Florence Park set 26 in the final leg which proved to be too strong for The Bells who replied with 19. Scott Thompson was in good form for the club men hitting a baker’s dozen (5-3-5).
Steve Wyatt hit his best score for over eight years when he clanged off thirteen dolls (5-5-3) to help Garsington Sports ‘B’ beat Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton 2-1. It started of well for The Lion winning the first leg 26-20. Garsington Sports hit back well to win the next two legs 22-19, 20-18. Dave Beehan hit a rare six in his eleven dolls for The Lion.
Steve Walton bagged himself a six in his fourteen doll haul (6-4-4) for Donnington Club ‘A’ in their 3-0 win at home to Tiddington Cricket club. Donnington won the first leg 21-16 and then were set 19 in the next leg. In reply Donnington left anchor man Walton four to win and he did not disappoint clanging off the four needed with a stick to spare. Donnington completed the whitewash in the final leg 19-10.

Section 3 leaders Donnington Club ‘C’ almost came unstuck against strugglers Six Bells ‘B’ when they had to rely on a three stick shoot out to win the opening leg after it was tied 19-19. Donnington then went on to win the next two legs 17-14, 22-15 to maintain a one point lead at the top.
Vikings Sports ‘A’ will be kicking themselves after dropping a silly point at The Masons Arms ‘A’. They set and won the first leg easily 18-12 and in the second leg were set 17. In return Vikings could only muster up a reply of nine. They redeemed themselves in the final leg when chasing a set of 19 they hit 22 in reply to win the leg and game.
Queens Head’s Craig Disley could only hit a 2 & 1 in his first two throws at home to Rose Hill but excelled in the final leg when he whipped off a six as they won all three legs 20-18, 15-15 (on three sticks) 27-14.

Vikings Sports ‘B’ opened up a four point lead in Section 4 after hard fought battle against Donnington Club ‘B’ winning it 2-1, in the leg scores of 15-13, 15-18, 22-14.
The George ‘B’ lost ground when they lost to The Bullnose Morris ‘B’ 2-1. Highlight of the night though was Darren Walker for The George who had a mixed bag of throwing. He hit one in the first leg then a maximum six in the next but then followed that up with a blob in the last. Bullnose winning the first leg 19-17, George levelling in the next leg 20-17 and The Bullnose winning the decider 15-10.
It was very tight between The New Club & Red Lion ‘B’ Marston after the first two legs were tied 17-17, 13-13. Lion winning them both, the first on one stick and the second on three sticks. The final leg was almost as tight with The New Club winning it 17-16.

The top two clashed in Section 5 and it leaders Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton that came out on top against visitors The Swan ‘C’. With both teams sharing the first two legs 16-14, 12-14 Red Lion set the final leg with 15. After a good start the Swan faltered and was left agonisly short by one doll to end up with 14 and hand the Lion victory.
Florence Park ‘B’ shocked title chasers The Cricketers by beating them 2-1. Damage was all done in the first two legs 13-12, 20-14. Cricketers salvaged a point in the final leg 16-11.

Steve Buckle was in excellent form as he whipped off thirteen dolls (5-5-3) for The Blackbird against Masons Arms ‘B’ and put them back in the title hunt. It was a comfortable win for The Blackbird winning all three legs 19-10, 21-9, 17-15.
White Hart ‘A’ Wolvercote recorded their second win of the season when they beat a seven man Democrats Club ‘A, despite Richard Plowman failing to hit the doll all night to even things up. White Hart won all three legs 14-10, 16-12, 12-10.

In Section 6 Cowley Workers title hope took a knock back when they lost away at Marston British Legion ‘B’ 2-1. Chasing a set of only 11 in the opening leg, Workers fell one short with 10 in reply. A set of 17 in the second leg by The Legion was too much for The Workers and they fell three short with 14. They did at least get themselves a point in the final leg 19-13.
Catherine Wheel ‘B’ scored five more dolls than their hosts Prince Of Wales but still managed to lose 2-1. They won the first leg at a canter 19-12 and just lost the next two legs by the smallest of margins 15-16, 13-14.

Bletchingdon Sports Club put themselves back in with a chance of the Section 7 title by beating leaders Chequers ‘B 2-1. Peter Woodward (5-2-4) and Wayne Woodward (3-4-4) led the way for Bletchngdon in the scores of 15-11, 16-17, 16-12.
Marston British Legion’A’ had a nightmare start at Red Lion Cassington when they lost the opening leg 16-5. They then completely turned the game on its head in the next two legs by winning them 13-10, 13-11.
The Tandem scrapped through at home to The Black Horse ‘A’ 2-1. They set and won the first leg 11-10, lost the next 11-15 but won the decider 10-9.
Clive Walsh (4-3-3) and Nick Edmonds Snr (4-2-4) both hit double figures and steered The Gladiators ‘D’ to a maximum win at home to Northway Club ‘B’. They won all three legs 13-7, 11-10, 14-8.

In Section 8 Donnington Club ‘D’ remain the only unbeaten team in the league when they whitewashed White Hart ‘B’ 3-0 winning all three legs 14-5, 13-9, 12-10.

SIXERS : D.Green (Chequers ‘C’) S.Ward (Six Bells ‘D’) C.Disley (Queens Head ‘A’) S.Walton (Donnington Club ‘A’) D.Walker (George 'B')

BLOBBERS: H.Parsons (Masons Arms ‘A’) R.Plowman (White Hart ‘A’) A.Varney (Northway Club ‘B’) B.Woodward (White Hart ‘B’)
R.Trafford, S.Baker, M.Rowe (North Oxford Con Club) J.Harvey (Kidlington F.C.)

14: G.Townsend (Chequers ‘C’) S.Ward (Six Bells ‘D’) S.Walton (Donnington Club ‘A’)
13: L.Hazell (Six Bells ‘E’) B.Ruffels (Garsington Sports ‘A’) S.Thompson (Florence Park Club ‘A’) S.Buckle (The Blackbird)

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