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Week 12 Report

REPORT WEEK 12

Brian Reidy was in awesome form as he clanged off sixteen dolls (5-6-5) to steer the George ‘A’ to an impressive 3-0 win at The Woodman. Reidy missed with his first and seventeenth stick as The George became the first team this season to hit over 90 dolls and put their Section One title ambitions back on track. Chasing an imposing set of 29 in the opening leg The George hit 31 in reply. They then won the next two legs 31-14, 30-27. Kevin Stuart (5-5-5) and James Morrison (6-3-5) both threw well for The George.
Section One joint leaders The Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington lost at The Gladiators ‘A’ but they came away with an important point. Bells stormed the first leg 29-24. Gladiators hit back straight away winning the next two legs 29-22, 29-19. Chris Jenkins for The Glad’s was top dog with thirteen dolls (4-4-5) while The Bell’s Stuart Wells bagged himself a six in his eleven doll total.
Premier leaders The Black Prince dropped a point at home to The Chequers ‘C’. A set of only 21 in the opening leg was never going to be enough by The Black Prince as The Chequers hit 23 in reply to win the leg. Prince recovered well in the next two legs winning them both 29-23, 28-26. Steve McAteer was in terrific form for the Prince, as he clanged off fifteen dolls (5-5-5).
Three Pigeons three match winning streak came to an end at Garsington Sports ‘A’ but they only have themselves to blame. They chased and won the first leg 28-25, with Garsington levelling in the next leg 31-26. Garsington set 25 in the deciding leg which was beatable, however a poor start from The Pigeons in reply went through the team and they ended up six short with 19.
The local clash between the two Swan teams saw the B team come out on top for the second time this season. The A team took an early lead winning the first leg 22-20. However that was to be their only success as the B team battled back to win the next two legs 28-24,26-23 and give them a share of the lead in Section One.

Despite Willy Waite hitting a baker’s dozen (4-5-4) Section 2 leaders The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ lost at home to The Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton 2-1 in the leg scores of 19-19 (on three sticks) 30-25, 21-25.
Donnington Club ‘A’ title hopes took a hit when they lost 2-1 at Florence Park Club ‘A’. Donnington took an early lead winning the first leg 18-13, but lost the next two 18-16, 26-20.
Six Bells ‘D’ Kidlington are ready to pounce should the leaders slip up anymore after whitewashing visitors Gladiators ‘B’ 3-0. They comfortably won the first leg 26-13, scrapped the second leg by the odd doll 18-17 and then secured the maximum win in the final leg 18-16.

In Section 3 Red Lion ‘A’ Marston in their quest for the title dropped a point at home to The Masons ‘A’. It was looking good for The Lion after they won the first two legs 21-16, 16-14 but couldn’t finish off the maximum win losing the final leg 17-14.
Vikings Sports ‘A’ fine form continues winning their sixth game on the bounce with a 3-0 win at Littlemore British Legion ‘A’. It was fairly comfortable for the sportsmen winning all three legs 20-17, 21-19, 17-13.
Alan Surman bagged himself a six in his thirteen doll haul (3-4-6) for Six Bells ‘B’ Kidlington but it was to no avail as they lost 2-1 to The Chequers ‘A’, 15-22, 20-20 (on three sticks) 14-21.
Donnington Club ‘C’ still lead the chasing pack helped by a 3-0 win at home to Rose Hill Club 20-19, 21-14, 23-20. Josh Breakspear top scored for Donnington with thirteen dolls (3-5-5).

Section 4 leaders Vikings Sports ‘B‘ eight match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end when they crashed at home to The Bullnose Morris ‘B’. It was all over after the first two legs which The Bullnose won effortlessly 17-13, 23-18. Vikings grabbed a point in the final leg by the finest of margins 19-18.
The George ‘B’ kept their title hopes alive but dropped a crucial point at home to bottom place Red Lion Marston who won the opening leg 19-14. The George came back well to win the next two legs 23-19, 21-16.
Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington are also in the hunt after they whitewashed The Cricketers Arms 3-0. They won all three legs 18-13, 20-19, 18-16. Fifteen year old Josh Nelms top scored for the Cricketers with nine dolls (2-3-4).

In Section 5 title contenders The Swan ‘C’ had a scare at home to struggling Florence Park Club ‘B’. Swan won the first leg 15-13 but were pegged back in the next leg 15-17.Chasing a set of 15 in the final and deciding leg Swan just scrapped by with 16 in return.
The Blackbird got off to the perfect start at league pacesetters Red Lion ‘B Yarnton when they easily won the first leg 22-13. Lion hit back straight away to level in the second leg 16-13. The final leg was tied 15-15 with The Lion winning it on three sticks and remain one point clear at the top.

Section 6 leaders Seacourt Bridge beat North Oxford Con Club who are still seeking their first taste of victory. Seacourt won the first two legs 17-11, 17-15 but had to rely on a three stick shoot out in the final leg after it was tied 14-14.
Vikings ‘D’ just beat Littlemore British Legion ‘B’ in a close contest. The Legion set all three legs and won the opener 17-15. They then hit 21 in the next leg and a poor reply by the Vikings top half left Gardiner and Millard needing eight between them to win the leg and they did not disappoint both clanging off four apiece to level the match. Vikings then completed the comeback in the final leg 16-14.
Prince Of Wales title hopes came crashing down when they lost 3-0 at Marston British Legion ‘B’. It was quite comfortable for the Legion in the end winning all three legs 17-13, 20-16, 13-10.
Todd Morris threw well for his eleven dolls (4-4-3) for The Catherine Wheel ‘B’ as they beat hosts Cowley Workers 2-1. Eamon Hanlon whipped off a six for The Workers but it was to no avail in the leg scores of 13-14, 23-19, 11-17

The top two met in Section 7 and it was the visitors The Tandem that came away from Chequers ‘B’ victorious with a 3-0 win. It didn’t really live up to its potential as Tandem easily won all three legs 17-7, 14-10, 21-14. Rich Butler with a dozen dolls (3-5-4) was top dog for The Tandem.
Pete Curtin hit a rare six for Northway Club ‘B’ in their 2-1 win at home against Marston British Legion ‘A’ In the scores of 12-7, 9-16, 11-8


SIXERS : B.Reidy, J.Morrison (The George ‘A’) S.Wells (Six Bells ‘E’) E.Hanlon (Cowley Workers) G.Watts (Black Horse ‘B’)
A.Surman (Six Bells ‘B’) P.Curtin (Northway Club ‘B’)

BLOBBERS: B.Williams (Gladiators ‘D’) S.Newell (Headington Con Club) R.Plowman (White Hart ‘A’) A.Greswell, W.Quanton (White Hart Wytham) M.Spence, D.Williams (White Hart Wolvercote) H.Kerbrown (Chequers ‘B’) C.Gibbs (Democrats Club ‘B’)

TOP DOLL SCORERS:
16: B.Reidy (The George ‘A’)
15: K.Stuart (The George ‘A’) S.Macateer (Black Prince)
14: J.Morrison (The George ‘A’
13: C.Jenkins (Gladiators ‘A’) J.Breakspear (Donnington Club ‘C’) B.Ruffels (Garsington Sports ‘A’) P.Jackson (Garsington Sports ‘B’)
W.Waite (Bullnose Morris ‘A’) A.Surman (Six Bells ‘B’)

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