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Week 14 Report

The race for the Premiership is really hotting up as the two leaders both fell to 2-1 defeats. Black Prince at The Three Pigeons and Garsington Sports at home to The Swan ‘B’. However the star of the week was Keith Powell who was in sensational form as he bagged himself a double sixer in his sixteen doll haul (4-6-6) in their 3-0 demolition over The Chequers ‘C’. They easily won all three legs 28-18, 30-19, 28-15.
Black Prince got off to a poor start at The Pigeons losing the opening leg 25-24. Prince must have thought they would level in the second leg when after five players Pigeons only hit twelve, however a seventeen doll haul from their last three players, Dave Lee 5, Eddie Edwards and Neil Lyon 6 apiece, saw them end up with an impressive total of 29. Prince only hitting 21 in reply to go two down. Pigeons hoping for maximum points then set 27 in the final leg, however Prince were up for the challenge and hit 32 in reply to give them a precious point. Paul Townsend (4-5-4) , Neil Lyon (4-6-3) and Eddie Edwards (4-6-3) all hit thirteen dolls for The Pigeons,while Rob Bradford coming back from injury was in top form with fourteen dolls (5-4-5) for The Prince.
Garsington Sports lost the first leg to The Swan ‘B’ 23-21. They improved massively in the next leg setting and winning it 32-26. The third leg was decided on a three stick shoot out in The Swan’s favour after it was tied 25-25. Trevor Greenaway for Garsington Sports was in top form with fourteen dolls (3-5-6).
The George came away from The Gladiators ‘A’ with a satisfactory 2-1 win. Luke Purcell , James Morrison & Steve Bayliss all hit a maximum six as they won the first two legs 27-23, 27-25 but couldn’t complete the whitewash as The Glad’s sneaked the final leg 26-25.
Six Bells ‘E’ title ambitions took a hit when the fell to a 2-1 home defeat against The Woodman. Geoff Glenister fifteen dolls (5-5-5) and Charlie Buckingham, fourteen dolls (6-3-5) led the way for The Woodman as they won the first two legs 28-25, 21-20. The final leg was tied 27-27 with The Bells claiming the leg on three sticks.

The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ have got one hand on the Section 2 title after a straight forward 3-0 win at home to Garsington Sports ‘B’, 17-12, 23-17, 23-14.
Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton are waiting to pounce if the leaders do slip up with a fourth win on the bounce, this time at home to Queens Head ‘A’. They won the first leg 21-16, and were set 25 in the next leg. After a mixed reply in return the Lion left their last two platers needing ten to win, and they did not disappoint, Nigel King hit his first ever six in the Oxford League and anchor man Mark Poulter followed that up with a four to snatch the leg by the odd doll with 26. Queens stopping the whitewash in the final leg 20-17.

Thirteen dolls (5-3-5) from Pete Rampton for The Six Bells ‘D’ Kidlington was not enough to prevent them from going down 2-1 at Tiddington Cricket Club. It started off well for The Bells winning the opening leg 19-14, however that was to be their only success as Tiddington batted back to win the next two legs 18-16, 24-17.
Veteran Tommy Recht rolled back the years as he clanged off thirteen dolls 5-5-3 for Gladiators ‘B’ at Donnington Club ‘A’ but it was all in vain as they lost 2-1. Setting all three legs Glad’s won the opener 26-21 lost the second leg on three sticks after it was tied 19-19 and then lost the deciding leg 19-14.

It’s tight at the top of Section 3 and leaders Ampleforth Arms ‘A’ saw off their closest rivals Donnington Club ‘C’ 2-1 in the leg scores of 20-18, 17-19, 19-14.
Red Lion ‘A’ Marston and Vikings Sports ‘A’ both with title ambitions fought a closely fought game where the first two legs were decided by one doll. Vikings set the first leg with 17 and in reply a four from anchor man Steve Brandon was enough to give the Lion the leg with 18. Vikings set and lost the second leg 19-20 before The Lion made sure of the maximum win in the final leg 19-15.

Propping up the table in Section 4 Red Lion ‘B’ Marston shocked leaders Vikings Sports ‘B’ by beating them 2-1. All the damage was done in the first two legs, Lion winning then both 17-14, 15-13. Vikings salvaged a point in the final leg 21-17.
The George ‘B’ took full advantage of Vikings slip up and recorded a 3-0 home win against Donnington Club ‘B’. They won all three legs 18-14, 14-12, 22-19 and are now only three points from the top. Ron Pleece top scored for The George with ten dolls.
Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington title hopes took a dent as they lost at home to Green Road Club. It started off well for The Bells winning the opening leg 17-16, but then lost the next two 20-16, 17-14. Alan Middleton clanged off a six in his eleven doll total for the Club men.

It’s very tight at the top of Section 5 with only six points separating the top five. Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton lead by three points but dropped at point at The Cricketers Cowley. After taking the first two legs 12-8,17-14, they couldn’t complete the whitewash as Cricketers hit back to take the final leg 17-13.
The Swan ‘C’ could not take advantage of The Lion’s slip up as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat at The Masons Arms ‘B’. With the game delicately poised at a leg each Swan could only set 10 in the deciding leg and it was nowhere near enough as Masons skipped past that with ease hitting 19 in reply.

Littlemore British Legion ‘B’ recorded their second win of the season in Section 6 by coming away from Kidlington Football Club with a 2-1 win. With the score at 1-1 Legion set a good score of 17 in the final leg which was too much for Kidlington as they could only hit 11 in reply.
There was drams at The Catherine Wheel ‘A’ in their game against Marston British Legion. Catherine Wheel won the first leg on three sticks after it was tied 12-12, then half way through the second leg the lights went out. Despite efforts from both teams they could not be fixed and the game had to be abandoned.

Bletchingdon Sports Club have quietly moved up the table in Section 7 and now occupy top spot after defeating long time leaders The Tandem on their own patch. Wally Harwood for Bletchingdon was the difference as he hit a maximum six in his thirteen doll haul (6-3-4). The Sportsmen won the opening leg 20-15 and then went two up in the next leg on three sticks after it was tied 17-17. They then completed the rout in the final leg 13-10. Richard Allan was top dog for Tandem with a dozen dolls (4-5-3).

In Section 8 The Original Swan scored five more dolls than their hosts Gladiators ‘C’ but still managed to lose the game! The Glad’s won the first leg by the odd doll 8-7. Swan levelled in the next leg 11-5. The final and deciding leg was tied 8-8 with The Glad’s winning it on three sticks.

SIXERS : K.Powell 2, M.Herbert (The Swan ‘A’) A.Middleton (Green Road Club) P.Sawyer (Six Bells ‘E’) C.Buckingham (The Woodman) Lu.Purcell, J.Morrison, S.Bayliss (The George ‘A’) T.Greenaway (Garsington Sports ‘A’) W.Harwood (Bletchingdon Sports) E.Edwards, N.Lyon (Three Pigeons)
N.King (Red Lion ‘A’Yarnton)

BLOBBERS: K.Winter (Golden Ball ‘A’) A.Thornton, B.Partridge (Red Lion Cassington) R.Chambers (Gladiators ‘C’) M.Ormrod (The Swan ‘C’)
R.Saunders (Kidlington F.C.)

16: K.Powell (The Swan ‘A’)
15: J.Glenister (The Woodman)
14: C.Buckingham (The Woodman) T.Greenaway (Garsington Sports ‘A’) R.Bradford (Black Prince)
13: Lu.Purcell, J.Morrison (The George ‘A’) M.Herbert (The Swan ‘A’) T.Recht (Gladiators ‘B’) W.Harwood (Bletchingdon Sports) E.Edwards, N.Lyon, P.Townsend (Three Pigeons)


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