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Week 4 Report

Dick Walsh was in tremendous form as he clanged off fifteen dolls (6-5-4) to steer The Swan ‘A’ to a 3-0 home win against The Chequers ‘A’. After comfortably winning the first two legs 28-23, 24-21 they then set 24 in the final leg. In reply Chequers fell just one short with 23 to give The Swan maximum points. Veteran Mick Berry hit a baker’s dozen (4-6-3) for The Swan.
Gladiators A finally got a win under their belt by defeating The Black Prince 3-0. They won all three legs 24-23, 22-19, 30-23 with Kevin Giles top scoring with thirteen dolls (4-4-5) while Phil Austin with the same score was top dog for The Prince.
Spencer Buckingham with a six in the opening leg led the way for The Woodman as they defeated the Swan ‘B’ at home 3-0 in the leg scores of 29-26, 25-24, 29-26. Mark Hewitson for The Swan threw well for his thirteen dolls (4-4-5).
Garsington Sports Club tasted defeat for the first time this season when they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against visitors Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton. Mark Poulter led the way for the Lion with fourteen dolls (3-5-6), winning the first leg 23-14. Garsington levelled in the next leg 19-18 with The Red Lion claiming victory in the final leg 23-19.

In Section 2 there was an extraordinary leg in at The Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington clash with Gladiators C. The opening leg was tied 21-21 with the Bells wining it on three sticks. Glad’s set the next leg with 18 and in reply Stuart Wells got them off to the perfect start with a six. Low scoring form the next four players put the leg in doubt until their last three players hit seventeen dolls between them, Robin Busby (5) Lee Hazell (6) and Ray Townsend (6) to give them a final score of 32. Bells completed the whitewash in the final leg 22-17. Lee Hazell top scored with fifteen dolls (4-6-5).
Steve Walton was the star for Donnington Club A as they defeated Bullnose Morris ‘A’ 3-0. Chasing a set of 17 Donnington left anchor man Walton five to win and he did not disappoint as he clanged off the five needed to give them an early one nil lead. Bullnose set 16 in the next leg and this time Walton only needed two to win which he duly obliged. Final leg Bullnose set once again with an improved score of 20. However Donnington were up for the challenge and flew past that with a reply of 28,Walton hitting a six in his final haul of fourteen dolls (5-3-6).
Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington tasted victory for the first time when beating visitors Tiddington Cricket Club 2-1 in the leg scores of 25-22, 22-22(on three sticks) 17-21.
Ampleforth Arms ‘A’ scored more dolls then their opponents Donnington Club ‘C’ but still lost 2-1. The Amp easily won the opening leg 25-18. The second leg was tied 18-18 with Donnington winning it 13-8 on three sticks. The final and deciding leg Donnington won 25-21. Josh Breakspear for Donnington was in top form with fourteen dolls (4-4-6).

In Section 3 Gladiators ‘B’ made it four wins out of four but this was a fortunate win away at Six Bells ‘B’ Kidlington. The Glad’s set 16 in the first leg and in reply Bells left anchor man Seamus O’Malley two to win. However he blobbed out giving the Glad’s the first points. Glad’s made it two nil in the next leg 22-17. Bells set the final leg with 17 and after a steady reply Glad’s left anchor man Chris Webb needing three to win, which he achieved with his final stick.

It was a very long night in the Section 4 clash between Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton and Vikings Sports ‘B’. The opening leg was tied 13-13 with Lion winning it on three sticks. The second leg was also tied 17-17 however this time three sticks could not separate them nor could the one stick shoot out. So back to six sticks which the Lion won to go two up. Lion them completed the maximum win in the final leg 12-10.
The local derby between Bullnose Morris ‘B’ and The Blackbird ended up with Bullnose taking all three legs but it was much closer than the score suggests. After winning the first leg 19-14 Bullnose won the next two by the odd doll 15-14, 15-14.

In Section 6 the two winless teams met Duke Of Monmouth & Golden Ball and it was the Duke who tasted victory for the first time by winning all three legs 13-10, 13-7, 17-10. Paul Turner threw well for The Duke with eleven doll (5-2-4).
Only one doll separated The White Horse and Catherine Wheel A over the three legs but it was enough to give Catherine Wheel the win. White Horse won the first leg 11-9. Catherine Wheel levelled in the next leg 9-8. The final and deciding leg was tied 10-10 before Catherine Wheel won it on three sticks.

In Section 7 Chris Cox for Headington Con Club was the only player to hit double figures with 10 dolls (3-4-4) as they came from behind to beat White Hart Wytham 2-1 in the leg scores of 10-12, 15-3, 9-8.

SIXERS : S.Wells, L.Hazell, R.Townsend (Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington) J.Breakspear (Donnington Club ‘C’) D.Walsh, M.Berry (The Swan ‘A’)
S.Walton (Donnington Club ‘A’) S.Buckingham (The Woodman) M.Poulter (Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton)

BLOBBERS: J.Mazey (Red Lion ‘B’ Marston) L.Butler (Northway Club ‘B’) B.Garry (Headington Con Club) D.Baker (New Club B)
S.Ings (Ampleforth Arms B) B.Foster (Marston B.L.) D.Woodward (White Hart Wolvercote)

15: D.Walsh (The Swan ‘A’) L.Hazell (Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington)
14: J.Breakspear (Donnington Club ‘C’) S.Walton (Donnington Club ‘A’) M.Poulter (Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton)
13: K.Giles (Gladiators ‘A’) M.Berry (The Swan ‘A’) M.Hewitson (The Swan ‘B’) R.Townsend (Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington) P.Austin (Black Prince)

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