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Week 6 Report

Despite the poor weather, Lee Anderson with fourteen dolls (4-5-5) shone through for The Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington in their 3-0 whitewash at The Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington in Section 2. Lion set the opening leg with 17 and in reply The Bells started off well leaving their last three players just five to win. However they capitulated and could only muster up three dolls between them to give the Lion an unlikely early lead. Lion then set and won the second leg 22-18 and completed the whitewash in the final leg 18-15.
Red Lion ‘A’ Marston had a disastrous start at Tiddington Cricket club when they could only muster up a score of 10 when setting in the first leg. Tiddington easily going past that with 17. Lion redeemed themselves in the next leg by hitting 19 when chasing a set of 16. Final and deciding leg Tiddington set with 18 and in reply a couple of blobs did not help the Lion’s cause and they fell one short with 17 to give Tiddington victory.
Donnington Club ‘C’ fell to their first defeat of the season when host Gladiators ‘C’ beat them in a close contest. Glad’s took an early lead in the first leg 23-21 and then set 20 in the next leg. Donnington levelled by the smallest of margins hitting 21 in reply. Final leg was a lengthy leg after it was first tied 19-19 on six sticks. Three sticks could not separate them, with The Glad’s claiming victory on the one stick shoot out.

In The Premier Section The Woodman produced a good team performance to grab maximum points at home to The Black Prince 3-0. They won all three legs 26-22, 21-17, 28-26 with Charlie Buckingham top scoring with thirteen dolls (3-5-5).
After losing their first three games of the season Gladiators ‘A’ have now won three on the bounce, this time away at The Chequers ‘A’. Playing with a player short and giving away a two doll handicap it was always going to be a struggle, however they set and won the opening leg 22-19. Chequers set the next leg with 22 which The Glad’s matched and then went on to win the leg on three sticks, to go two up. The third leg was also tied 17-17 with The Chequers coming out on top in the three sticker. Geoff Townsend bagged himself a six in his 13 doll haul for The Chequers (3-6-4).
The George ‘A’ stopped a four week losing streak when they beat The Swan’B’ 2-1 on their own patch. They narrowly sneaked the first leg by the odd doll 22-21 but Swan hit straight back to level in the next leg 26-23. George set in the final leg with a beatable 22 but Swan struggled in reply and fell well short with 18.
New Club ‘A’ came away from Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton with a fine 3-0 win, however they were lucky to win the first leg. New Club could only set 15 in the first leg which should have been a formality for the Lion. After a good start in reply they left anchor man Mark Poulter needing two to win, however he blobbed out to give The New Club and unexpected lead. New Club won the next leg 20-13 and completed the rout in the final leg on three sticks (6-5) after it was tied 19-19.
Holders The Swan ‘A’ still top the Premier Section after a 2-1 win at Garsington Sports Club. They won the opening leg 26-21 but crashed to a 23-18 loss in the second leg. The final and deciding leg Swan upped the tempo and cracked in a set of 32 which was too much for Garsington who hit 26 in reply.

Section 3 leaders The Gladiators ‘B’ were made to fight all the way in their 2-1 home victory over Masons Arms ‘A’, who won the opening leg 23-19. Glad’s levelled in the next leg 20-17 and just squeezed the final leg by the odd doll 14-13.
Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington unbeaten record came crashing down at The New Club ‘B’ despite Ady Cross clanging off thirteen dolls (5-3-5). New Club won all three legs 19-17, 20-19, 16-14.

In Section 4 Catherine Wheel ‘B had a lucky escape in their opening leg at The Swan ‘C’. Chasing a set of 12 they hit 10 in reply with three players to go and victory seemed a formality, however the next two players blobbed out leaving anchor man Andy Loverage needing three to win and he did not disappoint hitting the three needed. Catherine Wheel then went on to win the next two legs 17-12, 14-11.
Northway Club ‘C’ shocked high flying Cowley Workers by beating them 2-1 and in turn recorded their first win of the season. It started of all well for the Workers as they took the first leg 18-16. Northway hit straight back and won the next two legs 21-14, 15-11.Jack Lane with 11 dolls (4-5-2) was top dog for Northway.

In Section 5 Donnington Club ‘B’ got off to a disastrous start when they could only muster up a score of 6 in reply to Red Lion B Marston set of 11 in the opening leg. Donnington regrouped and improved considerably by winning the next two legs 14-11, 16-11.
It was unlucky thirteen for Joe Bandrowski as he hit a baker’s dozen (5-4-4) but it could not prevent Masons Arms ‘B’ succumbing to a 2-1 home defeat to Vikings Sports D. The first leg was tied 12-12 with Vikings winning it on three sticks. Masons won the next leg 13-11 before Vikings secured victory in the final leg 17-15.

White Horse finally tasted victory in Section 6 when they came away from Duke Of Monmouth with a hard fought 2-1 win. White Horse won the first leg on three sticks after it was tied 14-14 and then secured victory in the next leg 16-15. They could not complete the whitewash as The Duke hit back well to win the last leg 20-11.
The top two unbeaten teams met and it was leaders Red Lion ‘B’ Kidlington who remain unbeaten after demolishing The Chequers ‘B’ 3-0. Winning the first leg 15-9 Lion were set 12 in the second leg. A disastrous start in reply by the Lion saw their first two players blob out, however anchor man Scott Wiggins needing three to win whipped off five to secure the win. They then completed the maximum win 14-12 in the final leg.
At the other end of the table the two teams still waiting to smell victory Golden Ball and Green Road Club ‘B’ clashed and it was Green Road Club that were victorious. Golden Ball started off well wining the opening leg 14-12 but lost the next 17-11 to set up a nail biting third leg. Golden Ball set but could only manage 9. The club men should have sailed past it but struggled and in the end it was left to anchor man Nick Snr Edmonds to hit the one doll needed to claim the win.

Section 7 leaders Red Lion Cassington crashed to a 2-1 home defeat to the hands of Yarnton British Legion. All the damage was done in the first two legs 10-7, 11-11 (on three sticks) in Yarntons favour with Red Lion grabbing a point in the final leg 8-6.

SIXERS : G.Townsend (Chequers ‘A’) J.Gilding-Brant (New Club ‘B’)

BLOBBERS: P.Lawerence (Vikings Sports ‘C’) D.Simmonds (Catherine Wheel ‘A’) C.Santoliquido (White Hart Wolvercote)
B.Stone (White Hart Wytham) C.Laver, J.Coffey (Yarnton British Legion)

14: L.Anderson (Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington)
13: G.Townsend (Chequers ‘A’) C.Buckingham (The Woodman) A.Cross (Six Bells ‘A’) J.Bandrowski (Masons Arms ‘B’)


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