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Week 10 Report

The Woodman & Gladiators ‘A’ fought out a thrilling and close game where Jeff Glenister for The Woodman (6-5-4) and Chris Jenkins for The Gladiators (5-6-4) excelled with fifteen dolls apiece. The Woodman set the opening leg with an impressive 29. In response The Glad’s left anchor man Kevin Baker six to tie the leg and he almost pulled it off, hitting five, missing with his fourth stick, just underneath.
The Glad’s then set and levelled in the next leg with 26, in reply Woodman fell two dolls short with 24. Final and deciding leg Gladiators could only set with a beatable 25 however The Woodman struggled and could only match it to send it to three sticks. A set of 13 in the shootout was enough to give The Gladiators the leg and match. Martin Cook for The Glad’s chipped in with fourteen dolls (5-4-5).
The Swan ‘A’ still lead the chasing pack after defeating The New Club ‘A’ 2-1. It started off well for the club men winning the opening leg 27-22. Swan responded well in the next leg to level 30-22. Final leg went to the Swan 26-23. Veteran Mick Berry had a mixed night hitting a one in his first throw, then followed that up with a six but failed to trouble the doll in his final throw.
Garsington Sports Club have lost top spot in Section One after their second successive home defeat, this time to The George ‘A’ who in turn recorded their first win in four games in the leg scores of 21-23, 21-19, 18-21.
The Black Prince had a comfortable 3-0 win at Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton with an impressive score of 32 in the middle leg. Roger Goodall with fourteen dolls (5-4-5) led the way as they won all three legs 26-16, 32-20, 24-17.
The Chequers ‘A’ are still seeking their first win of the season and almost pulled it off at home to The Swan ‘B’ but narrowly lost 2-1. The opening leg was tied 19-19 with The Swan winning it on three sticks. Swan then went two up in the next leg 26-18 before Chequers got a well-deserved point in the final leg 27-22. Garry Baily (4-5-4) and Mark Hewitson (5-4-4) both threw well with thirteen dolls for The Swan.

Section Two leaders Donnington Club ‘C’ came away from Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington, who prop up the table, with a maximum 3-0 win. Josh Breakspear led the way with a steady dozen dolls (4-4-4) in the leg scores of 19-17, 20-18, 24-17.
Gladiators ‘C’ keep up the pressure with an impressive 3-0 home win over title contenders Six Bells ‘D’. Glad’s won two of the legs comfortably 25-22, 25-16 but had to rely on three sticks in the other after it was tied 14-14.
Mark Washington kept up his high scoring antics hitting fourteen dolls (5-4-5) for The Ampleforth Arms ‘A’ but it was to no avail as they lost at Six Bells E Kidlington 2-1. The Bells won the first two legs 21-19, 23-18 and then set 19 in the final leg. A steady reply from The Amp left anchor man Washington needing five to win the leg and he did not disappoint by clanging off the five dolls needed to give The Ampleforth a deserved point.
Phil Simpson hit a baker’s dozen (4-5-4) for Donnington Club ‘A’ in their 3-0 whitewash at home to Red Lion ‘A’ Marston, 25-23, 22-19, 20-19.

Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington boosted their title ambitions by defeating Section 3 leaders Gladiators ‘B’. All the damage was done in the first two legs which the Bells won 19-17, 19-18. Glad’s hitting back well in the final leg for a point 24-15.
Seacourt Bridge title chances took a slight hit when they lost 2-1 at The George ‘B’. With the game nicely poised at 1-1 George set and won the final and deciding leg 18-15.

Only one point separate the top three in Section 4 and leaders Catherine Wheel ‘B’ boosted their chances with a 3-0 win over basement boys Vikings Sports ‘A’ . Steve Tooke was in terrific form for Catherine Wheel bagging himself a six in his fourteen doll haul (6-4-4) as they won all three legs with some impressive scoring 18-12, 19-11, 20-12.
Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton are keeping up the pressure when they came away from Green Road Club ‘A’ with a 2-1 win. Three scores of 18 was enough to see them win the first two legs but lose the final one by one doll, Green Road replying with 17-14-19.

The top two met in Section 5 and it was leaders Cricketers Cowley who out on top against Vikings Sports ‘C’ in a very close exciting game. Cricketers chasing a set of fourteen in the opening leg beat that by the smallest of margins with fithteen. Vikings set again in the second leg this time with a low eleven, and in a repeat of the first leg Cricketers sneaked past that by the odd doll with twelve. Final leg Vikings won on three sticks after it was tied 17-17.
One time leaders Cricketers Littleworth slipped a little further back after losing to Donnington Club ‘B’ 2-1 in a tight game. Donnington raced into a 2-0 lead winning both legs 17-16, 17-13, however a third score of 17 could not make a maximum win as Cricketers matched that and won the leg on three sticks.

Catherine Wheel ‘A’ shocked Section 6 leaders Red Lion ‘B’ Kidlington when they won all three legs at home 17-16, 15-13, 15-12.
Prince Of Wales take over top spot after they beat The Golden Ball 3-0 who are still looking to taste victory this season. It was a straight forward win for the Prince winning all three legs 17-10,18-14,15-7.
Despite being the highest doll scorers in the section The Chequers ‘B’ are still languishing in the middle of the table despite hitting 48 dolls and winning 2-1 against Duke Of Monmouth in the leg scores of 11-15, 17-16, 20-16.

Section 7 leaders Headington Con Club recorded their seventh straight win after they beat Red Lion Cassington 2-1, leg scores being 13-9, 13-12, 10-11.
Northway Club ‘B’ had a hat trick of players that blobbed out all night but still managed to scrap a leg away at Democrats Club. That came in the three stick shoot out after it was tied 7-7. Demo’s won the other two legs 14-7, 16-10

SIXERS : J.Glenister (The Woodman) C.Jenkins (Gladiators ‘A’) M.Berry (Swan ‘A’) G.Townsend (Chequers ‘A’) J.Allnutt (Gladiators ‘B’)
S.Tooke (Catherine Wheel ‘B’)

BLOBBERS: R.Baker (Vikings Sports ‘A’) D.Rees (White Hart Wolvercote) R.Axtell , B.Coffee (Yarnton British Legion)
A.Varney, W. Beaven W.Cox (Northway Club ‘B’)

15: J.Glenister (The Woodman) C.Jenkins (Gladiators ‘A’)
14: M.Cook (Gladiators ‘A’) R.Goodall (Black Prince) M.Washington (Ampleforth Arms ‘A’) S.Tooke (Catherine Wheel ‘B’)
13: M.Bailey, M.Hewitson (Swan ‘B’) R.Bradford (Black Prince) P.Simpson (Donnington Club ‘A’)

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