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Week 11 Report

Rob Bradford was in sensational form clanging off sixteen dolls (5-6-5) for The Black Prince as they took maximum points at home to The Woodman, although the game was a lot closer than the score line suggests. Prince set and won the opening leg by the odd doll 24-23. They then went two up in the next leg chasing 27 Prince hit 30 in reply. Prince then set 26 in the final leg and a steady reply from The Woodman meant they only needed seven from their last three players for victory. However an almighty collapse saw them only hit five dolls between them to hand The Prince the leg. Mick Phipps for The Prince chipped in with fourteen dolls (6-5-3).
Gladiators ‘A’ hit a colossal 96 dolls in their 3-0 demolition at home to The Chequers ‘A’, the first time any team has hit 96 dolls or more since 2014. They won all three legs 34-22, 31-22, 31-16. Martin Cook excelled with fifteen dolls (5-5-5) and was supported well by Barry Townsend (4-4-5) and Kevin Baker (5-5-3) with thirteen dolls apiece.
The New Club ‘A’ opened up a five point gap in Section One when they whitewashed Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton 3-0.
Adrian Shepherd led the way with a baker’s dozen (5-3-5) as they won all three legs 27-17, 24-18, 24-16.
Garsington Sports Club title ambitions took a hit when they succumbed to a high scoring performance from Premier leaders The Swan ‘A’ 3-0. Swan comfortably won all three legs 30-24, 24-20, 30-24.

Marc Joines bagged himself a six in his fourteen doll haul (3-5-6) for Section Two pacesetters Donnington Club ‘C’ when they beat close rivals Gladiators Club ‘C’ 2-1. Donnington won the first two legs 23-20, 27-19 however Gladiators recovered well to win the final leg 26-19.
Six Bells ‘D’ Kidlington move up to second spot in an entertaining game at home to Donnington Club ‘A’. After winning the opening leg 20-16 Bells set 20 in the second leg. A weak start in reply from Donnington meant they fell short by the shortest of margins with 19. Chasing 18 in the final leg Donnington responded well and hit 20 to give them a point. Steve Ward was top dog for the Bells with thirteen dolls (4-5-4).
The local derby between Red Lion ‘A’ and Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington ended up not being as fierce as it could have been with The Bells running out easy winners 3-0. They hit an impressive thirty dolls to the Lions nineteen in the first leg and then won the next two 20-15, 17-15.

‘Build it and they will come’ they said, or as in Alan Woods case ‘Keep trying and it will come’ as he hit his first ever six in thirty years of trying for The Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington at home to The New Club ‘B’ in Section 3. It was a great night for Wood as he whipped off fourteen dolls (6-4-4) to contribute to the 3-0 win to move them up to second spot in the scores of 23-15, 17-9, 21-20.
Ian Bowler was in top form as he clanged off fourteen dolls (4-5-5) for Littlemore British Legion ‘A’ as they took maximum points against Six Bells ‘B’ Kidlington 18-15, 19-12, 18-11 and stopped a four week losing streak.
Queens Head drop down to third after losing at home to Seacourt Bridge 2-1. With the game nicely poised at 1-1 Queens Head could only set fifteen in the deciding leg. This should have been no problem for Seacourt however in reply they only had four on the board with half the team thrown. The tail wagged and the last four players hit the required twelve dolls needed to win the leg and game. Harry Tilling for Seacourt threw well for his dozen dolls (3-4-5).

In Section 4 Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton title charge came to an abrupt halt when they lost to The Blackbird 2-1. The first leg Blackbird set with seventeen and in reply Red Lion Yarnton left anchor man Paul Kilcoyne needing all six to tie. He gave it a good go but fell just one short with five. Lion levelled the game in the next leg 16-13 but fell completely apart in the final leg when they could only set with nine. This was no trouble for The Blackbird as they doubled that score with eighteen to win the leg and game.
In pursuit of the title Cowley Workers dropped a precious point at home to Northway Club ‘C’. This came in the opening when they could only hit eleven in reply to Northway’s set of thirteen. The Workers responded well to win the next two legs 18-15, 17-12.

Cricketers Cowley opened a four point gap at the top of section 5 when they whitewashed Littlemore British Legion ‘B’. It was a comfortable night for The Cricketers winning all three legs 17-9, 15-13, 18-13.
It was unlucky thirteen for Philip Cassidy Jnr when he hit a baker’s dozen (5-4-4) as his team Donnington Club ‘B’ lost at home to Red Lion ‘B’ Marston 2-1. Donnington won the opening leg 18-13 but lost the next on three sticks after it was tied 21-21. The final leg was one that Donnington will want to forget as their first flour players all blobbed out when setting and could only muster up a score of nine. This was no problem for The Lion as they roared past that with twenty to win the leg and game.
Despite only having six players Vikings Sports ‘C’ shocked title hopefuls Cricketers Arms Littleworth by snatching a point from them in the middle leg, scores were 14-12, 12-13, 16-11.
Joe Bandrowski hit his second six of the season (4-6-2) to guide The Masons Arms ‘B’ to a 2-1 win at Vikings Sports ‘D’. Masons won the first two legs 14-9, 17-15 but couldn’t complete the whitewash as Vikings hit back to win the final leg 13-12.
The Tandem stopped a rotten run of six consecutive defeats when they beat The Ampleforth Arms ‘B’ 2-1. They secured the much needed win in the first two legs 14-14 (on three sticks) 20-14 before The Amp won the third leg 16-13.

In Section 6, Harry Ker-Brown hit a rare six in his eleven doll haul (6-3-2) for The Chequers ‘B’ in their 3-0 demolition at home to title chasers Red Lion ‘B’ Kidlington. They won all three legs 19-15, 18-16, 25-9 which moves them up to second spot.
Kidlington Football Club ‘A’ title ambitions took a massive hit when they lost 3-0 at home to Catherine Wheel ‘A’. The football club just couldn’t get it together and lost all three legs 16-11, 14-9, 20-10.

In Section 7 Marston British Legion won their ninth game on the bounce when they came away from Northway Club ‘B with a 2-1 victory. All the damage was done in the first two legs 15-11, 16-11 before Northway won the final leg 15-13.

SIXERS : A.Beal, K.Giles (Gladiators ‘A’) G.Townsend (Chequers ‘C’) R.Bradford, M.Phipps (Black Prince) S.Greenough (Donnington Club ‘C’)M.Joines (Donnington Club ‘C’) A.Wood (Six Bells ‘A’) J.Bandrowski (Masons Arms ‘B’) H.Kerr-Brown (Chequers ‘B’)

BLOBBERS: D.Pym (Littlemore B.L. ‘B’) F.Delaney (Democrats Club) D.Woodward (White Hart Wolvercote) B.Shields (White horse)

16: R.Bradford (Black Prince)
15: M.Cook (Gladiators ‘A’)
14: M.Phipps (Black Prince) M.Joines (Donnington Club ‘C’) A.Wood (Six Bells ‘A’) I.Bowler (Littlemore B.L. ‘A’)
13: B.Townsend, K.Baker (Gladiators ‘A’) A.Shepherd (New Club ‘A’) J.Townsend, K.Powell (Swan ‘A’) S.Greenough (Donnington Club ‘C’)
S.Ward (Six Bells ‘D’) M.Holton (Red Lion ‘B’ Marston) P.Cassidy Jnr (Donnington Club ‘B’)


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