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Week 18 Report

REPORT 18
New Club ‘A’ were crowned Section One champions after they beat The Swan ‘B’ 2-1. Going into the last game needing one point to secure the title they showed no nerves and won the opening the leg 26-19. Swan levelled in the next 26-23 with New Club winning the final leg 19-14.
Garsington Sports club knew they needed a maximum win but finish runners up after losing at The Black Prince 2-1. Rob Bradford for the Prince bagged himself a six in his fourteen doll haul (4-6-4) as they won the opening leg 29-15, lost the next 19-23 and won the final leg 27-23. Barry Ruffels for Garsington hit a dozen dolls to end up top doll scorer in Section One with 182 dolls.
Gladiators ‘A’ finished up top doll scorers, and player Kevin Giles top doll scorer in the Premier Section after they beat Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton 3-0. It was a comfortable win for The Glad’s winning all three legs 23-16, 33-20, 26-22. Giles hit a baker’s dozen (4-6-3) to top score with 209 dolls. Team mate Barry Townsend chipped in with thirteen dolls (5-5-3).
The Woodman finished the season off on a high beating The Swan ‘A’ 2-1. Charlie Buckingham led the way with fourteen dolls (4-5-5) in the leg scores of 23-20, 21-20, 20-24.

In Section 2 Pete Rampton for The Six Bells ‘D’ was in sensational form as he clanged off fifteen dolls (5-6-4) in their 3-0 whitewash against their E team. They won all three legs 20-18, 21-19, 23-20.
It was not unlucky thirteen for Gladiators ‘C’ Scott Thompson as he whipped off thirteen dolls (4-5-4) in their 3-0 home win against Red Lion ‘A’ Marston. This win secured them the runners up spot in the leg scores of 19-17, 23-22, 26-15.
Veteran Phil Wilkins, grabbed himself a rare six these days in his final throw for Ampleforth Arms ‘A’ (3-3-6) as they came away from Tiddington Cricket Club with a close fought 2-1 win. The Amp won the first leg 21-19, with Tiddington levelling in the next leg 21-20. Tiddington set the final and deciding leg with 20 and in reply Ampleforth Arms just sneaked past that by the smallest of margins with 21. Pete Shepherd top scored for the Cricket team with thirteen dolls (5-4-4).

In Section 3 Chris Webb finished of the season in style with fifteen dolls (5-6-4) to guide champions Gladiators ‘B’ to a comfortable 3-0 home win against Rose Hill Club, 17-13, 19-13, 24-15.
Six Bells ‘B’ end up at the bottom of the table after losing to their ‘A’ team 2-1 despite scoring one more doll in a very tight contest. The opening leg was tied 13-13 with the ‘A’ team winning it on three sticks. They then went two up in the next leg 15-14 before the ‘B’ team won the final leg 15-13 for a well-deserved point.

Knowing that just one point will get them crowned Section 4 champions, Catherine Wheel ‘B’ had a nervous start at The Blackbird when they could only hit eleven in the first leg when chasing a set of seventeen. Blackbird set in the second leg with thirteen and with only three on the board in return after their first three players it was not looking good for the Wheel. However they rallied and managed to hit fourteen to give them the point they needed. Blackbird winning the final leg 15-10 to give them the 2-1 victory.
Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton crashed 3-0 at Northway Club ‘C’ but still cling onto to second place. It was a good performance by Northway winning all three legs 18-11, 12-10, 17-12.
One time title hopefuls Cowley Workers club will be glad to see the back of this season after losing their seventh game on the bounce, this time at The Swan ‘C 3-0 in the leg scores of 18-15, 16-15, 18-16.

Three teams had a chance of the Section 5 title going into the last week. Cricketers Arms Cowley needed two points to secure the crown but they lost at The Ampleforth Arms ‘B’ 2-1. This could have let in Vikings Sports ‘C’ who needed all three legs to force a playoff, however they lost the opening leg to their ‘D’ team 12-14. The ‘C’ team won the next two legs 19-18, 14-10 but ended up one point short.
Masons Arms ‘B’ needed a 3-0 win at home to Cricketers Arms Littleworth to force a playoff but they crashed to a 2-1 defeat. It was all over after the first leg that the Cricketers won 18-15. Masons levelled in the next leg 11-9 but lost the final leg 22-20.
The Tandem had a good finish to the season winning their last four games, this time at The Red Lion ‘B’ Marston, but still finish at the foot of the table. In a competitive game Lion won the first leg 15-14 however Tandem struck straight back in the next leg 17-16 and completed the comeback in the last leg 15-11.

In Section 6 Kidlington Football club ‘A’ claimed second spot after defeating The Golden Ball who have the unpleasant record of being the only team not to win a game. Gary Johnson was top dog for Kidlington with nine dolls as they won all three legs 11-8, 15-13, 15-11.

Finals night will be held at Cowley Workers Club on Friday 11th October 7.00pm start.

SIXERS : K.Giles (Gladiators ‘A’) C.Webb (Gladiators ‘B’) P.Rampton (Six Bells ‘D’) P.Wilkins (Ampleforth Arms ‘A’) R.Bradford (Black Prince)

BLOBBERS: C.Gilett (Chequers ‘C’) C.Hodgson (White Hart Wytham) H.Morgan (White Hart Wolvercote) P.Smith (Kidlington F.C. ‘B’)
S.Crawford (Golden Ball) T.Morris (Catherine Wheel ‘B’) P.Wilkins (Ampleforth Arms ‘A’) D.Walker (Blecthington Sports)
P.Hastings (Prince Of Wales) T.Cox (Marston B.L.)


TOP DOLL SCORERS:
15: P.Rampton (Six Bells ‘D’) C.Webb (Gladiators ‘B’)
14: R.Bradford (Black Prince) C.Buckingham (The Woodman)
13: K.Giles, B.Townsend (Gladiators ‘A’) S.Thompson (Gladiators ‘C’) P.Shepherd (Tiddington Cricket Club)

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