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Week 6

Games played on Wednesday 31st May

Despite Kevin Stuart clanging off sixteen dolls (5-6-5), The George ‘A’ still lost out 2-1 at The Swan ‘B’ and leaves them still looking for their first win of the season. The Swan won the opening leg by the odd doll 25-24 but The George levelled in the next leg 29-27. The final and deciding leg went to The Swan 29-23.
The Gladiators ‘A’ move one point clear at the top of the Premier Section after beating their nearest rivals The New Club ‘A’ 2-1. The Glad’s set a whopping 30 in the first leg and in reply The New Club gave it a good shot and fell just one short with 29. New Club won the second leg with a set of 28 to The Glad’s reply of 25. The deciding leg was a tense affair with The New Club only setting a paltry 20. Gladiators should have passed this with ease but had to rely on anchor man Keith Weller to whip off the winning doll with his last stick to give them victory by one with 21. Chris Jenkins was top dog for The Glad’s with fourteen dolls (4-4-6) with Kevin Baker (3-5-5) supporting him, while John Horton bagged himself a six in his thirteen doll haul (6-4-3) for The New Club.
Garsington Sports Club ‘A’ had a well deserved victory at home to The Swan ‘A’ 2-1. The first leg was a tight affair with the Sportsmen setting and winning it 26-25. Swan responded well to level in the next leg 28-25 , but a set of 30 in the final leg by Garsington was enough to see them over the line as The Swan could only reply with 21. Lee Thompson (5-4-5) and Jon Townsend (5-5-3) threw well for The Swan.
The Woodman continue to throw well and lead Section One after whitewashing The Black Prince at home. Spencer Buckingham led the way with fourteen dolls as they won all three legs 25-20, 28-24, 24-17.

In Section 2 Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington made it six wins out of six after they came from behind to beat The Vikings ‘A’ on their own patch. It looked ominous for The Bells when they lost the first leg 17-15 but they upped their game in the next two legs to win them both 21-15, 22-15. Ray Townsend was in top form for The Bells with fourteen dolls (4-6-4).
It was unlucky thirteen for The Black Horse ‘C’ Gary Watts as he whipped off a baker’s dozen (3-5-5) but it was to no avail as they lost 2-1 at The Bullnose ‘A’ in the leg scores of 25-17, 23-19, 22-24.
Steve Ward was in remarkable form for The Six Bells ‘D Kidlington hitting fifteen dolls (5-4-6) to guide them to a 2-1 win over visitors Six Bells ‘A’ Quarry. It started of well for The Quarry men when they won the opening leg by the slimmest of margins 17-16. The Kidlington boys responded well winning the next two legs 16-14, 21-19.
Brian Simpson was in brilliant form as he clanged off fourteen dolls (4-4-6) to help Donnington club 'A' beat The Chequers 'C' 2-1. With the game nicely poised at 1-1 the final leg was tied 20-20 , with Donnington winning it and the game on three sticks.

Section 3 leaders Garsington Sports Club ‘B’ came unstuck at The Queens Head falling to a 2-1 defeat. The damage was done in the first two legs which The Queens won 12-10, 21-15. Garsington grabbed a point in the final leg 17-15.
New Club ‘B’ just got the better of visitors Tiddington Cricket Club in a close contest. New Club set 17 in the opening leg and in reply Tiddington’s anchor man Malcolm Wise whipped off the three dolls needed to win the leg by the odd doll. Unfortunately that was to be their only success as New Club claimed the next two legs 19-18, 19-14.

Six Bells ‘B’ Kidlington remain unbeaten in Section 4 after they defeated Black Swan 2-1 at home in the leg scores of 19-16, 14-18, 15-13.
At the other end Democrats Club ‘A’ finally got a win under their belt as they beat The Swan ‘C’ 2-1. They secured victory in the first two legs 14-13 and the second on three sticks after it was tied 16-16. They couldn’t quite make it a maximum win as The Swan won the final leg 20-16.

In Section 5,The Bullnose Morris ‘B’ beat The Masons Arms ‘B’ despite scoring less dolls than them. Masons set the opening leg with eleven, and in reply the Bullnose anchor man Dale Macer clanged off the three dolls needed to snatch the leg by one doll. In the second leg he repeated the feat to win the leg 13-12. Masons threw well in the final leg winning it 20-13.
It was a long night at The Cricketers ‘A’ Cowley as they hosted The Chequers ‘C’. The first two legs were tied and had to be decided on three sticks. Cricketers set 13 in the first leg and after a slow start The Chequers left anchor man Steve Jenkins five to win. He couldn’t quite manage that but whipped off four dolls to tie the leg which they won on three sticks. Second leg Chequers were chasing 17 and again left Jenkins five to win. He repeated his feat by hitting four dolls to tie the leg and again won it on three sticks. Chequers completed the white wash in the final leg 16-8. Jenkins top scored with a dozen dolls 4-4-4.

Seacourt Bridge crashed to their first defeat of the season losing away at Red Lion Old Marston 2-1. They really didn’t get into the game losing the first two legs heavily 18-12, 23-13, but did manage to win the last leg 19-18. Don Quarterman was in top form for The Lion with twelve dolls including a six.

Vikings Sports ‘C’ top Section 6 thanks to some fine throwing from Jack Wells who hit fourteen dolls (5-6-3). In the first leg Wells needed four to win the leg after being set 11 and clanged off five to give a total of 13. They then won the next two legs 22-10, 18-9.
Despite Matty Davies failing to trouble the doll all night Florence Park Club still managed to beat The Original Swan ‘A’ 2-1 in a very close game. The Club men won the first leg 14-12 with the second leg tied 10-10 which The Swan won on three sticks. The final and deciding leg was again tied 10-10 but Florence Park won the three stick shootout to give them victory.

In Section 7 Steve Tooke with thirteen dolls (3-5-5) led the way in Catherine Wheel ‘B’ 3-0 win at home to Northway Club ‘C’. They won all three legs 13-10, 13-11, 15-12.
The Cricketers ‘B’ Cowley got their first win of the season beating The Tandem 2-1. They won the first two legs 15-11, 12-9 but fell apart in the final leg when they could only muster up a score of six when chasing a set of 11.

In Section 8 White Hart Wytham suffered their first defeat of the season losing at home to The Golden Ball 2-1 in the leg scores of 11-13, 8-7, 7-11.

SIXERS: K.Stuart (George ‘A’) C.Jenkins (Gladiators ‘A’) J.Horton (New Club ‘A’) R.Townsend (Six Bells ‘E’) S.Ward (Six Bells ‘D’) C.Webb (Gladiators 'B')
D.Quarterman (Red Lion Marston) J.Wells (Vikings Sports ‘C’)B.Simpson (Donnington 'A')

BLOBBERS: I.Dillon (Vikings Sports ‘B’) P.Farrell (New Club ‘B’) J.Williams (Vikings ‘D’) M.Davies (Florence Park Club)
M.Long (The Tandem) V.Kemish (Headington Con Club) C.Santoliquido (White Hart ‘B’ ) T.Matthews (Gladiators ‘C’) N.McNally (Kings Arms)

TOP DOLL SCORERS:
16: K.Stuart (George ‘A’)
15: S.Ward (Six Bells ‘D’)
14: L.Thompson (The Swan ‘A’) S.Buckingham (The Woodman) C.Jenkins (Gladiators ‘A’) R.Townsend (Six Bells ‘E’) J.Wells (Vikings Sports ‘C’)B.Simpson (Donnington 'A')C.Webb (Gladiators 'B')
13: J.Townsend (The Swan ‘A’) J.Glenister (The Woodman) K.Baker (Gladiators ‘A’) J.Horton (New Club ‘A’) G.Watts (Black Horse ‘C’)
S.Tooke (Catherine Wheel ‘B’)

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