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Report Week 7 June 9th

Billy Trinder and Kevin Stuart both hit fourteen dolls (5-5-4) for The Red Lion Marston in Section 2 as they took maximum points at home to Yarnton British Legion and remain unbeaten. They won the first two legs 25-21, 29-21 and then set 24 in the final leg. After a slow reply Yarnton’s anchor man produced the throw of the night whipping off all six dolls to tie the leg. Unfortunately Red Lion won the leg on three sticks.
After playing for nearly thirty years Black Swan’s Trevor Kimber finally gets his name in the Oxford Mail but for the wrong reason. He failed to trouble the doll in their game against Queens Head so finds himself in the ‘Blobbers’ section. Despite Kimbers blobs Black Swan still went on to win the game 2-1. Queens Ian Bowler top scored with 13 dolls 3-4-6 in the leg scores of 15-16, 20-19,22-21.
It wasn’t unlucky thirteen for Six Bells James Bennett and Len Brandon as they both hit 4-6-3 to inspire them to a 2-1 win at The Woodman. They stormed to an early lead winning the opening two legs 26-16, 28-24 but The Woodman recovered to snatch the final leg 22-20. It was unlucky thirteen for Woodman’s Charlie Buckingham as he clanged off 3-4-6.
There was an early shock in Section 3 as bottom team Quarry Gate beat Section leaders Vikings ‘B’ 2-1. Nigel Debanks led the way with ten dolls as they won the first two legs 19-18, 19-17. Vikings grabbed a point in the final leg 23-16. Robin Charlton threw well for his thirteen dolls 5-3-5.
Section One leaders Garstington Sports beat Premier leaders Six Bells 2-1 in a high scoring game. The Sports men won the first leg 29-25 and then set 31 in the next leg. Some steady throwing from the Six Bells saw them pass this with ease with 35 dolls. Garsington set the final leg with 34 which proved just too much for The Six Bells as they fell three dolls short with 31. Steve Ward hit fourteen dolls, 4-5-5 for The Six Bells as did Ken Maunder for Garsington Sports 4-4-6.
Gladiators Martin Cook was in devastating form as he clanged off fifteen dolls 5-5-5 but it was to no avail as they lost to The Chequers 2-1. Chequers took an early lead in the first leg 22-18, The Glad’s levelled in the second 28-27. The final leg was tied 20-20 with The Chequers winning it on a three stick shoot out.
There was little to separate The Ampleforth Arms and Red Lion Garsington in Section 5. Ampleforth set 21 in the opening leg but Red Lion’s anchor man Andy Bradford whipped off the three dolls needed to win the leg by the odd doll. Ampleforth set again in the next leg this time with 20, and once again Bradford came to The Red Lion’s rescue by hitting four dolls to tie the leg, but they lost it on three sticks. Red Lion then made sure of victory in the final leg 24-20.
Ray Barson led the way with thirteen dolls 4-4-5 as Red Lion Cassington came from behind to beat Ashton Club 2-1 in Section 7. After losing the first leg 15-17 Red Lion just snatched the second leg 18-17, but comfortably won the deciding leg 18-13.
In Section 12 Kidlington Sports Club ‘C’ and The Original Swan ‘C’ both hit 24 dolls apiece but it was the Sports men who came away victorious. They won the initial leg 10-9 and the second leg 8-6. The Swan won the final leg 9-6.

It’s with great sadness that we have to report the passing away of one of our long standing Aunt Sally players Cyril Naylor from The Masons Arms. Cyril, a true gentleman, had played for many teams including Headington Cricket Club, Vikings Sports, Red Lion Garsington, Ampleforth Arms and finally The Mason Arms. Cyril’s son David played many times with his dad and this week in a fitting tribute David hit his best score ever of fourteen dolls 4-5-5. Masons lost though to North Oxford Con Club 2-1. He will be sorely missed.

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