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Report Week 9 June 30th

Billy Trinder was in hot form as he clanged of fifteen dolls (4-5-6) for the Red Lion Marston in their 3-0 win over Squire Bassett and remains unbeaten at the top of Section 2. Team mate Jim Flynn also bagged himself a six in his thirteen dolls as they claimed all three legs 24-19, 25-15, 26-21.
Black Swan had a setback in their chase for the title as they went down at The New Club 2-1. Barry Gilding got the clubmen of to the perfect start in the opening leg with a six as they ended up with a total of 19. Black Swan fell well short with a reply of 13. Black Swan levelled in the next leg 20-16 and the third leg was tied on six sticks 20-20, they then tied on three sticks before New Club took the leg and game on one stick 3-1.
Black Swans Tony O’Brien also hit a six.

In the Premier Section Garsington Sports ‘A’ inflicted the second defeat of the season for the Cricketers. Taking full advantage of the four doll handicap Garsington won the first leg 32-30 but lost the next one 30-29. Garsington elected to set in the final leg and it proved to be the right choice as they amassed a score of 38. Despite Philip Adams hitting a six The Cricketers could only reply with 26. Garry Smith (4-6-4) Tom Recht (4-4-5) and Ken Maunder (4-5-4) top scored for Garsington while Philip Adams was in his usual explosive form with sixteen dolls (5-5-6) and was backed up well by Den Seller who hit fourteen dolls (5-5-4).
Mick Berry from The Red Lion Eynsham remains top doll scorer with another big score of fifteen dolls (6-4-5) as they just beat The Three Pigeons 2-1. Lion took an early lead winning the opening leg 28-26. With his fourth six of the season from Paul Townsend Three Pigeons won the next leg 30-25. Red Lion then set the deciding leg with 30, The Pigeons got of to a perfect reply with lead of man Pete Dempsey banging off a six. Unfortunately they struggled in the middle and they left anchor man Neil Lyon six to tie the leg which proved just too strong as he hit a five. Lyon and Dempsey both hit fourteen dolls for The Pigeons.
Ady Cross for The Six Bells and Steve Walton for the George both his fifteen dolls (4-6-5) and it was The Six Bells who came away victorious beating The George 2-1 in the leg scores of 25-34, 32-26, 32-26.
The New Clubs Adrian Shepherd hit a steady fifteen dolls (5-5-5) but still ended up losing away 2-1 at The Chequers 28-17, 21-25, 20-25.

In Section 3 The Democrats Billy Hill led the way with fourteen dolls (4-5-5) as they beat Garsington Sports ‘B’ 3-0. Chris Jenkins chipped in with thirteen dolls (4-4-5) as they won all three legs 19-15, 19-16, 25-14.

Only one doll separated The King & Queen & Red Lion Eynsham in Section 4. Red Lion opened with a set of eighteen and it didn’t look enough as King & Queens anchor man Mick Fitchett was left only needing two to win the leg. Amazingly Fitchett failed to trouble the doll and handed the first leg to Red Lion. King & Queen set the next leg with seventeen and this time it was just enough as Red Lion fell one doll short. The final and deciding leg was set by Red Lion with seventeen and this time Fitchett was the hero as he whipped off the one doll to take the leg and match by the odd doll.

Glyn Millard was in remarkable form as he clanged off fifteen dolls (5-5-5) to steer The Fairview to a 3-0 win against Littlemore Rugby Club in Section 5. Fairview won the opening leg 19-16 but had to rely on a three stick shoot out in the second leg after it was tied 18-18. They then went on to take maximum points in the final leg 21-12.

It was a long night at Kennington Social Club against Kidlington Sports Club A in Section 6. The hosts won the first leg 19-15 but the second leg was tied 19-19. Three sticks could not separate them so down to one stick it was. This was also tied and it was back to six sticks which Kennington won. They then took the final leg 16-15 to give them a narrow 3-0 win.

Craig Greenough (4-3-4) was top dog for The Nelson ‘A’ as they saw off Red Lion Cassington 3-0 in Section 7. They won all three legs 13-9, 18-17, 17-11.
Captain Seamus O’Malley played a true skippers role for The Six Bells B against Red Lion Wolvercote has he whipped off thirteen dolls (5-4-4) to lead them to a 3-0 win in the leg scores of 17-16, 17-13, 15-10.

The Six Bells ‘A’ scored more dolls than The Masons Arms in Section 8 but still ended up losing. Masons won the opening two legs 13-11, 15-13, before six Bells hit back in the final leg 17-12. Masons Joe Bandrowski was the difference as he hit eleven dolls 4-4-3.
It was not unlucky thirteen for Cricketers ‘A’ Paul Burden as he hit a bakers dozen 5-5-3 to lead them to an easy 3-0 win at home to Fairview Inn B. They never looked in trouble after winning the opening leg 21-13 and carried on to take maximum points 18-11, 20-10.

North Oxford Con club came precariously close to losing their unbeaten run to Kings Arms Wheatley in Section 11. The Club men started of well winning the first leg 15-12 but the second leg was tied 15-15, and they had to rely on three sticks to win the leg. Kings Arms then won the last leg 10-9.

The Kite lead the way in Section 12 with a 3-0 win at The Prince Of Wales. Chris Cox top scored with nine dolls as they won all three legs 9-7, 13-8, 17-10.

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