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Report Week 12 July 21st

There was very little to choose between The Red Lion Eynsham and Three Pigeons in their Premier/ Section One clash. The first leg was tied 26-26 with The Red Lion taking it on three sticks. Red Lion then set 31 in the next leg which seemed enough as The Three Pigeons replied with only twelve from their first four players. However the ‘tail’ wagged and the next three clanged off fifteen dolls including a six from Dave Townsend to leave anchor man Neil Lyon five to win the leg. Lyon almost completed a perfect reply but fell one short to send the leg into another three stick shoot out. This time The Three Pigeons won it to level the match. The final leg Red Lion set 28 which did prove to be enough this time as Three Pigeons could only reply with 21. Dave Townsend and Eddie Edwards hit fourteen dolls for Three Pigeons while Brian Lawfull and John Greenaway both hit sixes in their thirteen dolls for The Red Lion.
Paul Sawyer was in cracking form for The Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington as he bagged himself a six in his haul of fifteen dolls (5-4-6) in their 3-0 win at home to The George. Six Bells won the opening leg by the odd doll 30-29 won the second 27-25 and had to rely on three sticks to take maximum points in the final leg after it was tied 27-27, with a massive set of 19 dolls.
New Club had a narrow win over The Chequers with the last two legs being decided on three sticks. The Club men lost the first leg 18-21 but won the next two after they were tied 20-20, 21-21. Luke Purcell hit eleven dolls for The New Club as did Jason Harris for The Chequers.

Pete Hitchman hit a dozen dolls (5-4-3) for The Cross Keys in Section 3 but still ended up on the losing side to Kidlington Sports ‘B’ 3-0. Andy Burns also hit a dozen dolls for The Sports men (4-5-3) as they ran out worthy winners 23-21, 21-18, 24-15.

In Section 5 The Red Lion Garsington recorded three sixes for the first time as they took maximum points at home to The Golden Ball. Rob Jeffery (2-6-5) Malcolm Hill (3-6-5) and Rob Bradford (3-1-6) led the way for The Red Lion winning all three legs 18-15, 21-17, 26-12.

The consistent throwing by Kennington Social Club in Section 6 saw them beat Kidlington Sports Club 3-0. All three legs they hit 18 which was more than enough as The Sports men could only reply with 10-12-15.
In the clash between the two Red Lions it was the Islip team that roared the loudest to beat Yarton Lions 2-1. After a disastrous opening leg where they only set 9 Islip came back well to win the next two legs 18-14, 18-12.

Despite scoring six more dolls then their opponents Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington still lost to The Masons Arms ‘B’ 2-1 in Section 8. Six Bells stormed the first leg 17-9 but just lost the next leg 11-12. Masons then set the final leg with 16 which proved to be just enough as Six Bells anchor man Alan Wood fell just one doll short to take it to three sticks. Wood ended up top doll scorer with ten dolls.
Dean Fitzgerald was top dog with eleven dolls (3-4-4) for The Queens Head as they came away from The Chandos Arms with all three points. Dave Matthews and Andy Hooker also chipped in with ten dolls apiece in the leg scores of 17-14, 18-14, 22-16.

Donnington Social Club put a dent in The Blackbirds title ambitions in Section 9 by coming away with a 2-1 victory. They won the opening leg 15-10 and then set seventeen in the next. In reply The Blackbirds anchor man Dave Simms whipped off the four dolls needed to tie the leg and also win the leg on a three stick shoot out. Unfortunately he could not repeat the feat in the final leg falling one doll short in a chase of 14 to hand Donnington victory.

In Section 10 Marston British Legion beat The White Hart Wytham despite Martin Moran falling to trouble the doll. Team mate Laurie Higginson made up for it with ten dolls as they won all three legs 12-11, 12-10, 14-6.

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