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Report Week 13 August 4th

Premier Champions The Cricketers showed they are still in with a shout of defending the trophy with a 3-0 at leaders The Six Bells. With only a set of 26 in the opening leg Cricketers must have thought their title ambitions were going down the drain but Six Bells could only reply with 21. Cricketers never looked back after that and took the next two legs 34-26, 32-28. Kevin Baker top scored with fourteen dolls 5-6-3.
Red Lion Eynsham opened up a two point gap at the top of Section One taking maximum points at The Gladiators. They won all three legs 30-21, 32-22, 27-22 with Mick Berry clanging of fifteen dolls 5-6-4 and team mate Lee Thompson hitting fourteen dolls 6-4-4.

It was not unlucky thirteen for Yarnton British Legions Matt Lewis as he whipped off thirteen dolls 4-4-5 to lead them to a 3-0 at The New Club in Section 2. They won the first two legs comfortably 23-17, 21-15 but struggled in the final leg winning it by the odd doll 19-18.
Tony O’Brien bagged himself a six in his fourteen dolls 6-4-4 but it was to no avail as The Black Swan lost to The PunchBowl in a close contest. PunchBowl won the first leg 21-19 and the second leg on three sticks after it was tied 19-19. Black Swan grabbed a point in the final leg 21-15.

Anchor man Martin Bailey was the hero for Section 3 leaders Red Lion Brill as they beat Garsington Sports ‘B’ 3-0, but it was much closer than the score line suggests. After wining the opening leg 23-18 they were then set 21 in the next leg. After a slow reply Bailey was left four to win the leg and he did not disappoint knocking off the winning doll with his last stick. Garsington set the final leg again with 21 and this time Bailey was left six to win the leg. He missed with his first stick but smashed of the next five to send the leg into a three stick shoot out, which Red Lion won to take maximum points.
John Brown (6-5-2) and Andy Burns (4-5-4) were both on top form for Kidlington Sports Club as they beat Vikings Sports 3-0. Kidlington hit an impressive 27 & 30 in the first two legs to Vikings reply of 22 & 22. In the final leg Kidlingtons 22 was enough to win the leg after being set 19 by Vikings.
Veteran Mick Beane banged off thirteen dolls (4-4-5) as did Danny Brown (6-4-3) to steer Seacourt Bridge to a 2-1 win at Democrats Club. Seacourt set the opening leg with 22. Democrats left anchor man Chris Jenkins five to win the leg in reply, which was just to much as Jenkins hit four to send the leg in to three sticks, which Seacourt won. The next leg Democrats set 21 and this time it was Seacourts anchor man Beane needing five to win the leg. This time Beane fell one short with four dolls to send the leg into another three sticker, with Democrats winning it. The final and deciding leg Seacourt won 22-20.

In Section 4 The Red Lion ‘B’ Eynsham hit their best ever overall score of 75 dolls as they demolished Donnington Social Club 3-0. Mark Hewitson led the way with thirteen dolls 5-4-4 winning all three legs 28-16, 24-14, 23-14.

Section 5 leaders Ampleforth Arms fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at Littlemore Rugby Club. Ampleforth took an early lead in the first leg 15-14 but fell apart in the next two to lose them 15-11, 17-15. Paul Evans was top dog for The Rugby men with ten dolls.

Jolly Sportsman’s Jason Coates was the star in the local clash against Red Lion C Eynsham in Section 6. With the first leg already in the bag 20-15 they were set 21 in the next leg. After a steady reply anchor man Coates was left needing five to win the leg, which proved to be no problem as he whipped off all six dolls to win the leg. They then grabbed maximum points in the last leg 19-14.

In Section 7 Vikings Sports C Paul Hedger hit his first ever six as they beat Prince Of Wales 3-0 in the leg scores of 14-10, 19-16, 24-12.
Another first timer was Barry Edwards for The Cricketers Arms Littleworth who hit his six in the last leg as they beat Marston British Legion 2-1 in Section 10.

Teams in Section 9 please note that The Cavalier Pub has shut down. They will be playing the remaining of their home games at The Bricklayers Old Marston.

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