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Report Week 17 1st September

The Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington were crowned Premier Section Champions despite losing at home to The Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham 2-1. With their closest rivals The Cricketers losing 3-0 to The George the one point the Six Bells gained was enough to give them the title for the first time with one game to go. To make this even more remarkable, it is the first time for twenty years that a team from either The Cricketers or The George have won it. The Plough Garsington winning it in 1990.
The Red Lion set and won the opening leg 28-27, but The Six Bells came back with a bang in the next leg with a set of 37 to Red Lions reply of 27. Red Lion then won the game in the final leg 33-27 but the point Six Bells gained proved to be enough. Steve Ward top scored with thirteen dolls 4-6-3 while Lee Thompson was top dog for The Red Lion with fourteen dolls 6-5-3. This win for The Red Lion keeps them two points clear in Section One.
The George found form at the wrong time for The Cricketers as they whitewashed them 3-0 at home. George won the opening leg 31-28 with The Cricketers setting 32 in the next leg. George replied steadily but still left their last two men eleven to win. Steve Walton stepped up to clang of all six dolls leaving anchor man Willy Waite to whip off the five dolls needed to snatch the leg by the odd doll. George then took maximum points in the final leg 30-25 with Steve Walton hitting another six to give him a total haul of seventeen dolls (5-6-6).
Philip Adams hit a steady 5-5-5 for The Cricketers.
Garsington Sports Club loses ground in Section One after being beaten at home by The Three Pigeons 2-1. The Sports Men started of well winning the first leg 30-27 but The Tree Pigeons stepped up a gear in the next two legs taking them 31-27, 36-24. Leading doll scorer Neil Lyon hit sixteen dolls (5-6-5) for The Pigeons while Barry Ruffels was top dog for Garsington with fourteen dolls 5-4-5.
Austin Atkinson was in awesome form for The New Club ‘A’ as he bagged himself a six in his sixteen dolls 5-6-5, but they still lost out 2-1 to The Gladiators, 25-18, 24-24, 19-28.

Len Brandon played a true anchor mans role as The Six Bells Quarry came away from The New Club ‘B’ with a 2-1 victory in Section 2. New Club set every leg and won the first one 17-16 and then set 23 in the second leg. After a slow reply Len Brandon was left needing five to win the leg and after missing with his first stick he clanged off the next five to give them the leg by the odd doll. The Six Bells then won the final leg 21-16. Brandon ended up with thirteen dolls 4-5-4.
Black Swans Dave Green was in top form with fourteen dolls (6-4-4) as they defeated The Woodman 3-0 in the leg scores of 27-17, 24-18, 28-24.
Kevin Stuart bagged himself a brace of sixes (4-6-6) for The Red Lion as they won all three legs at The Cowley Workers 26-22, 25-16, 26-23. Leading doll scorer Billy Trinder threw well for his fifteen dolls 5-6-4.

In Section 5 The Ampleforth Arms lead a chasing pack by one point after beating the Golden Ball 2-1. With the game nicely poised at 1-1 (14-16, 17-15) Golden Ball could only set nine in the final leg which The Ampleforth passed with ease with seventeen.
Hot on their tail is The Vikings who recorded a 3-0 win at home to The Red Lion Garsington. Kevin Masterson led the way with a dozen dolls (5-5-2) as they won all three legs 18-10, 22-20, 21-14.

The Black Horse still need two more points to clinch the Section 9 title after beating Northway Club 2-1. They won the first two legs 21-17, 17-11 but failed to grab maximum points in the final leg losing it 14-16.
The Blackbird are ready to step in if The Black Horse slips up after coming away from The Catherine Wheel with all three points. Kevin Bloomfield top scored with ten dolls (4-3-3) in the scores of 16-7, 14-7, 14-12.

The Priory need just one point from their final game to be crowned Section 12 champs after they beat Kings Arms A Kidlington 3-0, 12-3, 12-6, 18-12.

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