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Report Week 18 8th September

Paul Holt from The Squire Bassett finished the season of in style by clanging of fifteen dolls (5-6-4) to inspire them to a 3-0 win at The Woodman in Section 2. They won all three legs comfortably 18-13, 21-18, 25-21. Charlie Buckingham for The Woodman bagged himself a six in his haul of nine dolls.
Red Lion’s Terry Stuart top scored with fourteen dolls (3-5-6) as they came from behind to beat The Six Bells Quarry 2-1. Bells won the opening leg 25-23 but The Red Lion Marston came back well to take the next two legs 23-17, 29-21. James Bennett was top dog for The Bells with thirteen dolls (5-4-4).

In Section 4 it was unlucky thirteen for Simon Jones as he whipped off a bakers dozen (5-4-4) for The Cricketers Littleworth, but they still ended up losing 3-0 at home to The Red Lion ‘B’ Eynsham. The first leg was tied 20-20 with the Lion taking it on three sticks and two more scores of 20 saw the Lion take maximum points.

Ampleforth Arms were crowned Section 5 champions by one point after beating The Whitmore Arms 3-0. Needing maximum points to win the section they stormed off the blocks in the opening leg by winning it 30-14. They then went on to claim the next two legs 21-14, 21-13 to give them the title.
Their nearest rivals The Vikings Sports ‘A’ also won 3-0. Darren Trinder was in tremendous form as he hit a six in his total score of fifteen (4-6-5). They won all three legs 22-18, 21-8, 25-13, but news from The Ampleforth was not good and they ended up runners up by one point.
Top doll scorer Glyn Millard from The Fairview Inn ended his season in style by banging off fourteen dolls (5-5-4) but they still lost to The Golden Ball ‘B’ 2-1 despite both teams hitting 50 dolls each. Golden Ball won the first leg 20-17, Fairview then levelled 22-15 with The Golden Ball winning the final and deciding leg 15-11.

Brian Vickers hit a six with his last throw of the season as Northway Club ‘A’ beat Prince Of Wales 3-0 in Section 7. Richard Clark responded for The Prince Of Wales with thirteen dolls (4-5-4) in the leg scores of 15-13, 19-15, 26-16.

The Nut Tree wins Section 8 by one point thanks to a 2-1 win at The Cricketers ‘A’ Cowley. They won the opening leg 19-14, but lost the next 10-14. Needing the last leg to win the section they were chasing a set of 16. It was left to anchor man Martin Pratley to clang of the one doll needed for them to be crowned champions.
Folly Bridge done all they could do by winning at The Chandos Arms ‘A’ 3-0 but it was all in vain as they fell one point short and ends up runners up in the scores of 16-16, 19-17, 15-12.

In Section 9 The Black Horse knew that two points would be enough to give them the Section 9 crown. They made sure by winning the opening two legs against Brill Club 16-11, 16-15, losing the final leg 14-10 didn’t matter as nearest rivals The Blackbird crashed at home to The Golden Ball 2-1.

In Section 10 winners Brill Club ‘B’ became the only team in the league to go through the season unbeaten as they won their last game 3-0 away at the Original Swan. Alan Horton and John Burnell both hit nine dolls as they won all three legs 15-13, 16-11, 16-10.

Section 11 top doll scorer Darren StJohn finished his season of in style by bagging himself a six in his thirteen doll haul (3-5-6) to help the Eight Bells beat The Hollybush 2-1. Bells lost the opening leg 7-6 but came back well to win the next two 15-12, 13-7.

The Priory needing only one point to make sure of the Section 12 title made short work by winning the opening leg 15-10, away at Kennington Club ‘B’. Mark Spiers top scored with 10 dolls (5-2-3) as they won the next leg 12-8 but lost the final leg 11-10.

Top doll scorer of the league Neil Lyon from The Three Pigeons with 222 dolls ended the season with ten dolls as they lost away at New Club 2-1. Eddie Edwards for The Pigeons top scored with thirteen dolls (4-3-6). The opening leg was tied 26-26 with The Pigeons winning it on three sticks, but the New Club won the next two legs 27-18, 25-23. Dave Crocker with thirteen (5-5-3) and Adi Shepherd with a dozen dolls (6-3-3) top scored for The New Club.

Can all cups from last season please be returned ASAP.
Finals night will take place on Friday 22nd October at Rover Sports & Social Club Roman Way.

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