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Report 17th August

There were seven sixes hit in the Premier match between The Three Pigeons and The George, with The George eventually winning 2-1. The Three Pigeons set the tone for the night with a massive set of thirty four in the opening leg, with Paul Townsend and Neil Lyon hitting a six apiece, which proved too much for The George who replied with 28 with Willy Waite bagging himself a six. The George won the second leg with a set of 29 to the Pigeons reply of 27. Den Butler this time hitting a six for The George while Pete Dempsey and Dave Townsend replied with a six for The Pigeons. The final and deciding leg went to The George
30-25 with Kevin Giles clanging off a six for The George.
Only three points separate the top five teams in Section One and leaders The New Club crashed away at The White Hart 2-1. Lee Thompson led the way as he whipped of a bakers dozen including a six as they had to come from behind in the leg scores of 23-26, 22-20, 30-28. Adrian Shepherd was top dog for The New Club with fourteen dolls (4-5-5)
The Black Swan kept their hopes alive with a 2-1 home win against Headington British Legion who took the first leg 21-19. Black Swan responded well to claim the next two legs 19-18, 27-20. Terry Stuart for The Legion threw well for his thirteen dolls (6-4-3).
The Cricketers are only two points away from being crowned Premier Section champions after defeating reigning champions The Six Bells 3-0. A good all round performance by The Cricketers saw them hit ninety four dolls as they won all three legs 30-24, 33-28, 31-28. Philip Adams top scored for The Cricketers with fourteen dolls (5-6-3) while Ady Cross (13) and Alan Goodgame (12) both hit a six for The Six Bells.

In Section 2 Red Lion Brill put a massive dent in The Squire Bassett’s title ambitions by beating them 3-0. Red Lion won the opening leg 22-20 however the next leg was tied 22-22 but Red Lion won it on three sticks 12-11. Red Lion then took maximum points in the final leg 27-19.
Leaders The Gladiators A took full advantage by defeating The Queens Head 2-1. Keith Weller with thirteen dolls (5-2-6) and Nick Chapman with a dozen dolls (6-2-4) guided the way. With the game nicely poised at a leg each Queens Heads set the final leg with 20 which The Gladiators passed with ease with a good score of 31.
James Bennet hit his second successive haul of fourteen dolls (5-5-4) as The Six Bells Quarry beat The Punch Bowl 3-0. Team mate Tony Barrett chipped in with thirteen dolls (5-4-4) as they won all three legs 23-21, 23-19, 23-20.

Tiddington Cricket Club completely bowled over Section 3 leaders Team Monarch 2-1. Monarch started of well by winning the opening leg 21-19 and then set 21 in the next leg. Cricket Clubs anchor man Dick Brownsill whipped off the four dolls needed to tie the leg, which they won on three sticks. Tiddington then won the final leg 20-12.
Three Horseshoes go level top after beating The Chequers C 2-1 despite scoring fewer dolls then their opponents who also played with one player short. Horseshoes won the first two legs 21-19, 18-17 but lost the last leg 16-20. The Chequers Roger Clements top scored with thirteen dolls including a six (6-4-3).

In Section 5 Donnington Clubs anchor man Philip Simpson kept their title ambitions alive with a haul of thirteen dolls (4-4-5) in their 2-1 win over The New Club B. In the opening leg New Club set 19 and after a slow reply Donnington left Simpson four to win. He did not disappoint as he clanged off the four dolls with a stick to spare. In the next leg New Club set 20 and this time Simpson whipped off the four dolls needed to tie the leg which they went on to win on three sticks. Final leg went to New Club 23-19.

Section 6 leaders The Nelson A had a shock in their opening leg against basement boys The Nut Tree who banged in a set of 20 which proved to strong for the leaders who replied with 15. Nelson took the next leg 18-12 and then only just snatched the win in the final leg on three sticks after it was tied 13-13.

In Section 8 Jimmy Crawford hit double figures for the first time this season (3-3-5) to help Golden Ball A defeat Rose Hill Club 2-1. The first two legs were shared 17-9, 9-14 before Golden Ball eased the final leg 16-12.
Two leg scores of thirteen were not unlucky for Donnington Arms as they took an early lead against Six Bells B Kidlington who replied with 8 & 10. Donnington upped their game in the final leg with sixteen but Six Bells replied with seventeen to snatch a point.

In Section 11 The Kings Arms B Kidlington just got the better over Kennington Club B 2-1. The first leg was tied 7-7 with the club men taking it on three sticks. Kings Arms levelled in the next leg 7-6 and finally won the game in the last leg 10-6.

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