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Report Week 7


Willy Waite became the fourth player this season to hit a brace of sixes as he clanged off sixteen dolls for The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ in their 2-1 win at Rose Hill Club in Section 3. Waite hit the doll with his first fifteen sticks, missing with his sixteenth and eighteenth to end up with 6-6-4. Rose Hill set the opening leg with 21 and it looked to be enough as in Bullnose’s reply they left anchor man Waite six to tie, and he did not disappoint as he clanged of his first six of the night to tie the leg and win it on three sticks. They then won the next leg 20-16 but lost the final leg 14-20.
Cowley Con Club finally won their first leg of the season by winning the opener against The Three Horseshoes 21-17. However they lost the next two 17-19, 17-21.
Darren Cox was in top form as he whipped off a bakers dozen (5-4-4) for Team Monarch as they came from behind to beat The Original Swan ‘A’ 2-1. Swan won the first leg 18-16 but Team Monarch came storming back to take the next two legs and match 25-17, 22-18. Craig Greenough was top dog for The Swan with a dozen dolls (4-4-4).

In The Premier / Section 1 Ken Maunder and Trevor Greenaway both hit identical scores including a six in their total score of thirteen dolls apiece (4-6-3) but it still could not prevent Garsington Sports Club ‘A’ from going down 3-0 at The Cricketers Cowley who won all three legs 25-23, 33-26, 28-20. Jon Townsend top scored for The Cricketers with fourteen dolls (4-6-4).
Ian Houghton from Red Lion Brill and Wayne Townsend from Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington both hit fifteen dolls (5-5-5) but it was the Kidlington boys that roared the loudest and won all three legs. They won the first leg 27-25 then banged in a massive 34 the next leg which proved far too strong for The Brill boys who replied with 26. Maximum points were gained in the final leg 28-22. Paul Holt chipped in with fourteen dolls (5-5-4) for Kidlington.
Roger Goodall hit fourteen dolls (3-6-5) for The Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington but it could not prevent them from losing at home 3-0 to Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham in a close contest. Lion won all three legs 25-22, 30-27, 32-31.

In Section 2 Neil Pratley bagged himself a six in his fourteen doll haul (4-4-6) to lead The Woodman Inn to a 2-1 home win against Cowley Workers. They won the first two legs 19-16, 20-17, but Cowley Workers came back well to win the last leg 25-22.

Glyn Millard was in top form as he clanged of fourteen dolls (5-5-4) for The Fairview Inn ‘A’ in their 2-1 win at Donnington Social Club ‘A’ in Section 4. Fairview won the opening leg 19-13 but lost the next on three sticks after it was tied 19-19. Final and deciding leg went to Fairview 22-17.
Close to retirement age Tony Nicholls showed there was still no substitute for experience as he hit a six in hit total score of fourteen dolls (6-4-4) for The Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington who won all three legs at The Democrats Club 25-23, 19-15, 21-17.

In Section 5 Liam Purcell from The Chequers ‘B’ experienced the highs and lows of Aunt Sally as he failed to trouble the doll in his first throw but then followed it up with a maximum six in his next throw. He could then only muster up a one in the final leg as Queens Head ‘B’ took full advantage and won the first two legs 18-13, 18-17 and the final leg on three sticks after it was tied 14-14.

Quarry Gates Pete Kennet played a true anchor mans role as he was called into action in all three legs in their clash at home to Red Lion Wendlebury in Section 6. Red Lion set in all three legs and they started of with a score of seventeen in the opening leg. In reply Quarry left Kennett needing four to win and he went one better by whipping of five dolls. The next leg Red Lion set again with seventeen and this time Kennett was left needing five to win. He fell one short to tie the leg but Red Lion won it on three sticks. The final and deciding leg Red Lion once again set seventeen and this time Kennett only needed three to win which he managed with a stick to spare to give Quarry a 2-1 victory.
Only two dolls separated Queens Head ‘A’ and Florence Park ‘A’ in what turned out to be a very close contest. Florence Park won the first two legs by the odd doll 15-14, 16-15 but Queens Head grabbed a point in the final leg on three sticks after the leg was tied 16-16.

The Nut Tree beat Kidlington Football Club ‘A’ 3-0 in Section 7 but the game was much closer than the result suggests. Nut Tree won the opening two legs on three sticks after they were both drawn 16-16 & 15-15. They then went on to take maximum points in the final leg 21-11.

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