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Pairs Competition Report



It was Pairs competition this week played down to the four semi finalists and in the Oxford Pairs Kevin Baker & Philip Adams from The Cricketers battled their way to the semi final without dropping a leg.
In the first round they were pitted up against Section Three paring of Graham Hambridge and Gary Pether from The Bullnose Morris ‘A’. Baker opened the first leg with a maximum six and Adams followed it up with five giving them a whopping total of eleven. A good reply from Hambridge (4) and Pether (5) left them just two short. The Cricketers pair won the next leg 5-4. They then demolished John Allnutt and Nick Chapman from The Gladiators 8-4, 4-3 in the next round. They had a tougher game in the quarter final against Gary Coulthard and Willy Waite from The Bullnose Morris ‘A’. After winning the opening leg Adams & Baker set eight. Coulthard replied with a three and Waite clanged off five dolls to take the leg to three sticks which The Cricketers won with a set of five.

Ken Maunder and Trevor Greenaway from Garsington Sports Club ‘A’ will join them in the semis. They had a tough game in the second round against Pete Coates and Lee Thompson from The Red Lion Eynsham with both legs going to three sticks after they were both tied 8-8 & 10-10. The second leg The Red Lion pair set ten with Thompson bagging himself a six. Maunder replied with a maximum six and Greenaway clanged of the four dolls needed to take it to three sticks again, which they won 5-4.
In the quarter final they saw of Pete Dempsey and Mick Phipps from The Three Pigeons 9-2, 7-6.

The third semi-finalists are Paul Sawyer and Steve Bayliss from Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington but they had a gigantic struggle against Eddie Lacey and Mick Berry from Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham in the first round. After winning the opening leg 7-5 with Bayliss hitting a six the next leg was tied 6-6 then 5-5 on three sticks and 1-1 on one stick. So it was back to six sticks which the Kidlington pair won 8-7.
In the second round they just got the better over Darren StJohn and Ady Shepherd from The New Club ‘A’ 2-1. With the game nicely poised at one leg each Sawyer banged in a six in the final leg to give them a total of eight, which proved to strong for The New Club boys.
In the quarter final they had a comfortable 2-0 win over Ady Cross and Alan Goodgame from Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington 9-2, 7-6 with Sawyer hitting his second six of the night.

The final semi-finalists are Kevin Giles & Paul Townsend from The Three Pigeons who defeated Roger Goodall & Dick Walsh from The Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington in a tense quarter final 2-0. Giles & Townsend won the first leg 5-4 and set the second leg with 9 which proved too strong.


In the Lower Section pairs last years winners Clive Walsh & Barry Mudd from Kidlington Sports Club crashed out in the Quarter finals this season to Peter Sellar and Mathew Arnold from The Crown Chalgrove 2-1. The Crown pair won the opening leg but lost the second leg on three sticks after it was tied 6-6. They then went on to win the final and deciding leg 6-2.

Newcomers Frank Howlett and Paul Sims from The Bullnose Morris ‘B’ made it to the semis with a hard fought battle in the quarter final against team mates Dale Macer and Eddie Lacey. After winning the first leg 4-3 the second leg was a lengthy affair. Six sticks was tied 4-4, three sticks was also tied 2-2 no one troubled the doll in the one sticker, so back to six which again was tied 4-4. Dale and Macer finally winning it on the second three sticker 1-0. Howlett and Sims the won the deciding leg 4-2.

Richard Butler and Graham Pitts from Kennington Social Club reached their first semi-final after an epic against team mates Adam Baker and Derek Fitzgerald in their quarter final. They lost the opening leg on one stick after six sticks 5-5 and three sticks 3-3 could not separate them. Butler & Pitts levelled in the next leg 3-2 then scraped through in the final leg on three sticks 3-2 after it was tied 4-4.

Gareth Williams and Steve Dean from The Cricketers ‘A’ complete the semi –final line up after they defeated team mates Richard Berry & Steve Jessop in the Quarter finals. They had to come from behind after they lost the first leg 6-4, they then went on to win the next two 5-2, 7-5.

R.Goodall (2) (Six Bells ‘C’) Paul Sawyer (2) S.Bayliss (Red Lion ‘A’ Kidlington)
L.Thompson (Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham) K.Baker (Cricketers ‘B’) K.Maunder (Garsington Sports ‘A’)

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