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Report Week 14


The Three Pigeons hit a massive 97 dolls including a leg of 37 as they got their title challenge back on track with a 3-0 win at home to The Black Swan. Chasing a set of twenty seven in the opening leg they passed that with thirty and then went on to take the next two legs 37-22, 30-20. All of the team hit double figures with Dave Townsend leading the way with fifteen (6-5-4). Paul Townsend and Eddie Edwards hitting a six apiece in their thirteen doll haul.
The Cricketers ‘B’ keep the pressure on with a 2-1 win at Garsington Sports ‘A’ for whom Geoff Townsend starred with fifteen dolls including a double six (3-6-6). They won the first two legs 30-25, 33-29 but Garsington came back with a bang in the final leg taking it 35-31.
Red Lion ‘A’ keep their outside chances alive with a close fought game at home to Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington which included four maximum sixes. They won the first leg 34-28 with Mick Berry and Keith Powell bagging themselves a six apiece. Six Bells levelled in the next leg 32-25 with Alan Goodgame hitting a six this time for the Bells. The final and deciding leg Red Lion set with 28 and after a steady reply Six Bells anchor man Alan Goodgame was left needing six to win and he almost pulled it of falling one short to send the leg to three sticks. This was tied 11-11. Onto a one stick shoot off and Red Lion won it 5-4 to win the game 2-1.
Alan Goodgame top scored for The Bells with fifteen dolls (4-6-5) and team mates Andy Beal (3-5-5) and Alan Surman (5-4-4) supporting well with thirteen dolls. John Greenaway for The Red Lion was the other six hitter.

Section 2 leaders Vikings Sports ‘B’ scored less dolls than their hosts The Black Prince (58-62) but still secured a 2-1 win. They won the first two legs 21-18, 22-17 however Black Prince thumped in an impressive 27 in the final leg which Vikings could not get near ending up with a reply of 15.

King & Queen ‘A’ top Section 4 after a 3-0 win against Garsington Sports ‘B’ but the game was much closer than the score suggests. King & Queen openened proceedings with a set of nineteen but Garsington’s anchor man Len Wing whipped off the four dolls needed to tie the leg and send it to three sticks. This was also tied 9-9 before the leaders won it on one stick. They then went 2-0 up in the second leg winning it by the odd doll 19-18. The final leg also went to three sticks after it was tied 16-16 with King & Queen winning it 9-8 on three sticks.

In Section 5 Folly Bridge’s erratic form cost them a leg in their game at Marston British Legion. They comfortably won the first leg 20-16 but then collapsed dramatically in the second leg with a set of only seven dolls. British Legion passed that with ease with 15. Folly Bridge rallied in the final leg to win it and the match 15-12.

Red Lion Wendlebury’s poor form is costing them dear in Section 6 as they lost to leaders Quarry Gate 2-1 and slip down to third spot. Quarry had the game wrapped up in the first two legs 16-12, 13-8 but could not take maximum points losing the final leg 18-12.
Second placed Masons Arms ‘B’ had to come from behind to beat lowly King & Queen ‘B’ after losing the first leg 19-13. They easily levelled in the next leg 21-9 and only just scrapped by in the deciding leg by the odd doll 16-15.

In Section 8 Ken Stimpson with fifteen dolls (4-6-5) hit his best score for many years and inspired Catherine Wheel to a shock 2-1 win against leaders Golden Ball ‘A’. They stormed into a 2-0 lead 13-12, 18-14 with the leaders coming back well in the final leg to grab a point 20-17.
The bottom two clashed Kings Arms Wheatley & The Crooked Pot and it proved to be a close affair. The opening leg was tied 11-11 with Kings Arms winning it on three sticks. Crooked Pot won the next leg 17-12 and the final leg Kings Arms again won it on three sticks after it was tied once again 11-11.

Kevin Vickers Snr was top dog with eleven dolls (4-3-4) for Northway Club as they beat Jolly Postboys 2-1 in Section 9. They won the first leg by the odd doll 11-10 lost the next 12-8 and secured victory in the third leg 14-12.

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