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Report Week 9


Three Pigeons brought their outside chances of the Premier League back to life with an impressive 3-0 at home to Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington. Chasing a set of 25 in the opening leg, anchor man Neil Lyon clanged off the five dolls needed to win the leg by the odd doll, with the winning doll coming with his last stick. Pigeons then won the next leg 31-28. Six Bells set the final leg with 31 but Pigeons flew past that with 35 thanks to sixes from Kevin Giles and Dave Townsend.
Cricketers ‘B’ move clear at the top of the Premier Section with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Ampleforth Arms ‘A’. Kevin Baker led the way with fifteen dolls (6-4-5) as they won all three legs 28-18, 29-23, 28-23.Teamate Den Sellar chipped in with thirteen dolls (3-5-5).
Nick Chapman (4-5-5) and Keith Weller (5-4-5) inspired The Gladiators ‘A’ to maximum points in Section 1 against The New Club ‘A’. Gladiators were in fine form as they won 30-25, 25-16, 30-23.

In Section 2 It was not unlucky thirteen for The Black Prince ‘A’ Ian Grant as he hit a bakers dozen (2-6-5) in their 3-0 defeat of Chequers ‘A’. After setting and winning the opening leg 22-17 they then went on to win the remaining two legs 24-18, 24-16.
James Bennett bagged himself a six in his fourteen doll haul (6-4-4) for The Six Bells ‘A’ Quarry as they beat The Bullnose ‘A’ 2-1. They won the first two legs 19-15, 23-20 but lost the final leg 21-17.

King & Queen ‘A’ remain rooted at the foot of Section 3 after their 3-0 loss at Headington Con Club ‘A’. A good team effort from the club men saw them through 20-18, 28-18, 20-18.
Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton still rule the roost and remain unbeaten after they beat The Chequers ‘C’ 2-1. They claimed victory in the first two legs 24-18, 25-16, but lost the final leg 22-18. Andy Kay top scored for The Lion with eleven dolls (4-3-4) while The Chequers Stuart Bennett hit a six in hit ten doll haul.

The clash at the top of Section 4 saw leaders The Original Swan ‘A’ defeat The Vikings Sports ‘A’ 2-1 with some inconsistent throwing. The Swan won the opening leg 21-8, with Vikings levelling in the next leg 16-10. Swan won the decider 21-15.

Only two points separate the top five teams in Section 5 and The Masons Arms boosted their chances with a 3-0 win at home to The Fairview Inn ‘A’. James Morrison threw a steady 4-4-4 for his dozen dolls as they won all three legs 18-15, 17-15, 17-11.
Pheasant Inn won 3-0 at home to The Democrats Club but the game was much closer than the score suggests. The Pheasants anchor man Chris Lee was the difference as he knocked off the winning dolls in all three legs. Democrats set each leg, the opening one with 16. Lee whipped off the two dolls needed to win the leg by the odd doll 17-16. The next leg they won on three sticks after he hit four dolls which tied the leg 12-12. The final leg Lee clanged of two dolls needed to win it 11-10. Billy Hill top scored for The Democrats with ten dolls (4-4-2).

The Cricketers ‘A’ remain unbeaten in Section 7 thanks to a significant display by Gareth Williams who clanged off thirteen dolls (3-4-6). They took maximum points in the leg scores of 11-9, 15-13, 20-12.
Ampleforth ‘B’ stay joint top despite crashing at home to Brill Sports Club ‘A’. They won the opening leg 20-14 but then lost the next two 17-13, 18-16. Neil Jackson was top dog with eleven dolls (5-3-3).
Only one separated The Catherine Wheel and Marston British Legion in all three legs but it was the Catherine Wheel who claimed all of them, 15-14, 13-12, 14-13, with anchor man Dave Simmonds knocking off the winning dolls in each leg.

In Section 9 after 20 years of trying to get his name in the paper, The Original Swan’s Charlie Proudfoot managed it this week but for the wrong reason. Hoping for a six, he failed to trouble the doll and ended up in the blobbers section. It did not affect the teams performance though as they came away from The George ‘B’ with all three points 11-9, 11-6, 14-13.

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