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Report Week 15


Despite losing at home to Vikings ’B’ 2-1, The Cricketers ‘B’ need only one more point to retain the Premier Section title. They won the opening leg 27-24 and then set 29 in the next leg. In reply Vikings left their anchor man Robin Charlton six to win and he almost pulled it off but fell one doll short. That took the leg into a three stick shoot off which Vikings won. Cricketers set the final and deciding leg with 26 and this time Charlton whipped off the four dolls needed to win the leg by the odd doll with 27. Geoff Townsend (6-4-5) and Philip Adams (5-5-4) starred for The Cricketers.
There were four sixes hit in the clash between Garsington Sports ‘B’ and Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington which the Sportsmen won 2-1. Six Bells set the first leg with an impressive 34 and Garsington gave it a good go in reply ending up with 31. Garsington then levelled in the next leg 30-29. The final leg was tied 27-27 with Garsington winning it on three sticks 14-13. Alan Surman (6-5-3) and Alan Goodgame (6-3-4) top scored for The Six Bells while brothers Barry Ruffels (3-5-6) and Martin Ruffles (6-4-3) led the way for Garsington.
Neil Lyon was in sparkling form for The Three Pigeons with fifteen dolls (5-5-5) but it was to no avail as they lost away at Red Lion ‘B’ Eynsham 2-1 in the leg scores of 27-26, 19-31, 29-24.
Gladiators ‘A’ remain on course for the Section One title after coming from behind to defeat visitors Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham. Lead off man John Allnutt showed them the way with fourteen dolls (4-5-5) after they lost the first leg 25-23 they came back well to win the next two 27-17, 30-17.

Rose Hill Club ‘A’ secured the Section Two title with a 2-1 win at The Griffin. Luke Purcell (4-6-3) and Kevin Stuart (4-4-5) steadied the ship after they lost the opening leg 19-18, to win the next two 18-16, 24-22 to claim the first Section win of the season.
James Bennett threw well for his fourteen dolls (5-5-4) to help Six Bells ‘A’ Quarry to a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Cowley Workers. He was well supported by team mate Tony Barrett who hit a bakers dozen (4-5-4) as they took maximum points 20-16, 23-15, 21-18.

Section Three leaders Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton lost at home to their nearest rivals The Three Horseshoes 2-1 but are still in prime position to finish top. They started of well winning a close first leg 18-17, lost the next leg 25-17 and then drew the final leg 18-18 but lost it on three sticks.

It’s very close at the top of Section 4 after the leaders The Original Swan ‘A’ crashed at home to Tiddington Cricket Club. Swan set and won the opening leg 19-11 but chasing a set of only 16 in the next leg they could only score a reply of 10. The final and deciding leg Swan set with 18 but it was not enough as Tiddington passed it with ease scoring 23. Graham Bristow bagged himself a six in his ten doll haul for Tiddington.
Crown ‘A’ took full advantage of the Swans slip to move level top after a 2-1 win at New Club ‘B’ . They won the first two legs 19-10, 19-14 but failed to get maximum points in the final leg losing it 17-14.
Top scorer in the Section Chris Webb hit fourteen dolls (5-4-5) for The Six Bells ‘B’ Quarry but it could not prevent them going down 2-1 to The Masons Arms ‘A’. Mick Butler threw well for The Masons with thirteen dolls (3-5-5) while veteran Phil Wilkins got a six for The Six Bells. The first leg Masons won on three sticks after it was tied 24-24, they won the next 20-17 with Six Bells grabbing a point in the final leg 22-20.

In Section 5 Glyn Millard hit thirteen dolls (3-5-5) for Fairview ‘A’ in their 2-1 win at The Queens Head ‘A’ in the leg scores of 18-17, 14-15, 18-15.
Simon Claridge from The Red Lion Islip hit his best score of the season with a dozen dolls (5-3-4) as they won all three legs at home to The Pheasant 22-19, 15-14, 15-12.

In Section 6 Peter Dunnill hit his first ever six for The Fairview ‘B’ as they came from behind to beat The Chequers ‘B’ 11-12, 14-8, 14-12.
Monty Morgan clanged off thirteen dolls (5-5-3) to lead the George ‘A’ to a emphatic 3-0 home win against Kidlington Sports ‘A’ Team mate Ray Winfield chipped in with a dozen dolls (3-4-5) as they won all three legs 21-11, 26-17, 15-13.

Andy George hit double figures (4-3-3) for The Bullnose ‘B’ as they keep their title ambitions alive with a 2-1 win over Florence Park in Section 8. They won the first two legs 12-7, 13-8, but failed to claim maximum points in the final leg losing it 11-10.
Brill Sports Club stay top of the pile with a 3-0 win at Donnington Arms. Ted Houghton top scored for Brill with eleven dolls (3-4-4) in the leg scores of 12-7, 16-13, 15-11.

The bottom two clashed in Section 9 and it was The Red Lion ‘A’ Cassington that just got the better over The Crown ‘B’ despite scoring less dolls. The opening leg Crown won 11-6, however Red Lion claimed the next two legs by the odd doll 13-12, 11-10.
In Section 10 Neil Butler for The Corner House clanged off eleven dolls (5-3-3) to inspire them to a 3-0 win against Red Lion ‘C’ Kidlington. The result was never in doubt after the won the first leg 15-7. They took the next two 15-7, 12-6.

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