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Week 11


Premier Section pace setters Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington lost their first game of the season in a tense close thriller at Garsington Sports ‘A’. The Sportsmen set all three legs and won the opener by the odd doll 27-26. Six Bells responded well in the next leg winning it 29-23. In the final and deciding leg Garsington set 29 and once again Six Bells fell one doll short with 28, but they still stay top by four points. Dick Walsh with fourteen dolls (5-5-4) and Andy Beal with thirteen dolls (4-5-4) were top dogs for the leaders while Martin Ruffels hit a bakers dozen (5-5-3) for Garsington.
Three Pigeons could only gain a point on the leaders after they beat Yarnton British Legion 2-1. Kevin Giles with fourteen dolls (6-5-3) led the way as they comfortably won the first two legs 34-23, 31-27 but lost the last leg 28-27.
Veteran Les Disley rolled back the years with a dozen dolls (5-4-3) for The Cricketers ‘B’ as they took maximum points at home to The Black Prince, for whom David Leopold was in top form with thirteen dolls (4-4-5), however it could not prevent them going down 25-20, 25-23, 25-22.
Lee Thompson bagged himself a maximum six in his thirteen doll haul (4-6-3) as they beat Rose Hill Club ‘A’ away 2-1. It was all over after the first two legs 21-20, 25-22 but they collapsed in the final leg allowing Rose Hill to grab a point in the final leg 20-16.
Kevin Neal clanged off a six in his fourteen dolls (4-4-6) as Gladiators ‘A’ came from behind to beat New Club ‘A’ 2-1. After losing the first leg 19-17 they levelled in the next leg 26-19 and made sure of victory in the final leg with a massive set of 33 to New Club’s reply of 21.

In Section 2 despite Simon King knocking off thirteen dolls (5-4-4) it could not prevent The Red Lion ‘B’ Eynsham from losing at home to Vikings Sports ‘B’ 2-1 who took the opening leg 26-22. Red Lion won the next leg 24-17 however Vikings secured victory in the final leg 22-18.
It was also unlucky thirteen for Red Lion Kidlington’s Lee Anderson as he hit a six in his thirteen doll total (3-6-4) but they still lost 3-0 to leaders Six Bells Quarry. Opening leg went to The Six Bells 22-16 with the second leg tied at 20-20. Three sticks were also tied as was one stick, with the Bells winning it back on six sticks 15-14. They secured all three points in the final leg 25-20. Jim Clemson was top dog for The Bells with thirteen dolls (4-5-4).

Crown Otmoor suffered a set back in their quest for the Section 3 title when they lost to bottom placed Kennington Social Club 2-1. They only just won the first leg 20-19 but then lost the next two 15-11, 21-19.

In Section 4 Vikings Sports ‘C’ move level top after a 2-1 win at home to Original Swan ‘A’ thanks to thirteen dolls including a first ever six from Jack Wells (6-4-3). They won the first two legs 16-14, 23-16 but failed to get maximum points after losing the final leg on three sticks after it was tied 14-14.

Section 5 leaders Vikings Sports ‘D’ had a disastrous opening leg at North Oxford Con Club ‘A’ when they could only reply with 8 when set a target of 14. They recovered well in the next two legs though taking them easily 19-10, 21-9. David Gardiner the only player hitting double figures with ten, (1-4-5).
Only six points separate the top eight and New Club ‘B’ moved within one point at the top with a 2-1 win at Red Lion Islip. Barry Gilding top scored with eleven dolls (4-3-4) in the leg scores of 15-8, 20-18, 13-14.

Seacourt Bridge put a spoke in King & Queen’s Section 6 title ambitions by defeating them 2-1 in a close game. Seacourt won the first leg by one doll 15-14 with the King & Queen levelling in the next leg also by one doll 17-16. King & Queen then set 16 in the final leg and after a slow reply from Seacourt it looked to be enough as they needed eleven from their last three players, however sixth man Steve Peedell clanged off a six which left the last two players only needed five to win which they managed easily to win the leg 18-16.

There was a shock in Section 7 as leaders Six Bells ‘B’ Kidlington crashed at home to basement boys Kings Arms ‘B’ 2-1. It looked ok as the Bells won the first leg 15-14 but Kings Arms turned things around and won the next leg 18-14, and then was set 17 in the final leg. Anchor man Nick Snr Edmonds clanged off the three dolls needed to give them victory by the odd doll 18-17.

There’s a three way tie at the top of Section 8 and Chequers lead the way on dolls after beating Northway Club 2-1 in the leg scores of 17-11, 16-8, 13-14.

Section 10 leaders Kidlington Sports Club crashed at home to The Bystander 2-1. They lost the opening leg 10-9 and won the second leg 13-12. The deciding leg went to The Bystander 12-9.
It’s very rare that a player in the bottom section will hit a six but The Pheasant Inn ‘B’ Keith Harris just done that in hit twelve dolls (3-3-6) as they took maximum points at home to White Hart ‘B’ 11-3, 10-6, 16-9.

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