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Week 17


Six Bells’ C’ Kidlington are the new Premier Section champions after beating The Black Prince 3-0 on their own alley. Captain Roger Goodall led the way with fourteen dolls (6-4-4) as they won all three legs 25-19, 31-21, 25-24.
They win it for the second time and are only the third different team to win in the past 22 years.
Their closest rivals The Three Pigeons had a record breaking night at home to Rose Hill Club ‘A’ but to no avail. They clanged off a massive 99 dolls in total with Kevin Giles leading the way with seventeen (5-6-6) missing with his first stick. Roly Finch joined in whipping off fifteen dolls (4-6-5) as they claimed all three legs 27-23, 35-31, 37-31. It was the best Rose Hill have thrown all season and they still came away with nothing. Liam Purcell top scored for Rose Hill (2-4-6)
Yarnton British Legion need one more point for the Section One crown after they beat Garsington Sports ‘A’ and diminish their hopes. Yarnton set and won the opening leg by one doll 25-24 and then were only set 20 in the next leg which they passed with ease. The final and deciding leg Garsington set 29 and after a steady reply Yarnton’s anchor man Nick Hall was left needing five to win, which he managed hitting the winning doll with his last stick. Garry Smith for Garsington was top dog with thirteen dolls (4-3-6).
New Club ‘A’ lost ground after losing away at Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham 2-1. They lost the first two legs 23-21, 24-22, but grabbed a point in the final leg 27-17.

Section 2 is still up for grabs and it’s The Woodman who are in prime position after coming away from the Griffin with all three points. Neil Pratley and Paul Bennett were both in form with thirteen dolls apiece (4-4-5), as they won 24-18, 26-22, 30-25.
The Ampleforth Arms ‘A’ are one point behind after dropping a leg at The Chequers ‘A’. They comfortably won the first two legs 25-17, 25-17 but lost the final leg 24-19.
After his disappointment in the singles last week, Darren Cox was back in form clanging off a six in his fifteen doll haul (4-6-5) as Team Monarch beat Red Lion Kidlington 2-1 in the leg scores of 23-24, 21-18, 24-17.

In Section 3 The Chequers ‘B’ Richard Dunn claimed his first maximum six for a few years as they beat Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington 2-1. His dozen dolls (4-6-2) saw them through 19-17, 20-20 (won on three sticks) 19-21.

Queens Head lead the way in Section 4 by one point as they came from behind to defeat The George ‘A’ 2-1. A disastrous opening leg saw them set and lose 10-14. However they recovered well to just win the next two legs 15-13, 14-13.
Masons Arms, one point behind, like wise had a bad start at home Vikings Sports ‘C’ losing the opening leg 14-18 but came back well to win the next two 22-16, 20-17.

Vikings Sports ‘D’ need just one more point for the Section 5 title after beating closest rivals The George ‘B’ 2-1. Ted McCormack was in blistering form with fourteen dolls (4-4-6) as they won the first leg 20-16, lost the next 14-16 but claimed victory in the final leg 20-13.
New Club ‘B’ hopes crashed when they were whitewashed at home by North Oxford Con Club ‘A’. A bad night all round saw them lose all three legs 13-17, 17-19, 13-16.

North Oxford Con Club ‘B’ and Seacourt Bridge lead a chasing pack of five teams who can still win Section 6. The club men had an easy night at home to basement boys Chandos Arms 3-0 while Seacourt Bridge dropped a leg away at Red Lion Yarnton 13-9, 13-15, 16-15.
Duncan Merry hit his first ever maximum six as Red Lion Eynsham beat The Three Horseshoes ‘B’ 2-1 in a close contest. Horseshoes went into an early lead 12-11 with the Lion levelling in the next leg 15-12. The final and deciding leg went to the Lion on three sticks after it was tied 14-14.

Six Bells’ B’ Kidlington are Section 7 champions after winning 3-0 at home to The Blackbird. They won the first two legs 17-13, 16-10 but had to rely on three sticks in the final leg after it was tied 11-11.
Headington British Legion finished of Rose Hill Club ‘B’ hopes after beating them 2-1. Rose Hill started of well winning the opening leg 18-8, but then lost the next leg by the odd doll 14-15 and then the final leg 12-15.

Section 8 is still open and The Chequers ‘C’ take pole position after defeating Cricketers Arms 2-1. They lost the opening leg 14-10 but recovered well to win the next two legs with ease 19-14, 18-15.
Gladiators ‘B’ had a set back after they lost 2-1 at Littlemore British Legion. After losing the first leg 12-11 they stormed back to level in the next leg 16-12. However a set of 17 in the final leg by The Legion was too much for The Glad’s who could only reply with 10.

Kings Arms ‘A’ need two more points for the Section 9 title but Golden Ball are pushing them all the way after they came away for The Kite Inn with maximum points. Brian Reidy was top dog with a dozen dolls (5-3-4) as they won 15-8, 19-8, 21-8.

Kidlington Football Club are favourites for Section 10 after they whitewashed The Corner House 3-0. They were never in any trouble winning all three legs 16-7, 18-6, 12-10.
The Pheasant Inn ‘B’ are ready to pounce on any mistakes after they recorded another 3-0 win, this time at home to The Catherine Wheel ‘B’ 20-11, 19-9, 13-10.

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