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Week 18


Yarnton British Legion were crowned Section One champions after they beat Premier champions Six Bells ‘C’ 2-1. Needing just a point to secure victory they managed that in the opening leg which they won by the odd doll 29-28. They then won the second leg 31-22 before Six Bells won the final leg 27-21.
Kevin Giles from The Three Pigeons clanged off fourteen dolls (4-5-5) to secure the top doll scorer title with 247 dolls, to become the equal third highest doll scorer in the leagues history. Only Kevin Baker 256 (2002) and Monty Greenaway 254 (1978) have bettered it, with Ivor Clarke 247 (1997) level.
Neil Lyon chipped in with fifteen dolls (5-5-5) as Pigeons won all three legs away at The Black Prince 2-1. Darren Grant for the Prince bagged himself a six in his fourteen doll haul in the leg scores of 31-25, 29-27, 28-29.
Steve Greenough ended the season on a high with fifteen dolls (6-5-4) as they whitewashed Rose Hill Club ‘A’ 3-0. Team mate Barry Ruffels hit a baker’s dozen (5-3-5) while Rose Hill’s Kevin Stuart clanged off fourteen dolls (3-5-6) in the 28-17, 26-25, 24-20 scores.
Gladiators ‘A’ Chris Jenkins joined the ‘200 club’ as he whipped off fifteen dolls (5-5-5) to end the season with 206 dolls as they beat Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham 2-1. Glad’s won the opening leg 25-24 lost the next 25-29 and secured victory in the final leg 25-23. John Greenway was top dog for Red Lion with fourteen dolls (3-6-5).

Woodman clinched the Section 2 title with a 3-0 win at The Three Horseshoes ‘A’. Charlie Buckingham led the way with thirteen dolls (4-5-4) as they won all three legs 20-18, 31-19, 25-20.
Darren Cox from Team Monarch passed the 200 mark as they won 2-1 at Red Lion ‘B’ Eynsham. Cox hit nine dolls to give him 204 dolls, as they won the first two legs 25-17, 23-18 before they collapsed in the final leg losing it 17-9.

Queens Head are Section 4 champs after a nail biting finish. Needing all three legs to make sure of the title they won the first leg 25-18 the second on three sticks after it was tied 16-16 but lost the final leg 19-13.
Masons Arms needing all three legs to tie at the top also won the first two legs 14-12, 18-11 but lost the last leg 19-15 which gave the title to Queens Head by one point.

Section 6, the closest section all season, had four teams still with a shout going into the last games, but it was Seacourt Bridge who had the upper hand and a 3-0 win at basement boys The Chandos Arms gave them the title by one point. They comfortably won all three legs 19-12, 18-10, 15-10.
North Oxford Con Club ‘B’ needed all three points at Red Lion Yarnton to tie at the top, but after they lost the opening leg 18-15 their dream was shattered, however they recovered well to take the next two legs 20-17, 17-16.

In Section 8 Chequers ‘C’ knew a 3-0 win at The Red Lion Marston would crown them champions and they had the best start possible by winning the opening two legs 20-14, 16-11, but failed in the final leg 12-14.
This meant a 3-0 for The Gladiators’ B’ over Florence Park ‘B’ would give them a play off for the crown. They won the first leg easily 16-4, but then crashed in the next leg 11-13 ,won the last leg 20-11 but it was too late as they ended up one point short.

Kings Arms ‘A’ Kidlington needed two points to top Section 9 and away at The Original Swan ‘B’ and they had the perfect start in the first leg winning it 18-10, but lost the next leg 15-17. The final and deciding leg gave them victory 14-8.
Golden Ball pushed them all the way but a 3-0 win at The Crooked Pot was not enough as they fell just one point short winning all three legs 19-9, 19-9, 14-10.

Kidlington Football Club won Section 10 after a close game at The Crown ‘B’. They had to rely on a three stick shoot out in the first leg after it was tied 9-9, won the next leg 12-8, and again had to rely on three sticks in the final leg after it was tied 12-12.

Could all teams that are holding cups from last season please return them ASAP.
This year’s finals will be held at The Kassam Stadium on Friday 17th October, tickets will be £3.00 all players/spectators will have to pay, including those playing.

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