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Finals night

Finals night report
Dick Walsh from The Six Bells Kidlington became the Oxford Singles champion for the first time in a controversial final against team mate Roger Goodall at a packed Kassam. Some very unsporting behaviour from some Team Monarch players and one or two others behind the throw soured the final as they barracked Goodall during his throw.
Walsh set the opening leg with 2, with Goodall matching it. Walsh winning the leg on three sticks. Walsh then set the next leg with three, and with the noise level rising Goodall could only hit 2, to give Walsh the win for the first time.

Steve Buckle (The Blackbird) beat last year’s runner-up Brian Reidy (Golden Ball) 2-1 in a close contest. Buckle set 2 in the opening leg with Reidy matching it. They both failed to score in the three sticks with Buckle wining it in the one stick shootout. Buckle set again in the next leg but could only muster up one. Reidy again matched it, but Buckle won it on three sticks this time.

In the Oxford Pairs Kevin Giles & Neil Lyon (Three Pigeons) beat John Horton & Robert Taylor (New Club ‘A’ 2-1) The Pigeons pair set and won the opening leg 6-4 but lost the next leg by the same score. The final and deciding leg Giles went in with a six and Lyon followed up with a five to give a grand total of eleven, which was more than enough to give them the title.

The Lower Pairs final was a close contest. Roger Alder & Rory Mangan (Chequers’ C’) just got the better of Ian Sharp and Dave Fry (Pheasant Inn). The Pheasant pair won the first leg 5-4 with The Chequers levelling in the next leg by the same score. A set of three in the final leg by the Chequers pair was enough to see them through.

Giles and Lyon then joined up with the rest of The Three Pigeons to beat The Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham 2-0 in the Greene King Cup final. They won the first leg 23-21 and then set a formidable score of 33 in the next leg which The Lion could not match. Paul Townsend threw well with a 5 & 4.

In The Jim Whitbread Cup Donnington ‘C’ beat Vikings Club ‘D’ 2-1. Donnington set and won the opening leg 13-11, however chasing a set of seventeen Vikings anchor man Glyn Millard clanged off the four dolls needed to win the leg by the odd doll and level the game. The final and deciding leg went to Donnington 18-10.

The Cricketers had to come from behind to beat The Six Bells Kidlington in the Monty Greenaway fours. The Bell’s won the first leg 10-9 however the Cricketers came storming back in the next leg 17-13 to level. Cricketers then set fourteen in the deciding leg, which proved to be enough as The Bell’s fell three short.

Pheasant Inn beat Donnington Club ‘C’ to win the Oxford Fours. The first leg was tied 10-10 with The Pheasant winning it on three sticks. Donnington levelled in the next leg 11-10. Pheasant set and won the final leg 10-9.

Pete & Jason Coates (Red Lion Eynsham) beat Ben and Dave Green (Chequers’ C’) 2-0 to be crowned Parent & Child winners. They won both legs 5-2, 5-4.

Elliot Greenough (Original Swan) beat Leighton Sewell (Team Monarch) 2-0 to win

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