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Week 8

Games played on Wednesday 21st June

Kevin Stuart was in scintillating form as he clanged off fifteen dolls (6-5-4) for The George ‘A’ but it was all in vain as visitors Garsington Sports ‘A’ won 2-1 in a high scoring game. Garsington set and won the opening leg 28-26 with The George levelling in the next leg 26-24. The final and deciding leg Garsington won 30-22. Clive Proudfoot was top dog for the Sportsmen with fourteen dolls (4-5-5).
Jon Townsend for The Swan ‘A’ was another player who hit fifteen dolls (5-5-5) but ended up on the losing side as they lost away at The Three Pigeons 2-1. It started off brightly for The Swan as they set and won the first leg 26-20. They then set 23 in the next leg but it was not to be enough as The Pigeons flew past that with 28 in reply to set up an exciting last leg. The Pigeons set with 27 which proved to be enough as The Swan could only reply with 24. Dave Edwards (5-5-3) and Neil Lyon (5-4-4) both hit thirteen for The Pigeons.
Premier leaders The Gladiators ‘A’ came away with a 2-1 win against a good Swan ‘B’ side. Swan set the opening leg with 25 and in reply Kevin Giles gave The Glad’s the perfect start with a six, however they still left anchor man Keith Weller needing three to win the leg and he produced the goods whipping the winning doll off with his last stick. Glad’s could only muster up a set of 22 in the next leg which The Swan passed with ease hitting 27 in reply to level the match. The toss was important in the final leg and Glad’s won it and decided to set and hit a formidable score of 30. Swan could only reply with 24 to give The Glad’s a crucial victory.
There was an exciting finish in the clash between The Black Prince & Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton. With the game nicely poised at a leg each The Black Prince set 23 in the final leg. Red Lion stuttered in their reply and left anchor man Eddie Lacey needing all six to win the leg, and he did not disappoint knocking all six off to claim a close win. Rob Bradford bagged himself a six in his thirteen doll haul (6-4-3) for The Black Prince.
Pip Goulding was back on form for The New Club ‘A’ hitting fourteen dolls (5-5-4) as they beat Section One leaders The Woodman 2-1 at home. Damage was all done in the first two legs which the New Club won 32-22, 26-26 (on three sticks). The Woodman grabbed a point in the final leg 27-24

In Section 2 The Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington unbeaten run came to and end as they crashed to The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ 2-1. It was the lowest score The Bells have hit all season and Willy Waite led the way for The Bullnose with fourteen dolls (4-4-6) in the leg scores of 24-17, 17-19, 27-18.
The Chequers ‘C’ open up a two point lead after whitewashing The Gladiators ‘B’ 3-0 on their own patch. Chequers won the first two legs 25-14, 20-19 and then was set 20 in the final leg. In reply The Chequers left anchor man Dave Green four to win and he went one better whipping off five dolls to win the leg with a score of 22. Geoff Townsend top scored for The Chequers with a baker’s dozen (5-4-4).
The Six Bells ‘D’ Kidlington put themselves back in the hunt for the title with a 2-1 win at The Black Horse ‘C’. A tight opening leg saw The Bells win it on three sticks after it was tied 21-21. Black Horse completely fell apart in the next leg hitting only 9 to The Bells 21, who then went on to take maximum points in the last leg 20-18. Steve Ward for the Bells was in top form with fourteen dolls (5-5-4).

Section 3 leaders Garsington Sports ‘B’ lost at home to close rivals The New Club ‘B’ 2-1. A disastrous opening leg saw the leaders score only 9 to The New Clubs 15. Garsington composed themselves in the next leg to level 18-12 and then set 16 in the third and deciding leg. New Club responded well and won the leg with two dolls to spare hitting 18 in reply.
White House title ambitions took a knock when they lost to hosts The Blackbird 2-1, who won the first two legs 22-20, 19-14. The final leg was tied 20-20 with The White House winning it on three sticks.

In Section 4 Donnington Club ‘C’ won their sixth game on the bounce with a 2-1 home win over The Black Swan. Donnington won the first leg 15-9 with Black Swan levelling in the next leg on three sticks after it was tied 13-13. Donnington set 20 in the final leg and in reply Black Swan could only reply with a paltry eleven.
The Masons Arms ‘A’ surge up the table came to an abrupt halt as they lost at home to Rose Hill Club 2-1 despite winning the first leg 14-11. Rose Hill won the next two legs 20-17, 16-8.
Democrats Club remain rooted at the foot of the table and you can see why when two of their players Bob Timbs and Paul Rivers failed to trouble the doll all night against visitors Green Club ‘B’. However remarkably they won a leg 15-10 but lost the other two 17-12, 14-13.

Bullnose Morris ‘B’ move to level top of Section 5 after a 3-0 drubbing over basement boys The Fox & Goat. It was a comfortable first two legs for the Bullnose winning them 15-8, 16-12, but scrapped the final leg 10-9.

Marston British Legion boosted their chances of the Section Six title after defeating leaders Six Bells ‘B’ Quarry 2-1. They had to do it the hard way after they lost the opening leg 11-14 they then went on to win the next two legs 24-20, 14-13.
It was an extremely long night between Northway Club ‘A’ and The Black Horse ‘B’ after two of the legs were tied. Black Horse won the opener 20-17 and then went 2-0 up in the next leg on three sticks after it was tied 15-15. The final leg was tied 9-9, a three stick shoot out was also tied as was one stick. Back to six sticks and Black Horse won it chasing a set of sixteen they hit seventeen to claim a hard fought victory 3-0.
After losing the opening three games Florence Park Club recorded their fifth win on the bounce with a 2-1 win at The White Hart ‘A’ Wolvercote in the leg scores of 11-10, 17-8, 8-13.

Red Lion ‘B’ Yarnton remain unbeaten and top of Section 7 with a 3-0 win at home to Prince Of Wales, leg scores being 15-11, 17-9, 17-16.
Black Horse ‘A’ scored more dolls than The Tandem (43-36) but still manged to lose the game 2-1 in the leg scores of 20-10, 8-9, 15-17.

Golden Ball are the only other unbeaten team in the league as they beat Seacourt Bridge ‘B’ 3-0 in Section 8. Three scores of eight was enough to Seacourt’s replies of 5-5-3.

SIXERS: K.Giles, B.Townsend (Gladiators ‘A’ ) B.Ruffels (Garsington Spts ‘A’) R.Bradford (Black Prince) E.Lacey (Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton)
W.Waite (Bullnose Morris ‘A’)

BLOBBERS: B.Timbs, P.Rivers (Democrats ‘A’) M.Davies (Florence Park Club) S.Eagle, H.Ball, K.Hayle (Seacourt Bridge ‘B’)
P.Whitman (Chequers ‘B’) L.Constable (The Tandem) S.Andrews (Fox & Goat) R.Chambers, D.Morris (Gladiators ‘C’)
G.Howell (Catherine Wheel A) H.Morgan (White Hart ‘B’)

15: K.Stuart (The George ‘A’) J.Townsend (The Swan ‘A’)
14: K.Giles, C.Jenkins (Gladiators ‘A’) C.Proudfoot (Garsington Spts ‘A’) S.Ward (Six Bells ‘D’) W.Waite (Bullnose Morris ‘A’)
13: S.Bayliss (The George ‘A’) R.Bradford (Black Prince) E.Lacey (Red Lion ‘A’ Yarnton) G.Townsend (Chequers ‘C’)
D.Edwards, N.Lyon (Three Pigeons)

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