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Week 13

Games played Wednesday 2nd August

In the most horrendous conditions, heavy rain and a swirling wind most players struggled all night with some record lows recorded. Depending if your alley had any cover the scores were dramatically different. In Section 4 Steve Jessop from Littlemore British Legion ‘A’ bucked the trend and clanged off fourteen dolls (4-6-4) to guide them to a 3-0 win at The Democrats Club ‘A’. They won all three legs comfortably 22-13, 16-6, 21-15, and boost their title ambitions and move up to second spot.
The top two clashed and it was the leaders Donnington Club ‘C’ who came out on top at home to The Masons Arms ‘A’ 3-0. The Club men set and won the opening leg 14-10 and completed the whitewash in the next two legs 16-14, 16-13.
Rose Hill Club’s title hopes took a dent when they lost at home to The George ‘B’ 2-1 in the leg scores of 16-22, 19-14, 15-20.

Premier leaders New Club ‘A’ were knocked off top spot when they lost away at The Swan ‘A’ 2-1. It started off well for the New Club when they set and won the opening leg 19-18. The Swan defied the weather and came back strong to win the next two legs 27-18, 28-20. Dick Walsh was in fine form for The Swan with fourteen dolls (3-5-6).
The Gladiators ‘A’ top the table after coming away from The Woodman with all three points in a windswept low scoring game. The Glad’s set with 23 in the opening leg and in reply The Woodman recorded an all time low for the Premiership hitting eleven in reply and that included the three doll handicap. It was much closer in the next two legs with The Gladiators setting and winning them both 19-17, 19-18.
The Three Pigeons took advantage of The Woodman’s slip up and move to top of Section 1 after defeating Garsington Sports Club ‘A’ 3-0 in the leg scores of 20-16, 20-19, 29-23.
Black Prince came away from The George ‘A’ with a hard fought 2-1 win. The George took an early lead winning the first leg 22-20 and then set 22 in the next leg. Black Prince replied with an impressive 29. The third and deciding leg George set with 29. The Prince were up for the challenge and hit 30 in reply to snatch the leg and game. Graham Wilsden was in top form for The Prince with a baker’s dozen (3-4-6).

With only three points separating the top five In Section 2, Vikings Sports Club ‘A’ who were holding up the table caused an upset by beating leaders The Bullnose Morris ‘A’ 2-1 on their own patch. With the game nicely poised at a leg each Vikings won the vital third leg 20-17.
Six Bells ‘E’ Kidlington took full advantage and white washed hosts Donnington Club ‘A’ with three scores of 17 to Donnington’s 15-13-12 and move into top spot.
Chequers ‘C’ are back in the hunt after beating Six Bells ‘A’ Quarry 2-1. Geoff Townsend led the way with thirteen dolls (5-4-4) as they won the first two legs 20-17, 19-12 but failed to get maximum points after losing the final leg 21-18.
Despite recording a 3-0 at home to The Black Horse ‘C’, Gladiators ‘B’ remain rooted at the foot of the table. The Glad’s set all three legs and hit an remarkable 28 in the opening leg which proved too strong for The Black Horse who hit 17 in reply. Glad’s then won the next two legs 25-16, 17-15. Chris Webb top scored with a dozen dolls (4-4-4).

Chequers ‘A’ move three points clear in Section 3 after defeating visitors Tiddington Cricket Club 3-0 in the leg scores of 14-7, 21-13, 19-17.
Garsington Sports Club ‘B’ dropped a vital leg at Vikings Sports ‘B’ in their quest for the title. After winning the first two legs 17-9, 15-13 they succumbed to a set of 19 by The Vikings in the final leg with a reply of 16.
The White House title hopes were crushed when they lost at The Queens Head 2-1. The damage was all done in the first two legs which they lost 15-14, 23-18. White House did manage to salvage a point in the final leg 21-16.
New Club ‘B’ are still in the hunt after beating The Blackbird 2-1. Brian Reidy with a dozen dolls (5-5-2) could not prevent The Blackbird losing 17-13, 17-21, 14-15.

In Section 5 Joe Bandrowski was in top form as he bagged himself a six in his fourteen doll haul for The Masons ‘B’ as they took all three legs at home to The Cricketers Arms Littleworth 16-10, 20-17, 18-13.
Mick Fitchett hit his first ever outside six for The Red Lion Marston in their 3-0 win at The Cricketers ‘A’ Cowley. The Lion set every leg and in the first two legs they set 14 & 10. In reply Cricketers anchor man Gareth Williams needed two to win but blobbed out in both legs. Lion won the final leg more easily 23-15.

Littlemore British Legion ‘B’ shocked previous leaders The Bullnose ‘B’ by beating them 3-0 at home. It brought an abrupt halt to The Bullnose nine week winning streak and only their second defeat of the season. Legion set and won all three legs 19-14, 14-10, 14-13.

In Section 6 Florence Park Clubs remarkable run continues. After losing their first three games of the season they made it ten wins on the bounce with a 2-1 win at The Black Horse ‘B’. They had to do it the hard way after losing the opening leg by the odd doll 15-14, they recovered well to win the next two legs 19-11, 14-7.
Despite scoring more dolls then their hosts The Original Swan ‘A’, (45-40) Donnington Club ‘B’ still managed to lose 2-1. It was very tight in the first two legs with only one doll separating the two sides with the advantage going to the Swan 14-13, 14-13. Donnington stormed the final leg 19-12.
Title contenders Marston British Legion dropped a valuable point at lowly White Hart Wolvercote ‘A’. They won the first leg 10-8 but lost the next on three sticks after it was tied 12-12. Legion secured victory in the final leg 11-5.

In Section 7 Steve Tooke clanged off thirteen dolls (4-5-4) to steer the Catherine Wheel ‘A’ to a 3-0 win at The Tandem, however the game was a lot closer than the score suggests. After winning the first leg 14-8, Catherine Wheel sneaked the next leg by the shortest of margins 17-16. The final leg was tied 10-10 with the Wheel winning it on three sticks.

Due to a lack of young players the under 18’s competition was upped to Under 21’s and produced more entrants.
Two times winner Liam Costar from The Masons Arms and Max Dybalski from The Catherine Wheel ‘B’ who is competing in his first season battled their way to the final.
Costar beat Todd Morris in the first round 2-0 with the first leg being decided back on three sticks for the second time after the other throws were tied.
He then beat Kieran Sellar 2-0 in the semi-final.
Dybalski had a tough opener against Josh Tooke, winning the first leg back on six sticks after the first three throws were tied. He then wrapped up the match in the next leg 2-0.
Dybalski then beat Dillion Cox 2-0 in his semi-final.

SIXERS: D.Walsh (Swan ‘A’) G.Wilsden (Black Prince) M.Fitchett (Red Lion Old Marston) J.Bandrowski (Masons Arms ‘A’)
S.Jessop (Littlemore B.L) M.Hewitson (Swan ‘B’)

BLOBBERS: P.Mulvany (Marston B.L.) K.Philpott (Kidlington Sports) D.Rees (White Hart ‘B’) L.Thelean, C.Mundell (White Hart Wytham)
F.Delaney, A.Gibbs, P.McGilveny (Democrats Club ‘B’) E.Fincham (Tiddington Cricket Club) P.Rivers (Democrats ‘A’)

14: D.Walsh (Swan ‘A’) J.Bandrowski (Masons Arms ‘A’) S.Jessop (Littlemore B.L.)
13: G.Wilsden (Black Prince) S.Tooke (Catherine Wheel ‘B’) G.Townsend (Chequers ‘C’)

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