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Report 3rd August

Philip Adams was in devastating form as he clanged off sixteen dolls (6-5-5) for The Cricketers in their 3-0 win against The Rowing Machine. Team mate Jon Townsend chipped in with fifteen dolls (5-5-5) in a high scoring game in which The Cricketers won the opening leg 31-28. They then banged in a massive 36 in the second leg with The Rowing Machine replying with 29. Cricketers wrapped up the points in the final leg 29-27.
Adrian Shepherd clanged off fifteen dolls (5-5-5) for The New Club A to steer them to a 2-1 win against The Three Pigeons. New Club lost the first leg 29-24 but came back well to take the next two legs 29-26, 30-24. Pete Dempsey top scored for The Pigeons with fourteen dolls (5-5-4).
The George had to come from behind to beat The Six Bells C Kidlington 2-1. The George set the opening leg with 28 but Six Bells passed that with ease with 33. Six Bells set the next leg with 25 and after a steady reply anchor man Willy Waite was left needing six to win. After missing with his first stick Waite clanged off the next five to tie the leg. George won it on three sticks and then won the final and deciding leg 27-25. Kevin Giles and Willy Waite both hit fourteen dolls (4-5-5) for The George.

In Section 2 Keith Quinell from Kidlington Sports Club B could only muster two dolls in his first two throws but in his final throw he clanged off a six, but it was all in vain as The Punch Bowl won all three legs 26-15, 21-20, 19-16.

Section 3 leaders Team Monarch came unstuck at an in form Ampleforth Arms 2-1. Ampleforth won the first two legs 24-17, 28-19 with Monarch snatching a point in the final leg 21-20.
Three Horseshoes are only a point behind after demolishing The Crown 3-0. They won the first leg 17-13 and then set a team record in the next leg with 29 after chasing a set of 10. They then made sure of maximum points in the third leg 24-20.

Section 4 leaders Viking Sports B just got the better over title rivals The Fairview winning 2-1. Vikings won the opening leg by the odd doll 23-22 then went two up in the next leg 20-16. The final leg was tied 21-21 with The Fairview winning it on three sticks.

In Section Five Nelson B sent leaders Donnington Club crashing to a 3-0 defeat. Nelson dominated the game winning all three legs 22-18, 18-10, 22-16. Gary Coulthard (Nelson) and Brian Simpson (Donnington) both hit eleven dolls.

Lee Anderson from The Black Bull in Section 6 won them a point against Littlemore Rugby Club in the final leg. The Rugby men were already two nil up 17-11, 13-11 when they set sixteen in the final leg. Black Bull did not reply well and left anchor man Anderson six to win the leg. Anderson did not disappoint as he clanged off all six.

It’s really tight in Section 7 as only three points separate seven teams. Leaders Chequers lost away at The Red Lion Yarnton 2-1. Chequers lost the first leg 14-11 but levelled in the next leg 21-14 and then set eighteen in the final leg. It looked to be enough until seventh man Jason Ludlow whipped off a six to win the leg with a player still to throw.
Kidlington Sports ‘A’ move joint top after beating Chandos Arms A despite scoring less dolls than their opponents. With the score nicely poised at a leg each The Sports men claimed victory in the deciding leg by the odd doll 18-17.

Section 8 leaders Golden Ball had to rely on a final three stick shoot out to overcome The Jolly Sportsman. After winning the first leg 15-12 the next leg was tied 12-12 with The Sportsmen winning it on three sticks. However Golden Ball got revenge in the final leg after it was tied 8-8.
Graham Moon from Donnington Arms clanged off a five and six in his first two throws but then spoiled a good night by failing to trouble the doll in the final leg against White Hart C Eynsham. Donnington won the first leg by the odd doll 11-10 but lost the next leg on three sticks after it was tied 13-13. White Hart won the final leg 11-8.

Hayden Carter for Florence Park Club was in top form as he bagged himself a six in his thirteen doll haul (3-6-4) against The Original Swan A in Section 9. Florence Park won all three legs 16-10, 16-6, 20-11. Team mate Ian Turner also three well for a steady dozen dolls (4-4-4).

In Section 10 Ian Clarke from The Holly Bush A hit his first ever six in the opening leg but then followed it with a blob in the next leg. He finished off with a four in the final leg as they defeated The Kings Arms A 2-1. Leg scores 17-6, 9-11, 12-11.
The Original Swan B still continue to rule the roost but had to come from behind to beat The Crown & Thistle 2-1. Crown won the first leg 14-10 but Swan showed why they are top by taking the next two legs 17-9, 12-10.

In The Under 18’s competition Elliot Greenough from Garsington Sports and Daniel Carter from Team Monarch made it through to the final.

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