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Report 31st August

With the final games of the season being played tonight five teams are still with a shout for the Section One title. New Club ‘A’ lead the way despite losing to Garsington Sports Club ‘A’ and scoring less dolls than their opponents. New Club won the opening leg 27-26 with Garsington levelling in the next leg 32-28. Garsington then won the final leg by the odd doll 24-23 with Garry Smith top scoring with fourteen dolls (4-6-4). Team mate Ken Maunder chipped in with a bakers dozen (5-4-4). Luke Purcell (4-6-3) and Ady Shepherd (4-4-5) also hit thirteen for The New Club.
Hot on their tails are The White Hart A who had a comfortable 3-0 win at Headington British Legion. Mick Berry with thirteen dolls led the way as they secured all three points in the leg scores of 25-20, 28-26, and 30-24. Kevin Stuart was top dog for the Legion with fourteen dolls (4-5-5).
The Rowing Machine have given themselves an outside chance with a fine 2-1 win at The Six Bells. They stormed into an early lead winning the first two legs 29-26, 28-27 before losing the final leg 24-28.
The Black Swan are in prime position if any of the teams above them slip up after they came from behind to defeat The Three Pigeons 2-1. Pigeons easily won the opening leg 31-19 but Black Swan responded well to win the next two legs 23-22, 29-26.

To top the table clash in Section Two saw The Squire Bassett come away from The Gladiators A with all three points. Despite The Glad’s anchor man Chris Jenkins clanging off fifteen dolls (5-4-6) they lost all three legs 25-20, 24-22, 31-26 to leave both teams level at the top. Robin Busby hit a steady thirteen dolls (5-5-3) for The Squire.

Another top of the table clash saw The Three Horseshoes entertain Team Monarch in Section 3. The first leg was tied 18-18 with The Three Horseshoes taking it on three sticks. They then won the next leg 22-15 before Team Monarch grabbed a point in the final leg 22-19.
The Chequers A just beat The Queens Head A 2-1 in a tight contest. Chequers set the opening leg with 20 and after a slow reply Queens Head anchor man Pete Shepherd was left needing the maximum six to tie the leg and he did not disappoint as he whipped off all six dolls, but his effort was in vain as the lost the leg on three sticks. Queens levelled in the next leg 13-11 but lost the final and deciding leg 22-17. Shepherd had a good night and top scored with fourteen dolls (6-5-3).
In a very close match in which only one doll separated The Ampleforth Arms and North Oxford Con Club it was the Arms that triumphed thanks to the first two legs being won on three sticks after they were tied 19-19, 20-20. The Con Club winning the last leg 21-20.

Section Five leaders Donnignton Club A crashed away at The King & Queen 2-1. The leaders never really got going as they lost the opening two legs 19-17, 15-12 but rallied in the final leg 18-15.
Second placed Queens Head B could not capitalise as they lost at home to Marston British Legion 2-1 in the leg scores of 12-16, 19-16, 12-16.

In Section Six lead of man Luke Malyon showed the way with a dozen dolls (3-5-4) to lead Littlemore Rugby Club to a 2-1 win at The Golden Ball B. The Club men lost the first leg 9-11 but then went on to win the next two legs 11-8, 18-16.

One of six teams are still in with a chance of Section 7 and it’s the Red Lion Yarnton who are in pole position after defeating close rivals Kidlington Sports Club B 2-1. The Lion stormed to an early lead winning the first two legs 17-15, 16-14 but couldn’t make it maximum points after losing the final leg 11-12. Daryl Browning top scored for The Lion with eleven dolls (4-4-3), while Roy Hook matched it the for the Club men.

In Section 8 Red Lion B Cassington’s Ray Barson hit his best score of the season with thirteen dolls (4-6-3) in their 3-0 win at home to Brill Club A leg scores being 16-13, 15-12, 12-5.

Florence Park Club need just one more point to be crowned Section 9 champions after securing a fine 3-0 win at home to Red Lion A Kidlington. Ian Turner led the way with eleven dolls (4-5-2) as they won all three legs 15-12, 19-12, 16-9. Kirk Ridgeway also hit eleven dolls (3-4-4) for The Red Lion.

Highlight of the game between Red Lion B Kidlington and Crown & Thistle in Section 10 was Red Lion’s anchor man Colin Goodgame clanging off all six dolls in the second leg to tie the leg 8-8 and send it into a three stick shoot out. Unfortunatly they lost the leg as well as the other two 12-14, 5-13.

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