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FINALS NIGHT REPORT

An audience of over 300 saw Neil Lyon from The Three Pigeons claim the Oxford singles title for the third time with a close fought encounter over Steve Ward from Six Bells Kidlington. All three legs had to be decided on a three or one stick thow off with Lyon setting every leg. In the opening leg Lyon could only muster a two, which Ward just matched. Lyon then hit two in the three sticks shoot out to Wards reply of one. The next leg was tied 4-4 as was three sticks 1-1. In the one stick shoot out Lyon missed but Ward was on target to take it into the third and final leg. Again Lyon set with a score of four but Ward was up to the task and tied it with his final stick. Lyon won the three stick shootout 1-0 to give him the title.
Glyn Millard from The Fairview Inn had to come from behind to beat Paul Burden from The Cricketers A in The Ted Houghton Supplementary Singles. Burden won the first leg 3-2 but lost the next two 3-2, 4-3.
In The Oxford Pairs Barry Townsend & Philip Adams (Cricketers B) had a comfortable win over the Ruffles brothers from Garsington Sports. They set an incredible score of eleven in the opening leg with Townsend hitting a six and then chasing a set of six in the next leg they passed it with sticks to spare.
Clive Walsh & Barry Mudd beat father & son Tony & Lee Gillett 2-0 in the Lower Pairs final.
In the Parent & Child trophy Den & Pete Sellar from The Cricketers B beat Andy & Craig Beal 2-0. Chasing a set of five in the opening leg Den Sellar whipped of the four dolls needed to take the first leg. They then set seven in the next leg. In reply Andy Beal hit four but son Craig just fell short with two to fall one doll short.
White Hart Eynsham claimed the Monty Greenaway Shield for the first time as they beat The George 2-0, and The Cricketers A beat The Fairview A 2-0 in the Oxford fours.
Daniel Collier from Florence Park Club beat holder Elliot Greenough from Garsington Sports 2-1 in the Under 18’s final. Greenough won the first leg 2-0 however Collier came back well in the second leg with a set of three which proved to strong for Elliot. Collier then set the final leg with two which was just enough to give him victory by the odd doll.
Premier champions Cricketers ‘B’ made it a double by demolishing The Three Pigeons 2-0 in the Greene King Cup. They set 29 in the first leg with Philip Adams smashing of a six, Three Pigeons replied with 19. Pigeons then set 24 in the next leg which was not enough as anchor man Den Sellar knocked off the winning doll with his first stick.
Cricketers A defeated Fairview Inn A 2-0 in the Jim Whitbread Cup.

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