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Week 16

REPORT FROM GAMES PLAYED ON WEDNESDAY 26th AUGUST

The Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington retained the Premier title despite losing 2-1 at home to Garsington Sports Club ‘A’. Needing just one point they lost the opening leg by the odd doll 28-27 and then tied the next leg 28-28. However an impressive set of seventeen by the Sports men in the three sticks saw them claim the leg. The Bells grabbed the winning point in the final leg 27-26. Andy Beal top scored with fourteen dolls (6-3-5) while team mates Roger Goodall and Jon Townsend chipped in with thirteen dolls apiece.
Black Prince ‘B’ shocked Section One leaders New Club ‘A’ with a 2-1 win. New Club set the opening leg with 27 but in reply sixteen dolls from their opening three players set the Prince up to win the leg with a chase of 30. New Club drew level in the next leg 27-24 and then set 21 in the final and deciding leg. Anchor man Neil Lyon came to the Prince rescue as he clanged off five dolls to tie the leg which was then tied 13-13 in three sticks. One stick shootout could not separate them with Prince winning it back on six sticks.

It’s as you are at the top of Section 2 with the top two both recording maximum wins. Kevin Stuart led the way for Rose Hill Club ‘A’ with fourteen dolls (5-5-4) as they won all three legs 24-19, 24-21, 27-21.
Bullnose Morris ‘A’ had a comfortable win at home to Red Lion Kidlington 24-17, 23-14, 22-18. John Brown threw well for the Lion with a dozen dolls (3-5-4).

The Crown finally got their hand on the Section 3 title after leading from week 1. Visitors The Chequers ‘C’ shook them up in the first leg winning it 22-16. They then set seventeen in the next leg and looked good for the win until up stepped Crown’s anchor man Den Sellar to clang off the five dolls needed to win the leg. Crown then completed the comeback in the final leg 21-15. Ben Green hit a maximum six for The Chequers.
Ray Manning from Tiddington Cricket Club failed to trouble the doll in the first leg defeat to Brill Club ‘B’ 14-13 but then went on to hit all six off in the next leg which they won 19-14. Brill secured victory in the final leg 17-14.

In Section 4 only one doll separated The Masons Arms ‘A’ and North Oxford Con Club ‘A (52-51) in a very tight game. Masons won the opening leg 17-16 thanks to anchor man Ernie Smith whipping off the four dolls needed. Con Club levelled in the next leg by the odd doll 17-16 and then set eighteen in the final leg. Once again Smith came to the Masons rescue hitting the four dolls needed to win the leg again.
Champions Six Bells ‘A’ Kidlington were brought back to earth with a bump as Rose Hill Club ‘B’ came away with all three points. Monty Morgan with a baker’s dozen (5-3-5) led the way as they won all three legs 25-14, 23-21, 21-14.
Basement boys Brill Sports Club ‘A’ pulled off an unlikely win at Garsington Sports ‘B’. Playing with two players short they lost the first leg 11-13 but came back well to win the next two 18-17, 21-13.

King & Queen go one point clear at the top of Section 6 after beating Seacourt Bridge on their own patch. They set and won all three legs 13-10, 16-15, 18-11.
Rose Hill Club ‘C’ ambitions were severely dented as they lost away at Green Road Club ‘A’ 3-0. Chasing a set of only nine in the first leg Rose Hill fell one short in reply with eight. That seemed to set the tone all night for Rose Hill as they fell well short in the next leg 17-8 and the final leg they could only set with eleven, Green Road winning it with a reply of twelve.

Section 7 hopeful’s Northway Club ‘A’ crashed at home to Red Lion ‘B’ Marston 3-0 and have almost put paid to any chances they had of the title. The first leg was decided on three sticks after it was tied 12-12 but that was the closest Northway got to any points as the Lion won the next two legs 13-11, 15-12.
Leaders Berkshire ‘A’ took full advantage running out 3-0 winners at Cowley Workers. Nick Chapman was on form with a dozen dolls (4-4-4) in the leg scores of 19-13, 17-13, 17-13.
After thirty years of trying Martin Coulthard finally hit a maximum six for Florence Park Club ‘B’ but it could not prevent them going down to Catherine Wheel 2-1. They started off well winning the opening leg 16-15 but that was to be their only success losing the next two legs 15-9, 13-12.

The top two clashed in Section 8 and it was leaders The Original Swan ‘A’ who came away with a precious 3-0 over visitors Donnington Club ‘B’. Swan won a close opener by one doll 16-15, the second 14-12 and secured maximum points in the final leg 19-12. Steve Ledwell was top dog with ten dolls (4-2-4).
Graham Reading was in tremendous form for Red Lion ‘B’ Cassington as he hit thirteen dolls (4-5-4) to guide them to a 2-1 win at Northway Club ‘C’. They won the first two legs 12-10, 15-13 and lost the last leg 10-12.

Black Swan need just one more point to be crowned Section 9 champs after their 2-1 home win over Kings Arms. Swan won the first two legs 19-10, 15-7 and a win in the final leg would have been enough, but they fell one short chasing a set of eleven.

SIXERS & BLOBBERS
SIXERS: A.Beal. R.Goodall (Six Bells ‘C’ Kidlington) L.Hazell (Red Lion ‘A’ Eynsham) P.Bennett (The Woodman)
R.Edgintin, N.Lyon (Black Prince ‘B’) R.Manning (Tiddington Cricket) B.Green (Chequers ‘C’)
BLOBBERS: G.Millard (Vikings ‘D’) S.Beer (Six Bells B Quarry) R.Fojack (Six Bells B Kidlington)
B.Burnell (Green Road Club A) M.Coulthard (Florence Park B) G.Rayfield (Red Lion B Cassington)
D.Longthorp (White Hart ‘B’) A.Boutier (White House)

TOP DOLL SCORERS
A.Beal Six Bells \'C\' Kidlington 14
K.Stuart Rose Hill Club \'A\' 14
R.Goodall Six Bells \'C\' Kidlington 13
J.Townsend Six Bells \'C\' Kidlington 13
N.Lyon Black Prince \'B\' 13
M.Morgan Rose Hill Club \'B\' 13
G.Reading Red Lion \'B\' Cassington 13

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