17th June Report
Six Bells Kidlington lost their unbeaten record as they lost out to The Three Pigeons 2-1. In a low scoring first leg in which the Pigeons won 20-18 they then set 33 in the next leg. Six Bells replied well but fell three dolls short with 30. The Pigs then set the last leg with 27, Six Bells coming back well to take the leg with a chase of 29.
Cricketers continue their march on still unbeaten with a 3-0 home win against The Red Lion. They won all three legs 30-15, 30-20, 26-20. Barry Townsend 4-6-3 and Pip Goulding 5-5-3 top scored.
There was some superb throwing from Terry Stuart for The Red Lion Old Marston as The Woodman lost their unbeaten record in Section 3. Stuart clanged off 15 dolls 5-6-4 as they won all three legs chasing. The first two legs were tight with only one doll seperating the two teams, Lion taking them 21-20, 22-21. In the final leg The Lion really roared hitting a massive 28 dolls to The Woodmans 17.
In Section 3 Quarry Gate are still looking for their first win of the season after another lost, this time away at Green Road Club. Quarry Gate set all three legs with 14-10-14 but Green Road Club won all three legs with replies of 17-13-17. Dave Brtinell threw well for his 10 dolls 4-1-5.
Despite scoring five more dolls than their opponents, The Dogwood they still lost 2-1 in a tight match at home to The Gladiators in Section 2. The Dogwood lost the first leg by the odd doll, setting a 21 target, it was left to The Glad’s anchor ‘woman’ Elaine May to knock off the three dolls needed to win the leg. Dogwood levelled in the next leg taking it 24-18. The Gladiators won the final leg on three sticks after tying the leg 18-18. Dogwoods Paul Holt was top dog with 13 dolls 4-5-4.
Tony Barrett 5-4-4 and Gary Chamberlain 5-5-3 both hit a backers dozen as The Six Bells had a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Cowley Workers. They won all three legs 25-16, 20-13, 19-16.
The top two clashed in Section 5 and it was The Bull that claimed top spot with a 2-1 win at home to Red Lion Kidlington. With the game nicely poised at a leg each, 15-11, 17-19, the Bull set 21 in the final leg which was more than enough as The Red Lion fell five dolls short with 16.
It was many happy returns for Brill Club’s Ian Houghton as he smashed a six off on his birthday. To top it all they also ran out winners 2-1 against White Hart in Section 6. The club men won the opening leg 15-9, lost the second leg 10-11 but came storming back to win the deciding leg 22-12. Houghton top scored with 10 dolls.
In Section 8 The Jolly Sportsman at home to The Cricketers set 15 in the first leg. Anchor man Mick Chapman whipped of the three dolls to take it to a three stick shoot out, but it was to no avail as The Sportsmen snatched the leg on three sticks. Jolly Sportsman took the next leg with an impressive 23 -10 win but Cricketers replied well in the final leg to take a point 20-17.
In Section 9 Littlemore Rugby Club started of well against the Blackbird taking the opening leg 15-12. They then set 15 in the second leg and it seemed to be enough as The Blackbird’s anchor man Kevin Bloomfield was left six to win. Up stepped Bloomfield and after his first stick just tickled the doll to knock it off, his next five sticks were spot on to give him a maximum and grab the second leg. The Rugby men won the final leg 18-12. Bloomfield was top scorer with a dozen dolls 4-6-2.
Damien Faulkner clanged off twelve dolls 2-5-5 to inspire The Fairview Inn ‘B’ to a maximum win at home to The Nelson ‘B’. They won all three legs 15-13, 18-11, 17-16.
Seamus O’Malley (Six Bells ‘B’) and Cliff Lewis (Jolly Postboys) both hit ten dolls as the Six Bells came from behind to win 2-1. Postboys won the opening leg 17-15, Six Bells winning the second leg 14-11. The deciding and final leg went to Six Bells 19-15.
Ashton Club remain top of Section 9 with a very close win at Northway Club ‘B’. The first two legs were tied 15-15, 14-14 with both teams winning one leg apiece on three sticks. The final leg Ashton Club won 13-10. Maurice Young and Steve Bennett top scored for Northway Club with 8 dolls.
Section 12 leaders Jack Russell beat bottom placed The Priory 3-0. James Dineen was top dog with 8 dolls as they grabbed maximum points 13-9, 14-6, 14-12.
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