Banbury Central ladies were runners up in the County Top Club final against Thame which was played at Banbury Chestnuts this Bank Holiday weekend.
 
Pam Shepherd lost 11-21 in the singles but this was balanced up by a strong result in the pairs from Eloise Jones and Mo Cox who won 22-13.
 
The triple of Jenny Williams, Gill Sharpe and Annie Gilkes came back from a 5 shot deficit and picked up a two on the last end to win 18-17. While the rink of Melody Sykes, Jane Williams, June Bone and Anne Norton lost 17-20 so the match was lost by a mere 3 shots overall.
 
As Andy Williams once sang….Almost there….
 
Banbury Central ladies played at the Thame Bowling club this week in the Inter County stage of the Women's National Top Club, for a place in the National finals and lost by the narrowest of margins playing a team from Burnham BC in Bucks who have won the National title twice before.
 
Central's Carole Galletly got the first point for Central, winning the singles 21-14.
 
The Triple of Eloise Jones, Mo Cox and Helen Young recovered well from an early deficit of 1-11 to keep the game close with a 13-20 result. One point to Burnham.
 
The pair of Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion also recovered from early setbacks finding themselves 4-12 down after 9 ends. They picked up a 6 and a 4 to get themselves in the lead at 12 ends and the game was closely contested with Central picking up the last 3 ends to win 21-17. 2-1 to Central and one game left, the fours.
 
Central's rink of Melody Sykes, Anne Norton, Gill Sharpe and Annie Gilkes playing in near darkness came back from a deficit of 8 shots to start the final end only 4 behind and the over-all shots level, but a Hail Mary shot by the opposition skip resulted in a 18-23 score which levelled the game at two disciplines each, but also gave Burnham the match by one shot.
 
Banbury Central travelled to Rugby Railway Bowls Club on a beautiful sunny Saturday for the first round of the annual Jelly Mould trophy. Keith Williams with John Bone, Jane Williams and Pam Shepherd led the way for Central with an emphatic 27-11 victory. Bob Joiner with Kay Oliver, June Bone and Lionel Lewis won 20-14 and Paul Humphris with Margaret Gilkes, Jill Hart and Jonathon Pardoe won 19-13. Will Campion with Jenny Williams. Terry Ulph and Myra lewis lost 12-22 and on the Captains rink Nigel Galletly with Jim Gow, Brian Oliver and Carole Galletly lost 15-17. Overall Central won 93-77 and take a 16 point lead into the return fixture with one hand firmly on the Jelly-Mould.
 
At Banbury Borough in the Oxfordshire Bowling Association Domestic County Finals Ian Whelpton won his semi-final of the Officers Cup against Mike Jones of Witney Town in the morning to play his Central club mate Nigel Galletly in the afternoon. Mastering the weight in tricky conditions Ian comfortably won 21-9.
 
The pairs duo of Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion lost out in the National Senior Pairs at Leamington to another former International pairing of Val Newson and Pat Reynolds 9-20. Caroline starts her campaign in the National Champion of Champions on Wednesday.

In a busy week for the Central ladies Pam Shepherd also joins Carole and Caroline for the the National Triples early next week then along with Annie Gilkes joins Carole and Caroline as Oxfordshire's two representative teams in the National Pairs.
 
Banbury Central 'A' upset the form book beating first division leaders Headington A 5-1 at Horton View on Thursday.

At half way it looked a certain Headington victory but despite fielding a much weakened side Central put in a great second half performance to overcome last years League Champions.

Will Campion with Alan Carter, Jim Gow and Lionel Lewis won 22-13. Nigel Galletly with Andy Wilkin, Luke Gilbert(12) and Paul Humphris won 20-13. Les Campion with Dave Green, Ian Gilbert and Lee Young won 20-19 and Ian Whelpton's rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil came back from their now traditional weak start winning 9 of the last 10 ends to recover from 3-18 down to a respectable 16-20 securing the overall match result for Central.

Central are now unassailable at 3rd place in the league and Headington drop to second, half a point behind new leaders Carterton, with one game remaining for all.
 
Leamington Schedule
 
Below is the schedule of the Banbury Central players who have qualified for the final stages of the National Championships held at Leamington in August.
 
Sunday 7th August 9.30am Women’s Senior Pairs:
Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion playing on D Green rink 2
 
Wednesday 10th August Women’s Champion of Champions:
Caroline Campion (Rink details and mid morning time TBC)
 
Monday 15th August 9.30am Women’s National Triples:
Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion (Oxon B) playing on C Green rink 1
 
Wednesday 17th August 2pm Women’s National Pairs:
Annie Gilkes, Pam Shepherd (Oxon A) playing on E Green rink 3
 
Thursday 18th August 9.30am Women’s National Pairs:
Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion (Oxon B) playing on E Green rink 5
 
Saturday 3rd September 9.30am Amy Rose Bowl:
Helen Young (Rink details TBC)
 
On Thursday Banbury Central A visited Division I's bottom club Shiplake Village at the other end of the county.

Due to distance, holidays and work commitments Central had a much weakened side but they still managed an excellent 5-1 victory relegating Shiplake to Division II for next season in the process.
 
Will Campion with Alan Carter, Jim Gow and Lionel Lewis won 26-8 and Nigel Galletly with John Pardoe, Luke Gilbert and Paul Humphris won 30-15. Les Campion with Allan Hunt and Mike Andrew also won 21-14 (reduced to 15.75-14 by the absent player rule) but Ian Whelpton's rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil lost 16-25.
 
Central now move up to third place in the league with two games to play.
 
In the Hawker Cup Banbury Central A also recorded a good win against Witney Town A moving them through into the quarter final. The Home rink of Chick Boyd, Mike Andrew , Les Campion and Ian Whelpton won 19-14 and the Nigel Galletly's Away rink of Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow and Keith McNeil were winning 21-17 at 20 ends when the result from Banbury came through and Witney Town conceded the match.

 

In the Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies County Triples final, it was the battle of the Banbury clubs – Central v Borough. Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) faced Margaret Morris, Maureen Osbourne and Angie Ives (Banbury Borough). The game was very low scoring and very close throughout. The last end saw Campion’s triple 3 shots up but Ives could not convert the head walking away with only 2 shots to crown the Banbury Central triple the county champions.
 
In the afternoon, Shepherd teamed up with Annie Gilkes to play against Galletly and Campion in the pairs final. After 9 ends the game saw Gilkes and Shepherd trailing 4 – 7. A 6 count to Galletly and Campion and a further 3 shots saw the pair propelled into a good 16 – 4 lead. Gilkes and Shepherd replied with a 2 but Galletly and Campion went on to take a 25 – 6 lead at 15 ends. It looked all over at this point but Gilkes and Shepherd were not finished and pulled the score back to 17 – 26 but they ran out of ends making Galletly and Campion county pairs champion for the second year in a row.
 
In the latest round of the National Womens Top Club Banbury Central had a good win against West Witney winning 4-0.

Carole Galletly won the Singles 21-5 against Sheila Oldham.  Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion won the Pairs convincingly 34-6 against Rachel MacIntyre.  

Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Brenda Havard won 20-11 in the Triples against Jazz Alder and Melody Sykes, Anne Norton, Annie Gilkes and Mo Cox won 20-9 in the Fours against Barbara Thorne.

They have now reached the Inter County phase and will be playing the winners of Bucks on Wednesday 24th August at Thame Bowls Club.
 
While the Central B team had a rest for their bye, this week saw Central A at home to Witney Mills who were fighting possible relegation from the top tier. A win for Mills would have put Central back in the demotion battle.
 
Will Campion with John Pardoe, Jim Gow and Graham Morbey won 23-18 and Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin, Keith Williams and Paul Humphris won 18-14. Les Campion's rink of Allan Hunt, Lionel Lewis and Mike Andrew had a tight match against a strong Mills four and lost on the last end 19-20. The final rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles, Keith McNeil and Ian Whelpton finished strongly picking up 8 shots in the last three ends to only lose 18-21 and secure the match win for Central by 78-73.
 
The 4-2 result puts Central 6.5 points clear of Witney Mills with a game in hand over their opposition and virtually secures Central place in Division One next year.

 

Banbury Central travelled over the border to Southam in South Warwickshire for a return fixture against our local rivals.

Keith Williams with Jim Gow, Jill Hart and Terry Ulph won 26-10, Jonny Pardoe with Jenny Williams, John Hart and Graham Tilbury won 20-10. On the Captain's rink Nigel Galletly with Kay Oliver, Alison Brocklehurst and Ian Gilbert won 17-15.

The overall result of 63-35 was similar to the earlier home result so Central claim the honours for 2016.
 
Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion and Pam Shepherd and Annie Gilkes are through to the ladies pairs national finals at Leamington in August following their semi final wins today at Banbury Borough.

In the quarter finals Galletly and Campion swept aside Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson (Oxford City & County) 28-7 and then beat last years national pairs champions Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) 24-15 in the semi final to book their place in the national finals.

Shepherd and Gilkes beat Jean Webb and Wendy Cross (Shiplake) 25-13 in the quarter final before edging past Helen Skidmore and Rachel Macintyre (West Witney) 19-16 in the semi final.

 

With a much weakened side Banbury Central 'A' visited Carterton on Thursday for a second place battle in Division 1 and unfortunately came away well beaten.

Keith McNeil with Chick Boyd, Allan Hunt and Graham Morbey were the only successful rink convincingly winning 26-9.

Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin and Lee Young narrowly lost their rink by 1 but with the penalty for an absent player the score finished 15-21.

Will Campion with 12 year old debutant Luke Gilbert, Lionel Lewis and Paul Humphris lost 10-21 and Les Campion with Dave Green, Ian Gilbert and Mike Andrew lost 11-23. The overall result of 1-5 leaves Central most likely looking for at best a third place in the league this year.

 

Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion have booked a place at Leamington following Saturday's quarter and semi finals of the ladies triples.

In their Quarter- Final they warmed up with a 23-12 win against Oxford City & County's Jacky Gray and her triple, then followed on in the afternoon with an even more comfortable victory, 25-5 against Yvonne Hodkinson's triple from Witney Town.
 
On Sunday 19th June the ladies progressed to the final of the BOL Top Club with a 3-1 win away to Shiplake Village BC.

Pam Shepherd convincingly won her Singles 21-6 while Mo Cox with Eloise Jones won the Pairs 24-16.
Annie Gilkes, Sue Waring and Gill Hunt lost out 12-18 in the Triples but a 22-15 win in the Fours by Anne Norton, June Bone, Jane Williams and Melody Sykes took our girls into the Final.

 
Five days after their success in the BOL Top Club, another 3-1 scoreline, this time at home against Oxford City & County saw our ladies move into the second round of the Womens National Top Club Competition.

Pam Shepherd joined Caroline Campion in the Pairs where they recorded a good 25-16 win which was added to by the Triple of Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Brenda Havard who took a close game 19-15. An even closer victory was achieved by Carole Galletly in the Singles 21-20. A full house was denied us by a strong City & County four who won 21-10 against Melody Sykes, Sue Waring, Anne Norton and Annie Gilkes.

The second round game is at home against West Witney on Sunday 17th July.
 
Banbury Central A continued their recovery in the Bridle Oxford & District Division One with a home game against third place Oxford City & County A.

Once again Les Campion's rink of Graham Morbey, Ian Gilbert and Mike Andrew top scored with a 25-14 win. Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow and Lee Young won 21-16 and Will Campion's rink of Alan Carter, Dave Green and Paul Humphris won 28-25. The final rink led by Ian Whelpton with Chick Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil also won 20-19.

This strong performance quashed any lingering relegation worries and the 6-0 victory lifted Central above City & County in the table. Central are now joint second on 23 points with Carterton.

 

Banbury Central Ladies won their Quarter final of the County Top Club with a convincing 3-1 victory over South Oxford B.
 
Pam Shepherd got Central off to a great start winning the singles 21-2.  Mo Cox and Eloise Jones won a very tight pairs match 18-16, whilst a very strong finish by the triple of Annie Gilkes, Jenny Williams and Gill Sharpe gave them a 19-10 victory. Helen Young, with Melody Sykes, Jane Williams and June Bone fought back well from an early deficit in the Fours before finally losing 14-18.
 
Central Ladies now play away against Shiplake Village Ladies in the semi-final on 19th June.
 
Bank Holiday Monday saw the playing of the annual Godden Cup under cloudy skies. A chilly breeze and a quick firm green made for some interesting bowling.

Ten pairs played 5 games each of 5 end 3 wood pairs followed by semi-finals and a final.

Jenny & Keith Williams and Carole & Nigel Galletly both convincingly won their respective sections and then won through to the final where Carole & Nigel came out on top. If the sun had made an appearance it would have been a great day. The 3 wood format proved just about the right amount of bowling and will be repeated in future years.
 
Results:

Black Section
June & John Bone 4 points / 0 shots
Melody Sykes & Mal Leather 4 points / +4 shots
Angie Price & Graham Tilbury 0 points / -16 shots
Carole & Nigel Galletly 8 points / +8 shots
Eloise Jones & Will Campion 4 points / +7 shots

Red Section
Jane Williams & Graham Morbey 2 points / -10 shots
Jenny & Keith Williams 8 points / +8 shots
Anne Norton & Terry Ulph 4 points / -14 shots
Helen & Lee Young 4 points / +5 shots
Jill & John Hart 2 points / +3 shots

Semi Finals
Carole & Nigel 9 - 0 Helen & Lee
Jenny & Keith 5 - 3 Eloise & Will

Final
Carole & Nigel 9 - 3 Jenny & Keith

 
On Sunday morning playing at home, Banbury Central beat Bucks side Waddesdon BC 36-33.

Mo Cox, Brenda Havard, Keith McNeil and Ian Whelpton led from the start and ran out 26-18 winners.

On the other rink Anne Norton, Annie Gilkes, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly held the opposition to a 10-15 loss giving Central the overall victory.  
 
Banbury Central Ladies played Kidlington in the Oxfordshire County Top Club and recorded a 3.5-0.5 win.

Scorelines were:

Singles: Pam Shepherd won the singles 21-12.
Pairs: Mo Cox with Eloise Jones drew the pairs game 17-17.
Triples: Annie Gilkes with Jenny Williams and Gill Sharpe won the Triples 23-9.
Fours: Anne Norton with Melody Sykes, Jane Williams and June Bone won the Fours 16-14.

Banbury Central now play South Oxford B in the quarter final on 5th June.
 
In the weekend game Banbury Central went across the border to Chandos Park in Buckingham and came away with a narrow 86-85 victory.Keith Williams with Luke Gilbert and Jill Hart recorded a great 23-6 win and Alan Carter with Jenny Williams and Carole Galletly held on from an early lead to win comfortably by 22-13.

Paul Humphris with Maragaret Gilkes and John Hart lost 13-27 and Pam Shepherd with Ian Gilbert and June Bone lost 9-25.

So with two good wins each it came down to the Captain’s rinks and Nigel Galletly with Eloise Jones and Graham Tilbury won the last 7 ends to fight back to a 19-14 victory securing the game for Central.
 
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Sunday, 23rd of April 2017