It's been another exciting week.
In the Oxfordshire Bowls League the Men's "B" team successfully put to bed any fears of relegation in Division 3, but the "A" team still have some work to do in their last league game of the season away to Oxford City & County "A" to ensure their safety from relegation after dropping too many points this week at home to Headington "A", already Division 1 champions for 2017.
The "B" team's 3-3 draw away to Chadlington was gained with three excellent winning rinks who unfortunately were unable collectively to cover the loss of the remaining foursome. 18-16 wins were recorded on the rinks of Tom, Alan, Graham and Keith, and Ed, John B, Tom R. and Terry. Team captain Mel along with Bob R, Tony and Eric went one shot better, winning 17-14. Ron C, Ron H, John H, and Bob W had to succumb to a strong Chadlington foursome 22-11, enough to give the home side the two points for the overall shots win.
The "A" team gave it their best against a Headington side that had already wrapped up this years league title, but had to settle for a 1.5 - 4.5 points defeat and a shot score of 68-83. Well done to Nigel, Jim, Lionel and Bob who held on for a   20-18 win. Will alongside, Alan, Paul and Lee was unlucky to have to share the points on their rink after going into the last end all square. Ian W with Jon, Stuart and Graham saw their tight game drift away over the last few ends, whilst Keith, Andy, Ian and Luke G battled hard without any reward.
It was interesting walking around the back of each rink with my beer noting the comradely attitude between the two clubs but still keen to win.
The girls were certainly 'singing in the rain' after another big win, 42-15 in their league game against the Woodstock/Kidlington side, with excellent bowling from all the team; Carole, Mary, Jill H, Pam, Jenny W, Jane, June, Ann, Eloise, Gill S, Helen and Caroline.
In the two friendlies it was a case of "AFTER THE LORD MAYOR'S SHOW". Tuesday's friendly at home to Middle Barton saw us win in style 76-59, however, Saturday's game away to Rugby Railway brought us back to earth, a very wet and soggy one, after losing out 60-99.

I enjoyed my trip to Leamington, despite the defeats of our girls in both competitions in games that would have been enjoyable to any neutrals watching.
Myra and Brenda (photo left) won their first game of the Senior Pairs 23-22 against a duo from the Goodwood club in Leicestershire, but found their next opponemnts from St.Austell, Cornwall too tough a pasty, losing 16-25.
In the Fours, Caroline, Carol, Pam and Helen gave it everything but found themselves 3 down going into the last end and finishing up losing 12-18.


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Sunday, 27th of September 2020