A week of mixed results for Central Bowls Club with the men kicking off with a 37-32 home win in the National Men's Club Two Fours against Headington 'B'. Lee Young, Andy Wilkins, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly lost 15-8 but a 22-14 success by Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion assured a 5 shot win.


With the 'A' side having a rest week, the league spotlight was solely on the 'B' side who were playing at home against Shiplake Village. Ron Cox, George Fergusin, John Sole and Jim Gow led the way for Central with a 26-5 win, followed by Tony Smith, Paul Humphris, John Hart and Ed Creed who won 17-16.

Alan Roche, Dave Davies, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna lost 15-21 along with Bob Wilkins, Tony Carey, John Pardoe and Keith Williams who lost heavily at 8-27. The rinks were shared 2 each, but the 3 shot difference in their favour 69-66, gave the visitors from the deep south-east of the county the extra two points on offer.


Central ladies suffered their first defeat of the season in the West Oxfordshire League at the hands of the West Witney team, winning on only one of the three rinks, losing 2 points to 8. 


The Oxfordshire County Top Club trophy against Banbury Borough Ladies proved to be the ideal opportunity for our ladies to get back on track as they moved on to the next round after sharing the match with two disciplines each but a 81-59 shot scoreline in Central's favour. Mary Tee took the singles 21-7 against Carole Walker, Pam Shepherd and Helen Young lost the Pairs 15-20 to Margaret Morris and Angela Ives. The Triple of Jenny Williams, Mo Cox and Pat Ray beat Jean Newman Erica Brown and Sandra Wase 26-12, whilst Melody Sykes, Jane Williams, Bev McNeil and Gill Sharpe lost by a single shot to Carol James, Adrienne Brown, Linda Coles and Christine Purnell, 19-20.


After losing to West Witney in the league, Central's ladies gained revenge in the National Top Club comptition with a 3-1 win in games and 79-41 shot scoreline. Carole Galletly took the Singles 21-9, Mo Cox, Pat Ray and Helen Young took the triples 20-10 and Mary Tee, Melody Sykes, Gill Sharpe and Brenda Havard had a convincing 27-6 win in the fours.

Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion lost a close Pair game 11-16.


Two friendly matches were squeezed in the busy week, both wins against Chestnuts 69-46 and Southam 80-70.


Tuesday of this week saw Central's National Tony Allcock Trophy champions start the defence of their title, at home to Gerrards Cross. The visitors started off best moving into an 18-7 lead at 8 ends and leading on both rinks.

As the game progressed Central upped their game, eventually taking both rinks for a 39-28 win.

Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey, Caroline Campion (the only change to the title winners) and Keith McNeil 21-16.

Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Mike Andrew 18-12.

The next round is away to either Hazells (Aylesbury) or Chesham.

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Monday, 25th of May 2020