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2018 RESULTS, WEEKLY REPORTS & UPDATES

WEEK 12 - 12th JULY

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
COCK INN 10 ENSTONE SSC 0
CHADLINGTON SSC 2 BLACK PRINCE A 8
HANBOROUGH SSC P MASONS ARMS A  P
MASONS ARMS B 4 QUEENS HEAD A 6
BLACK PRINCE B 10 OXFORD YEOMAN B 0
DIVISION TWO & THREE
KINGS HEAD 5 THREE HORSESHOES 5
OXFORD YEOMAN A 9 KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 1
QUEENS HEAD B 0 ELM TREE  10
CINNAMON STICK  4 GEORGE & DRAGON 6
RED LION 2 STONESFIELD SSC 8

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 22 DOLLS - MARK POULTER (BLACK PRINCE B)

DIVISION ONE - 23 DOLLS - EDDIE LACEY (COCK INN)

DIVISION TWO - 20 DOLLS - RAY BARSON (ELM TREE)

DIVISION THREE - 17 DOLLS - JOE LANGFORD (OXFORD YEOMAN A)

 

SIXERS

EDDIE LACEY (COCK INN)

DICK WALSH (BLACK PRINCE A)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

 

WEEK 11 - 5th JULY - SINGLES COMPETITION

VENUE ONE - RED LION - SET? *

 
PRELIMINARY ROUND  
A COOPER *1 *2   I GRANT 3 3    
C BUCKINGHAM 2 *3   G KITCHEN *1 1    
M PHIPPS Snr *4 2 *3 H JOHNSON 2 *2 2  
                 
VENUE FIRST ROUND  
M BERRY 3 *3 *4 C BUCKINGHAM *4 1 5  
L DAVIES *X *1   M FOREMAN 1 2    
W TOWNSEND 3 1   I GRANT *2 *X    
E LACEY 1 3 2 M PHIPPS Snr *X *3 *3 M PHIPPS wins after a 3 Sticker
                 
VENUE SEMI FINAL                
C BUCKINGHAM 3 *4 *3 W TOWNSEND *3 2 1  
M PHIPPS Snr *3 *3   M FOREMAN 4 4    
                 
VENUE FINAL                
C BUCKINGHAM *4 *3 *2 M FOREMAN 4 3 3  

 

VENUE TWO - MASONS ARMS - SET? *

 
PRELIMINARY ROUND  
N KING *3 2 1 R HUNT 2 *2 *1  
                 
VENUE FIRST ROUND  
R JOHNSON 1 *5 2 B TOWNSEND *5 3 *3  
M BOWERMAN 1 *2   P AUSTIN *4 3    
K JOHNSON 3 *3 1 D WALSH *3 / *2 D WALSH wins after a 3 Sticker
N KING 5 *3 *3 S BUCKINGHAM *2 4 3 N KING wins after a 3 Sticker
                 
VENUE SEMI FINAL                
D WALSH *2 1   P AUSTIN 3 *3    
N KING 2 *3 *2 B TOWNSEND *4 2 3  
                 
VENUE FINAL                
P AUSTIN *6 2 4 B TOWNSEND / *6 *3  

 

VENUE THREE - BLACK PRINCE - SET? *

 
PRELIMINARY ROUND  
P TOWNSEND 2 3 3 A CHAMBERLAIN *2 *5 *3  
N BALDWIN 4 *1 1 R HINCHCLIFFE *3 4 *X  
G WILLIAMS 2 2   R GRANT *3 *3    
                 
VENUE FIRST ROUND  
N PRATLEY *4 3 *3 M PHIPPS Jnr 1 *3 /  
A CHAMBERLAIN *4 *3   R GRANT / 2    
C PRICE 3 *4   M LACEY *1 /    
D GRANT 2 *2 *4 N BALDWIN *2 / /  
                 
VENUE SEMI FINAL                
N PRATLEY 3 *5 3 A CHAMBERLAIN *3 4 *4 N PRATLEY wins after a 1 sticker
C PRICE 3 *2 4 D GRANT *3 3 *4  
                 
VENUE FINAL                
N PRATLEY 3 2 *3 D GRANT *2 *4 4  

 

VENUE FOUR - ENSTONE SSC - SET? *

 
PRELIMINARY ROUND  
L THOMPSON 2 *4   D GARDINER *1 2    
B HALL / *X   F MORETON *4 1    
                 
VENUE FIRST ROUND  
F MORETON 3 *3 5 J GLENISTER *3 4 *4 J GLENISTER wins after a 3 sticker
J TOWNSEND 2 3 *3 S DUCKER *1 *3 4 J TOWNSEND wins after a 2nd 3 sticker
D HARRIS *1 /   T NEWBOLD 2 *3    
L THOMPSON 2 *3   J WAGERFIELD *1 /    
                 
VENUE SEMI FINAL                
J GLENISTER 4 *4   J TOWNSEND *5 5    
T NEWBOLD *3 *1   L THOMPSON 4 2    
                 
VENUE FINAL                
J TOWNSEND *5 3   L THOMPSON 4 *2    

 

Rearranged Fixture from Week 10

OXFORD YEOMAN A 8 - KINGS HEAD 2

Rearranged Fixture from Week 1

KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 6 - QUEENS HEAD 4

 

SIXERS

P AUSTIN (BLACK PRINCE A)

B TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

J LANGFORD (OXFORD YEOMAN A)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

There was a break in the league format for week 11 as the Singles Competition took centre stage. Judging by the feedback I have had, the shorter format spread over four venues was well received, so we will certainly look to continue this in the future. There were only 2 players on the night that didn't manage to make it, so there were 41 players in total battling it out for a place a Finals Night. The reports from each venue are as follows:

 

Venue One - Red Lion

There were the expected three Prelim matches at the Lion, which saw comfortable wins for Ian Grant over Adie Cooper and also Charlie Buckingham over 'Super' Gordon Kitchen. The final Prelim was a tighter affair, with Mick Phipps scrapping past Henry Johnson in a last leg decider. The next round kicked off in style with a very close match between Charlie & Mick Berry. Both players hit 10 dolls over the three legs, but it was Charlie who hit them a the crucial times to advance into the venue Semi Final. The next two matches were straight forward 2-0 wins, with Mick Foreman beating Lucy Davies and then home favourite Wayne Townsend dispatching Ian Grant. The final match of the venue First Round, between Eddie Lacey & Mick Phipps, required a three stick playoff. The match was tied at 1.5 points each after three legs, but it was Mick that held his nerve in the three sticker, setting a 3 which Eddie couldn't chase down. The opening venue Semi Final saw Charlie get past Wayne over three legs. After drawing the first leg 3-3. Charlie then set 4 and then 3, which proved too many for Wayne to chase. The other Semi saw Mick Foreman get past Mick Phipps 2-0, with Mick Foreman twice chasing down sets of 3 by hitting a 4 to go through. So, the venue Final was between the reigning Singles Champion Charlie Buckingham & Mick Foreman. Charlie had the honour in all three legs, setting scores of 4-3-2, to which Mick just about managed to get past with scores of 4-3-3 to advance to play in the Semi Finals at Finals Night. 

Venue Two - Masons Arms

There were some big hitters drawn out to play in North Leigh, which was proved correct after a fine night of throwing. There was only the one Prelim required which saw Nigel King advance to the main draw after a narrow 2-1 win over Ryan Hunt, who was one of the few players from the Lower Sections to enter this year's Singles. The venue First Round kicked off with a mouth watering tie between Richard Johnson & Barry Townsend. Unsurprisingly, the match went to a third and deciding leg, which Barry narrowly won 3-2. The next match saw the other Lower Section player Mark Bowerman go out to Phil Austin, and then Dick Walsh just edged out Kevin Johnson in a match that was decided by a three sticker. It was Dick that set in this three sticker, and he posted a maximum, which only just proved enough after Kevin missed his last stick to tie. The final match of the round was a mighty battle between Nigel King & Spencer Buckingham, in which I believethe final leg went to three sticks, then one stick and then back to six sticks! It was Nigel that finally won this battle in what must of been a great match to watch. The first of the venue Semi Finals was between Dick Walsh & Phil Austin, in a match for bragging rights over a cuppa the following morning. It was Phil's brew that would taste the sweetest after picking up a surprisingly simple 2-0 win. The second Semi Final, Barry Townsend won the final leg against Nigel King after chasing down Nigel's set of 2 to advance into the final to play Phil. And what a great final it was. Phil opened up with a 6 in the first leg to take the lead, before Barry returned the favour by setting a 6 in the second leg! The deciding leg saw Barry set a total of 3, which Phil successfully managed to chase down to take his place in the last four.

Venue Three - Black Prince

There was a full turn out for the Woodstock venue, with all 11 scheduled players arriving to try a win through in what looked like a very open draw. The opening Prelim saw Alex Chamberlain narrowly get past Paul Townsend 2-1 in a very tight match. The first & third legs both ended in draws, which ment that Alex's win in the second leg after a set of 5 proved to be the winning leg. The second Prelim was another close match, this time between Nick Baldwin & Ron Hinchcliffe. Ron set a solid 3 in the first leg, to which Nick successfully chased down with a 4. Ron then hit back to take the second leg 4-1, meaning another last leg decider was required. Unfortunately for Ron, his good form with his new sticks ran out and he came back without scoring, allowing Nick to hit the 1 required. The last Prelim saw Ray Grant advance into the next round 2-0 after he set a pair of 3's, which proved to be enough to defeat George Williams. The opening match of the next round saw Neil Pratley win the third leg against Mike Phipps to go through 2-1, and then Alex continued his good throwing to defeat Ray 2-0. Chris Price was next on and he eased past birthday boy Mark Lacey 2-0, with Mark obviously distracted by the ridiculosly expensive gift that Lucy gave him in the morning. The final match of the round saw Darren Grant taken to three legs before edging past Nick Baldwin. The opening venue Semi Final was a fantastic match between Neil Pratley & Alex Chamberlain, which turned out to be the match of the night. The opening leg was tied after both players scored 3, before Neil moved ahead by winning the second leg after setting a 5, which Alex fell just short with a 4. Alex then set in the deciding leg, and posted a 4, which Neil just failed to tie with a 3. So a three sticker was required, which was again tied after both players scored 2. It was left to Neil to secure the win after he nailed is one stick to after Alex had just missed his. A great game to watch gents. The other Semi Final Chris Price face off against the other home player Darren Grant. The opening leg was tied 3 each, before Darren edged ahead after the second by chasing down Chris's set of 2. Darren then set in the last leg and posted a solid 4, which although Chris matched, it was Darren who went through to the final due to his second leg win. It was Neil that took the early advantage in the venue Final after easing past Darren's poor set of 2, before Darren hit back to set 4 in the second leg, which Neil failed to match, meaning a last leg decider was required. It was Neil's turn to set in this, and he posted a 3, to which Darren managed to get past after hitting the required 4 with his last stick to take his place in the final four

Venue Four - Enstone SSC

The final venue was another tight looking draw, with a number of players being hopeful of making it through. The two Prelims were straight forward, with Lee Thompson beating Dave Gardiner 2-0 and then Fred Moreton also defeating Bob Hall 2-0, both of which had no dramas. The first game of the next round saw an excellent match between Fred & Jeff Glenister. Both players hit 11 dolls over the three legs and both players produced a great chase. The first leg was tied 3 each before Fred set another 3, which Jeff chased down by hitting a 4. The last leg saw Jeff set a good 4, but it wasn't good enough as Fred produced some magic to hit a 5 to take the game to a three sticker. It was Jeff's turn to produce the magic in this as he hit a maximum 3 out of 3, which Fred couldn't match. The next match was even more tense as leading doll scorer Jon Townsend came up against Steve Ducker in a match that was as tight as a duck's bum! Both players recorded a win, a draw and a loss over the standard three legs, but it is only then that the real drama started. Jon set 2 in the three sticker, which Steve matched. Jon then set 1 in the one sticker, which Steve matched. Back to six sticks and Jon set 3, which Steve matched yet again! The second set of three sticks finally produced a winner, with Jon setting a 2 and Steve narrowly missing his last stick to lose by a single doll. What a fantastic match it must of been to watch. Thankfully, the next two matches of the round were much quicker, with Tim Newbold knocking out teammate Dean Harris 2-0 and then Lee Thompson eased past Jim Wagerfield by the same score. There was more good throwing in the first of the venue Semi Finals between Jon & Jeff. Jon set a 5 in the first leg, which Jeff just failed to match with a 4. Jeff then set in the second leg and put up a 4, which again proved just short after Jon came back with a 5. The other Semi final saw Tim face off against Lee. Tim set a 3 in the first leg, which Lee edged past with his last stick to hit a 4. Tim could then only set a 1 in the second leg, which Lee eased past to join Jon in the final. So it was Wednesday night teammates Jon & Lee to played eachother in the final. Jon continued his excellent night's throwing by setting a 5 in the first leg, which Lee narrowly fell short of chasing with a 4. Lee then set a 2 in the second leg, which never looked enough due to Jon's good form, and that proved to be true as Jon scored the 3 needed to get through to Finals Night.

 

So, there will be a new name added to the Wychwood Singles trophy this year as Mick Foreman, Phil Austin, Darren Grant and Jon Townsend will all do battle at Finals Night to be crowned the Singles Champion for the first time. Thank you to all the players that took part, and as I mentioned at the begining it sounds like all venues were enjoyable. 

Special thanks go out to:

All four venues for hosting duties

All the volunteers who helped out by calling & sticking up 

Venue One helpers Ian Grant & Lucy Davies

Venue Two helpers Dick Walsh & Phil Austin

Venue Three helpers Pat Grant & Mike Phipps

Venue Four helpers Lee Thompson & Sue Townsend

And if I've missed your name out from above, thank you too!

 

There were also a couple of rearranged league matches played this week. Firstly, the Oxford Yeoman A picked up an important 8-2 home win over the Kings Head to keep in touch with the Section Three title chase. It was a closer match than the score reflects, with legs two & four both ending in draws. The Yeoman boys were helped to victory by Joe Langford, who finally managed to pull his finger out this season and actually hit some dolls, including a 6 in the third leg (his captains words, not mine!). Is this the start of good things Joe? The other match was doubled up as a league fixture and also the Supplementary Cup prelim, and it saw the Killingworth Castle record a 6-4 home win. The match was again a tight affair, but the Killy just about stayed strong to take the win.  

WEEK 10 - 28th JUNE

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
CHADLINGTON SSC 6 COCK INN 4
BLACK PRINCE B 2 QUEENS HEAD A 8
MASONS ARMS B 2 MASONS ARMS A 8
HANBOROUGH SSC 4 BLACK PRINCE A 6
ENSTONE SSC 4 OXFORD YEOMAN B 6
DIVISION TWO & THREE
OXFORD YEOMAN A 8 KINGS HEAD 2
RED LION 3 GEORGE & DRAGON 7
CINNAMON STICK 7 ELM TREE 3
QUEENS HEAD B P KILLINGWORTH CASTLE P
THREE HORSESHOES P STONESFIELD SSC P

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 19 DOLLS - BARRY TOWNSEND & JON TOWNSEND (BOTH BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 18 DOLLS - JOHN BUSBY (HANBOROUGH SSC), LEE THOMPSON & JEFF GLENISTER (BOTH QUEENS HEAD A)

DIVISION TWO - N/A

DIVISION THREE - 15 DOLLS - RYAN HUNT (GEORGE & DRAGON)

 

SIXER

GEORGE WILLIAMS (ENSTONE SSC)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

So the second half of the season kicked off with a small distraction, with England Res v Belguim Res resulting in some games not getting played.

From the ones that did survive, Section Three leaders the Red Lion suffered their first home defeat of the season after the George & Dragon produced an excellent performance to clinch a 7-3 away win. The match was tied at 3-3 at the halfway stage, but the George finished the match superbly, hitting 17 & 19 dolls in the final two legs to secure the victory. It was the highest total of dolls that the George have hit so far this season, knocking off 60, with Ben Holloway hitting a personal best 14 dolls & captain Ryan Hunt returning to form as the match top scorer with 15. The only other fixture in the lower Sections saw the Cinnamon Stick scrape home 7-3 against the the Elm Tree. It was the poorest week that the Cinnamon have had since they joined our league, only hitting 36 dolls all night, which is well below their usual high standards. However, the Elm Tree just couldn't get the extra few dolls required, even though they managed to hit 6 more dolls in total than the Cinnamon Stick. Keep plugging away Elm Tree, I'm sure your luck will change soon!

In the Top Sections, the Queens Head A produced a fantastic effort to secure a 8-2 away win over the Black Prince B to continue their climb up the table. After the Prince took the opening leg, the Queens turned on the style to hit some big totals, having their best night of the season so far by a long way in hitting 86 dolls. Lee Thompson & Jeff Glenister were the Queens top scorers with 18 dolls each, but it was Neil Curtis who deserves a special mention after hitting a mighty 16 dolls. Great shooting Neil. There was a very strange match between Chadlington Sports and the Cock Inn, with both teams being below par. Must of been the stress of that footy! The Cock took the opening couple of legs before Chadlington hit back the win the remaining three legs to secure a 6-4 home win. Mark Lacey (Cock Inn) was the match top scorer with 14 dolls. Home advantage counted for nothing in North Leigh where the Masons Arms B 'hosted' the Masons Arms A. It was the A side that claimed the bragging rights after securing an   8-2 victory, thanks to a very good team performance. Dean Harris continued his run of good form to top score with 18 dolls, whilst Pete King & Ashley Keenan both top scored for the B side with a solid 15 dolls each. The Oxford Yeoman B managed to pick up their first victory since back at the end of May after winning 6-4 away at Enstone Sports. It was a cagey affair which could of gone either way, but it was the Yeoman who hit the important dolls at crucial times to gain the much needed win. Martin Few was the top scorer for the Yeoman with 11 dolls, but it was George Williams who was the match top scorer with 15, which included the week's only maximum. Finally, the Black Prince A managed to hold their nerve despite the lubricated crowd at Hanborough Sports to come away with a 6-4 win. Hanborough were unlucky not to claim a surprise win after having their best night of the season so far in hitting 75 dolls, helped by John Busby, who had a good night's work with 18 dolls. Barry & Jon Townsend top scored for the Prince with 19 dolls each.

That's it for this week guys. Sorry it's late, busy, busy busy!

WEEK 9 - 21st JUNE

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
COCK INN 8 HANBOROUGH SSC 2
QUEENS HEAD A 8 OXFORD YEOMAN B 2
MASONS ARMS A 6 BLACK PRINCE B 4
BLACK PRINCE A 10 MASONS ARMS B 0
CHADLINGTON SSC 4 ENSTONE SSC 6
DIVISION TWO & THREE
KINGS HEAD 6 QUEENS HEAD B 4
GEORGE & DRAGON 6 STONESFIELD SSC 4
ELM TREE 0 RED LION 10
KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 1 CINNAMON STICK 9
OXFORD YEOMAN A 0 THREE HORSESHOES 10

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 22 DOLLS - JON TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 19 DOLLS - RICHARD JOHNSON (CHADLINGTON SSC)

DIVISION TWO - 16 DOLLS - CHRIS STEWART (KILLINGWORTH CASTLE) & ALEX CHAMBERLAIN (THREE HORSESHOES)

DIVISION THREE - 17 DOLLS - WAYNE TOWNSEND (RED LION)

 

SIXERS

TIM NEWBOLD (MASONS ARMS A)

BARRY TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

ROB BRADFORD (BLACK PRINCE A)

JON TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

 

Week 9 arrived with more fine weather as we reach the halfway stage of this year's league format. I'll be writing this with the England v Panama game in the background, so watch out for a mistake or two if it's close!

The big match of the week was between the second & third placed teams in the Premier Section, being the Masons Arms A and the Black Prince B, with both teams hoping for a big win to close the gap at the top of the table. As predicted, it was a hard fought affair. The Masons started well, taking the first three legs with ease to move into a 6-0 lead, before the Prince B hit back to claim the final two legs depite only setting modest targets of 16 & 17, meaning the match result ended 6-4. Nigel King top scored for the Prince, going through the card with a full set of 3's, but it was a night to remember for the Mason's Tim Newbold, who top scored with 19 dolls and also hit his first 6 of the season. Good throwing Tim. There was another tight match between Chadlington Sports & Enstone Sports. It was Enstone that produced an inspired performance towards the end of the match, winning the final two legs to take the match 6-4. The deciding leg was nip & tuck, and it was left for Enstone anchor man George Williams needing 2 to draw, 3 to win. George held his nerve, coming back with a 4 to help his side take the win, whilst also top scoring for Enstone with 15 dolls. Richard Johnson was again top scorer for Chadlington, coming in with third total of 19 of the season. It seems that Panama are using some physical tatics when defending corners! Nothing wrong with that! The Cock Inn moved to the top of Section One after recording a comfortable 8-2 home win over Hanborough Sports. Squad rotation was in full flow for the Cock, with underperforming players feeling the wrath of captain Lucy Davies by being axed for legs, but it seemed to work wonders as the team produced a solid effort. Dave Gardiner was in good form again for the Cock with 16 dolls, whilst Jamie Berry was the top scorer for Hanborough with 12. The Queens Head A picked up their first win of the season after defeating the Oxford Yeoman B 8-2. This win means that all 20 teams in our league have recorded at least one win, so well done to all players. It was nearly a clean sweep victory for the Queens, but the Yeoman managed to hold on to win the second leg after the Queens anchor man Rob Brown was unable to knock off the required 2 dolls to tie the leg. Lee Thompson was the match top scorer with 18 dolls, whilst Andy Warren was the top man for the Yeoman with a season's best score of 12 dolls. Why didn't I put John Stones in my fantasy league team! The final game in the Top Sections saw the Black Prince A rack up another big doll haul, this week hitting a total of 112 dolls, on their way to a 10-0 home win over the Masons Arms B. Jon Townsend continued his impressive form with 22 dolls, including his fifth maximum of the season, whilst Barry Townsend & Rob 'The Count' Bradford hit their first maximums of the season. Steve 'I Hit Dolls' Mott was on form for the Masons, coming in with double figures, whilst Tom O'Neill had his best week of the season so far with a good 14 dolls in what was an enjoyable match played in great spirits (although the Landlord might be looking for a transfer after not getting a leg all night!). The goals have dried up, England are rubbish! Ha! 

Moving into the Lower Sections, and it was the Three Horseshoes who have taken a firm grip on Section Two after recording their third consecutive maximum 10-0 victory, this time away at the Oxford Yeoman A. The first two legs were won by just a single doll, with the Shoes taking them 14-13 and then 13-12. But after these tight legs, the Shoes comfortably won the remaining legs to claim the clean sweep. Alex Chamberlain was the match top scorer with 16 dolls, whilst it was a forgetable night for the boys at the Yeoman, with none of their team reaching double figures. If we get another penalty I'd let Pickford take it! The George & Dragon returned to winning ways by picking up a 6-4 home win over Stonesfield Sports, although that is only half the story. After the George easily won the first three legs to go 6-0 ahead, Stoney, who only had 5 players, battled back to chase and win the final two legs to limit the margin of defeat. Really well done to the Stoney boys, as it would of been easy to throw the towel in, but they kept on going and showed just what can be done when you try that bit harder. Nathan Dore was the Stoney top scorer with 14 dolls, but it was a great night 'Mr Fitness' Matt Kilcoyne for the George, who hit a magnificent 16 dolls, and also for Jamie Fletcher, who came in with his first double figure tally of the season. Well thrown chaps. The Red Lion moved further ahead of the chasing pack in Section Three after a solid 10-0 away win over the luckless Elm Tree. You have to feel for the Elm Tree boys at the moment, who just seem to be performing below their usual standards whilst coming up against some sides that are in top form. John Hicks was the top scorer for the Elm Tree with 12 dolls, even though he was only selected for four legs, but it was Wayne Townsend (17 dolls) who was the match & Section top scorer after finally remembering the idea of the game is to hit the white thing and not the base of the pole! Good shooting matey. The final match to report on (No card received from the match between the Kings Head & Queens Head B) saw the Cinnamon Stick pick up an impressive 9-1 away win over the Killingworth Castle. Fair play to the Killingworth for battling hard, in particular Chris Stewart, who was the match top scorer with a fine 16 dolls. I suspect that it's not far away before the Killy boys all click at the same time and hand out a beating to someone! Are the bookies paying out on England to win it now or not? It's in the bag!!!!!

 

Half Term Report

Premier Section 

With the Black Prince A somehow maintaining their superb form, averaging just over a stunning 106 dolls per match, it looks like the league is theirs to lose. However, they surely can't keep this scoring going, so don't be surprised if they have a few slip ups in the second half of the season. The Masons A and the Prince B are both dangerous sides and are more than capable of closing the gap, so nothing has been decided yet.

 

Section One

The feeling I have is that Section One will come down to the final couple of games of the season. The Cock Inn & Chadlington are just in front at the moment, but the Queens Head A have a game in hand, which with a big win could put them right in the mix. I'm not sure I could pick a winner, and every point could prove vital. Don't rule out either of the Masons B or the Yeoman B, who could quite easily step in if any of the above three teams slip up. All six teams in this section are very evenly matched, with bottom placed Hanborough Sports due a good run of results which could move them up the table into a position to be dangerous.

 

Section Two

Like the Premier, this looks like it's a one sided affair, with the Three Horseshoes sitting on a massive lead at the moment. Howver, complacency could set in, so it will be interesting to keep an eye on their results. I really hope that the Killingworth Castle & the Elm Tree enjoy some good fortune in the second half of the season. They seem to be struggling, but both are more than capable of increasing the amount of dolls that they hit, which in turn should see their points tally go up. Keep going chaps, I'm sure your luck will change soon.

 

Section Three

This Section again looks like it could go down to the wire, even though the Red Lion are ahead at the moment. Realistically, there could be a five way battle for the title, with the chasing pack of the Cinnamon Stick, Oxford Yeoman A, Stonesfield Sports and the George & Dragon all more than capable of putting a run of wins together to put the pressure on the Lion. Points mean prizes, so every leg between now and the end of the season could prove vital.

 

That's the lot for this week

Good luck to all those players making the trip over to Charlbury next week for the World Championships. I expect the winner to come from the Wychwood league!! Spencer, don't forget your wallet fella!!

WEEK 8 - 14th JUNE

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
MASONS ARMS B 6 COCK INN 4
HANBOROUGH SSC 4 CHADLINGTON SSC 6
OXFORD YEOMAN B 0 MASONS ARMS A 10
BLACK PRINCE B 5 BLACK PRINCE A 5
ENSTONE SSC 7 QUEENS HEAD A 3
DIVISION TWO & THREE
CINNAMON STICK  6 KINGS HEAD 4
QUEENS HEAD B 0 OXFORD YEOMAN A 10
STONESFIELD SSC 9 ELM TREE 1
RED LION 10 KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 0
THREE HORSESHOES 10 GEORGE & DRAGON 0

 

Rearranged Fixture from Week 6

ENSTONE SSC 0 - MASONS ARMS A 10

 

COMPETITION ENTRY FORMS!!!!

The closing date for the entry forms to arrive is this weekend!!

This is your last chance teams!

Come on guys, get those forms in please!

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 24 DOLLS - JON TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 20 DOLLS - PETE KING (MASONS ARMS B)

DIVISION TWO - 14 DOLLS - JAMES BATEMAN (KILLINGWORTH CASTLE) & GEOFF LEE (THREE HORSESHOES)

DIVISION THREE - 19 DOLLS - STEVE ROGERS (CINNAMON STICK)

 

SIXERS

EDDIE LACEY (COCK INN)

RAY GRANT (MASONS ARMS A)

MARK POULTER (BLACK PRINCE B)

JON TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

STEVE ROGERS (CINNAMON STICK)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

Week 8 brought along another fine evening of sticks, surprises & sixes as the season approaches the halfway point.

There were some big results in the Lower Sections, with some big points being picked up by some teams. The closest match was between the Cinnamon Stick and the Kings Head, which went the distance and needed a last leg decider. It was the Cinnamon Stick who started well, winning the opening two legs, before the Kings Head hit back to win legs three & four. Thanks to a little bit of magic from star man Steve Rogers, who hit the Lower Section's first 6 of the season, the Cinnamon took the decider 16-11 to make sure the match ended in a 6-4 home win. It was a good night for the reliable Steve Rogers, who was the match top scorer with 19 dolls. A good week's work Steve! The other four results in the Lower Sections were one sided affairs. There was a 10-0 home win for the Red Lion over a weakend Killingworth Castle, who should actually be praised for completing the fixture as they only had 5 players. Well done for not cancelling guys. Wayne Townsend for the Lion (14 dolls) and James Bateman for the Killy (14 dolls) shared the match top scorer award. There was also a 10-0 home win for the Three Horseshoes in the battle of Hanborough over the George & Dragon. The Shoes took the opening two legs by just a single doll, and then had the final two players being Alex Chamberlain & Sean Barefield to thank for doing the business to secure the remaining three legs. Geoff Lee was the top scorer for the Shoes with a solid 14 dolls, whilst Ryan Hunt was top scorer for the George with 10 dolls. There was yet another 10-0 win, this time away from home by the Oxford Yeoman A over the Queens Head B. It was the Yeoman's best performance of the season so far, hitting 60 dolls in total on route to picking up maximum points. Ethan Simlett was in good form for the Yeoman, hitting 14 dolls. The final match of the Lower Sections saw Stonesfield Sports pick up a big 9-1 home win over the Elm Tree. Stoney set in every leg of the match, and strangely the leg that ended in a draw was easily the best leg of the match, which was a 18-18 tie. Rob Tudge had his best night of the season so far with 17 dolls for Stoney, whilst Goff Jones was the top scorer for the Elm Tree with 13. Moving into the Top Sections, and it was a good week for the Masons Arms A, who picked up two 10-0 wins. Firstly they played their outstanding fixture away at Enstone Sports, narrowly taking the final leg 17-16 to secure maximum points. Then on Thursday they recorded another 10-0 away win, this time at the Oxford Yeoman B. It was a good night of throwing by the Masons team, with Ray Grant hitting his first 6 of the season and Charlie Buckingham returning to form with 18 dolls. Alan Major was again the top scorer for the Yeoman with 14 dolls. It was first against second in the Black Prince derby in Woodstock, with the B team hosting the A team. It was a great night of throwing, with 191 dolls being hit between the two sides. The B team set in the first three legs and put up some impressive scores of 22, 20 & 20, but the A team chased hard to score 22 in each of those legs to move 5-1 ahead. However, when asked to set, the A team's good throwing dropped off slightly, allowing the B team to take the final two legs 19-16 and then 20-18, making it a great fightback to secure a 5-5 draw. Mark Poulter for the B team and Jon Townsend of the A team both recorded a maximum, with Jon coming in with another excellent week of 24 dolls. Mark was the top scorer for the B team with a great 21 dolls. There was an excellent 6-4 home win for the Masons Arms B, who defeated the Cock Inn. The match went to a last leg shootout, in which the Cock could only manage a set of 13, which the Masons went past with ease to secure the win. Pete King was in fine form for the Masons, top scoring with 20 dolls, whilst for the Cock Inn, Steve Grant was the top scorer with 14 dolls and Eddie Lacey hit his first maximum of the season. There was another last leg decider in the match between Hanborough Sports and Chadlington Sports. It looked like it was a really close, hard fought match, with just a single doll separating the sides in the whole match. With the match tied at 4-4, it was Chadlington that took the important final leg 20-18 to secure a 6-4 away win. 18 dolls was the highest score hit by a Chadlington player, with both Richard Johnson & Ron Hinchcliffe reaching that mark, while John Busby was the Hanborough top scorer with 16 dolls. Finally, Enstone Sports picked up their second win of the season, this time over the 5 men of the Queens Head. Enstone eased to the opening three legs before the weakened Queens team battled hard to pick up 3 points to keep the margin of defeat down to 7-3. George Williams was the match top scorer with 18 dolls, whilst Lee Thompson was top scorer for the Queens with 17 dolls. 

Thats the lot for this week. Well done to the Killingworth Castle & the Queens Head A for turning up and playing despite being a player short and not calling off the matches. 

WEEK 7 - 7th JUNE 

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
COCK INN 1 BLACK PRINCE B 9
CHADLINGTON SSC 6 MASONS ARMS B 4
MASONS ARMS A 5 QUEENS HEAD A 5
BLACK PRINCE A 10 OXFORD YEOMAN B 0
HANBOROUGH SSC 7 ENSTONE SSC 3
DIVISION TWO & THREE
KINGS HEAD 4 RED LION 6
OXFORD YEOMAN A 8 CINNAMON STICK 2
ELM TREE 0 GEORGE & DRAGON 10
KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 5 STONESFIELD SSC 5
QUEENS HEAD B 0 THREE HORSESHOES 10

 

COMPETITION ENTRY FORMS!!!!

The closing date for the entry forms to arrive is MONDAY!!

We will extend this date to next weekend, giving you next week's matches to have a chat within your teams

Come on guys, get those forms in please!

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 25 DOLLS - JON TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 20 DOLLS - LEE THOMPSON (QUEENS HEAD A)

DIVISION TWO - 18 DOLLS - ALEX CHAMBERLAIN (THREE HORSESHOES)

DIVISION THREE - 16 DOLLS - NEIL MORTON (RED LION)

 

SIXERS

JON TOWNSEND X 2 (BLACK PRINCE A)

DAVE GARDINER (COCK INN)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

After the shocking weather of last week, the sun came out in week 7, and it brought with it plenty of drama and dolls!

Starting things off in the Top Sections, there was a thrilling match between Chadlington Sports and the Masons Arms B, which was played as not only the league fixture but also their Knockout Cup Preliminary match.The Masons started brightly despite being the away team, with anchor man Ashley Keenan hitting the winning dolls to take the first two legs and give the Masons an early lead. However, Chadlington hit back by setting impressive scores of 17 & 18 in legs three & four, which the Masons were unable to chase down. The last leg decider saw the chaps from Chadlington set a mighty 22 dolls, with Kevin Drinkwater (5), Fred Moreton (4) & Ron Hinchcliffe (4) giving true meaning to the term 'wagging tail'. The Masons battled hard to chase this down but in the end they came up just short, meaning Chadlington took the league match 6-4 and also advanced into the first round of the cup. Ron Hinchcliffe top scored for Chadlington with 16 dolls, but it was Pete King who was the match top scorer with a great 17 doll haul. There was also late drama for the other Mason's team, with the Masons A hosting the Queens Head A. At the halfway point of the match, both teams had recorded a win, a loss and a drawn leg. The Queens then posted a lowly 14 dolls in leg four, to which the Masons cruised past by hitting 23, giving them the advantage going into the final leg. They looked good to take the leg and the match, but the Queens final man Jeff Glenister had his own script, knocking off the required 5 to pip the Masons and secure a 5-5 draw. Good shooting Jeff! Charlie Buckingham was the top scorer for the Masons with 18 dolls, but it was Lee Thompson from the Queens who was the star performer, coming in with a fantastic 20 dolls. There was a first win of the season for Hanborough Sports, who picked up a much needed 7-3 home win over Enstone Sports. It was very nearly a bigger margin of victory, but Pete Cox (4) & George Williams (5) produced some magic for Enstone in the final leg to limit the damage. John Busby had another good night for Hanborough, coming in with 17 dolls, whilst the Enstone top scorer was Paul Allen (14 dolls). The other two matches in the top sections saw big wins for both the Black Prince sides. The Black Prince B were particularly impressive by picking up a 9-1 away win over the Cock Inn. After the opening leg ended in a 17 each draw, the Prince B then produced a great team effort to take all of the remaining legs. The stand out performers for the Prince were Henry Johnson & Mick Foreman, who both hit the magical 20 doll target, whilst Eddie Lacey was the top man for the Cock Inn with a solid 17 dolls. It was a mixed night for Dave Gardiner, who hit his first maximum in the fourth leg, but then followed it up with a blob in the final leg. Did the Prince captain Bobby Hall do something to your sticks Dave? The Black Prince A picked up another clean sweep, this time over the Oxford Yeoman B. The Prince maintained their excellent form, this week hitting 109 dolls between them. Alan Major was again top scorer for the Yeoman with 18 dolls, but it was Jon Townsend who made a spectacle of himself, top scoring with a massive 25 dolls, which included two maximums in the first & last legs of the match. 

There was also plenty of drama in the Lower Sections. The Killingworth Castle and Stonesfield Sports battled it out for a 5-5 draw after Stonesfield took the final leg to share the spoils. The match really could of gone either way, with both sides having moments of greatness followed by moments of frustration. Chris Stewart (Killingworth), Rob Tudge & Nathan Dore (Both Stonesfield) shared out the top scorer duties with 13 dolls each. The George & Dragon produced a fantastic performance, winning 10-0 away at the Elm Tree to move into second place in Section Three. It was a really good team effort by the George, with James Brooks & Matt Kilcoyne hitting important dolls, whilst Mike Phipps top scored with 13 dolls. Ray Barson top scored for the Elm Tree with 14 dolls. The Oxford Yeoman B hit back after their disappointing recent results to record a fine 8-2 home win over the Cinnamon Stick. The Yeoman didn't actually lose a leg in the match, with the only points they dropped being draws in legs three & four. Harry Irwin was the top man for the Yeoman, hitting 12 dolls, with Section Three leading doll scorer Steve Rogers the Cinnamon top scorer with 11. The Three Horseshoes opened up a big gap at the top of Section Two after picking up a routine 10-0 away win over the Queens Head B. The victory was never in doubt, especially with the Horseshoes captain Alex Chamberlain being in fine form with 18 dolls. In the week's final match, there was a close fought game between the Kings Head and the Red Lion. With the match finally balanced at 5-3 in favour of the Lion, the Kings Head set 12 in the final leg, to which the Lion just managed to tie thanks to anchor man Marcus Copelin to take the match 6-4. Neil Moreton was the star man for the Lion after hitting a seasons best score of 16 dolls.

Week 7 also saw the first set of players go past the 100 doll mark. Can any of these early pacesetters kick on and get near the 300 doll mark this season? It would be amazing if they do. The list of players going into three figures are:

 

Jon Townsend (121 - Black Prince A)

Dick Walsh (113 - Black Prince A)

Richard Johnson (105 - Chadlington SSC)

Darren Grant (102 - Black Prince A)

Steve Rogers (102 - Cinnamon Stick)

Charlie Buckingham (101 - Masons Arms A)

Ashley Keenan (101 - Masons Arms B)

 

So that's the lot for this week. Sorry it's a bit late! Good luck to everyone playing in the Oxford Pairs on Wednesday, and lets see if the good scoring continues on Thursday!

WEEK 6 - 31st MAY

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
OXFORD YEOMAN B P COCK INN P
BLACK PRINCE B P CHADLINGTON SSC P
MASONS ARMS B 8 HANBOROUGH SSC 2
QUEENS HEAD A P BLACK PRINCE A P
ENSTONE SSC P MASONS ARMS A P
DIVISION TWO & THREE
STONESFIELD SSC P KINGS HEAD P
RED LION 10 OXFORD YEOMAN A 0
CINNAMON STICK 10 QUEENS HEAD B 0
GEORGE & DRAGON P KILLINGWORTH CASTLE P
THREE HORSESHOES 9 ELM TREE 1

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - N/A

DIVISION ONE - 17 DOLLS - PETE KING (MASONS ARMS B)

DIVISION TWO - N/A

DIVISION THREE - 13 DOLLS - GRAHAM MILLS & WAYNE TOWNSEND (BOTH RED LION)

 

SIXERS

NONE

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

Well, what can I say! I can't believe so many matches were called off due to some light drizzle!!!! 

There were, amazingly, some matches that were played, which can only mean certain places avoided the rain, or that we have some seriously hard core players in this league!

There was only one match that survived in the top sections, with the Masons Arms B taking advantage of the indoor throw to stay dry and pick up a big 8-2 home win over Hanborough Sports. Home advantage certainly helped the Masons as they hit their higgest total dolls of the season so far, with Pete King top scoring with 17. It was actually a closer match than the scoreline shows and Hanborough will feel unlucky not to have picked up a few more points. Jamie Berry had another good night for Hanborough, top scoring with 16 dolls.

In the lower sections, the two matches played both ended in 10-0 home wins. The Cinnamon Stick recorded a clean sweep over the Queens Head B, and judging by the scores, I would suggest that there was some rain in the air in Middle Barton! Even the impessive Steve Rogers seemed to find it hard work after only hitting 12 dolls, but he was still well clear of the totals by the rest of the players on the night. The other full house was recorded by the Red Lion, who defeated the Oxford Yeoman A. It was a simple enough victory for the Lion, who had Graham Mills & Wayne Townsend as joint top scorers with 13 dolls each. 

One of the postponed matches was replayed on Tuesday night, which is fantastic to see teams being so organised. This match was between the Three Horseshoes and the Elm Tree, which ended in a 9-1 home win for the Shoes. Alex Chamberlain was on top form for the Shoes, top scoring with 17 dolls to move closer to the top of the 'Division Two Top Doll Scorer' table. Well done chaps for sorting this game out so quickly.

So, lets hope that's the last wet night of the season! Obviously I understand how difficult it is to rearrange matches, but if I could urge all teams to try and get them played sooner rather than later that would be great. If you leave it until the end of the season then there could be a back log, which is always tricky to fix.

Cheers

WEEK 5 - 24th MAY

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
COCK INN 8 QUEENS HEAD A 2
CHADLINGTON SSC 4 OXFORD YEOMAN B 6
HANBOROUGH SSC 2 BLACK PRINCE B 8
BLACK PRINCE A 10 MASONS ARMS A 0
MASONS ARMS B 1 ENSTONE SSC 9
DIVISION TWO & THREE
KINGS HEAD 5 GEORGE & DRAGON 5
OXFORD YEOMAN A 4 STONESFIELD SSC 6
QUEENS HEAD B 6 RED LION 4
KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 9 ELM TREE 1
CINNAMON STICK 7 THREE HORSESHOES 3

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 21 DOLLS - PHIL AUSTIN (BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 20 DOLLS - RICHARD JOHNSON (CHADLINGTON SSC)

DIVISION TWO - 14 DOLLS - ALEX CHAMBERLAIN (THREE HORSESHOES) & DEREK RICHARDS (KILLINGWORTH CASTLE)

DIVISION THREE - 19 DOLLS - STEVE ROGERS (CINNAMON STICK)

 

SIXERS

EDDIE LACEY (COCK INN)

JEFF GLENISTER (QUEENS HEAD A)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

Another week of early cards! Cheers all

There were some big point gains for some of the teams in the Top Sections, but I will start my week 5 report with the one game that could of gone either way. This was between Chadlington Sports and the Oxford Yeoman B, with both teams looking for a victory to take them to the top of Division One. The Yeoman started brightly, setting 19 in the opening leg to go ahead, before Chadlington hit back to level things up after taking leg two 16-13. Chadlington set 16 again in leg three, which the Yeoman chased down thanks to anchor man David Trim hitting the required two dolls. The fourth leg was again close, with the Yeoman setting 17, to which Chadlington anchor man Ron Hinchcliffe fell just a single doll short of drawing. With the match victory now confirmed, the Yeoman could only muster a set of 13 in the final leg, which Chadlington eased past with 18. The 6-4 defeat was unfortunate for Chadlington as they actually hit 3 more dolls than the Yeoman. Richard Johnson continued his good form in his new position at the top of the batting order with 20 dolls, with Dave Behan (15 dolls) being the Yeoman top scorer. The Black Prince B picked up another win, this time 8-2 away at Hanborough Sports. It was a strong team performance by the Prince, with Mick Foreman top scoring with a seasons best 20 dolls, assisted well by Nigel King (16 dolls) & Bob Hall (15 dolls). John Busby was the Hanborough top scorer with 13 dolls. Enstone Sports picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 9-1 away win over the Masons Arms B. The Masons will count themselves unlucky yet again, with three of the legs being separated by just a couple of dolls. George Williams was on top form for Enstone, top scoring with 19 dolls, with Ashley Keenan top man for the Masons with a solid 15 dolls. The Cock Inn continued thier recent good form with a 8-2 home win over the Queens Head A. The Cock hit their higgest match total of the season so far, notching up 78 dolls, which could of been even better had they not set a lowly 13 in the final leg. Things could of been different if it wasn't for the Cock's anchor man Eddie Lacey, who was in fine form, hitting a 5 in the opening leg when needing 3 to win, and then hitting a maximum in leg two when needing 5 to win. Very impressive Eddie! Even though Eddie was in such good form, it was actually Dave Gardiner who top scored for the Cock with 18 dolls, but the match top scorer was Jeff Glenister (19 dolls) for the Queens, who hit his second maximum of the season (It was actually his second maximum of the week after he hit one on Wednesday night). Good chucking Jeff. The final match in the top sections saw leaders the Black Prince A host second placed the Masons Arms A, in what has historically always been a close match. However, this time it was a one sided affair, with the Prince team again being in fine form, notching up 111 dolls on their way to a 10-0 victory. Phil Austin had the honour of being the match and leagues weekly top scorer with a mighty 21 dolls, while Charlie Buckingham top scored for the Masons with 17 dolls.

Moving into the Lower Sections, and there were two teams that broke their ducks and recorded their first wins of the season. The first of these teams was the Queens Head B, who picked up a fantastic 6-4 home win over Division Three leaders the Red Lion. The Queens won the opening two legs, both times by just a single doll, and after winning leg three 14-12 they were safe in the knowledge that the match was theirs. It looked like they started celebrating a little early, as leg four saw the team hit only a single doll, but that wouldn't spoil the party. Doug Hickton was top scorer for the Queens with 11 dolls, whilst Marcus Copelin was the best of the Red Lion team with 12 dolls. Although it was a great win for the Queens, the Red Lion will be dissapointed with the result, especially as they hit 8 more dolls than their opponents. The other team winning for the first time this season was the Killingworth Castle, who impressed with a 9-1 home win over the Elm Tree. The opening leg ended in a 9-9 draw, but after that the Killy took control to pick up a much needed victory. All of the Killy players chipped in with dolls throughout the match, with Derek Richards leading the way with 14 dolls. It was a strange off night for the Elm Tree, who failed to hit double figures in any of the five legs. There was a first defeat of the season for Division Two pacesetters the Three Horseshoes after going down 7-3 away at the Cinnamon Stick. The match was tied at 3 points each at the halfway stage, but it was the Cinnamon Stick that finished the match strongly, taking the final two legs to complete the win. Steve Rogers again showed his class for the Cinnamon Stick, top scoring with a seasons best score of 19 dolls, whilst Alex Chamberlain (14 dolls) was top scorer for the Horseshoes. There was a great comeback by the Kings Head against the George & Dragon, who came from 5-1 behind to win the final two legs to snatch a 5-5 draw. The George racked up 10 more dolls on the night, but these extra dolls didn't make points as the Kings held on to avoid defeat. Mike Phipps was the match top scorer with 15 dolls, with Pat Grealis top man for the Kings with 12 dolls. The final match of the week required a last leg shootout between the Oxford Yeoman A and Stonesfield Sports. Stonesfield were 4-2 down after three legs, but hit back to win leg four and then eased to victory by taking the last leg decider. 12 dolls was the highest individual score, with Jorge French (Yeoman) & Nathan Dore (Stonesfield) hitting a dozen each.

So, that's another week sorted. Thanks for the early cards. If possible, don't forget to circle who 'Sets' in each leg, as that information certainly helps me when writing my report. Finally, don't forget the competition entry forms! Cheers

Just one last thing, I caught the George & Dragon having their pre match 'briefing' this week. Which started at 4pm!!  Good effort boys! Feel free to send me some team photos and I'll get them put up. Ta

WEEK 4 - 17th MAY

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
MASONS ARMS A 8 COCK INN 2
QUEENS HEAD A 5 CHADLINGTON SSC 5
OXFORD YEOMAN B 6 HANBOROUGH SSC 4
BLACK PRINCE B 9 MASONS ARMS B 1
ENSTONE SSC 0 BLACK PRINCE A 10
DIVISION TWO & THREE
ELM TREE 2 KINGS HEAD 8
GEORGE & DRAGON 6 OXFORD YEOMAN A 4
STONESFIELD SSC 8 QUEENS HEAD B 2
RED LION 7 CINNAMON STICK 3
THREE HORSESHOES 10 KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 0

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 20 DOLLS - JON TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 18 DOLLS - ASHLEY KEENAN (MASONS ARMS B)

DIVISION TWO - 14 DOLLS - GARY LAMBERT (THREE HORSESHOES) 

DIVISION THREE - 16 DOLLS - MARK BOWERMAN (GEORGE & DRAGON)

 

SIXERS

JON TOWNSEND (BLACK PRINCE A)

DEAN HARRIS & SPENCER BUCKINGHAM (BOTH MASONS ARMS A)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

All cards in and received by Saturday afternoon! Fantastic effort teams, please keep this up!

It was another fine night to spend the twilight hours chucking a stick, and there certainly was some good chucking in week 4.

I'll start things off this week in Long Hanborough, where the George & Dragon hosted the Oxford Yeoman A in what on paper looked like it would be a very competitive fixture. It didn't disappoint, with both teams sharing 114 dolls on the night, which is very good for Division Three. It was the George that shot out of the blocks, and with captain Ryan Hunt's inspired teamtalk still ringing in their ears, the George racked up a mighty set of 19 in the opening leg, which was even more impressive considering that it contained a blob! This proved too hot for the Yeoman to chase down, and after they failed to chase down a set of 12 in the second leg, they were facing an uphill battle. However, they hit back in leg three to get some points on the board, which seemed to irritate the George as they then produced their second big set of the match in leg four, this time racking up 17, which the Yeoman fell just short in chasing down. The George must of started their celebrations early as they seemed to go awol in the last leg and only set 9, which the Yeoman eased past to limit the result to a 6-4 home win. Mark Bowerman (16 dolls) and Mike Phipps (15 dolls) were both in fine form for the George, with Joe Langford top scoring for the Yeoman with 12 dolls. There was a close fought match between the Red Lion and the Cinnamon Stick, which saw the Lion come out 7-3 winners. It was the Cinnamon Stick that took the opening leg before the Lion upped thier game to take control of the match and pick up a good win. You can tell how close the match was as there was only 3 dolls separating both the teams all night, with anchor men Marcus Copelin (Red Lion) and Steve Rogers (Cinnamon Stick) both heavily involved in the action after narrowly winning or coming up just short in all but one of the legs. Sean Osgathorp was top scorer for the Lion with 10 dolls, whilst Steve Rogers was again top scorer for the Cinnamon Stick with 15 dolls. The other three matches in the Lower Sections saw some big wins, or heavy defeats, depending on your point of view! The most surprising of these was for the Kings Head, who went to the Elm Tree and came away with a 8-2 victory. The new boys from Woodstock seem to have settled in well, and posted an impressive 18 dolls in the opening leg on their way to hitting 56 dolls on the night, and with only one blob on the card they should not be underestimated. Tom Cosgrove was their top scorer with 12 dolls, with Ray Barson coming in with 13 dolls for the Elm Tree. Stonesfield Sports secured a nice 8-2 home win over the Queens Head B, which was nearly a clean sweep, but they fell just short of their chase in the fourth leg. All the Stoney players chipped in with good dolls at various points, but it was Doug Hickton for the Queens that was the match top scorer with 10 dolls. The final match in the Lower Sections saw the Three Horseshoes pick up a 10-0 home win over Division Two rivals the Killingworth Castle. With captain James Bateman being unavailable, the Killy seemed to struggle and their totals fell short of what we would expect them to hit, so it became a simple victory for the Shoes. Gary Lambert continued his steady throwing to be the match top scorer with 14 dolls. Moving into the Top Sections, and there was a very interesting match between the Oxford Yeoman B and Long Hanborough Sports in Freeland. The Yeoman started the match well and won the opening two legs, before seeming to fall asleep in legs three and four before waking back up to take the last leg decider and secure a 6-4 home win. The interesting fact regarding the match is that Long Hanborough actually hit 9 more dolls than the Yeoman, yet came away with a defeat! It just goes to show how silly this game can be! Alan Major was solid again at the top of the Yeoman order with 15 dolls, with Kevin Burnham & Jamie Berry both hitting a dozen for Hanborough. The Queens Head welcomed back 'Super' Gordon Kitchen into their team as they hosted Chadlington Sports in a match that is always close between these two sides. It was the Queens that were in pole position to pick up the win going into the final leg with a 5-3 lead, but the boys from Chadlington would not be denied a share of the spoils and hit their highest leg total of the match of 20 dolls to earn a 5-5 draw. Anchor man proved to be the best throwing position of the night, with Rob Brown (15 dolls) for the Queens and Ron Hinchcliffe for Chadlington (17 dolls) coming out as top scorers. The Masons Arms A looked like they clicked into top gear in their match at home against the Cock Inn, racking up 95 dolls on their way to a 8-2 win. They had two different six hitters in their side, with Dean Harris hitting a maximum in leg one and then Spencer Buckingham matching it in leg two, yet it was Tim Newbold that was top scorer with a mighty 19 dolls. It was a night for good scoring, as Spencer Buckingham, Dean Harris, Charlie Buckingham (All Masons), Mark Lacey & Dave Gardiner (Cock Inn) all hit 17 dolls, which is always worth a mention. The Black Prince B maintained their unbeaten start to the season after picking up a 9-1 home win over the Masons Arms B. The Masons battled hard as they always do, and were unlucky not to come away with a few more points than the one they got. Henry Johnson was the top scorer for the Prince, speeding his way to 19 dolls, whilst Ashley Keenan was top scorer for the Masons and also the Division One weekly top scorer with 18 dolls. The final match of the week saw the Black Prince A pick up all the points in a 10-0 away win over Enstone Sports. Jon Townsend had his Thursday night shoes on, hitting his first six of the season on route to 20 dolls, which is his 3rd 20+ score already this season. There were also some great performances in the Enstone side, with Steve Ducker (17 dolls) and George Williams (16 dolls) playing really well and can count themselves unlucky to be on the losing side.

Thanks again for getting the cards in so quick this week, it really does help.

Finally, the competition entry forms are now due in. Our comps are always great nights, so please enter as many of them as possible. If you would like to be a host venue for any of these competitions then you need to enter them first! Unlike certain leagues, we always like to reward venues with hosting duties when they support our league, and I'm certain all the landlords out their will appreciate the extra nights revenue.

Thanks all

WEEK 3 - 10th May

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
COCK INN 4 BLACK PRINCE A 6
CHADLINGTON SSC 3 MASONS ARMS A 7
HANBOROUGH SSC P QUEENS HEAD A P
MASONS ARMS B 4 OXFORD YEOMAN B 6
BLACK PRINCE B 6 ENSTONE SSC 4
DIVISION TWO & THREE
KINGS HEAD 8 KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 2
OXFORD YEOMAN A 5 ELM TREE 5
QUEENS HEAD B 2 GEORGE & DRAGON 8
CINNAMON STICK 4 STONESFIELD SSC 6
RED LION 5 THREE HORSESHOES 5

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 23 DOLLS - DICK WALSH (BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 17 DOLLS - RICHARD JOHNSON (CHADLINGTON SSC)

DIVISION TWO - 15 DOLLS - GOFF JONES (ELM TREE)

DIVISION THREE - 13 DOLLS - WAYNE TOWNSEND (RED LION)

 

SIXERS

DICK WALSH (BLACK PRINCE A)

CHARLIE BUCKINGHAM (MASONS ARMS A)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

Late/Missing Cards:

KINGS HEAD v KILLINGWORTH CASTLE

CINNAMON STICK v STONESFIELD SPORTS

 

With the season now starting to get into the swing of things, week 3 gave us another set of interesting results. Starting things of in the top sections, it was the Masons Arms A who recorded the week's biggest win after picking up a 7-3 away win at Chadlington Sports. A slight change in the batting order seem to work wonders for Ray Grant, who top scored for the Masons with 19 dolls. Charlie Buckingham got his six total off and running in the opening leg on his was to 17 dolls, which saw the Masons set a mighty 29 dolls, which is the highest leg total of the season so far. Chadlington battled hard all match and had anchor man Ron Hinchcliffe to thank for winning the fourth leg after he hit the required 4 dolls, whilst Richard Johnson continued his good early season form with 17 dolls. The Black Prince B made it three wins out of three after defeating Enstone Sports 6-4, with Nigel King hitting an impressive 19 dolls. Enstone stared the match well and took the opening leg, but some solid play from the Prince saw them take the next three legs before Enstone snapped up the final leg to pick up some much needed points. Martin Blake again showed his worth for Enstone with 17 dolls. The Oxford Yeoman B moved to the top of Division One after making the short trip down the road to play the Masons Arms B and pick up a 6-4 win. The Yeoman shot out of the traps and won the first three legs, before the Masons hit back to take the remaining two legs, with anchor man Ashley Keenan hitting the winning dolls in both legs. Alan Major was his usual consistant self at the top of the Yeoman order with 16 dolls. In the final match in the top sections, there was a very close match between the Cock Inn and the Black Prince A. The Cock comfortably took the first leg, before the Prince stepped up a gear to take the next three legs, and after setting 19 in the final leg looked odds to secure a big win, but the Cock produced a fantastic chase to hit 21 and limit the Prince to a 6-4 win. Steve Grant was on top form for the Cock with 16 dolls, closely followed by Eddie Lacey (15 dolls). But it was Dick Walsh who was the outstanding player of the night after hitting a mighty 23 dolls, which included his second six in as many weeks.

Moving into the lower sections, and there were a couple of rare drawn matches. The first one was between the Oxford Yeoman A and the Elm Tree. It was the Elm Tree that held the advantage after three legs, being 5-1 ahead, but a spirited comeback from the Yeoman lads saw them hit back to take the last two legs to secure a 5-5 draw. Jamie Flood got into double figures with 10 dolls for the Yeoman, whilst Goff Jones was top scorer for the Elm Tree with a solid 15 dolls. The second drawn match was between the Red Lion and the Three Horseshoes. It was the Red Lion that took the all important last leg, hitting an impressive 19 dolls to grab a 5-5 draw. There was actually only a single doll between both the teams, so a pat on the back to the committee for that handicap grading! 13 dolls was the top individual score of the match, hit by Wayne Townsend for the Lion and also by Alex Chamberlain for the Horseshoes.In the final match that I'm able to report on, there was a big 8-2 away win for the George & Dragon at the Queens Head B. It was a low scoring match, which is not surprising as many teams struggle to score well on a tricky throw, but the George did what they are supposed to do and beat what was put in front of them. It was nice to see the Queens pick up their first leg of the season, so well done team.

The website is as up to date as it can be, but I'm afraid late cards are already starting to be a problem. Stop messing about and send them in!!

WEEK 2 - 3rd MAY 

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
ENSTONE SSC 2 COCK INN 8
BLACK PRINCE A 10 CHADLINGTON SSC 0
MASONS ARMS A 6 HANBOROUGH SSC 4
QUEENS HEAD A 3 MASONS ARMS B 7
OXFORD YEOMAN B 4 BLACK PRINCE B 6
DIVISION TWO & THREE
THREE HORSESHOES 10 KINGS HEAD 0
KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 4 OXFORD YEOMAN A 6
ELM TREE 10 QUEENS HEAD B 0
GEORGE & DRAGON 6 CINNAMON STICK 4
STONESFIELD SSC 1 RED LION 9

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 22 DOLLS - DICK WALSH (BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 19 DOLLS - RICHARD JOHNSON (CHADLINGTON SSC)

DIVISION TWO - 18 DOLLS - RAY BARSON (ELM TREE)

DIVISION THREE - 16 DOLLS - RYAN HUNT (GEORGE & DRAGON)

 

SIXERS

DICK WALSH (BLACK PRINCE A)

KEVIN JOHNSON (MASONS ARMS A)

JAMIE BERRY (HANBOROUGH SSC)

JEFF GLENISTER (QUEENS HEAD A)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

With the temperature warming up, it seems that the scoring this week also became a little hotter! I'll start things off in the lower sections, where there were some big victories and a last leg nail biter. In Division Two, there were a couple of clean sweeps, with the Three Horseshoes winning 10-0 at home against the Kings Head, and also the Elm Tree claiming all 10 points at home against the Queens Head B. The Horseshoes produced a solid team effort, with anchor man Sean Barefield (10 dolls) hitting the winning doll in each of the first four legs. For the Elm Tree, Ray Barson rolled back the years to clang off a great 18 dolls. The Red Lion claimed a fine 9-1 away win over Stonesfield Sports, helped by Roland D'Costa, Neil Morton & Wayne Townsend all hitting 12 dolls. There was also a good away win by the Oxford Yeoman A, who won a last leg decider to win 6-4 at the Killingworth Castle. The Killy started well, taking the first 2 legs, but the Yeoman hit back to take the remaining 3 legs to pick up the win. Joe Langford top scored for the Yeoman with a solid 14 dolls. The final match in the lower sections was a close fought battle between the George & Dragon & the Cinnamon Stick (Previously the Fox Inn - See the home page). The match was tied at 4 points each going into the last leg, which the George went first and set 13. Cinnamon Stick anchor man Steve Rogers was left a daunting 6 to draw, and came up just 1 doll short after hitting a five, meaning that the George took the match 6-4. Ryan Hunt excelled in his new role as captain/lead off man for the George, coming in with a personal best score of 16 dolls.

The top sections also produced some great performances and interesting set of results. The Masons Arms B picked up their first win of the season, winning away 7-3 at the Queens Head A. Jeff Glenister picked up his first six of the season for the Queens on route to 17 dolls, but it was the more consistant Masons team that held on for the win, with Ashley Keenan top scoring with a perfect set of 3's to hit 15 dolls. There was a last leg decider between the Oxford Yeoman B and the Black Prince B in Freeland, which the Prince managed to take after setting a fine 20 dolls, which the Yeoman fell short in chasing down, meaning the Prince took the match 6-4. There was a very close match in North Leigh between the Masons Arms A and Hanborough Sports, which eneded in a 6-4 home win for the Masons. It was an interesting night for Hanborough anchor man Jamie Berry, who hix a six in the second leg to help Hanborough set 17, which was enough for a drawn leg, but then Jamie managed a dreaded blob in the fourth when only needing one to win the leg. The highs & lows of throwing a stick mate! Kevin Johnson was in form for the Masons, coming in with 17 dolls, which included a six in the final leg. Enstone Sports had a tough night, going down 8-2 at home against the Cock Inn. There were some strangely low scores by Enstone, but I'm certain they will soon starting finding some form, whilst the Cock Inn came up with a solid team effort to do enough to take the win. The final match of the week saw the Black Prince A go crazy at home against Chadlington Sports, hitting an impressive 121 dolls on way to winning 10-0. I believe this equals the higgest team score since we changed to the 6-a-side format, but if anyone knows different to this then please let me know (The Black Prince A hit 121 dolls in a match on 9th June 2016). The Prince had four players make the magical number of 20 dolls or more, with Dick Walsh (22 dolls, including a six), Jon Townsend (21 dolls) and Darren Grant & Mick Phipps Snr (Both 20 dolls). Richard Johnson was again the star man for Chadlington, hitting a fine 19 dolls. 

That's my lot for this week. Don't forget, get the cards in nice and early, and if you can circle the 'Who Set' section on the card in certainly helps me when I'm trying to write these reports. Please feel free to drop me a message if something of interest happens in your match and I'll certainly aim to include it in my report

WEEK 1 - 26th APRIL   

 
PREMIER & DIVISION ONE
COCK INN 2 CHADLINGTON SSC 8
QUEENS HEAD A 4 BLACK PRINCE B 6
MASONS ARMS A 7 MASONS ARMS B 3
BLACK PRINCE A 9 HANBOROUGH SSC 1
OXFORD YEOMAN B 6 ENSTONE SSC 4
DIVISION TWO & THREE
KINGS HEAD 2 OXFORD YEOMAN A 8
GEORGE & DRAGON 2 RED LION 8
ELM TREE 4 CINNAMON STICK 6
KILLINGWORTH CASTLE 6 QUEENS HEAD B 4
STONESFIELD SSC 4 THREE HORSESHOES 6

 

TOP SCORERS

PREMIER - 20 DOLLS - DARREN GRANT & JON TOWNSEND (BOTH BLACK PRINCE A)

DIVISION ONE - 19 DOLLS - RICHARD JOHNSON (CHADLINGTON SSC)

DIVISION TWO - 15 DOLLS - NICK BALDWIN (THREE HORSESHOES)

DIVISION THREE - 13 DOLLS - RYAN HUNT (GEORGE & DRAGON

 

SIXER

RICHARD JOHNSON (CHADLINGTON SSC)

 

WEEKLY REPORT:

And we are off and running! Starting things off with the top sections, it was the Black Prince 'A' that set an early marker, racking up 104 dolls on thier way to a 9-1 home win over Hanborough Sports. Jon Townsend & Darren Grant both came in with a fine 20 dolls for the Prince, with John Busby hitting a pleasing 17 dolls for Hanborough. Home advantage counted for nothing in North Leigh, as last year's Premier winners the Masons Arms 'A' faced off against the Masons Arms 'B'. It was the Masons 'A' that started strongly by taking the first three legs, but the Masons 'B' hit back to secure a win & a draw from the final two legs to limit the result to 7-3. 16 dolls was the match top score, with Ray Grant & Charlie Buckingham hitting it for the 'A' team, and Ashley Keenan also hitting it for the 'B' team. The Black Prince 'B' notched up a fine 6-4 away win over the Queens Head 'A', with captain Bob Hall top scoring with 14 dolls, helped out with a solid 10 dolls from Ady Cooper, which included a '5' in the second leg. Jeff Glenister top scored for the Queens with 15 dolls. A much changed batting order seemed to work wonders for Chadlington Sports, who picked up a very impressive 8-2 away win at the Cock Inn. New lead off man Richard Johnson came in with a great 19 dolls, which included the first six of the season, and was finely assisted by Drew Duncan (16 dolls) and Mike Benson (15 dolls). Eddie Lacey was the Cock Inn's top scorer with 16 dolls. The final match of the top sections saw the Oxford Yeoman 'B' secure a solid 6-4 home win over Enstone Sports, with lead off men Alan Major (Yeoman) & Martin Blake (Enstone) both hitting 15 dolls.

Moving into the lower sections, there were three matches and three good away wins.The Oxford Yeoman 'A' produced a good performance to win 8-2 away at new boys the Kings Head, with the Kings taking the final leg of the match to win their first ever points in the league. Jorge French & Sam Walker both returned 10 dolls for the Yeoman. The Red Lion also picked up a 8-2 win, away at the George & Dragon. Neil Morton top scored for the Lion with 12 dolls, whilst Ryan Hunt was the match top scorer with 13 dolls for the George. The final match of the week saw the Three Horseshoes open up with a 6-4 win at Stonesfield Sports after taking a last leg decider 12-10. Nick Baldwin produced a solid performance in the middle of the Horseshoes order with 15 dolls, helped out by Alex Chamberlain (13 dolls) & Sean Barefield (13 dolls), with Tony Tompkin top scoring for Stonesfield with 11 dolls.

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