Altaf Ali produced a break of 41 to help Riley C to a thrilling 4-3 victory at Cowley Conservative Club A in the second round of the Gent-works Oxford & District League’s Colin Cutler Memorial Trophy.
Division 3 side Cowley, who received a 16-point start in each frame of what used to be called the Buildbase Cup, ran their Division 1 opponents mighty close.
Ali’s big break came in a 97-17 success over Chick Whealey, and he followed that up with a 78-40 win in his second frame.
Mark Bayliss won twice for Cowley against Antony Stopp.
But it was Stopp’s 59-33 win over Malcolm Grieveson in the decider which put Riley through.
In an another exciting match, Premier Division side Abingdon RBL only scraped home 4-3 against Division 1 hosts Eynsham A.
The home side, receiving 16 points per frame, were given a great start after Richard Partlett won 2-0 against Kevin Higgs.
But it was Robbie Adock’s three wins, without conceding a single point – he won 75-16, 91-16, 65-16 – that edged Abingdon RBL to victory.
House Club A, from Division 4, made the most of their eight-point handicap to defeat Division 3 visitors Witney C 4-1.
Brian Field won twice for the victorious hosts.
COLIN CUTLER MEMORIAL TROPHY
2nd round: Oxford Bowls A 2, Witney E 4; Littlemore RBL A 2, Abingdon Con A 4; Cowley Con A 3, Riley C 4; Kennington 2, Witney FD 4; Riley D 4, Witney D 2; Riley F 6, Eynsham C 0; Cowley Con C 1, Thame A 5; Witney B 4, East Oxford Con 2; Headington RBL A 3, Kidlington Green B 4; Eynsham A 3, Abingdon RBL 4; Riley B 1, Witney G 5; Littlmore RBL C 4, Cowley Con B 3; Kidlington Green A 4, Abingdon Con B 2; House Club A 4, Witney C 1.