AUNT SALLY: Three Pigeons are flying high

AUNT SALLY: Three Pigeons are flying high

AUNT SALLY: Three Pigeons are flying high

First published in Sport

NEIL Lyon’s 18-doll haul saw the Three Pigeons continue their super start to the season, writes ANDY BEAL.

Lyon’s triple-sixer helped his side to a 3-0 home victory over Yarnton British Legion and means they are yet to drop a leg in this season’s top flight.

Kevin Giles chipped in with 15 dolls (6-5-4) and Dave Townsend hit 14 (4-5-5) in leg scores of 34-23, 32-26, 32-28. Henry Johnson (4-5-4) was top dog for the Legion.

Geoff Townsend was in fine form with 15 dolls (6-5-4) as Cricketers begin their fightback to retain the title with a 3-0 victory at The Black Prince, thanks to leg scores of 29-19, 30-25, 26-23.

Promoted to the top division, Gladiators took maximum points at home to New Club A.

Chris Jenkins (6-5-4) led the way in a 27-26, 31-18, 30-21 victory.

In Section 2, The Woodman’s Charlie Buckingham bagged a six in his 14-doll haul (3-5-6), but it was all in vain as they lost 2-1 at Chequers A.

Derek Thomas clanged off a baker’s dozen (6-5-2) for Crown A in their 3-0 win at home to Kennington Social Club in Section 3.

The first leg was settled on three sticks after it was tied 21-21, with the Crown making sure of maximum points in the next two legs 21-14, 19-13.

There was very little to separate Bullnose Morris A and Vikings Sports A as two legs went to a shoot-out.

Bullnose won the opener 17-12 and then took a 2-0 lead in the next leg on three sticks after it finished tied at 16-16.

The final leg finished all-square at 18-18, however Vikings grabbed a point by winning on three sticks.

In Section 4, James Morrison was the star for Masons Arms B as he clanged off 13 dolls (4-5-4) in their 2-1 success at the George, who won the first leg 19-15.

Vikings Sports D just got the better over North Oxford Conservative Club in Section 5.

North Oxford anchor man Mick Richardson hit four dolls to take the opening leg to a three-stick shoot-out, but Vikings held their nerve to go ahead.

A 21-13 success in the second leg sealed victory, but Richardson hit the two dolls required in the finale to give North Oxford a point.

In Section 6, Brill Sports Club’s John Burnell hit 13 dolls (3-5-5), but it could not prevent them going down to a 2-1 defeat at Three Horseshoes B.

Jon Dunhill (3-4-5) was on song for the victors.

Warwick Morris whipped of 12 dolls (5-2-5) as Six Bells B Kidlington beat Kings Arms B 3-0 in Section 7, while Nathan O’Donnell also hit a dozen (5-3-4) as Prince Of Wales beat The Blackbird 2-1.



Premier Section/Section 1: Three Pigeons 3, Yarnton British Legion 0; Six Bells C Kidlington 2, Garsington Sports A 1; Red Lion A Eynsham 3, Rose Hill Club A 0; Gladiators A 3, New Club A 0; Black Prince 0, Cricketers Arms B 3.

Section 2: Vikings Sports B 3, Red Lion B Eynsham 0; The Griffin 1, Three Horseshoes A 2; Six Bells 3, Red Lion Kidlington 0; Chequers A 2, Woodman Inn 1; Ampleforth Arms A 3, Team Monarch 0.

Section 3: Six Bells A Kidlington 1, Ampleforth Arms C 2; Crown Chalgrove 2, Masons Arms A 1; Crown A Otmoor 3, Kennington Club 0; Chequers B 2, Tiddington Cricket 1; Bullnose Morris A 2, Vikings Sports A 1.

Section 4: Pheasant Inn A 0, Queens Head 3; Original Swan A 1, Vikings Sports C 2; Masons Arms B 2, The George A 1; Donnington Club A 3, New Club C 0; Cowley Workers 2, Green Road Club 1.

Section 5: Vikings Sports D 2, North Oxford Con Club A 1; New Club B 2, Red Lion Islip 1; Garsington Sports B 2, White Hart A 1; Cricketers Arms A 2, Donnington Club C 1; Brill Sports Club A 2, The George B 1.

Section 6: Three Horseshoes B 2, Brill Sports Club B 1; Red Lion Yarnton 2, Chandos Arms 1; King & Queen B 3, Seacourt Bridge 0; Ampleforth Arms B 2, Six Bells D 1; North Oxford Con Club 3, Red Lion C Eynsham 0.

Section 7: Rose Hill Club B 2, Bullnose Morris B 1; Prince Of Wales 2, The Blackbird 1; Kings Arms B 0, Six Bells B 3; Catherine Wheel A 0, Headington BL 3.

Section 8: Northway Club A 1, Chequers C 2; Marston BL 3, Red Lion B Cassington 0; Florence Park B 0, Littlemore BL 3; Cricketers Arms 3, Red Lion Old Marston 0.

Section 9: White Hart 1, Golden Ball 2; The Kite 2, Crooked Pot 1; Red Lion A Cassington 3, Original Swan B 0; Florence Park A 0, Kings Arms A 3.

Section 10: White Hart B 0, Pheasant Inn B 3; The Bystander 0, Kidlington Football Club 3; Headington Con Club 0, Original Swan C 3; Corner House 1, Crown B 2.

SIXERS N Lyon 3, K Giles (Three Pigeons), G Townsend (Cricketers B), D Walsh (Six Bells C), D Thomas (Crown A), M Cook, C Jenkins (Gladiators A), C Buckingham (The Woodman).

BLOBBERS B Harper (Cowley Workers), S Hunter (Pheasant Inn A), C Bateman (Red Lion B Cassington), M Pestana (Crooked Pot), G Hamilton (White Hart B Wolvercote), P Harwood (Kidlington FC), D Daley (Original Swan C), M Goodenough, G Bowen (Headington Con Club).


Prem/A Section: Steventon Sports 1, Abingdon United 5; Berinsfield SC 2, Spread Eagle 4; Abingdon Legion 4, Fox 2; Plum Pudding 2, Abingdon Con Club A 4; Abingdon Con Club 0, Tandem 6.

B Section: Abingdon United D 5, Vine Cumnor 1; College Oak 2, Chequers Charney 4; Spread Eagle B 5, Hart of Harwell 1; Plough East Hendred 2, Red Lion 4.

C Section: Vine B 2, Berinsfield S.C 4; Stanford FC 4, Royal Oak 2; Black Horse B 4, Black Horse A 2.

D Section: The Hatchet 6, North Star A 0; Peachcroft SC 5, Eight Bells 1.

E Section: Kennington SC 5, Queens Arms 1; Abingdon United C 6, White Horse B 0; Red Lion B 1, Crown 5; Packhorse 6, Saxton Arms 0; Morning Star 3, Bear & Ragged Staff 3.

F Section: North Star C 4, Brewery Tap 2; Wheatsheaf 5, Harwell Legion 1; GoodLake Arms 0, Abingdon Arms 6; Boundary House A 0, Boundary House 6; Spread Eagle C 3, Cross Keys B 3.

G Section: Brewery Tap B 2, Plough Long Wittenham 4; Plough Sutton Court 3, Horse & Harrow 3; Red Lion C 4, George & Dragon 2; Plough West Hanney 0, Old Anchor 6; North Star B 4, Crown South Morton 2.

H Section: Harwell Legion A 2, Challow Legion 4; Black Swan A 4, Black Swan B 2; Crown 0, Wheatsheaf 6; Eight Bells 2, Plough Appleton 4.

Sixers: P Barrett, G Lee, R Livett, D Hudson, M Sheridan.


(sponsored by Hook Norton Brewery)

Premier/Division 1: Muddy Duck 1, Shakespeare 2; Black Bull B 2, Prince of Wales 1; Nut Tree 0, White Lion 3; Launton S&SC A 2, Black Bull A 1.

Division 2: Highfield SC A 2, Ashton Club 1; Red Lion Finmere 3, Red Cow 0; Bull Launton 9, Red Lion Wendlebury 3; Bull & Butcher B 3, Bull & Butcher A 0.

Division 3: Crown Twyford 0, Highfield SC B 3; White Hart Wanderers 2, Bell Bicester 1; White Horse A 1, White Horse B 2; Barley Mow 2, White Hart Originals 1.

Division 4: Ex Services 2, Chearsley Cricketers 1; Fountain B 1, Launton S&SC B 2; Safari Garden 3, Bell Lower Heyford 0; Plough Marsh Gibbon 3, Fountain A 0.

Division 5: Eight Bells 0, Kings Head 3; Crown Gawcott 3, Blacks Bull D 0.

Sixer: B Gough (White Lion).

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