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BOWLS: Headington back on track with sixth century

Oxford Mail: Jason King skipped a Headington four to victory in their win over Banbury Central Jason King skipped a Headington four to victory in their win over Banbury Central

Headington A resumed normal service in Division 1 of the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, with an emphatic 5-1 home win over Banbury Central.

A week after being pipped by one shot at Carterton, the runaway leaders rattled up their sixth ton of the season to thrash Central 115-54.

Howard Watts’s rink led the way with a 39-9 victory, while skips Colin Whitehead and Jason King also posted resounding wins.

Mike Andrew’s four prevented a whitewash with an 18-15 victory.

Witney Mills boosted their survival hopes by winning 4½-1½ at home to South Oxford.

John Mott’s men, with a 30-12 success, more than matched Dick Claridge’s 26-11 triumph, to ensure the hosts edged in 76-71.

Oxford City & County came out on top 4-2 at home to Carterton.

Two rinks were won by each team, with City & County skips Paul Comley and Mike Petersen triumphing by the bigger margins to give their side victory in the 70¾-63 scoreline.

Banbury Chestnuts returned to the top of Division 2 with a convincing 5-1 home victory over Thame.

Adie Twinn’s four raced to a 30-10 win for Thame, but Chestnuts dominated the other rinks to triumph 82-68.

Previous leaders West Witney crashed 5-1 at Bicester, and slip to third, with their conquerors leap-frogging them to take second spot.

Rob Pink’s rink providing the high spot for the home team with a 28-16 success as his side triumphed 82-67.

Adderbury took another big step towards promotion in Division 3 with a 4½-1½ win at bottom club Blackbird Leys.

Bloxham continued their domination of Division 4, although they only scraped home 4-2 this time at Florence Park.

Dave Morse’s rink did just enough for the away team with a 21-13 victory in the 73-68¼ scoreline.

Woodstock clocked up the magic century in a 5-1 home win over Oxford University Press.

Ron Collett’s four led the way with a 37-17 success as the hosts romped home 102-74.

RESULTS

Division 1

Headington A 115 (5pts), Banbury Central A 54 (1) (Headington skips first): C Whitehead 26, W Campion 16; J King 35, J Tee 10; H Watts 39, I Whelpton 9; M Charlett 15, M Andrew 18.

Witney Mills 76 (4½), South Oxford A 71 (1½) (Witney Mills skips first): R Barnett 11, R Claridge 26; A Wiggins 13, D Tidball 13; J Mott 30, K Mobley 12; C Weller 22, H Payne 20.

Oxford City & County A 70¾ (4), Carterton 63 (2) (City & County skips first): M Hancock 12¾, B Sparkes 16; A Ley 13, R Clanfield 21; P Comley 23, T Jupp 11; M Petersen 22, P Sharman 15.

Division 2

Bicester 85 (5),West Witney 67 (1) (Bicester skips first): R Pink 28, T Prew 16; P Hooley 18, K Alder 13; K Taylor 20, P Skidmore 16; A Hall 19, H Williams 22.

Charlbury 55 (1), Watlington 84 (5) (Charlbury skips first): D Dix 14, R Gilkes 18; D Cooper 11, S Gilkes 30; M Smith 19, H Franklin 16; M Fraser 11, G Hooker 20.

Banbury Chestnuts 82 (5), Thame 68 (1) (Banbury Chestnuts, skips first): A Northcote 29, R Slater 13; D Munslow 10, A Twinn 30; B Ray 22, J Timms 14; J Denbow 21, C Billingham 11.

Division 3

Banbury Central B 73 (4), Oxford City & County B 69 (2) (Banbury Central skips first): J Pickering 23, C Pollard 12; R Cox 14, G Kerr 22; G Gerry 20, N Wharton 14; T McKenna 16, A Holmes 21.

Witney Town 83 (4½), Headington B 70 (1½) (Witney Town skips first): V Comley 18, M Kershaw 18; A Scholan 16, S Gould 17; B Bloomfield 26, R Edwards 16; P Demczak 23, C Harris 19.

Blackbird Leys 75 (1½), Adderbury 86 (4½) (Blackbird Leys skips first): G Roper 25, C Skidmore 21; M Mansell 16, P Gladden 25; P Sage 20, J Dancer 20; R Brain 14, T Ely 20.

The Oxford 98 (5), Kidlington 53 (1) (The Oxford skips first): G Watts 37, A Rowe 9; M Bracewell 27, J Hardie 12; P Ilott 29, C Cox 12; L Vaughan 15, M Brain 20.

Division 4

Florence Park 68¼ (2), Bloxham 73 (4) (Florence Park skips first): J Battrawden 19½, J Stephens 21; I Gray 20, J Lucas 17; J Simmons 13, D Morse 21; M Gray 15¾, T Gardner 14.

Chadlington 89 (5), Hanborough 69 (1) (Chadlington skips first): P Radbone 22, K Williams 19; O Bennet 17, G Thompson 21; P Madeley 24, G Haynes 15; C Smart 26, M Oliver 14.

Woodstock 102 (5), Oxford University Press 74 (1) (Woodstock skips first): B Clarke 28, T Cox 8; R Collett 37, H Hyde 17; R Wright 13, G Giles 27; R Foster 24, G Jordan 22.

South Oxford B 86 (5), West Oxford 67 (1) (South Oxford skips first): B Stewart 22, F Webster 17; D Portman 17, M Alderson 23; P Woodville 29, M Pinfold 11; V De Paauw 18, P Moffat 16.

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