Despite being unable to qualify from their group, Oxfordshire finished their Middleton Cup campaign on a high note by beating Kent 113-104 at Halls BC, Dartford.
Trailing all the way, Oxon finished strongly to secure a 17-5 points victory and finish third in South Group Section B.
Things didn’t look good for Oxfordshire at the start as Kent big-hitters Gordon Charlton and Duncan Hanmore opened up early leads over Ian Snowdon and Alan Prew, whose fours dug in to finish 12 and one shot down respectively.
The rinks of Mark Sykes and Baden Sparkes were involved in close games, but some excellent play saw them claim victory by two and six shots respectively.
Paul Sharman, with under 25s star Shane Cooper stepping up to No 3, Paul Comley, in his first game for several years, and regular lead Lee Young won the final seven ends of their game to come from ten behind and draw 16-16 with Ken Weyand.
Mark Charlett, with Sam Watts, Kevin Alder and Gary May, another under 25 player, also moving to No 3, dominated against Paul Barnicott.
They won 15 of the 21 ends to record a crushing 28-12 victory, and ensure the overall success.
Kent 104 (5pts), Oxfordshire 113 (17)
(Kent rinks first)
Rink 1: K Moss, M Cheeseman, M Goord, S McCaughan 13, AJ Docherty, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes 15.
Rink 2: P Foster, S Woolford, G Allen, K Weyand 16, L Young, P Comley, S Cooper, P Sharman 16.
Rink 3: D Mason, G Bailey, L King, P Barnicott 12, S Watts, K Alder, G May, M Charlett 28.
Rink 4: S Coyle, A McIllmurray, P Field, P Martin 13, M Nash, C Weller, C Whitehead, B Sparkes 19.
Rink 5: M Fisher, L Shoobridge, T Monk, D Hanmore 18, K Holloway, I Henwood, C Carpenter, A Prew 17.
Rink 6: D King, C Smith, J Vane, G Charlton 32, D May, Re Clanfield, N Lewis, I Snowdon 18.
- HEADINGTON brothers Gary and Dean May meet in the Oxfordshire BA’s singles semi-final at Oxford City & County on Sunday.
Singles: G May (Headington) 21, P Sharman (Carterton) 9; D May (Headington) 21, D Taylor (Thame) 10; A Prew (Carterton) 21, S Cooper (Banbury Central) 5; Gr Moon (Banbury Borough) 21, M Charlett (Headington) 16.
Triples (10am): L Wilkinson, S Cooper, W Campion (Banbury Central) v D Clanfield, P Sharman, A Prew (Carterton); D May, R Clanfield, G May (Headington) v F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy (Shiplake Village).
Fours (10am): M Nash, N Rae, P Mabbutt, N Rae-Welsh (Headington) v P Lopez, C Lewis, DA Ley, M Hancock (Oxford City & County); J Nicholls, J Henwood, J King & M Charlett (Headington) v K Holloway, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes (Banbury Borough).
Pairs (2.30pm): R Craig & J Hicks (Carterton) v G Schwab & M Sykes (Banbury Borough), J Bland & B Lambourne (Shiplake Village) v AJ Docherty & C Carpenter (Banbury Borough).
Singles (2.30pm): G May (Headington) v D May (Headington), A Prew (Carterton) v Gr Moon (Banbury Borough).
9:30am Wednesday 5th August 2015
Oxford triple-jumper fails with appeal to be called into World Championship squad
9:20am Wednesday 5th August 2015
HORLEY were forced to forfeit their points in Division 3 of the Cherwell League after Pete Papenfus bowled more than his permitted overs against local rivals Banbury 3rd.
8:30am Wednesday 5th August 2015
HARVEY Eltham became the latest teenager to inspire Oxfordshire to victory as they convincingly beat Cornwall by 266 runs in their Unicorns Counties Championship clash at Banbury.
8:00am Wednesday 5th August 2015
YOUNGSTER Olly Clarke was the star of the show for Banbury 2nd as his fine all-round display helped his side to a seven-wicket victory at home to Twyford in Cherwell League Division 1 on Saturday.
7:00am Wednesday 5th August 2015
DEN Sellar is the only previous winner to have battled his way through to the last eight of the Greene King Oxford & District League after three gruelling rounds, writes ANDY BEAL.
7:00am Wednesday 5th August 2015
YOUNGSTER Connor Tinsley shone as Minster Lovell went back to the top of Division 1 with a thrilling 11-run win at home to Stonesfield.
6:10am Wednesday 5th August 2015
A YOUTHFUL Oxford United side completed their pre-season schedule with a 4-0 defeat in a behind-closed-doors friendly away to Reading.
1:30pm Tuesday 4th August 2015
Our 12-page supplement packed with United news, pictures, stats and much more is out on Friday, August 7.
9:20am Tuesday 4th August 2015
OXFORD United chairman Darryl Eales wants to make open training sessions a regular event after hundreds of supporters watched the players get their first taste of the new Kassam Stadium pitch.
9:10am Tuesday 4th August 2015
RYAN Taylor is optimistic of being fit for the start of Oxford United's campaign this weekend.