Three senior citizens from Shiplake Village with a combined age of 211 years booked their place at the National Championships for the first time with a stunning victory in the Oxfordshire semi-finals.
Francis Benham, 2006 county president David Bullock and skip Graham Kennedy will play in the triples at Leamington Spa next month after recording a 24-15 win over Headington’s Middleton Cup trio of twins Dean and Gary May and Remy Clanfield at Oxford City & County.
Their opponents in Sunday’s final at Banbury Chestnuts will be Carterton’s David Clanfield, Paul Sharman and Alan Prew.
Carterton had a battle against Banbury Central’s Lee Wilkinson, Shane Cooper and Will Campion, who were only three shots adrift with two ends to play, but then saw their dreams shattered by a six and conceded the game on the 17th end.
Headington’s Dean May staged a remarkable comeback to defeat his younger twin brother, Gary, 21-18 in the singles semi-final.
With Gary leading 18-6 and only requiring three more shots for victory, Dean stormed back to collect 15 shots over five ends without reply to move into the final.
There he will face Banbury Borough’s Greg Moon, who finished strongly to claim a 21-16 win over fellow ex-international Prew.
The fours semi-finals set up an all-Headington decider between the rinks of John Nicholls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett, and Mick Nash, Norman Rae, Paul Mabbutt and Nick Rae-Welsh.
Charlett’s rink took early control of their game against the Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway, George Schwab, Richard Redford and Mark Sykes to triumph 18-14.
Rae-Welsh’s four saw off City & County’s Paul Lopez, Chris Lewis, Alan Ley and Mark Hancock 19-16.
Reigning pairs champions AJ Docherty and Calvin Carpenter, from Banbury Borough, came from behind to defeat Shiplake Village’s Jim Bland and Barry Lambourne 21-15.
Fellow Borough bowlers George Schwab and Mark Sykes scraped through 18-17 against Carterton’s Bob Wright, substituting for Roy Craig, and skip John Hicks.
Triples: L Wilkinson, S Cooper, W Campion (Banbury Central) lost to D Clanfield, P Sharman, A Prew (Carterton); D May, R Clanfield, G May (Headington) 15, F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy (Shiplake Village) 24.
Fours: M Nash, N Rae, P Mabbutt, N Rae-Welsh (Headington) 19, P Lopez, C Lewis, DA Ley, M Hancock (Oxford City & County) 16; J Nicholls, J Henwood, J King & M Charlett (Headington) 18, K Holloway, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes (Banbury Borough) 14.
Pairs: B Wright & J Hicks (Carterton) 17, G Schwab & M Sykes (Banbury Borough) 18; J Bland & B Lambourne (Shiplake Village) 15, AJ Docherty & C Carpenter (Banbury Borough) 21.
Singles: G May (Headington) 18, D May (Headington) 21; A Prew (Carterton) 16, Gr Moon (Banbury Borough) 21.
Fours (10am): M Nash, N Rae, P Mabbutt, N Rae-Welsh (Headington) v J Nicholls, I Henwood, J King, M Charlett (Headington).
Two wood singles (11am): N Lewis (Headington) v M Sykes (Banbury Borough).
Under 25s singles (11am): G Schwab (Banbury Borough) v S Watts (Watlington).
Triples (2pm): D Clanfield, P Sharman, A Prew (Carterton) v F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy (Shiplake Village).
Pairs (2pm): G Schwab & M Sykes (Banbury Borough) v AJ Docherty & C Carpenter (Banbury Borough).
Singles (2pm): D May (Headington) v Gr Moon (Banbury Borough).
2:00pm Friday 27th November 2015
MICHAEL Collins will return to Oxford United next week as his loan spell at York City comes to an end.
12:10pm Friday 27th November 2015
THERE have been plenty of highlights at Oxford United this season, but Michael Appleton says there is no time to enjoy them as he seeks to capitalise on an opportunity 12 years in the making.
12:00pm Friday 27th November 2015
Another home game, another disappointing result. Our loss on Saturday against Gosport Borough meant we dropped to third position in the table.
11:30am Friday 27th November 2015
A JOURNALIST who went undercover to expose football’s slave trade says his task would have been much more difficult without help from Oxford United.
9:30am Friday 27th November 2015
Oxford United took measures to maintain their promotion form ahead of a busy December by making two loan signings from Sky Bet Championship clubs.
9:00am Friday 27th November 2015
PATRICK Hoban says his sudden glut of goals is down to a change in fortune in front of goal rather than a change in approach.
8:30am Friday 27th November 2015
RONNIE Moore says Oxford United’s players have the quality to “frighten the life” out of his Hartlepool United side tomorrow.
8:00am Friday 27th November 2015
THE county’s finest talent will be out in force tonight at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards.
8:00am Friday 27th November 2015
GENERAL manager Justin Merritt says he wants to create cup fever at Oxford City as they begin their FA Trophy campaign at home to Marlow tomorrow afternoon.
7:40am Friday 27th November 2015
DIDCOT Town aim to return to winning ways after a midweek defeat when they entertain Larkhall Athletic tomorrow.