BOWLS: Shiplake's triple roll back the years to reach nationals

Shiplake Village’s Francis Benham, Graham Kennedy and David Bullock are off to Leamington Spa after their semi-final success

Shiplake Village’s Francis Benham, Graham Kennedy and David Bullock are off to Leamington Spa after their semi-final success

First published in Sport

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.

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

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.

FINALS LINE-UP

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).

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win at Stevenage

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

2:30pm Sunday 1st February 2015

HIGHLIGHTS from Oxford United's 2-0 win at Stevenage, where Johnny Mullins and Callum O'Dowda were on target.

Oxford United agree deal for Burton Albion forward Alex MacDonald

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:50pm Saturday 31st January 2015

ALEX MacDonald is due for a medical at Oxford United on Monday after agreeing personal terms.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Stevenage?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:39pm Saturday 31st January 2015

Stevenage 0, Oxford Utd 2 (Mullins 59, O'Dowda 68)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

4:57pm Saturday 31st January 2015

GOALS from Johnny Mullins and Callum O'Dowda gave a gritty Oxford United their first victory of 2015.

Updates - Stevenage v Oxford Utd

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:58pm Saturday 31st January 2015

All the news from Oxford United's Sky Bet League Two clash at Stevenage.

Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says they are ready for Stevenage battle

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

Danny Hylton has warned Oxford United will get “eaten alive” at Stevenage today unless they match their hosts’ appetite for a battle.

Oxford United duo Richard Brindley and Joe Skarz ready for first starts against Stevenage

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

Oxford United are likely to hand debuts to full backs Joe Skarz and Richard Brindley at Stevenage this afternoon.

ANGLING: Percy Hickman proves an ice-breaker

Oxford Mail: Bradford Sea Angling Club want last year's trophies returning to their next meeting on Tuesday, January 20 at the New Inn, East Bierley (8pm)

8:20am Saturday 31st January 2015

MOST of the 16 anglers had to break the ice after North Oxford Angling Society’s match against Charlbury AC was switched from the Evenlode to the Oxford canal at Kings Bridge.

ICE HOCKEY: Duo return to give Oxford City Stars a lift

Oxford Mail: ice hockey

8:20am Saturday 31st January 2015

OXFORD City Stars welcome back two key players ahead of their crucial English National League encounter at home to Cardiff Devils tomorrow (6.15).

RUGBY UNION: Justin Burnell's backing London Welsh to hit back from heavy loss

Oxford Mail: Ringing the changes: London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell has made 15 new signings this week

8:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

London Welsh’s pummelling by Saracens earlier this season will have no bearing when the two sides meet tomorrow, according to Justin Burnell, writes SIMON WILLIAMS.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree