BANBURY Borough won a tight Hawker Cup final against defending champions Headington to lift the trophy for the first time in 13 years.
Howard Watts boosted hopes of back-to-back titles for Headington, as his four, completed by Dean May, Alan Manger and Gary May, were always in control of their rink, played at Oxford City & County.
Borough’s Keith Holloway, John Brooks, George Schwab and skip Mark Sykes could not find a way back into the contest and went down 24-16.
Their other four, AJ Docherty, Paul Hilton, Geoff Gray and Richard Redford, started by dropping a five to Headington’s line-up of Kelvin Woodward, Paul Mabbutt, Nathan Lewis and Ian Snowdon.
But from then on the match belonged to Borough, as Redford’s rink took 15 of the next 20 ends.
It saw them steadily build a lead, finishing 25-13 up to complete a 41-37 win overall.
The play-off for third place was even closer.
West Witney, thrashed by Banbury 47-17 in the semi-final, took on Kidlington, who had gone down 44-34 to Headington.
Witney’s Kevin Alder led his side of Henry Beall, Brian Squires and Harry Williams into a ten-shot lead at the halfway stage against Chris Tomlins, Barry Willoughby, Paul McGrath and John Hardie.
Kidlington fought back to limit the damage in the closing stages, losing 23-19.
Their hopes rested on Chris Cox’s four of Alan Rowe, Joe Woodward and Melvin Brain, who led by seven shots after 15 ends.
But Jim Wells, Roger Thomas, Trevor Prew and Paul Skidmore responded to only lose 20-19, which gave West Witney a 42-39 win.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704.
Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Latest Sport news
9:30am Monday 8th February 2016
OXFORD United’s congested fixture list is music to the ears of midfielder Liam Sercombe.
7:00am Monday 8th February 2016
James Roberts feels he can be of most use to Oxford United by playing his football elsewhere.
8:50am Monday 8th February 2016
8:10am Monday 8th February 2016
David Sloan, the first Oxford United player to win an international cap while at the club, has died at the age of 74.
8:00am Monday 8th February 2016
Oxford City boss Justin Merrittt was unhappy with the late dismissal of skipper Joe Lapoujade as they were beaten 1-0 in the third round of the FA Trophy.
7:50am Monday 8th February 2016
BRADLEY Smith was satisfied with the opening test ahead of the MotoGP season, which starts next month.
7:50am Monday 8th February 2016
Oxford City’s superb run in the FA Trophy came to an end in the third round as they were beaten 1-0 at Woking on Saturday.
12:00am Sunday 7th February 2016
OXFORD United season ticket holders will be able to buy tickets for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley as of tomorrow.
7:54pm Sunday 7th February 2016
VICTORIA PENDLETON’S wait for a first winner goes on, after Working Title all but pulled himself up when leading the Ladies Open Race at Wadebridge yesterday.
3:00pm Saturday 6th February 2016
DEFENDER Canice Carroll has signed a professional contract with Oxford United.