THE World Aunt Sally championships returns to West Oxfordshire next month.

Defending champion, Kevin Powney, will defend his crown in the hotly-contested competition at Charlbury Beer Festival.

Mr Powney is expected to be pushed all the way by Roger Goodall and Steve McAteer, who are both looking to win the title for the third time.

Anyone can enter the tournament, which gets underway at Charlbury Cricket Club at midday.

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The World Aunt Sally championships have been part of the West Oxfordshire festival, now in its 22nd year, for almost a decade.

Many of the world's best players have already signed up to compete and players are urged to register early to avoid disappointment.

This year's winner of the Aunt Sally competition will win £100 in cash, plus a replica trophy to take home. The second placed competitor will claim £50.

Whoever triumphs will also have their name engraved on the main trophy, the Finings Cup, which will be kept by the beer festival.

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This year, the world championships will be sponsored by Bronsens, a Witney-based accountancy firm.

The business has previously supported the beer festival's Vat and Fiddle music stage.

The competition makes up just part of the annual festival, which includes a host of food and entertainment for families.

There will also be more than 50 real ales and craft beers for punters to try and talks and performances in the festival’s Culture Club.

To register for the competition, visit