ROB Bradford was in sensational form with 16 dolls as Black Prince took maximum points at home to Woodman.

However, the Premier/Section 1 game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested, with Bradford’s superb haul of 5-6-5 ultimately proving the difference.

Prince set and won the opening leg 24-23.

They sealed victory with a 30-27 success in the second.

Woodman looked nailed-on to avoid a whitewash when, chasing 26, they needed only seven from their last three players.

However, an almighty collapse saw them only hit five to hand Prince a surprise leg.

Mick Phipps (6-5-3) was also on-song for the winners, hitting 14 dolls.

Gladiators A hit a colossal 96 dolls in their 3-0 demolition at home to Chequers A, the first time any team has hit that amount since 2014.

They ran out 34-22, 31-22, 31-16 winners with Martin Cook (5-5-5) excelling with 15 dolls.

He was ably supported by Barry Townsend (4-4-5) and Kevin Baker (5-5-3), with 13 apiece.

The New Club A opened up a five-point gap in Section 1 when they whitewashed Red Lion A Yarnton 3-0.

Adrian Shepherd (5-3-5) led the way with a baker’s dozen as they won 27-17, 24-18, 24-16.

Garsington Sports Club’s title ambitions took a hit when they lost 3-0 to Premier leaders Swan A.

Marc Joines (3-5-6) bagged a six in his 14-doll haul when Section 2 pacesetters Donnington Club C beat rivals Gladiators Club C 2-1.

Six Bells D moved up to second after a 2-1 success at home to Donnington A.

Steve Ward (4-5-4) was top dog for Bells with 13 dolls.

Alan Woods hit his first six in 30 years of playing the sport as Six Bells A Kidlington moved up to second place in Section 3.

Woods (6-4-4) whipped off 14 dolls in his side’s 3-0 victory over New Club B courtesy of 23-15, 17-9, 21-20 leg scores.

Ian Bowler (4-5-5) also clanged off 14 as Littlemore British Legion A took maximum points against Six Bells B Kidlington, ending a four-week losing streak.

Queens Head dropped to third after losing at home to Seacourt Bridge 2-1.

A tense final leg was in the balance after Queens Head set 15 and Seacourt had scored only four after 24 sticks.

However, the tail wagged as they knocked off the 12 needed to win the leg with Harry Tilling (3-4-5) starring.

In Section 4 Red Lion B Yarnton’s title charge came to an abrupt halt when they lost 2-1 to Blackbird.

With leaders Catherine Wheel B beating Swan C 3-0, Red Lion are now three points adrift in third.

Cowley Workers are two points off the pace after a 2-1 win over Northway C.

They lost the opening leg after failing to chase 13, but hit back for victory.

Cricketers Cowley opened a four-point gap at the top of Section 5 when they whitewashed Littlemore British Legion B.

It was a comfortable night for Cricketers with leg scores of 17-9, 15-13, 18-13.

In Section 6, Harry Ker-Brown (6-3-2) hit a rare six in his 11-doll haul for Chequers B in their 3-0 win over title chasers Red Lion B.


Premier/Section 1: George 1, Swan B 2; Gladiators A 3, Chequers A 0; Black Prince 3, Woodman 0; Swan A 3, Garsington Sports 0; New Club A 3, Red Lion A 0.

Section 2: Ampleforth Arms A 2, Bullnose Morris A 1; Red Lion A Marston 2, Tiddington Cricket Club 1; Six Bells D 2, Donnington Club A 1; Red Lion A Kidlington 0, Six Bells E 3; Donnington Club C 2, Gladiators C 1.

Section 3: Queens Head 1, Seacourt Bridge 2; Six Bells A 3, New Club B 0; Littlemore BL A 3, Six Bells B 0; Masons Arms A 0, Gladiators B 3.

Section 4: Catherine Wheel B 3, Swan C 0; Red Lion B 1, The Blackbird 2; Vikings Sports B 0, Green Road Club A 3; Bullnose Morris B 3, Vikings Sports A 0; Cowley Workers Club 2, Northway Club C 1.

Section 5: Cricketers Arms Cowley 3, Littlemore BL B 0; The Tandem 2, Ampleforth Arms B 1; Vikings Sports D 1, Masons Arms B 2; Cricketers Arms Littleworth 2, Vikings Sports C 1; Donnington Club B 1, Red Lion B 2.

Section 6: Chequers B 3, Red Lion B 0; Kidlington Football Club A 0, Catherine Wheel A 3; Prince of Wales 2, Bletchington Sports Club 1; White Horse 2, Duke of Monmouth 1; Green Road Club B 2, Golden Ball 1;

Section 7: Headington Con Club 2, White Hart Wolvercote 1; Northway Club B 1, Marston BL 2; East Oxford Con Club 2, Democrats Club 1; Yarnton BL 2, Red Lion 1; White Hart Wytham 1, Kidlington Football Club B 2.

Top doll scorers: 16 – R Bradford (Black Prince). 15 – M Cook (Gladiators A). 14 – M Phipps (Black Prince), M Joines (Donnington Club C), A Woods (Six Bells A), I Bowler (Littlemore BL A). 13 – B Townsend & K Baker (Gladiators A), A Shepherd (New Club A), J Townsend & K Powell (Swan A), S Greenough (Donnington Club C), S Ward (Six Bells D), M Holton (Red Lion B Marston), P Cassidy Jnr (Donnington Club B).

Sixers: A Beal & K Giles (Gladiators A), G Townsend (Chequers C), R Bradford & M Phipps (Black Prince), S Greenough (Donnington Club C), M Joines (Donnington Club C), A Woods (Six Bells A), J Bandrowski (Masons Arms B), H Kerr-Brown (Chequers B).

Blobbers: D Pym (Littlemore BL B), F Delaney (Democrats Club), D Woodward (White Hart Wolvercote), B Shields (White Horse).