NEIL Pratley and Charlie Buckingham hit 14 dolls apiece as North Leigh FC cruised to a 3-0 win over New Club in Oxford & District Premier.

It was a comfortable night for the football club, claiming leg victories of 31-19, 23-16 and 24-18.

Pratley collected 4-5-5, while Buckingham grabbed 5-5-4.

Elsewhere, Gladiators A secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over visitors The Blackbird B.

The hosts took the opening leg 25-20, before edging out their opponents 24-23 to go 2-0 up.

Blackbird set 31 in the final leg and Glads posted a respectable 27 in reply, with Kevin Giles (4-5-4) and Scott Thompson (5-4-4) hitting a baker’s dozen for the visitors.

The race for the Section Two title is still up for grabs, with the top five teams all in with a shout.

Leaders Red Lion B Kidlington hold a one-point advantage after beating rivals The Chequers ‘B’ 2-1 at home, but they had to do it the hard way after losing the opening leg 18-16.

The hosts levelled the scores with a 23-19 triumph in the second, before Steve Ward came to their rescue in the decider.

After Chequers set 18, a poor reply left the anchor man needing five for victory and he was up for the challenge, whipping off the winning doll with his final stick to collect a baker’s dozen 3-5-5.

Six Bells A boosted their title hopes with a 3-0 victory over visitors Seacourt Bridge, who set all three legs.

The hosts took the first leg 19-18, before anchor man Alan Goodgame clanged off the winning doll from his last stick as they successfully chased 21 in another close contest.

Bells completed victory with a 20-14 triumph as Stuart Wells managed 4-3-5, while Ian Sharp was in outstanding form for Seacourt and whipped off 14 dolls (4-5-5).


Premier/Section One: Donnington Club C 0, Swan A 3; George A 1, Black Prince 2; Garsington Sports 3, Ampleforth Arms 0.

Section Two: Donnington Club A 1, Gladiators B 2; Chequers A 1, Red Lion A 2; Queens Head 1, Vikings Sports A 2.

Section Three: Cricketers Arms 2, Donnington Club B 1; Cowley Workers A 1, Masons Arms A 2; Ampleforth Arms B 0, Red Lion A 3; Catherine Wheel 3, George B 0; Blackbird A 2, Vikings B 1.

Section Four: Masons Arms B 3, Rose Hill Club 0; Duke Of Monmouth 2, Six Bells C 1; Red Lion B 3, Six Bells Quarry 0; Bletchington Sports 2, Six Bells B 1; Tandem 3, Kidlington FC 0.

Section Five: White Horse 2, Northway Club B 1; Northway Club C 1, Swan C 2; Red Lion 0, Littlemore RFC 3; White Hart 1, Golden Ball 2.

SIXERS: R Bradford (Black Prince), M Rollins (North Leigh FC).

BLOBBERS: T Harbert (George B), B Woodward, S Longthorp (White Hart), D Edmonds (Six Bells C).

TOP DOLL SCORERS: 14: N Pratley, C Buckingham (North Leigh FC), I Sharp (Seacourt Bridge). 13: K Giles, S Thompson (Gladiators A), R Bradford (Black Prince), S Ward (Red Lion B), J Bennett (Vikings A).