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Bloxham Bowls Club

Match Reports 2017

League – Woodstock

In their away game to Woodstock both teams won 2 rinks but Bloxham won as narrowly as you can get on points by 72 to 71. Ron Higgins rink with Chris Hall, Simon Hambidge and Rob Kearvell lost 15-21.  Dave Morse with Doug Woodward, Simon Wratten and Norman Hambidge won 22-12 as did Tony Gardner with Brian Smith, Roy Billington and Ray Hopkins staging a fightback over the last 5 ends to win 23-15. Alan Miles with Des Jones, John Nolan and John Stephens lost 12-23.

WOMTL – Charlbury

In their home WOMT League match to Charlbury the teams drew 2 all on rinks but Bloxham lost on points by 69-80.  John Stephens with Sue Miles and Norman Hambidge lost 15-22, but Tony Gardner with Doug Woodward and Pat Ostler won narrowly by 17-14,  Alan Miles with Ros Sopp and Simon Wratten lost heavily by 12-31 but Ray Hopkins with Ray Sopp and Hilary Thomas had a god win by 25-13.

League, Thame

Bloxham played at home to Thame in the Oxford League for the first time for several years and lost 3-1 and 70-92 on points.  Tony Gardner with Brian Smith, John Nolan and Alan Miles lost 18-22, but Jim Lucas with Ray Sopp, Rob Kearvell and John Stephens just won 22-21. Dave Morse with Doug Woodward, Simon Wratten and Norman Hambidge lost narrowly 19-21 whilst Ray Hopkins with Des Jones, John Elstob and Ron Higgins lost 11-28.

Banbury Borough

Bloxhams friendly with Banbury Borough at home resulted in Bloxham winning 2 rinks to 1 with one drawn and winning on points 83-80.  Tony Gardner with Rob Kearvell, Simon Hambidge and Norman Hambidge won 23-19, Alan Miles with Simon Wratten, John Nolan and Brian Smith lost 24-30 despite scoring a maximum 8 on one end, but Jim Lucas with Des Jones, Rod Ostler and Alan Round won a close match 16-11. Ray Hopkins with Ray Sopp, Doug Woodward and John Stephens drew 20-20.

League, South Oxford

Bloxham narrowly lost to South Oxford B team in their league match with each team winning two rinks but South Oxford winning on points by 78 to 80.  Despite the close points score the individual game had some large score differences. Tony Gardner’s rink with Brian Smith, Roy Billington and Ray Hopkins won 23-16 coming through to win on the last 4 ends.  Dave Morse with Doug Woodward, Simon Hambidge and Norman Hambidge lost 11-30 but Jim Lucas’s rink with John Elstob, Ray Sopp and John Stephens won 32-11. Alan Miles with Des Jones, Rob Kearvell and Ron Higgins lost 12-23.

League, OUP

Bloxham gained their first league win of the season against a depleted OUP side winning on all 4 rinks and by 96 to 48.5. Tony Gardners rink with Brian Smith, John Nolan and Ray Hopkins won 22-17, Jim Lucas with Simon Wratten, Alan Round and Ron Higgins won 32-9, Alan Miles with Des Jones, Simon Hambidge and Norman Hambidge won 23-15 and Dave Morse with Doug Woodward, Rob Kearvell and John Stephens won 19-7.5.

League, Oxford City & County

Bloxham suffered their second Oxon Bowls League defeat despite winning on two rinks.  But a heavy 44-6 defeat for John Stephens cost Bloxham against Oxford City & County B in Thursday’s division four fixture.  Superb bowling from Brian Smith, Roy Billington and Ray Hopkins ensured Tony Gardner’s rink won 28-17 while Dave Morse with Doug Woodward, John Price and Rob Kearvell were also successful with a 16-13 win.  After leading early on, Alan Miles’ four lost 16-22

Wellesbourne

Bloxham finished strongly in their mixed friendly triples fixture at Wellesbourne, winning on all four rinks. Alan Miles’ triple of Hilary Thomas and Doug Woodward led the way with a 20-11 success they were well supported by Sue Miles, Simon Wratten and Brian Smith with a 18-13 win. There were also wins for Norman Hambidge with Chris Hall and Anne Kearvell, who won 18-16, and Ray Hopkins with Jane Hall and Rob Kearvell, who won 20-17.

Adderbury

Bloxham overcame neighbours Adderbury in their local derby recording a 77-55 win.  Bloxham were successful on 3 of the 4 rinks, with Ray Hopkins four of Ray Sopp,  Diane Billington, and Rob Kearvell leading the way with a 21-10 win. Hopkins was well supported by Ron Higgins rink of Chris Hall, John Elstob and Tony Gardner who won 23-15 and Alan Miles rink of Anne Kearvell, Roy Billington and Norman Hambidge who won 18-9. Bloxhams only defeat was Simon Wrattens four with Sue Miles, Doug Woodward and Brian Smith who went down to Adderburys rink of Cliff Hall 15-21.

South Oxford – League Cup

Our first match of the season was in the knockout Oxfordshire League Cup at home against South Oxford.  Bloxham won 3-1 on rinks and by 77 to 54 and now progress to playing Watlington away next week.  Alan Miles’ team with Des Jones, Chris Hall and Rob Kearvell won 20-10, Tony Gardner’s team with Brian Smith, Rod Ostler and Ray Hopkins won 19-16, Jim Lucas with Ray Sopp, John Elstob and Ron Higgins lost 12-17, and Dave Morse with Doug Woodward, Norman Hambidge and John Stephens won 26-11