SHIPLAKE pulled off an impressive 94-53 victory away to BANBURY CENTRAL on Thursday of last week in Division 1 of the Oxford and District League.
The villagers, who have now won three matches in a row, picked up five points to the hosts’ one.
Barrie Evans’ rink got off to a bad start for the visitors on a difficult rink and soon trailed by six shots, but their fight back to trail by two was not enough as the home side held on to win by five.
Jim Bland’s four started brightly and led the Banbury team from the outset, and went on win comfortably by 15. Barry Lambourne’s rink were never in trouble, completely dominating the home rink, running out easy winners by 13.
Trevor Beaumont’s rink posted a remarkable 12 shots on the board without reply before the Central four made any impression, but the Shiplake team ran away to win by 18 shots.
Scores (Shiplake names): P Christmas, J Munnelly, G Kennedy, B Evans 14-19; P Buckett, R Pitcher, D Webb, J Bland 24-9; M Cranstoun, G Clinch, D Bullock, B Lambourne 30-17; F Benham, M Belcher, L Mitton, T Beaumont 26-8.
On the same day Oxfordshire County Top Club holders SHIPLAKE LADIES defeated HANBOROUGH LADIES after winning three of the four matches played to secure a place in this season’s semi-final. Margaret Bullock’s opponent only wanted a single shot for victory while she still needed nine but she dug in to record a 23-20 win. Ruth Copp and Helen Robinson were eight shots down in the first three ends but try as they might, they couldn’t make up the deficit, losing by three (22-25).
Pat Steel, Sheila Cranstoun and Wendy Cross built up a 10 shot lead early on and never looked in any danger of relinquishing it, winning 20-12.
The four of Sonya Stretch, Sue Reid, Sylvia Blackmore and Daphne Jacob ran out 25-14 winners.
On Wednesday of last week SHIPLAKE eased to a comfortable 123-58 win against visitors TWYFORD in a six rink mixed triples match.
Len Mitton had a run of 12 shots over five ends to coast home. Producing twos and a three near the end gave David Bullock an eight shot win. Eight shots behind at the 10th Jim Bland scored 13 to his opponent’s two, to win by three. Roger Pitcher also scored his shots after the half-way mark to win by 16. Matt Shepherd drew in this low scoring game 13 each while Barry Lambourne’s triple bowled steadily all evening to win by a massive 27 shots.
Scores (Shiplake names): E Davis, R Copp, L Mitton 20-9; S Cranstoun, B Copp, D Bullock 16-8; J Buckett, D Steel, J Bland 16-13; P Mansfield, F Benham, R Pitcher 24-8; P Steel, D Harris, M Shepherd 13-13; K Bland, M Cranstoun, B Lambourne 34-7.
SHIPLAKE picked up 10 points when they visited UNIVERSITY OF READING on Saturday in the Manchester Unity League, winning on four of the five triples by 11 shots (85-74).
Mike Lovejoy had 14 shots on the board before their opponents scored and although University out-scored them in the second period they still won by eight.
Although the ends were shared, Howard West lost by 13 after levelling at the 10th while Trevor Beaumont’s game was never in doubt, romping home by 10 shots.
Helen Robinson continued her run of good form and held out to win by three. With the lead changing four times Graham Kennedy also hung on to win by three on a tricky green.
Scores (Shiplake names): S Cranstoun, M Cranstoun, M Lovejoy 19-11; M West, P Main, H West 13-26; V Beaumont, M Belcher, T Beaumont 18-8; F Benham, I Robinson, H Robinson 18-15; A Main, G Clinch, G Kennedy 17-14.
After losing to THREE MILE CROSS last month, SHIPLAKE got their revenge when they entertained them on Sunday in a five rink mixed friendly, winning on four of the five rinks by 24 shots (106-82). Peter Christmas was 26-9 before the visitors got seven in the last four ends to narrow the margin to 10.
Roger Pitcher struggled all afternoon, losing by 14 while David Webb just kept ahead in his match, scoring five on the last end to win well.
Dave Bullock scored steadily all afternoon and cruised home by 14. A four at the 11th helped Howard West to win by seven in this match where only ones and twos were scored.
Scores (Shiplake names): E Davis, J Buckett, B Copp, P Christmas 26-16; P Steel, J Webb, I Robinson, R Pitcher 11-25; S Pitcher, D Taylor, P Mansfield, D Webb 22-15; M Bullock, M Stafford, P Buckett, D Bullock 29-15; R Copp, S Stretch, D Steel, H West 18-11.
HENLEY ran out winners in their Plomer Cup match at home to DIDCOT on Wednesday of last week by 99 shots to 87.
In the five triples match Henley won on three rinks to pick up eight points to the visitors’ four.
Scores (Henley names): B Davies, R Sayer, S Daniells 29-12; J Bonar, A Scott, D Silvester 23-14; D Maybury, R Kingston, G Robins 19-15; R Maybury, L Snelgrove, J Hawthorne 15-20; J Woodford, P Hawes, M Robins 13-26.
HENLEY lost out at home to HARWELL in the Manchester Unity League on Saturday in a close fought encounter.
Harwell triumphed with a six point advantage and with two winning rinks each and two losing rinks each with one tied, Harwell picked up seven league points to the hosts’ five.
Scores (Henley names first): J Hawthorne, A Crisa, R Sayer 23-16; D Burdon, D Woodford, F Powell 10-17; M Golden, L Snelgrove, J Woodford 16-24; J Thompson, A Scott, D Silvester 15-13; S Daniells, N Daniells, B Davies 16-16.
On Sunday HENLEY lost out in a friendly match at home to MAIDEN ERLEGH.
The hosts lost on four of the five rinks, losing by 19 shots overall.
Scores (Henley names): N Daniells, J Bonar, R Kingston 20-9; J Hawthorne, AN Other, AN Other 16-18; F Powell, T Dombey, B Davies 15-21; R Maybury, L Snelgrove, J Woodford 13-24; A Daniells, D Maybury, V Rees 17-28.
WATLINGTON ran out comfortable 127-56 shot winners at home to TRENTHAM CLUB for a five rink triples match.
Scores (Watlington names): Jackie Soden, Joyce Franklin, David Byers 23-4; Jo Trott, Claire Soden, Gordon Hooker 30-11; Anne Evins, Neil Brown, Henry Franklin 23-15; Caroline Gould, Alan Silvey, Mick Saunders 27-12; Margaret Silvey, Mick Evins, Carol Nall 24-14.
WARGRAVE suffered an 88-64 defeat away to SUTTONSB in the Kennet League. The visitors failed to pick up a point from the match in which the hosts claimed 14.
In their home fixture against THREE MILE CROSS, WARGRAVE ran out 86-71 winners as they triumphed on four rinks, the highest being Marion Pope, David Smith and Bill Cordell.
On Saturday WARGRAVE ran out 98-74 winners away to DESBOROUGH in a five mixed triples match. The best winning rink for the visitors was that of Marion Pope with Ray Gardiner and David Smith, with a score of 31-8.
On Sunday WARGRAVE won the Loudwater Trophy with a 73-67 victory away to LOUDWATER. Four mixed triples were played and the bestwinning rink was that of Fred Furneaux with Hilde Jones and Brian Turnbull, scoring 23-14.
WARGRAVE ladies narrowly went down to defeat at TWYFORD as they lost 42-41. The visitors lost two of the three rinks played.
PEPPARD went down to a 70-50 defeat against WOODLEY with the Berkshire side winning on three of the four rinks played.
Scores (Peppard names): Sherryl Quint, Colin Benger, Elaine Roberts 12-19; Sue Skingsley, Barry Gibbons, Barry Smart 16-8; Kevin Browne, Chris Eldred, David Jennings 9-24; Penny Russell, Brian Borsberry, Jean Smart 13-19.