Sunday, 18 November 2018

Shiplake annual finals are closely contested

SHIPLAKE started their annual finals weekend with competitions for both ladies and men last Friday.

SHIPLAKE started their annual finals weekend with competitions for both ladies and men last Friday.

Jackie Stafford took an early lead over Margaret Bullock in an exciting ladies’ final but then lost four ends on the trot to be level on 11 each at the 13th.

Again Stafford went ahead to lead by five at the 23rd before Bullock scored six in three ends to pip her opponent by one (21-20).

In the men’s final Jim Bland kept his opponent Tony Reid to winning only six ends, coming home with ease as he cruised by 12 shots over only 17 ends (22-10).

The rest of the finals were played two days later on Sunday with the 91 shots competition between Jim Bland and Barry Lambourne in which Jim led from the start.



With great bowling from both that is how it ended with the score 91-69.

In the four-wood pairs John Gutteridge and Graham Kennedy had built up a seven-shot lead by the 15th against Jackie Stafford and Trevor Beaumont, then lost the next three before pulling away again to win by four (20-15).

Next came the senior citizens between David Bullock and Martin Cranstoun, with the former on top of his game, winning by six despite losing the last two ends (16-10).

SHIPLAKE entertained HOOK last Saturday in a six- rink mixed friendly and were soundly beaten by 27 shots, winning on two and losing on four rinks.

David Webb dropped two fours on the 14th and 15th end to seal his fate by seven. The luck was against Roger Pitcher most of the afternoon and he eventually went down by seven.

Phil Buckett struggled all afternoon against a very good lead, losing by 16. Wendy Cross was leading by seven at the 11th but then dropped some high scores to lose by 15. Bill Copp lad all the way from start to finish and secured a seven shot victory. Another bright win for the home side by 12 was by Mike Lovejoy.

Scores (Shiplake names): A Main, D Buckett, R Copp, D Webb 14-22; J Buckett, J Snook, S Pitcher, R Pitcher 15-22; J Webb, D Harris, P Buckett 11-27; E Robinson, J Stafford, W Cross 13-28; C Gutteridge, E Davis, J Gutteridge, B Copp 19-12;V Harris, S Reid, P Main, M Lovejoy 23-11.

HENLEY entertained BURGHFIELD last Wednesday in an Oddfellows five triples mixed league match and managed to win three Rinks which resulted in them winning 87-81 overall and taking eight league points to the visitors’ four points.

Scores (Henley names) J Woodford, Di Woodford, A Scott 13-18; J Rees, R Kingston, G Robins 23-14, D Maybury, J Thompson, D Silvester 21-10; A Crisa, L Snelgrove, N Daniels 14-12, W Outram, S Daniells, R Sayer 16-27.

HENLEY played a men’s friendly triples match at home over 4 rinks against MAIDENHEAD TOWN but the visitors proved too experienced and won on all rinks and 84-57.

Scores (Henley names): J Woodford, A Scott, D Silvester 11-18; J Cross, C Blakeway, RKingston 12-25; K Lawrance, W Outram, B Davies 13-18, D Gillespie, R Sayer, C Ward 21-23.

WARGRAVE LADIES played HENLEY LADIES last Tuesday, with Wargrave winning on all three rinks. Wargrave’s winning rink was made up of Jeanette Thompson, Chris Rogers and skip Marian Pope. The Oxfordshire teams at last weekend’s National Championships featured players from WATLINGTON and  SHIPLAKE.

The women’s Under-31s, which reached the Amy Rose quarter-final, had Emma Gilkes and Claire Soden of Watlington, along with Shiplake’s Katie Bland.

The men’s Under-25s double rink reached the semi-final of the White Rose competition with Shane Cooper, Chris Gilkes and Sam Watts of Watlington. The team was managed by Watlington’s Steve Gilkes.

OXFORDSHIRE’S White Rose team lost out in the national semi-final against eventual winners Devon at Leamington.

The Oxfordshire players went into the game quietly confident of a good performance but could not reproduce their good form of the four qualifying rounds and eventually went down 29-42.

OXFORDSHIRE’S Under-31s ladies played Leicestershire in the Amy Rose and in a tense finish won on the extra end in a game that swung both ways. The final score was 47-46.

In the quarter-final the girls came up against Somerset and despite being within two shots at one stage eventually lost 30-48.

WATLINGTON hosted the eighth Under-25s Day, with six teams competing in a day- long round robin.

Luke Gilbert, from Banbury Central, Ollie John of Woodstock and Chipping Norton’s David Leighfield all played in the day for the first time with Luke and David both taking home medals.

The competition was eventually won by a four skipped by Joe Woodward with Ryan Full, Emma Gilkes and Jonathan Dadson.

Second were Shane Cooper, Jazz Alder, Luke Gilbert and Bradley Squires and third place went to David Leighfield, Will Soden, Claire Soden and Brandon King.



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