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Competition Draw

2022-2023 Season
Challengers are indicated in Red text.
Last Season Winners are indicated in  Bold text.
Organising Competitors are indicated by Underline.
2021-2022 Season 
OIBA Fours Draw (not played in 2021-2022)

The first of this season’s Finals was played at Oxford City & County Bowls Club on Thursday 17th March. The Over 60’s Singles Final saw Paul Sharman of Carterton who had comprehensively disposed of his 2 previous opponents in earlier rounds by conceding a grand total of only 6 shots continue in a similar vein by beating John Hurren of Chipping Norton 21-6







On Wednesday 23rd March at Carterton Bowls Club; Tim Jupp, Paul Sharman, Craig Morphet & Dan Wakeman all from the Home club played in the Pairs Final. As could be expected on their home rinks both pairs settled well to the speed of the green with Morphet in particular as lead, drawing well to the jack, but Sharman often with his first wood, then accurately removed any threats posed. 7 shots each after 8 ends suddenly became 12 – 7 after Jupp & Sharman picked up a quiet 5. From this point an hour & a half into the match the more experienced pair pulled away to eventually win by 22 – 12 in 3 hours, Wakeman’s best efforts in using weight proving unsuccessful








On Thursday 24th March the Over 60’s Pairs & Open Singles Finals took place at Oxford City & County Bowls Club. Those watching the much-anticipated Singles match between possibly the 2 best indoor bowlers in the County were treated to a thriller. With little between the two, the scores were 9 each after 12 ends. Paul Sharman (Carterton) then picked up a 3 which spurred AJ Docherty (Chipping Norton) into winning the next 5 ends to go 20-12 up. With just one shot needed for victory Docherty then tried to ditch the jack with his first wood. He missed and the only 4 of the match gave Sharman a chance. 2 ends later it was 20-20. The lead changed hands several times on the last end until Docherty with the very last wood of the game fired the jack into the ditch. Sharman had added the Singles crown to his Over 60’s Singles & Open Pairs wins.




The Over 60’s Pairs was a much more dour game with ends being decided by single shots with an occasional double. After 7 – 7 in 11 ends any weighted woods then went in Chipping Norton’s favour to give them a 17- 10 lead with 3 ends to play. This proved too much for Richard Green & Keith Mobley of Oxford & District to pull back, Dave Lattimore & John Cox eventually winning 18 – 13






The Triples Final which was to have been played on Wednesday was postponed due to Covid & will be re-scheduled for some time in April


2019-2020 Season Finals

On Wednesday 16th March in the 2019-2020 Triples Final, Oxford & District led by Keith Mobley took on AJ Docherty’s Banbury Cross. With Keith Holloway at lead finding excellent line & length early on Banbury pulled well clear to lead 13-1 after 8 ends & set up what proved to be an unassailable advantage. Despite Chris Billingham beginning to out bowl Holloway in the second half of the game there was very little Mobley could do to pull the game back with Docherty doing whatever was necessary to see Banbury home by 18 shots to 9


Thursday 17th March saw 3 Finals including the 2019-2020 Pairs in which a game of high-quality bowls again went Banbury Cross’ way after a quick start by Mark Sykes & AJ Docherty against Carterton’s Craig Morphet & Remy Clanfield. Dropping 14-1 behind after 7 ends Carterton then dug in to win 10 out of the remaining 14 ends. But Docherty was again imperious as skip ensuring that any losses were limited & on a crucial 17th end & their lead having been cut to just 4 shots, a ditched jack & wood removals from Docherty resulted in a 5 to move Banbury clear again. The final score of 25 – 17 did not reflect the closeness of the match with many excellent bowls from all players


The other games on Thursday were both Over 60s Singles Finals. The closest match turned out to be the 2019-2020 Final between Tim Jupp of Carterton who just had the edge over Oxford & District’s Keith Mobley. It was nip & tuck throughout, Mobley 3 up early on but Jupp leading 17 – 11 after 15 ends & picking up a crucial 3 shots on the 19th end to lead by 5 & only 1 more shot needed to win. But Mobley would not lie down bringing the score to 19 - 20 before a final 3 saw Jupp over the line




Match Report:Singles Final

The Singles Final from 2019-2020 was played on Thursday 10 March 2022 with AJ Docherty (Banbury Cross) defeating Joe Justin (Carterton) by                 21 shots to 9. The standard of bowls form both players was high but AJ always seemed to have just an extra bowl and more experience when needed, often frustrating the younger Joe with his 4th wood to take the game away from him when Joe have the position & looking to be scoring.







          Joe Justin Runner up with Alex Fleming                                                                                           AJ Docherty Winner with Alex Fleming
Match Report  Over 60s Pairs

The first of the outstanding Finals from the 2019-2020 Season produced an interesting game with an exciting finish. Twice Previous Winners from 4 & 5 Seasons ago Alan Mead & Eric Hollinrake (Oxford & District) took on the previous Season’s Winners Percy Hickman & John Hurren (Chipping Norton). The more experienced Mead & Hollinrake reversed their usual order with Mead skipping & Hollinrake leading and for 2 hours & 13 ends this tactic worked well with the Oxford & District duo winning 11 ends to lead comfortably by 17 shots to 2. Over the next 5 ends Hickman suddenly found the width of the green to add to his length which had been good but not effective & the Chipping Norton pairing started to accumulate woods in the head. Oxford & District’s response was to play running woods but without success. 17 – 2 up became 17 – 21 down with just 2 ends to play. On the 20th end the use of weight at last provided effective with Mead trailing the jack back for 3 shots to leave Chipping Norton leading by one shot with one end to play. Chippy held on, picking up 1 on the last end to take the match by 22 shots to 20

The Finallists


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