16th September 2018

The results of last night's Plate Finals are as follows:

 

  • League Plate - Black Bull B beat Brill S&SC A
  • Intermediate Plate - Barley Mow beat the White Hart
  • Supplementary Plate - Crown Twyford beat the Royal Oak

The format for semi finals night next Wednesday, which starts at 8 o'clock, can be found on the NEWS page.

    Phil Allen

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16th September 2018

A rather disappointing turnout for the singles competitions.  Only 32 out of 46 for the Premier and Division One, 22 out of 28 in Division Two, 8 out of the 11 in Division Three, 19 out of 25 in Division Four and all 12 in Division Five turned up.  All in all, 29 didn't.

Congratulations to the winners as shown in the attachment.  They will now go through to the semi finals to be played at the Bull Inn, Launton next Wednesday, 19th September, starting at 8 o'clock.

Don't forget, we have the Plate Finals at The Harrison this evening, starting at 8 o'clock.  First on is the Supplementary Plate between the Crown Twyford and the Royal Oak.  Next will be the Intermediate Plate between the Barley Mow and the White Hart.  Last, but not least, is the League Plate involving the Brill S&SC A and the Black Bull B.

Remember - no practising will be allowed.

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INDOOR LEAGUE

The AGM for the indoor league will be held at the Ex Services on Wednesday 26th September, starting at 7.30 pm.

As far as I'm aware, we still have the same eight teams as last year but if anyone wants to register an interest in entering a side, please let me know and I'll make a note as a reserve (I already know about the Highfield!).  Or, maybe we could get sufficient teams to start another league - say, on a Tuesday night.  Just get your names in to me.

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11th September 2018

With the end of the summer season almost upon us, there are a few items to ponder over..... Please take a look on the news page to see the items suggested.

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11th September 2018

Morning all.  I've reminded you that the Plate Finals night is this coming Friday, 14th September but I don't think I've published the format for the evening.  Here we go:

First on, starting at 8 o'clock is the Supplementary Plate between the Crown Twyford and the Royal Oak.  Next will be the Intermediate Plate between the Barley Mow and the White Hart.  Last, but not least, is the League Plate involving the Brill S&SC A and the Black Bull B.

Remember - no practising will be allowed.

There will be nine winners and nine runners up trophies given to the relevant teams.

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11th September 2018

Morning all.

Apart from Division Six, the league games are now over and the league tables finalised.

In the Premier and Division One, Brill S&SC B were unable to field a team so the three points went to the champions, the White Lion.  Runners up in the Premier are the Crown who won 3-0 away against the Black Bull B.  What I have found out about the Black Bull B side is that they're "fourth leg specialists"!  They've won ten beer legs, drawing one and losing two.   Does anyone else keep a record of the fourth leg?  If so, can you better that?

The Pheasant won 3-0 at the Muddy Duck to finish up as Division One champions, with Paul Wallington top scoring with ten dolls.  Dave Reast hit 12 for the Muddy Duck.  They tied with 15 each in the third leg, then went to 3, 1, and back to six sticks with the Duck setting 12 - but the Pheasant got the required 13 with just two sticks remaining!

In a great contest at the Highfield, the Black Bull A were eventual 2-1 winners.  The home side set a commendable 21 in the first leg but the visitors were all in terrific form, responding with a massive 27.  Roles were reversed in the second leg; the Black Bull setting 20 and the Highfield coming back with 23.  Even closer in the third leg (19-18 to the visitors) with Kev Powney getting the winner with his last stick.  Some great individual scores with Lee Conway getting 12, Lee Wanless 10 and Andy Lincoln 9 for the Highfield, and Karl Budd 13, Steve Golder 11, Kevin Powney 10, Steve Payne and Norman Brock both with 9 for the Black Bull A.

Champions of Division Two, the Ex Services were one of a number of teams who turned out with an incomplete side and with just six players they lost out 2-1 to the visiting Nut Tree.  Bill Mellis with 11 and Tony Sullivan with ten did their utmost to claim all three points but it just wasn't to be.  With the Bull Inn A turning out with just six as well, and losing 3-0 at home to the Prince of Wales, the Nut Tree have leapt above them into second spot.  Trevor Barnett with 10 helped the Prince of Wales to the three points.  With ten dolls from Chris Hulme and 9 from Darren Moore, the Bell also secured a 3-0 away win at The Lion.  Ten dolls from Phil Chanel - his best of the season - helped Brill S&SC A to two points against the visiting Ashton Club, for whom Rick Gumbert got nine, also his best of the season.

The Shakespeare were another of those teams to turn out with just six players and it didn't help their cause one bit.  Having now lost their last three league games, going down 3-0 on this occasion at Red Lion Islip, they've lost second place in the table to the White Horse B who came away from the Bull & Butcher winning 2-1.

The Butchers Arms needed all three points to be certain of the Division Four title.  They'd almost got it at The Harrison, winning the first two comfortably (15-11 and 17-7).  But then, in the third, they only set 11.  The home side managed 13.  With the White Horse A having a bye and certain of three points, Chandos Arms needed to come up with the goods, at home against bottom of the table, Fountain A.  And they did!  They won 3-0 and became champions.  With Robert Taylor hitting 12 (including a six - his second of the season) inspiring them along the way, there was only going to be one winner!  Mark Cox, with 10 for the Fountain, did his utmost to spoil the Chandos party but it wasn't enough.

In the top-of-the-table clash in Division Five, the Fox Souldern, home to Bull Inn B, needed all three points for the title.  They were well on their way, securing the first two quite comfortably, and then went in to set in the third - and what a disaster!  Just four on the board!  Trish Jones, the fifth player for the Bull, got the winner and the title too!  And, with the Crown Twyford having a bye and the three points, the Fox even missed out on second place!

Now, don't start jumping the gun and trying to work out who's going up and who's going down.  It's difficult and we can't be sure until about March time!  Teams drop out, others come in - so we just can't be certain.

Sixer of the week - Robert Taylor (Chandos Arms).

 

    Phil Allen

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2nd September 2018

The Steve Huntley Memorial Shield” singles competition.  The draw for this competition, to be played on Wednesday 12th September has been made and can be found on our NEWS page.  

Sadly, we’re almost there; not much left to this season.  Thankfully, it's been one very good summer with very little rain - ideal weather for aunt sally.

The White Lion have retained the Premier Division championship.  A 3-0 win at the Crown secured the title, with Bobby Allen scoring 13 and Dougie Revitt 11 for the champions.  Kevin Powney's 11 dolls helped ensure the Black Bull A's survival in the Premier Division with a 3-0 victory over a seven-man Brill Sports Club team and elevated himself back up to the league's top doll scorer.  

The Black Bull B's visit to the Muddy Duck gave them a 2-1 win in a very tight match (17 each in the first leg with the visitors winning the three sticker), then 13-12 again to the visitors and 17-16 to the Muddy Duck in the last leg.  Dave Reast came good with 11 dolls for the home side.

The Highfield took the trek up the hill to Brill and enjoyed a 2-1 victory over the Pheasant, Lee Conway starring with ten dolls.  That does mean that the winners of Division One is still undecided.  I must point out at this stage, that earlier in the season (6th June), Brill Social Club were unable to field a side for their match at the Highfield.  OK, the Highfield got the three points but weren't awarded any dolls.  Now, should the top two (the Pheasant and the Highfield) finish level on points after next week's last games, then the Highfield will be credited with 50 dolls (which was their average for three legs at that point).  

The Bull Inn A had a very poor evening at the Ashton Club, going down 2-1 and sacrificing any chance of winning Division Two.  That accolade has now gone to the Ex Services who also travelled "up the hill to Brill" and won 3-0 at the Sports Club with Kerry White hitting six in the first leg.  Runners up spot is still up for grabs between the Bull, who are home to the Prince of Wales next week, and the Nut Tree who are indoors at the Ex's.

The Division Three champions were crowned last week.  The Red Cow have had a terrific season and haven't lost a match.  A bit late in the season but Roger Herbert is getting back into top form; he hit 12 with Ian Cantwell getting 10 and Liam Fisher on 9 - and then a six in the beer leg!  Oh well, never mind!  As in Division Two, runners up spot is also there for the taking.  With the Shakespeare surprisingly losing 2-1 at home to Chearsley Cricketers and the White Horse B having a bye and the three points that go with it, the White Horse have jumped up into second place.  Watch this space!

Not to be out done, Division Four have also decided to keep it tight at the top!  Last week's table toppers, the Chandos Arms, came unstuck at The Harrison, going down 2-1.  The Butchers Arms took advantage - a little - by narrowly winning 2-1 against a seven man Red Lion Finmere - who set 15 and won the first leg.  It doesn't stop there!  The White Horse A visited bottom team, Fountain A, and, with 11 dolls from anchorman Tony Owen, they also earned themselves a 2-1 victory.  With a bye and three guaranteed points for the White Horse next week, the Butchers (at The Harrison) and the Chandos (home to the Fountain), have to be on their toes and pull out all the stops.

Guess what; it's no different in Division Five - three teams fighting for the title.  The Crown Twyford, currently in third place have a bye and the three points that go with it, and the Bull (currently top) travel to second placed, Fox Souldern, needing just one leg to secure it.  Place your bets here!

Division Six belongs to the Bull & Butcher A.  Their 3-0 victory at the Black Bull Divas - with 17 in the first leg - give them the title.  Ron Jones, Chris Lee and Vic Whittingham scored six dolls apiece.

Sixer - Kerry White (Ex Services).

Right let me remind you of what's left for the season:

·  5th September - League fixtures

·  12th September - Singles competitions (see Newsletter 6 attached) and, for Division Six, it will be their last league fixtures.

·  14th September - League, Intermediate and Supplementary Plate finals at The Harrison, Launton - starting at 8.00 pm

·  19th September - Singles, pairs and four a sides semi finals at the Bull Inn, Launton - starting at 8.00 pm.  The pairs' and fours' semi-finallists are as follows.  Obviously we won't know the singles semi-finallists until after the first rounds on the 12th.

PAIRS

PREMIER AND DIVISION ONE

Pete Dempsey & Bobby Allen (White Lion)

Doug Revitt & Brian Gough (White Lion)

Eddie Gordon & Phil Allen (White Lion)

Keith Harris & Pete McCarron (The Pheasant)

DIVISION TWO

Ray Rowe & James Harkness (Bell Bicester)

Dave Crook & Mick Crook (Nut Tree)

Martin Pratley & Richard Cooper (Nut Tree)

Joe Young & Ashley Young (Ashton Club)

DIVISION THREE

Terry Hawkins & Andy Draper (Barley Mow)

Pete Stammers & Tony Nichols (Shakespeare)

Martin Wanless & Keith Vickers (Shakespeare)

Ian Cantwell & Roger Herbert (Red Cow)

DIVISION FOUR

Trevor Wood & Jim Harris (The Harrison)

Craig Merry & Daryl Merry (White Horse A)

Robert Taylor & Graham Bradley (Chandos Arms)

Alex Plested & John Plested (Butchers Arms)

 

FOUR A SIDE

Bull Inn A

Crown

Red Cow

White Lion

·  21st September - Finals night at the Black Bull, Launton - starting at 7.30 pm.

    Phil Allen

26th August 2018

Wednesday's cup and plate results are below.  No real shocks.

The plate finals will be played on Friday 14th September at The Harrison, Launton and the cup finals at the Black Bull, Launton on Friday 21st September.

 

    Phil Allen

BICESTER AND DISTRICT AUNT SALLY LEAGUE











CUP RESULTS - 22ND AUGUST 2018











LEAGUE CUP
LEAGUE PLATE
(DIVISIONS ONE AND TWO)
(DIVISIONS ONE AND TWO)
SEMI FINALS
SEMI FINALS











Muddy Duck 2 v 1 Nut Tree
Black Bull B 2 v 1 Highfield SC











White Lion A 2 v 0 Black Bull A
Brill S&SC A 2 v 1 The Lion

































INTERMEDIATE CUP
INTERMEDIATE PLATE
(DIVISIONS THREE AND FOUR)
(DIVISIONS THREE AND FOUR)
SEMI FINALS
SEMI FINALS











Red Cow 0 v 2 Shakespeare
Barley Mow 2 v 0 Fountain A






(Fountain A failed to turn up - match awarded to opponents)
Chandos Arms 2 v 1 Butchers Arms
White Hart 2 v 0 The Harrison

































SUPPLEMENTARY CUP
SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE
(DIVISIONS FIVE AND SIX)
(DIVISIONS FIVE AND SIX)
SEMI FINALS
SEMI FINALS











Bull & Butcher A 2 v 0 Fox Souldern
















Plough MG A 2 v 0 Fountain B





(Fountain B unable to raise a team - match awarded to opponents)
















Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to those in second place!











The plate finals, to be played at the Harrison, Launton on Friday 14th September, will be:











LEAGUE PLATE
Brill S&SC A v Black Bull B



INTERMEDIATE PLATE
Barley Mow v White Hart



SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE
Crown Twyford v Royal Oak

























The cup finals, to be played at the Black Bull, Launton on finals night (Friday 21st September) will be:











LEAGUE CUP
Muddy Duck v White Lion A



INTERMEDIATE CUP
Shakespeare v Chandos Arms



SUPPLEMENTARY CUP
Bull & Butcher A v Plough MG A








19th August

Morning all,

Only two league games to go (three in Division Six), and only Division Three champions have been decided.  The remainder could still go down to the wire.

The Crown dropped another leg - this time to the Black Bull A - and the White Lion secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Muddy Duck.  The Crown and the White Lion meet in their next league game in what could virtually be the title decider.  Bobby Allen regained some form to knock off 13 whilst Pete Dempsey's 11 takes him to the top of the Top Doll Scorer's list.

Kevin Vickers's eleven dolls and Lee Wanless's nine helped the Highfield  to a 2-1 win at bottom placed Brill S&SC B for whom Martin Bailey also got nine.

The Black Bull B and The Pheasant had a rather lengthy battle.  The Pheasant were already one leg up when they set 18 in the second.  Dickie Butler, anchorman for the opposition, rose to the occasion and got the three required for a draw.  Now it begins!  Three sticker drawn, one sticker drawn, back to six sticks and they get 17 each.  Into another three sticker and the Pheasant won it 13-12.  The Black Bull got revenge in the third, knocking off 23 - with Allan Moon getting a six.  Well done.

The shock result in Division Two must surely be the 3-0 defeat of the Bull Inn A at the Bell.  They started off with a drawn leg (nine apiece), then eight each in the three sticker, and the Bell winning on the one sticker.  The remaining two legs were mighty close - 10-9 and 19-18 in favour of the Bell.  Unknowingly, the Ex Services took advantage with their own 3-0 victory over the Ashton Club - Tony Sullivan with ten, helping them along the way.

The Red Cow are champions of Division Three and a very well done to them.  Their 2-1 win at the Shakespeare was sufficient to give them the title.  A captain's innings from Roger Herbert (with eleven dolls) helped them along the way.

In Division Four second placed Chandos Arms inflicted a 3-0 defeat over the then top of the table, Butchers Arms, and have now gone top themselves.  The White Horse A, with a 3-0 victory over The Harrison and an assured three points when they have a bye as their last game of the season, are ready to pounce should there be any slip ups at the top.  

The Fox Souldern didn't do themselves any favours in Division Five by losing at home to the Crown Twyford.  The really needed a maximum three points to keep in touch with the Bull Inn B.  Interestingly though, the Fox have three points coming their way in the next league week because the KEA have withdrawn and then they are at home to the Bull in the final game.  The Crown mustn't be discounted though because they are at home to the Fountain B and then have the three points coming their way because of the KEA withdrawal.

The Bull & Butcher A have virtually sealed the Division Six title with a 3-0 over second placed Safari Garden.

Sixer - Allan Moon (Black Bull B).

Right let me remind you of what's left for the season:

  • 22nd August - Knockout Cup and Plate semi finals
  • 29th August - League fixtures
  • 5th September - League fixtures
  • 12th September - Singles competitions and, for Division Six, league fixtures
  • 14th September - League, Intermediate and Supplementary Plate finals at The Harrison, Launton - starting at 8.00 pm
  • 19th September - Singles, pairs and four a sides semi finals at the Bull Inn, Launton - starting at 8.00 pm.
  • 21st September - Finals night at the Black Bull, Launton - starting at 7.30 pm.

 

    Phil Allen

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19th August 2018

With Divisions Three down to Six having byes, resulting in players not all playing the same number of games during the month, I'm finding it increasingly difficult when it comes to "judging" for the player of the month.

My choice for the month of July is Ian Cantwell who hit 28 dolls in just three games, playimg for the Red Cow in Division Three.  Well done Ian.   I have a voucher - which I will get to him - from our sponsors, Lodge Garage, offering a 15% discount on any combined service and MOT.

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12th August 2018

Because of the football world cup, the singles competition was postponed on 11th July and will now be played on Wednesday 12th September.  There have been very few changes to the original entries - just a few replacements, some deletions and a couple of new entries.  Because of the minimal number of changes, it's felt there's no need to redraw the whole competitions.  Click on the NEWS Button for all the details. 

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12th August 2018

Morning all, the end is nigh!

With just three leg games to go, it's getting rather tight in most divisions.

In the Premier, the White Horse maintained their grasp at the top with a 3-0 victory at home against the Black Bull B.  Bobby Allen had a much better game than he has of late, hitting 12 dolls (including a six in the first leg).  Dougie Revitt and Pete Dempsey, with nine apiece, also did their bit to secure the win for the reigning champions.  The Crown dropped a leg at the Highfield and fell to three points behind the leaders.  Trevor Smith hit ten and Lee Wanless nine for the home side but they just weren't enough.

Terry Clack, with 12 dolls, Norman Brock, Kevin Powney and Steve Payne, all with ten each, starred for the Black Bull A who romped home 3-0 against the Muddy Duck - for whom Malcolm Skuce hit 11.  Paul Morris, with ten, helped The Pheasant to a 2-1 victory on their travels to Brill S&SC B.

In Division Two, the Ex Services have regained top spot (on dolls scored) after their 3-0 win at The Lion and with the Bull Inn A dropping a leg at home to third placed Nut Tree.  It's going to be touch and go in the last three games - especially with the Ex's and the Nut Tree meeting in the last game.

A bit of a surprise result down at the bottom of that division where the Prince of Wales beat the visiting Brill S&SC A team 3-0.  A very well done to the Social Club for making that long journey with just six players and almost sneaking a couple of the legs.  A special well done to lead-off man for the visitors, Dave Munson, who hit a six in the first leg.  A tight match at the Ashton Club where the Bell Bicester won 2-1 (14-13, 15-14, 12-13).

Division Three leaders maintained top spot with a comfortable 3-0 home win against the Bull & Butcher B.  Two more points from their remaining two games (their other game being a bye), will give them the title.  Their next one is away at their nearest rivals, the Shakespeare.  Could be a good one!

The shock result in Division Four was the 3-0 drubbing of the leaders, Chandos Arms, at the White Horse.  They set in every leg but didn't score anything like they can and Daryl and Craig Merry - both with seven dolls - saw the home side through - closing the gap on the Chandos for second place.  Fountain A got their second win of the season, both against Red Lion Finmere and both by two legs to one.  The Fountain scored 35 dolls on both occasions with the Red Lion getting 30 both times - boring!!  They now swap places at the bottom.

Not wanting to be any different to the others, Division Five are keeping it tight at the top too!  The Bull Inn B travelled to the Fountain and came away with a 2-1 win, as did the Fox Souldern who went to the Royal Oak with just five players - well done gents.  Kevin Hicks for the Royal Oak and Johnny Green for the visitors starred with nine apiece.

Another team who were short of players but still travelled with just five players was the Plough Marsh Gibbon Casuals.  They took the long trip to Eight Bells, Long Crendon and also took a point.  Well done  

Sixers - Bobby Allen (White Lion) and Dave Munson (Brill S&SC A).


    Phil Allen


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8th August 2018

The time has come to collect in the "annual" trophies - those which I need to get engraved.  I've attached a list showing the ones I'm chasing.  Could captains arrange to get them to me as soon as possible - before 22nd August, please.


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4th August 2018

Morning all and my apologies for a late night for most last night.  It's great to get so many entries but, when you're talking about 11 teams of four at one venue, it's too much and goes on far too long.  Needs looking at for next season - a change of format or a restriction on the number of entries?  Not sure yet.

Congratulations to the following who got through to the semi finals, to be played on 19th September.

  • at the White Lion - Crown B (Callum Cooper, Matthew Hillsdon, John Lehane and Terry Bagnall).
  • at the Plough, Marsh Gibbon - Red Cow (Liam Fisher, Ian Cantwell, Roger Herbert and Liam Merchant).
  • at the Muddy Duck - Bull Inn A A (Robert Edgington, Carl Edgington, James Bateman and Kevin Gardner).
  • at the Harrison - White Lion B (Bobby Allen, Pete Dempsey, Francis Hillier and Brian Gough).

 

    Phil Allen

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30th July 2018

It's getting to "squeaky bum" time.  Rather tight at the top in a few of the divisions.

A terrific evening was had by all at The Pheasant where the White Lion were the visitors.  In pleasant surroundings, with a great bunch of lads and ideal weather, what more do you want for an evening of aunt sally?  And, taboo, we actually got a couple of decent scores too.

John Chapman, for the home side, scored 14 (5,5,4), missing a six by a whisker in the first leg (the last stick).  And I think the sun got in Eddie Gordon's eyes - he finished up with (I hate to say it!) a creditable 13 (4,4,5).  The White Lion, already 1-0 down after the first leg, were very grateful to skipper and anchorman, Brian Gough, who got the necessary dolls to secure a 2-1 victory.  He finished the evening with eleven dolls. 

The Crown are now hot on the heels of the White Lion after a comfortable 3-0 win against Brill S&SC B.  With elevens from Jeremy Launchbury, Matthew Hillsdon and Terry Bagnall in their total of 70 dolls (28, 21, 21) they're now just three points behind the leaders.

The Black Bull A didn't do themselves any favours by dropping a leg to their nearest geographical rivals, their B team.  With a total of 12 dolls from Steve Payne (including a six) and ten from Kevin Powney, they redeemed themselves with a 2-1 win which has actually got them off the bottom of the Premier Division.  Twelve dolls from Allan Moon wasn't anywhere near enough to rescue Black Bull B.

In the remaining Division One match, visiting Highfield SC put the wind up the Muddy Duck winning by 19 dolls to 15 in the first leg, with Lee Wanless getting the magical six.  The home side then stepped up a gear and won the next two.

Although they managed a 3-0 at Brill Social Club, top of the table in Division Two, the Bull Inn A, must have experienced a little of that "squeaky bum time".  Brill set in all three legs, and, OK, the Bull won the first leg quite comfortably by 15-9 but in the next two legs they scraped through by just the one doll - both finished 10-11.

The Ex's kept up their challenge winning all three legs at the Prince of Wales (25-13, 16-12, 14-12); Eddie Jones back on form with 11.

I did say last week that it seemingly appears that the Nut Tree are after promotion, and that still seems to be the case!  A 3-0 victory, with 54 dolls (ten from Bob Price and Richard Cooper), against the Bell keeps them in third place.  Eleven dolls from Darren Lodge weren't enough to prevent defeat.

As is the case in Division Two, the top three teams of Division Three are now pulling away from the rest.  The Red Cow remain at the top - where they've been from the start of the season - after another 3-0 victory, this time at home against Red Lion Islip.  The first two legs were rather close (17-15 and 17-16) but the third was clear cut (23-14).  Ian Cantwell and Liam Merchant top-scored, with eleven apiece, for the home side whilst Neil Brock scored the same for the visitors.

The Shakespeare and White Horse B keep up the chase, with both securing 3-0 wins - the Shakespeare away at the Barley Mow and the White Horse home to Chearsley Cricketers.  Good to see the Cricketers adding a bit of joviality to the evening in the "Baz Bazile appreciation night!"

Not such a good evening for the Butchers Arms - they've lost their spot at the top of Division Four.  Not scoring up to their usual standard, they did manage to get the first two legs against the visiting White Horse A (11-7 and 17-7) but then, when chasing just ten dolls, only managed 7.  Two legs to one for the Butchers.  Unknowlingly, Chandos Arms, at the White Hart, took advantage to go top, winning all three legs.  John Mole top-scored for them with ten (and Robert Taylor only got nine!).  Butchers Arms still have to make that long trip to Ickford (where Chandos are playing their home games at the moment) in what could be the "championship" decider.

In Division Five, with the help of nine dolls from Nick Cherry, Bull Inn B remain at the top with a slender one point lead over the Fox Souldern - and they meet in the last game of the season.  Could be the decider!

After much chasing, I have now discovered that the KEA Club have withdrawn.  Anyone destined to play the KEA should now consider it as a "Bye" and three points will be awarded.

Top-of-the-table in Division Six, the Bull & Butcher A have been beaten!  Each leg was pretty close but the Eight Bells managed to take two legs off them.  Anthony Tinson, playing only his second game of the season, got his second nine of the season (in Division Six!), for the winners.

Sixers - Steve Payne (Black Bull A) and Lee Wanless (Highfield SC).

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23rd July 2018

Morning all,

Seems like an age since I wrote my last report!  Let's see what we can make of this one!

The White Lion maintained their grasp on the Premier Division title with a 3-0 victory over the Black Bull A.  Brian Gough's 13 dolls and Phil Allen with 11 ensured the Black Bull were going to get nothing out of this one - despite 10 from Steve Payne and nine from Karl Budd.

The Crown, Charlton on Otmoor are keeping the pressure on with the same scoreline against the visiting seven-man Pheasant.  Jeremy Launchbury and Terry Bagnall weighed in with ten apiece to keep them within striking distance of the White Lion.

A tight match between the Black Bull B and the visiting Highfield with the Black Bull eventually getting the better of it, winning 2-1.  The home side set in all three legs and the first two were drawn on 14 and 23.  Visiting anchorman, Brian Causby, had his work cut out, needing three to draw, four to win in the first leg, and then five to draw, six to win in the second.  He got the draw on each occasion taking both legs to a three sticker - and they won one apiece.  The Black Bull won the third 20-16.

The Bull Inn A, with another eleven dolls from Robert Edgington, got the better of their top of the table clash at the Ex Services, winning 2-1.  Bill Mellis also hit eleven for the home side.

The Nut Tree, seemingly wanting to achieve promotion back up to the top divisions (!), are keeping up the pressure with a 2-1 against the Ashton Club - who, themselves, hit 20 in the first leg.  Ashley Young hit twelve for the Club.

Full credit to the Prince of Wales for making the longish trip to The Lion with just six players - and then to lose 3-0.  Well done chaps.

The Red Cow took the long trip to Chearsley Cricketers and, with Liam Fisher and Ian Cantwell in decent form, scoring ten apiece, came away with a 2-1 victory.  The Shakespeare, in second place, finished up with the same scoreline against third placed White Horse B.  Martin Wanless with 11 was the star of that show.

The top of Division Four's pretty tight too.  Butchers Arms made sure there was no slip up at the Fountain, winning all three legs.  And, likewise, the Chandos Arms were far too good for the Red Lion Finmere, also winning 3-0 - with a 25 in the first leg.  Robert Taylor finished the evening with 12 dolls.

The Crown Twyford closed the gap at the top of Division Five with a 2-1 victory over top team, Bull Inn B.  The Fox, Souldern are climbing back up the table after a couple of bad weeks.  A 3-0 win (with 21 in the first leg) against the Fountain B now means they swap places and the Fox are back up to third.

A revitalised Bull and Butcher A team (with a 20 leg in their total of 46 dolls - and that's in Division Six!) sees them running away with that division.  Richard Lee top scored for them with nine.


    Phil Allen

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19th July 2018

Another change to the four a side competition.  The Crown, Charlton on Otmoor will be closed and changing hands during the week of the competition.  So, those who were destined to go there in the four a sides, must now go to The Harrison in Launton.

The Highfield team, being a little backward in their admin, now want to enter a team - and they'll be going to the Muddy Duck.

 

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10th July 2018

Morning all,

I'm back!.  After a terrific weekend away, I've arrived back safely - and raring to go!

I've now received all of the cards for last Wednesday's games and have updated the individual stats, which are now attached.

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9th July 2018

I did forget to mention in yesterday’s email that this coming Wednesday’s Division Six league matches are also postponed until 12th September.

I do realise too that there will be some players who entered the singles for this Wednesday who will not be available for the new date of 12th September - and vice versa.  I’ll sort that out when I get back.

    Phil Allen

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4th July 2018

Morning all; remember this email which I sent out last week?

"With England losing on Thursday evening, finishing second in the group, I (that's really "we") now have a potential aunt sally problem.  If they should progress to the semi finals, they’ll play on Wednesday 11th July - the night of our singles competition.  Now, if that should happen - and we won’t know until either next Tuesday when they play Colombia, or, if they win that one, after the quarter final next Saturday, the 7th - you know as well as I do, hardly anyone will turn up for the singles.  And, in any case, pubs will be far too busy to host an aunt sally competition.

Should it be necessary, my plan is to extend the season by a week - postponing our singles competition, slotting it in on 12th September, putting the semi finals night, the Plate finals and our main finals night all back a week.  Would all captains please mull it over, discuss it with colleagues, and let me know how you feel about it.  If it’s considered to be inconvenient, I’d be grateful for any alternatives you may come up with."

Well, we're over the first obstacle - England eventually beating Colombia - and we've now got the quarter final against Sweden this coming Saturday.  If England get through that one then the singles competition (and the Division Six league fixtures) next Wednesday (11th) will be postponed.

Now, I've had some replies to my previous email stating that a number of players have booked holidays the week after the original finals date of 21st September and, for that reason, to push the season back a week as I originally planned, would not be convenient.  That's quite understandable.

So, should the need arise, the plan is to have the singles competition (and next Wednesday's Division Six league fixtures) on 12th September and push the Singles, Pairs and Four a Side semi finals back to the following Wednesday,19th September.  Finals night will then still be on Friday 21st September.  Much more sensible!

Again, please mull it over amongst yourselves and let me know if there are any problems.

I'm heading down to Cornwall on Friday morning for a long weekend but can still be contacted by phone or email.

Oh, that's the other thing.  Could you please get tonight's results to me as soon as possible after your match.

Thanks,

Phil

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2nd July 2012

Morning all,

Went to the Charlbury Beer Festival Aunt Sally World Championships yesterday and only came back with the trophy, didn't I!  No, I didn't win it; don't be silly!  I travelled in the same car!  Out of 72 entries, Kev Powney of the Black Bull A won it, beating his teammate Karl "Sticky" Budd in the final.  Well done to the both of them but, particularly to Kev who beat some decent players along the way - the 2016 Oxford League singles champion, Pete Rampton, and then in the semi final, last year's world champion, Roger Goodall.  Sticky didn't have an easy run through either.  He had to overcome the threat of the world champion of two years ago, Barry Parker, in the semi final.  Well done chaps!

Now back to last Wednesday's league games.

The Black Bull A kept up their threat at the top of the Premier Division with a 2-1 home victory over the Highfield Social Club.  Terry Clack starred with 12; Billy Atwell and Kevin Powney chipped in with ten apiece.  Lee Wanless's 11 for the visitors just wasn't enough. 

Even with the ideal aunt sally weather we've been having of late, it was a chilly, windy evening at Brill Sports Club where the visiting White Lion secured all three points and not one player got into double figures!

The Pheasant Inn, also at home in Brill, suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Muddy Duck team.  Pete McCarron, with ten, was the star but still finished on the losing side.  Matty Hillsdon of the Crown seems to be getting a bit of his better form back, scoring 11 to help his side to a 2-1 home victory over the Black Bull B.  

With the top of division two, the Ex Services, suffering a 2-1 defeat away at the Nut Tree, the gap is closing.  With the Nut Tree's recent change in their playing order, Martin Pratley leading off got himself ten dolls in what was a close scoring match.  It does very much seem though that Bull Inn A are the team to watch, sneaking up to just one point behind the Ex's now.  Robert Edgington's 12 dolls - including his second six of the season - along with Derek Richards' and Carl Edgington's ten apiece, saw them safely home with a 3-0 victory at the Prince of Wales.  Darren Lodge also got himself into double figures with 11 to help his team, the Bell, get two points at home against The Lion.

The White Horse B, winning 3-0 at home against Bull & Butcher B, are keeping the pressure on the Red Cow at the top of Division Three.  The Shakespeare are up there too.  Inspired by captain Tony Nichols' 13 dolls, they also earned themselves all three points at home against the Red Lion Islip.  Bottom team, the Barley Mow, lost 2-1 in a tight match against seven man Chearsley Cricketers.

The Harrison, winning 3-0 away at Chandos in their last league match, weren't able to pull off a similar result this week away at the Butchers Arms, going down 2-1.  Chandos recovered from that aforementioned defeat to get themselves a much needed three points to keep them in the top three.

Top of Division Five, Fox Souldern turned up at the Bull Inn with just four players (and credit to those four!), and suffered a crushing 3-0.  They now change places with the Bull sitting "dizzyingly" at the top.

The Divas had an evening of elation, winning 3-0 at home against Safari Garden - winning each leg by just one doll.

Sixer - Robert Edgington.


    Phil Allen

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29th June 2018

With England losing on Thursday evening, finishing second in the group, I (that's really "we") now have a potential aunt sally problem.  If they should progress to the semi finals, they’ll play on Wednesday 11th July - the night of our singles competition.  Now, if that should happen - and we won’t know until either next Tuesday when they play Colombia, or, if they win that one, after the quarter final next Saturday, the 7th - you know as well as I do, hardly anyone will turn up for the singles.  And, in any case, pubs will be far too busy to host an aunt sally competition.

Division Six teams are not involved in the singles competitions but do have a league fixture on 11th July.  If England do get through to the semi finals, the same would apply to the league fixtures - postpone them until 12th September.

Should it be necessary, my plan is to extend the season by a week - postponing our singles competition, slotting it in on 12th September, putting the semi finals night, the Plate finals and our main finals night all back a week.  Would all captains please mull it over, discuss it with colleagues, and let me know how you feel about it.  If it’s considered to be inconvenient, I’d be grateful for any alternatives you may come up with.

I'll be getting the results out to you tomorrow morning.  Just waiting for one more to come in


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24th June 2018

Morning all,

In the pairs' competitions played on Wednesday, the following got through to the semi finals to be played on 12th September:

PREMIER AND DIVISION ONE

     Bobby Allen and Pete Dempsey (White Lion

     Eddie Gordon and Phil Allen (White Lion)

     Doug Revitt and Brian Gough (White Lion)

     Keith Harris and Pete McCarron (Pheasant Inn)

DIVISION TWO

     Dave Crook and Mich Crook (Nut Tree)

     Ray Rowe and James Harkness (Bell Bicester)

     Martin Pratley and Richard Cooper (Nut Tree)

     Joe Young and Ashley Young (Ashton Club)

DIVISION THREE

     Terry Hawkins abd Andy Draper (Barley Mow)

     Tony Nichols and Pete Stammers (Shakespeare)

     Martin Wanless and Keith Vickers (Shakespeare)

     Ian Cantwell and Roger Herbert (Red Cow)

DIVISION FOUR

     Trevor Wood and Jim Harris (Harrison)

     Daryl Merry and Craig Merry (White Horse A)

     Robert Taylor and Graham Bradley (Chandos Arms)

     John Plested and Alex Plested (Butchers Arms)

Because of the lack of entries in divisions five and six, the following go straight through to the finals on 21st September.

DIVISION FIVE

     Toby Reynolds and Damian Carter (Plough A)

     Nick Cherry and Michael Chapman (Bull Inn B)

DIVISION SIX

     Tessa Mills and Caroline Dunn (Black Bull Divas)

     Adam Bourne and Lewis Wilson (Plough Casuals)

Congratulations to them all and congratulations also to Steve Golder (Black Bull A), John Raynor (Bull Inn A) and Lee Mason (Brill S&SC A) for hitting a six.  Well done chaps.

Many thanks to the pubs and clubs who hosted those events.  We'll be back!

“The Steve Huntley Memorial Shield” singles competition. 

The draw for this competition, to be played on Wednesday 11th July has been made and is as follows.  

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17th June 2018

Morning all,

Is this game getting easier or what?  Five sixers this week - yet I still can't get anywhere near one!

The Highfield put up a great home performance against a previously in-form Pheasant team.  The visitors set in every leg, but the Highfield's anchorman, Brian Causby, came to the rescue.  OK, he didn't have a chance in the first leg, needing seven just to draw.  In the second, it was a case of one to draw, two to win.  He showed off a bit and got three!.  In the last leg, with the cheeks twitching, he got the one required to snatch a 2-1 victory (22-21).  John Chapman's ten for the Pheasant was all in vain.

In the top of the table clash, the home side, White Lion, pulled another point away, winning 2-1 against the Crown.  The visitors set 19 in the first leg but not enough as the home side raced on to 28 (with a blob in it too!).  The White Lion went in again and racked up a decent 25 and, despite a six from Tony Launchbury, the Crown got another 19.  Chasing just 18 in the third leg, it was touch and go for the visitors with anchorman Terry Bagnall needing two to win.  The first one wasn't a problem but, the winner?  He got it with his last stick! 

Black Bull A kept up their challenge at the top - despite not scoring well, they also got a 2-1 win away at Brill Sports Club with Kevin Powney getting 11.

Black Bull B, with four blobs, could only muster 11 in their first leg but came back strongly in the next two (26 and 20) to secure a 2-1 win at home against Muddy Duck.  Rob Owens top scored with 13, including his first six of the season.  Ben Harris also chipped in with 11.  Chris Hartwell and Dave Reast got 11 apiece for the visitors.

The Ex Services continued their winning streak and remain at the top of Division Two with a 3-0 home victory against a previously threatening Brill Sports Club A.  Lee Mason hit 10 for the visitors but could only manage 3 in the third leg when needing 4 to draw, 5 to win.

Bull Inn A are having a good season and won 3-0 very comfortably at home against a struggling Ashton Club.  The star of the show was Carl Edgington, hitting 12, including his first six of the season and taking him to the top of the Division Two doll scorers.

Despite not scoring very well this week, the Red Cow still conjured up a 2-1 away win at the Barley Mow - and with a bye in their next league fixture and 3 points going their way, they're sitting quite comfortably at the top of Division Three.

With Neil Brock back in the fold, playing his second league game of the season and hitting his second consecutive 9, the Red Lion Islip have started to pick up some much needed points - a 2-1 over the Barley Mow moving them up a couple of places.

The shock result of the week must surely be The Harrison's 3-0 at previously top of the table, Chandos Arms.  A Division Four match with two sixes in it!  Robert Taylor with one in his 11 for the home side but the star has got to be Trevor Wood whose 11 for the visitors included a six - and then, in the resulting three-sticker for that leg, he knocked off three to win the leg - nine consecutive!  Well done Trevor.  Sophie Thomson also did herself proud with 8.

Although not scoring too well this week, the White Horse A still managed a 3-0 at home against Fountain A to jump up into second place - and, with their "bye" week next time round, they, too, are threatening for that top spot.

It's getting tight at the top of Division Five - three of them on 12 points apiece. Fox Souldern beat the KEA Club 3-0 and jump above them on dolls scored.  Bull Inn B also notched up a 3-0 to give them 12 points too.

But what about this one!  The Fountain B, who scored ten in every leg, won 3-0 at home to near neighbours, Crown Twyford who scored nine in every leg!  Paul Symonds, anchorman for the Fountain, came to the rescue, getting the winners in two of the legs.  Gotta feel a little sorry for Jim Whitemore - he scored 13 (5, 3, 5) of the Crown's 27 dolls and still lost!

In Division Six, Eight Bells' new player, Antony Tinson, scored 9 but still not enough to prevent his side going down 2-1 at the Bull & Butcher A.

Here's another strange one!  Visitors, Plough Casuals set a decent 13 in the first leg - a few too many for the Divas who got zero apiece!  Yes they all blobbed!  They came good and made up for it though!  In the next two legs the Casuals set 4 each time; fairly achievable for the ladies.  They got 5 and 8 and won by two legs to one.

This week's sixers - Tony Launchbury, Rob Owens, Carl Edgington, Robert Taylor and Trevor Wood.  Well done chaps.

    Phil Allen


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10th June 2018

Back from holiday and now back to the drawing board!

In a very tight tussle against the Black Bull A, the Crown, Charlton on Otmoor got the better of that one by two legs to one and, as a result, go above them in the league table.  Chasing 20 in the first leg, Crown's anchorman, Terry Bagnall, needed two to draw, three to win.  His four saw them safely home.  Tables were turned in the second leg.  The Crown set 19 and, this time, Kevin Powney needed three to draw, four to win.  He got the four.  A "decent" set of 21 by the Black Bull in the third leg, was nowhere near enough.  The visitors had 12 on the board from the first four and then managed another 14 from the tail end - a total of 26.  Norman Brock and Kevin Powney hit 11 apiece for the Black Bull whilst the Crown had four into double figures - Terry Bagnall with 12 and Matty Hillsdon, Jeremy and Tony Launchbury all with ten each. 

The White Lion came away from the Muddy Duck with all three points.  Francis Hillier, in his total of ten, got his third six of the season with Pete Dempsey, scoring 12, hot on his heels with his second six in consecutive league games.  Bobby Allen also got ten dolls.

The Pheasant still top division one with a 2-1 victory over Black Bull B - Dave Morris hitting ten for the winners.

Brill S&SC B were unable to get sufficient players together so had to concede their match with the Highfield.

The Ex Services march on at the top of division two with a 2-1 win against the then bottom of the table, the Ashton Club.  John Weller knocking off ten dolls for the Ex's.  That one leg for the Ashton helped them get off the bottom as the Prince of Wales went down 3-0 to the Nut Tree - who completely reversed the order of their team; it worked though!

The Bull Inn A, with a 3-0 over the Bell - and 54 dolls to go along with it (Robert Edgington having another terrific week, getting 12 of them), have leapfrogged into second place. 

Kerry Wilce hit 10 for The Lion but they still went down 2-1 away at Brill S&SC A.

With Liam Fisher and Liam Merchant hitting nine apiece for the Red Cow, they pulled away at the top of division three, claiming all three legs against the Shakespeare whilst the White Horse B, in second place, lost 2-1 at home to the Red Lion Islip.  Neil Brock, playing his first game of the season, responded with nine for the Red Lion, as did Anthony Dandridge.

In a very tight top of the table clash in division four, the Butchers Arms were victorious by two legs to one against the visiting Chandos Arms.  Could have been all three legs had anchorman, John Plested, got one more doll in the first leg,  As it was, it was tied on 16 each and the Chandos won the three sticker.

The White Horse A are having a bit of an indifferent season.  At The Harrison on Wednesday, they conjured up a 3-0 victory, hitting 46 dolls in the process, Andy Brock getting nine of them

With eleven dolls from Graham Howard, the White Hart earned themselves a 2-1 win at home against Fountain A.

The Crown Twyford are progressively getting their game together.  With 37 dolls (Matt Smith getting nine of them) and two legs against the Fox Souldern, they've now jumped above them into second place.

At home, the Fountain B, hitting 34 dolls, got themselves a much needed 3 points and have jumped above their opponents, the Plough Marsh Gibbon A.

Sixers - Francis Hillier and Pete Dempsey.

 

    Phil Allen


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4th June 2018

The draws for the pairs competitions (to be played on 20th June) and the various cup semi finals (to be played on 22nd August) were made last night and are shown below.  In the pairs we are ensuring no-one is playing on their home patch (or pitch!).

Phil

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31st May 2018

As you know, the league is sponsored this year by Lodge Garage at Kingswood and they are offering a 15% discount (by means of a voucher) on any combined service and MOT, to the league's selected "Player of the Month".  To them, we are most grateful for their very kind gesture.

It's not easy to select who that should be, but, with the end of the calendar month just a day away, a decision has to be made.  It has been based on player experience (how long he or she's been playing), the division and opposition they're up against and what they've achieved in the month's league fixtures. 

According to our player stats going back to 2009, Robert Taylor of the Chandos Arms has never played the game before - yet, in the two league fixtures he's taken part in so far, he has hit 19 dolls.  So he gets the award for the month of May.  Well done Robert. 

Others who were in consideration and really deserve a mention are:

·  Premier Division - Francis Hillier - with 33 dolls from 3 games, including two sixes.

·  Division Two - Robert Edgington - 30 from 3, including a six and Eddie Jones with 28 from 3, also with a six.

·  Division Three - Robbie Walsh - 27 from 3, with a six.

·  Division Five - Nick Cherry - 23 dolls in three games.

·  Division Six - Billy Widdowson - scored 15 in just two games.

Well done to all.

 

Phil Allen

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28th May 2018

Morning all, here we go again!  I can't foresee this edition being anywhere near as long as last week's!

The highlight this week is probably the number of sixes we got - five of them.  The game must be getting easier - yet I can't get anywhere near one!

The White Lion redeemed themselves after their shock defeat the previous week.  A 3-0 victory and seventy dolls against a stubborn Black Bull B side included sixes from Francis Hillier (his second this season in just four league games) and Pete Dempsey, who finished with 13.

In the Brill derby, the Pheasant got the better of the Sports Club, winning all three legs and hitting 62 dolls in the process, with Keith Harris getting a commendable 12.

The Crown managed to pull themselves together and get over the previous week's blip, winning 3-0 at home against the Highfield.  Callum Cooper, with a six in his 11 dolls, was still not the star of the show for the Crown - Matty Hillsdon got 12!  Not to be outdone by his team mate Andy Lincoln the previous week, Matty Huntley also achieved the "three blobs" accolade!

The Muddy Duck were not up to their normal standard but, somehow, at home, managed to pinch a leg off the Black Bull A.  The visitors had already comfortably won the first two legs but set just 12 in the third.  And, with no Dave Reast as anchorman, it was down to Malcolm Skuce to get the one to draw, two to win.  Bearing in mind his previous two legs were blobs, this wasn't going to be easy!  He managed the two to pinch that leg.

There were a few moans and groans at the start of the season when the Ex Services were elevated to Division Two, but it now seems to have been the right decision.  They top the table with an average of 16 a leg.  On Wednesday they overcame The Lion very comfortably - 3-0.  John Weller appears to be back on form, hitting 12 in the process.  Near neighbours, the Bell, aren't going to let them get too far ahead, getting the better of their game against the Ashton Club by 2-1.  James Harkness got himself into double figures with ten.

I did warn you last week that Rob Edgington's back to his best!  Another 11 this week - including a six - helped the Bull Inn A to a 2-1 victory at the Nut Tree and to leapfrog them in the table.

Into Division Three and the Red Cow have dropped their first leg of the season.  On a very cold and windy evening at Ludgershall, they only set 7 - and the home side (Bull and Butcher B) only just managed to get the required 8.  Liam Fisher came out of the Red Cow's eventual 2-1 victory with some credit, hitting 10 dolls.

The White Horse B passed last week's dope test with flying colours - another one this week?!  A 3-0 win and 44 dolls against the Barley Mow takes them up to second in the table!  Robbie Walsh was "man of the match", hitting 11, including a six.

Others who appear to be having a decent start to the season, Tom Gadsby hit 10 for Chearsley Cricketers and Robert Taylor 11 for Chandos Arms.  Well done chaps.

Could I ask, please - on the result card, to assist with reports for the newspaper and the website, teams are asked to annotate in the empty box at the top of each leg, which team sets for that leg.  I can then work it out.

Next weekend, I'll be going away for a week.  So, to allow me to get this coming Wednesday's cup results published before I go, could you please get them to me almost as soon as the game's finished - by email or text message.  Thanks.

 

Phil

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20th May 2018

Well, where do I start?  Quite an eventful week, certainly in the top division.

Apologies 'cos it's a rather lengthy report this week.  Blame it on the Royal Wedding; it's a case of watching that or writing my report - no contest, is there?

I'll start at the White Lion because I was involved in that one and know a bit more about it!

The Pheasant have the ability to take points off the top teams, and we knew that right from the start.  But their first set of 17 should be beaten by a team of the White Lion's calibre.  But it wasn't to be!  With just 5 on the board from the first four players, there was plenty to do.  Eddie Gordon and Francis Hillier - with 4 apiece - made it much more achievable.  But the last two, Phil Allen and Brian Gough, couldn't even manage four between them to force it into a three sticker.  One leg to the Pheasant.  A bit different in the second leg.  With a six from Dougie Revitt and a 5 and a 4 from Eddie and Francis, the White Lion set a massive 29; the visitors, a bit disheartened, couldn't get anywhere near it.

One leg each, so the third leg was crucial to the reigning champions.  A decent set of 20 by the Pheasant made it interesting (and worrying for the home side!).  Not a good start (6 from the first four) and the tail didn't wag either; the home side could only manage 15.  2-1 to the Pheasant.

Despite the defeat, Eddie Gordon and Francis Hiller (with 11 apiece) deserve some credit, as does Dougie Revitt for his six.

A very good result for the visitors!  They're a great bunch of lads and, on the night, deserved their victory.  Well done chaps.  

A similar story at the Black Bull where the B team gained a 2-1 win over their A team rivals.

The A team set in the first leg and only managed 16.  Nowhere near enough to beat their opponents - who really were up for it!  They got 23.  

The B team set 18 in the second leg.  Easily achievable for their opponents you’d think.  But not on this occasion - two nil to the B team.

It was almost 3-0 but Kevin Powney came to the rescue in the third leg.  With a 5 from Rob Owens and a 4 from Chris McKechnie, the B team set a decent 20.  Despite a 5 from lead-off man, Karl Budd, it was still down to anchorman Kev, to either get 4 for a 3 sticker or, even better, get the 5 for the leg and salvage some pride.  He was in the very same situation in the second leg but didn't manage it that time around - but you really shouldn't give Kevin a second chance.  He did it this time, he got the 5.  Rob Owens with 12 and Chris McKechnie (11) did the B team proud.  Karl Budd's and Kevin Powney's ten apiece and Steve Payne 's nine weren't enough to gain anything other than a single leg for the A team.

The evening's greatest achievement must surely go to Brill Sports Club A who, with just seven players, walloped a normally good Crown team 3-0.  OK, the scores weren't brilliant (13-12, 12-9, 14-12) but it's still a much needed three points for the Sports Club.

Before I leave the top divisions, credit where credit is due!  I said earlier "The evening's greatest achievement must surely go to Brill Sports Club A".  I think I need to change that!  It's got to go to Andy Lincoln who, somehow, managed to "score" three blobs!  And it didn't do a great deal for his team who went down 2-1 at home to the Muddy Duck.

In Division Two, The Lion, playing their first home game of the season - on their new pitch - secured a 3-0 win against the Ashton Club, as did the Bell against visitors, the Nut Tree.  Darren Lodge was the star of that show with 10.

The Ex Services now top that division after their 3-0 triumph over the Prince of Wales.  The first two legs were pretty close (18-16 and 17-14) but a set of 24 by the Ex's demoralised the visitors who could only muster eight.  In the second leg, it was down to anchorman Eddie Jones to come up with 3 to draw, 4 to win; and yes, he knocked off the first four - and then went on to get the next two as well!  His first six of the season - but probably not his last!.  Well done Eddie.  Bill Mellis with ten, John Weller and Phil Evans (9) also contributed greatly to that victory.

Rob Edgington's back to his best!  His eleven helped the Bull Inn A to overcome Brill Sports Club A by two legs to one.

What's going on at the Red Cow?  They travelled along thew A34 to the Red Lion Islip and maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 victory.  

We've got a dope test going on at the White Horse!  Their B team won 3-0 away at Chearsley Cricketers with Baz Bazile hitting a five in their second leg set of 20.  Not surprising at all is that they've all passed the test with flying colours!  Darren Vythelingum's 11 was all in vain and not enough to earn the Cricketers any points.

Red Lion Finmere got a welcome two legs to one victory over the Harrison with the help of Trevor Jones's ten dolls.  They still remain rooted to the bottom of the table though.

A good evening was had by all at the Plough Marsh Gibbon.  Their A team, in Division Five, overcame the threat of the Bull Inn B by two legs to one.  Despite being on the losing side, Nick Cherry starred with nine - he also got a six in practice but, as everyone knows, "you don't get anything for a six in practice - not in this game!"

Sixers - Doug Revitt and Eddie Jones.

Blobber - Andy Lincoln.

REMINDER - Completed pairs entry forms need to be returned (with the money) to the secretary by next Sunday, the 27th.


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11th May 2018

Morning all,

The results of Wednesday's cup matches have been updated.

No real shocks but there were a few close encounters.

In the Hook Norton Brewery League Cup, at Brill Sports Club, long distance travellers, The Pheasant, came out on top of a tight match.  With it tightly poised at a leg apiece, the visitors won the third on a three sticker.

In what, I've been informed, was another close one, the Muddy Duck won 2-1 at the Bell.

In the Intermediate Cup, the Red Cow from Chesterton maintained their 100% start to the season - not dropped a leg yet - with a 2-0 win at the Red Lion Finmere.  Roger Herbert deserves a mention, hitting a 5 and a 4 in his two throws.  He hasn't even managed that over three legs in his first two league games!  Well done.

In the Supplementary Cup, two fantastic achievements. How about this?  Division Six side, Plough Marsh Gibbon Casuals hit 41 dolls (14, 15, 12) in their 2-1 victory over the Royal Oak who, themselves, came up with a winning 16 for the second leg.  Brian McCann with 10 and Chris Mills with 9 starred for the winners.

The Black Bull Divas have had a relatively good start to the season, winning three legs in their two league games and then beating local rivals, Bull Inn B, 2-0 in the cup.  Going for the double?  Promotion and cup winners?!  Keep it up, well done.

The draws for the next rounds were done last night and are shown below:


Phil

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7th May 2018

Morning all,

In what a few of the players described as "the best match they've ever played in", the Black Bull A beat the White Lion 2-1, with both teams knocking off 68 dolls.  There were a few stars for the Black Bull side but Billy Atwell, with 12, has to take the honour.  For the White Lion, Bobby Allen also got 12 and Francis Hillier got a six in his total of 11.  Oh by the way, those comments mentioned earlier, obviously came from Black Bull players!  But to be fair, it was a great match to be involved in - competitive but still very friendly.

That result makes it rather tight at the top of the Premier - but, hang on, we've only played two games!

In Division One last week, Brill Sports Club had a bit of a weakened side and went down 3-0; this week with, what must be considered to be their strongest, they scored a decent 49 dolls but still lost 2-1 at the Muddy Duck.  Ian Houghton in his first game of the season, hit 12 for the Sports Club but couldn't match Jon Woodman's 12 - 'cos he got a six!

The Highfield got the better of their match against the Black Bull B, winning 3-0 and totalling 57 dolls - Lee Wanless hitting 11.

Another team to improve on their dolls tally from last week were the Nut Tree.  Last week it was just 35 and this week in their Division Two match at the Ashton Club, they totalled 53, claimed all three points and now top the table.  Richard Cooper top scored with 9, as he did last week.

Carl Edgington knocked off 12 but his team, the Bull Inn A, still went down 2-1 at home against the Ex Services - Bill Mellis got 10 for them.

Good to see the Shakespeare back in the league.  Won 2-1 last week, lost by the same score against the White Horse B this week.  Keith Vickers, playing for the Shakey, got himself a six while Danny Dyer excelled himself with 9!

The Red Cow Chesterton maintained their 100% start to the season - and are pretty consistent with it - with a 3-0 victory over Chearsley Cricketers, scoring 44 dolls as they did last week.  Their third leg, with 12 apiece, went to a three sticker - and the Red Cow set 13.  Peter Gibb with ten and Ian Cantwell's nine contributed greatly to their victory.  

In Division Five, the first two legs of the Plough A's game against the KEA Club went to three stickers - and, with all three of them doing the same last week, they had five consecutive three stickers!  Some sort of record?  They lost the first two this week but won the third leg.

The match between Crown Twyford (good to have you back after a four year absence!) and the Bull Inn B also achieved two three stickers - in fact, one of those went on to a one sticker.  The Bull won both of those but lost the other leg.  Nick Cherry's eight helped them to victory.

In Division Six, the Black Bull Divas were close to getting their second victory of the season.  But up pops Lee Savidge with a five in the last leg (eight in total) to give the Safari Garden a 2-1 triumph.

Sixers - Francis Hillier, Jon Woodman, Keith Vickers.

Although I want the result cards as soon as I can, I've just found out that if a photograph of the card is text to me on my phone, I'm having to pay for it.  If at all possible, would you please send it to my email address.  Thank you.

Lastly, the Bull Inn, Launton are holding a charity afternoon on Sunday 13th May in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK and it includes an aunt sally competition - from memory of last year's, there are two competitions (one for novices and the other for league players).  All are invited.

Phil

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29th April 2018

Morning all,

In typical, true to form, beginning of the season aunt sally weather, our summer league got under way on Wednesday - with almost a shock for the reigning champions (the White Lion) in their very first leg.  At home against newly promoted Highfield Social Club, they set a respectable 23 - but the visitors, aiming for 3 a man, started off with five consecutive threes and looked on course to to get the remaining 9 to clinch the leg.  But, with a single one and then two threes, they fell just one short of getting themselves a three sticker.  Nigel Wakelin with 12 was the White Lion's saviour.

On Tuesday evening, just 24 hours before the start of the season, I received an email from the Swan, Grendon Underwood stating they'd have to withdraw from the league.  This was to be their first attempt at aunt sally and were truly up for it!  But, in their defence, they had only just received notification from the brewery that they'd be closing the pub in early May - believed to be for urgent repairs to the roof.  Not clear yet if it's permanent or just temporarily.  So, apologies to those teams in Division Six - you're now down to just five teams, meaning you'll all get three byes throughout the season.  It's not the Swan's fault by any means but if I had known earlier, I may have been able to rearrange something.

Steve Payne, in his first competitive match for the Black Bull A, scored 10 as did Karl 'Sticky' Budd - who also got a six in the beer leg.  But, as a few experienced last season, you don't get anything for a six in this leg!

In Division Two, the Ex Services, travelled across the road to near neighbours the Bell, and were obviously not used to playing outside in the elements.  OK, they did manage a 2-1 victory but their scores were not up to their usual standards - Eddie Jones the only one with a reasonable score of 9.  Despite ten from Colin Stocker and nine from Malcolm Hodges, the Prince of Wales still went down 2-1 at home against the Ashton Club.

The White Horse A had a terrible season last year and were eventually relegated to Division Four.  In their first game, at home against fellow relegation candidates Red Lion Finmere, scores of 16, 17 and 16 gave them a comfortable 3-0 victory - Andy Brock knocking off ten and Pete Bunce with a nine.

The match between Plough Marsh Gibbon A and the Fox Souldern produced three drawn legs (9, 8 and 10) with the Plough coming up trumps, winning two of the three three stickers.

 

John Hall's nine in Division Five ensured the KEA Club won 3-0 at the Bull Inn B but nine for John Clutterbuck in Division Six was not enough for the Eight Bells to beat the Bull and Butcher A; they went down 2-1.

How about some better weather next Wednesday, please?!

Phil

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20th April 2018

Morning all,

The draws for the various knockout cup competitions were made last night and are shown on the fixtures page.

POSTPONEMENTS

We don’t like postponements, for whatever reason, because it is so difficult to fit in the rearranged game.  If it really is necessary, it must be mutually agreed by both captains and the secretary must be notified as soon as possible.  There is no excuse for it to be left until the afternoon of the match, as we had a few times last season, it should have been dealt with days or even weeks beforehand. 

RESULT REPORTING

In this day and age, with all the technology about, there should be no reason for not submitting the results and getting them in on time.  At the AGM last year it was agreed that “if the result is not received within 7 days of the game being played, then both teams will lose points.” 
That was implemented last season and will again this season, if necessary.
This, of course, will also punish the losing team; so, let me suggest that (although the rules state the winning captain is responsible for submitting the result) both teams keep a record or take a photograph of the scores.  An emailed photograph of the card or the score board are also acceptable. 

PLAYER REGISTRATION

Teams may register new players just by including the name(s) on the match card and marking it with an asterisk (*).  There is no need to ring or email the secretary about this.   New registrations are not allowed after the halfway point of the league fixtures – let’s put a date on it, 30th June.

Also please write full names on the weekly result cards; it may not be possible for the secretary to identify players from nicknames etc.  No player may play for more than one team in any season.  Any team found breaking this rule will forfeit any points gained for that match.

COMPETITIONS

The entry forms for the singles, pairs and four-a-side competitions have already been sent out.  Please get them completed and back to me (with money) by the dates stated on the forms.


Phil

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19th April 2018

Morning all,

One week to go and then we’re off!  The fixture list you should be using is the one on the 'Fixtures' page.

If you haven’t got your result cards yet, don’t panic.  I’ll get them to you before next Wednesday.

If there’s anything else you need, let me know.  I may be able to help.

And another reminder.  Keith Skinner’s funeral is also next Wednesday at 12.00 at Banbury Crematorium.  There is another one on that same day - a good friend of many of the Fox Souldern players; so their game against Plough Marsh Gibbon A has been postponed.

Phil

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8th April 2018

Morning all,

Have been informed that the funeral of our former treasurer, Keith Skinner, will be on Wednesday 25th April at 12 o’clock at Banbury Crematorium.

Phil

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2nd April 2018

Here we go then!  The fixtures list is the one to go by.  I did hear earlier in the week that another pub (Fox and Hounds at Ardley) would like to join us; but, I've only just been able to get in touch with the landlord and, whilst it is true "he would like to join us", it's not going to be practical for this season - they've only been in the pub for about five weeks, don't have any aunt sally equipment, and, more importantly, don't have any players.  So the league will remain as per the fixtures list.

 

If you have any queries, or any requirements, please give me a shout.

 

Phil

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31st March 2018

Sorry ladies and gents, some more sad news.

Just had a call from Keith Skinner’s wife to say he passed away during the night.  She did ask me to let you all know.  Will let you know more details as and when I get it.

While I’m on here let me remind you that Kevin Nelson’s funeral is at St Edburg’s church on Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock.

Phil

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26th March 2018 - Summer League

Morning all,

Edition 2 of the fixtures list is attached.  I've had a request from a team in Division Six.  To enable them to enter the four a side competition (and they don't enter the singles), I've changed the fixtures in that division for weeks 11 July, 18 July and 1st August.  They're the only changes.

Phil

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26th March 2018 - Summer League

Here we go then!  The summer season is just over four weeks away.

The fixtures list is attached.  I've cast my eagle eye over it a few times and can't find any clashes for those pubs with two teams.  Please read, study and inwardly digest and let me know if there is anything untoward.

I was hoping a couple of months ago to have 45 teams but the Nightingale and the Crown Gawcott have not been able to get enough players - so they won't be partaking.

Division Six will have just six teams again, playing each other three times; but, this season, they won't have to start a week early because I've fitted a league match in when the four a side competition takes place (1st August).

Although the Shakespeare will be a new team, they've been placed in Division Three because there will be four 'decent' players amongst them.

If anyone needs anything, don;t be afraid to give me a shout.  I may have it!

Phil

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25th March 2018

Morning all,

Sadly, the season has now come to an end. Hope it's been an enjoyable one for you all!

As we discussed at the AGM way back at the end of September, the teams within the league are getting much stronger and the results throughout the season were expected to be much tighter.  That proved to be the case with the Ex Services leading the way, gaining themselves 101 points compared to last year's 70.  The Misfits appear to be on the downward slope, with a leg average and points score much lower than last season's!

One good thing about it is that the trophies were spread around a bit - five different teams won something.  Well done!

On the whole, it's a terrific night out with great company and a very friendly atmosphere.

Congratulations to the following winners and commiserations to those who didn't quite make it!

- DRD Roofing League Champions - Misfits

- Knockout Cup - Ex Services

- Two-and-a-half pairs - Ex Services

- Triples - Martin Wanless, Paul Giles and Dicker Butler (Black Bull)

- Pairs - John Hudson and Tony Launchbury (Crown)

- Singles - Norman Brock (Unwanted)

- Top Doll Scorer - Bill Mellis (Ex Services)

I know I said it at the Finals Night last night, but, once again, many thanks to Keith Lennard for ensuring everything was set up on each match day.

Phil

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20th March 2018

Morning all,

It was with great sadness that I heard recently that Kevin Nelson (ex Highfield player) passed away.  I have been asked to inform you all that his funeral will be at St Edburg’s church on Tuesday 3rd April at 11 o’clock.

Phil

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19th March 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Afternoon all,

Recently I've had to change from my broken down PC to a laptop, using an older version of Excel.  I've just had it pointed out to me that, in the league tables, some of the formulae and calculations have not been working properly.  They've now been corrected.

Phil

18th March 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Morning all,

Last Wednesday's results are attached.  With that being the last league games of the season, the league champions (once again) are the Misfits and the Top Doll Scorer is Bill Mellis.  Well done gents.

The encouraging fact is that the standard is improving - every team has an average of above 9 dolls per leg; that's over 50%.  Well done.  Only the Misfits and the Ashton Club achieved that last season.

Jed Launchbury was the star of the show on Wednesday.  He got a six in his first match (we'll forget the blob he got in the next leg!), and then went on to get 14 (5, 5, 4) in his next.  Well done Jed.

This coming Wednesday is Finals Night - starting at the normal time and to be played in the following order:

 

  • Two and a half pairs knockout - Misfits v Ex Services
  • Knockout Cup - Black Bull v Ex Services
  • Triples - Martin Wanless, Paul Giles and Dickie Butler v Billy Atwell, Doug Revitt and Brian Gough
  • Pairs - John Hudson and Tony Launchbury v John Lehane and Terry Bagnall
  • Singles - Norman Brock v Phil Allen

Phil

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1st March 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Just been comparing the tables with those at the same time last year and, looking at the averages, last year there was only one team with an average above 9.00.  This year, everyone's up there.  Well done, it's getting better.

Next week it's 2.5 pairs week!  The draw is as follows:

 

  • 7.45pm on Pitch One it's Ashton Club v Bell
  • 7.45pm Pitch Two Ex Services v Crown
  • 8.20pm Pitch One Misfits v White Horse
  • 8.20pm Pitch Two Unwanted v Black Bull

Phil


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25th February 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

All the latest results/stats have been updated

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9th February 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Some great individual scores once again; Bill Mellis and Brian Gough both hit 23 (12 and 11 on each occasion), but top scorer of the evening goes to Darren Lodge with 24 (13 and 11) - well done chaps!

Sixers - Bill Mellis (his second of the season) and Tony Launchbury; well done!

Phil

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2nd February 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Wednesday night's results are updated.

Spare a thought for the Unwanted; turned up with a full side (!), scored a total of 82 dolls (including a leg of 18 and three of 14), and still only managed three points (won one leg and a draw).  Trevor Wood hit 21 dolls (an 11 and a ten), and Keith Lennard weighed in with 20 (9 and 11).  Well done chaps, keep smiling!

Phil

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29th January 2018

The minutes of the AGM are now available on the AGM page.

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22nd January 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Morning all,

Congratulations to the Black Bull representatives (Paul Giles, Martin Wanless and Allan Moon) who won their way through to the final where they will meet the Misfits triple of Brian Gough, Billy Atwell and Dougie Revitt.  Well done chaps.

Don't forget the summer league AGM this coming Thursday (25th), starting at 8 o'clock at the Ex Services.

Phil

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12th January 2018 - SUMMER LEAGUE

Morning all,

Just had a thought - doesn't happen very often!

I've never issued the league rules (although they can be seen on our website).  With the AGM coming up shortly, I reckon you should have a chance to ponder over them.  If you feel there's anything which needs changing, please don't leave it 'til the meeting; let me know beforehand.

Phil

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12th January 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Morning all,

Wednesday's results are updated..  

Are the Misfits losing the plot?!  Last week's 10 point lead has been reduced to just 5 !  The Ex's are closing in rapidly !

Congratulations to Bill Mellis with a total of 26 on the night.  Eleven against the Misfits in his first match, followed by a terrific 15 (including a six) against the Unwanted.  Well done Bill.

Martin Wanless also did himself proud with an 11 and a 10 - well done!


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9th January - SUMMER LEAGUE

Morning all and a Happy New Year to you.

Here we go again, preparations for the summer aunt sally season are about to begin - in fact, they've already started in my house!

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at the Ex Services Club in Bicester on Thursday 25th January, commencing at 8 o'clock.  A copy of the agenda is attached; no different from any other year but, let me please ask that, if you have anything to raise which may require some consideration or research from me, let me know about it beforehand.

Most of you will be able to work out which division your team is likely to be in but, just remember, it's not a foregone conclusion - it really depends on how many entries we get.  I also had it pointed out to me last year that, where a "lower" side signs a much better class of player - ie from a higher division - that is very likely to improve the team's average.  And, as a consequence, it may mean that that team should be in a higher division.  I've been asked to look at completed registration forms when received, and, if this should occur, calculate the gaining team's average and consider whether that team should be "promoted" - and, likewise I guess, if the team losing that player should drop down.  A bit more work!  Anyway, I'd like views on that - before the meeting if you wish.

If you - or your team - are not going to be involved this coming season, would you please let me know.  Likewise, if anyone knows of another pub/club who wishes to join us (or increase their number of teams), please let me know.

That's it for now.  I could well be in touch before the meeting - depends on what else comes to mind!

Phil

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6th January 2018 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Morning all and a Happy New Year to you.

Back in the swing of things again, the results for Wednesday's games are now available.

Phil


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15th December - INDOOR LEAGUE

Wednesday's results and other updated material are AVAILABLE ON THE "Indoor" page..

We have a sixer this week - Allan Moon of the Black Bull.  Well done to him.

No more indoor aunt sally til after Christmas so, have a good one and the very best for the New Year.

Phil


30th November - INDOOR LEAGUE

Who are going to be “CROWN”ed this year’s pairs champions (pun intended!)?

John Lehane and Terry Bagnall (believe it or not, they’re from the Crown!) will meet their team mates John Hudson and Tony Launchbury in the final. Well done chaps.

Don’t forget, there are no games next week.

Phil

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27th November - INDOOR LEAGUE

Sorry, a little later with the results this week.  Have been in Cornwall for a well earned break!  Actually, while I was down there (on Thursday), I got a call from the Chairman of the Ex Services; the club wish to use the hall for a party on Wednesday 6th December, if at all possible.  With no aunt sally paperwork to hand, I agreed for them to do so and that we would put our fixtures back a week.  Hope it doesn't upset players' plans too much!

The new fixture list (marked Second Edition), along with last week's results, is attached.

 

Phil

17th November - INDOOR LEAGUE

Last week I entered Bill Mellis's scores incorrectly in the Ex Services match against the Black Bull.  Consequently, the team's total scores in that match would have been wrong too.  All amended now.

Well done this week to Dave Reast with 23 (taking him to top doll scorer) and Dave Futter with 21.


Phil

11th November - INDOOR LEAGUE

Very well done to both Dave Wheeler who hit the first six of the indoor season and to Darren Moore on a terrific 23 for the evening (11 in his first match and then 12 in the next).

Phil

3rd November - INDOOR LEAGUE
This weeks Results and Stats are now available


1st November - INDOOR LEAGUE
Wednesday's results and other updated statistics are now available
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21st October 2017 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Results, tables and stats are now available by clicking in the "Indoor" button on the left.

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19th October 2017 - INDOOR LEAGUE

Morning all,

Last night's results are updated.

Certainly going to be more competitive this season.  497 dolls scored last night compared to just 410 on the first night of last season.

And it looked as though everyone was enjoying himself/herself - and that's what it's all about!

Phil

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2nd October

Morning all,

The minutes of The Indoor League AGM can be found on our AGM Page.I have also produced the first edition of the fixtures list. Use the INDOOR button on the left. If there are any problems or mistakes, please let me know.

 

Phil

23rd September

Afternoon all,

Sorry it's late but I was in no fit state to send last night's results out this morning!  I needed to wind down a bit anyway.

Sadly that's it for this season. 

Finals Night Results are on our Results page.

I'll be in touch early in the new year.

 

Phil

16th September

Evening all,

My goodness, another mistake!  Must be an age thing!  Or too much alcoholic medicine!

On the format for finals night I had down for the Intermediate Cup, Chandos Arms against the Barley Mow; that was the Plate final last night!  The Cup final on Friday night should read Prince of Wales v Bull & Butcher B.

16th September

Afternoon all,

A few previously postponed league games were played this week; the league tables and individual scores have been updated.

Also played this week were the Four a Side, Pairs and Singles semi finals, and the Plate finals.  The results of those are also attached.

The season is drawing to a close, with the Finals Night being held at the Black Bull, Launton on Friday.  The format for the evening is attached.

Please ensure there is someone in attendance to collect trophies (a list is attached to the format).  They will not be delivered.

Phil

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16th September

Oops, further to my email earlier - I got it wrong AGAIN!

For some reason, I thought we only had six teams last year - but it was 8.

Launton Sports Club have dropped out - down to seven; White Horse and Crown - that's nine.  Can't do that.  We'll have to discuss it at the meeting.

Phil

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16th September

The Bicester Indoor League AGM will be held at the Ex Services Club on Wednesday 27th September starting at 7.30 pm.  Hope to see you there.

If you know of any team which is not going to be taking part, or any new teams who want to enter, please let me know.  I am aware that the Crown (Charlton on Otmoor) and the White Horse A want to join, and Launton Sports Club have withdrawn.  So seven teams at the moment - could do with another.

Phil

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11th September 2017

Good morning,

Apologies for being a little late with last week's results - had a bit of trouble getting all the cards in!  Anyway, now got them, so here goes!

The runners up spot in the Premier is still not clear cut.  It looks very much like it's going to the Crown A who have a rearranged fixture at the Bull Inn tomorrow night (Tuesday).  There you are, I've now put the "commentator's curse" on it!

Despite a "captain's innings" from Ged Mills (11 dolls), Black Bull B went down 3-0 to the White Lion A; but they're still crowned Division One champions as the Muddy Duck did likewise away at the Crown.

In their first season in the league, The Pheasant made sure they finished in top spot in Division Two with a 3-0 home victory against Bull Inn B.  Paul Wallington starred for them with 14 dolls (including his second six of the season).  Well done chaps!

The Prince of Wales and Brill S&SC A fixture in Division Three had to be postponed and will be played this coming Wednesday.  That's a crucial match.  With a much better doll score, the Prince would very likely be crowned champions with just the one leg.  For Brill to gain that accolade, they need all three.

The Red Cow (with a much weakened side - Roger Herbert and Liam Merchant both missing) lost 2-1 at Fountain A, thereby allowing the Ex Services to leapfrog them to become champions of Division Four.

It's still undecided at the top of Division Five.  The Red Lion, Stratton Audley and Plough, Marsh Gibbon play their previously postponed match this coming Wednesday.  The Red Lion need just one leg to win that division whilst the Plough require all three.

The Butchers Arms, despite not scoring as well as they normally do, still managed a 2-1 victory away at the Eight Bells, to secure the Division Six top spot.  The Black Bull Divas left it a bit late but, by winning the last two legs at the Crown Gawcott, they accomplished a first win of the season.  Well done!

As for relegations, we really can't be certain at the moment; it depends on who enters and what teams we have next season.

Sixers - Bobby Allen (White Lion A) and Paul Wallington (Pheasant Inn).  Both of them have now managed two for the season and will play off on Finals Night for the Sixers Trophy.

I will soon be arranging a meeting for this winter's Indoor League.  If any new team is considering entering the league, would you please get in touch with me and let me know.

 

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3rd September

"Morning all,

Right, we're almost there; the league part of the season is (to all intents and purposes), just a week away.

The White Lion A have already won the Premier Division but, second spot is still touch and go between the Black Bull A and Crown A.  Likewise, the winners of Division One is yet undecided with Black Bull B and the Muddy Duck tied on 18 points.  

A shock 3-0 defeat for The Pheasant at Highfield SC, has tightened it up a bit at the top of Division Two.  Second placed Brill S&SC B unknowingly took advantage, with a 3-0 win of their own.  A much improved Bull Inn B, in third place, travel to The Pheasant for the last game on Wednesday and could have a say in who wins the title.

Two other shock results at the top of Division Three has tightened that one up a bit too.  Prince of Wales were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline at bottom placed White Horse A, whilst Brill S&SC A took the short trip to Chearsley Cricketers and lost every leg.  The top four positions could all change this coming week; Prince of Wales are at home to Brill S&SC A and fourth placed Bull and Butcher B are also at home to the team just above them, the Barley Mow.

The top two in Division Four (Red Cow and the Ex Services) met on Wednesday with the Ex's winning 2-1.  They'll both finish first and second but, in what order?  The Red Cow travel to Fountain A whilst the Ex's are at home to near neighbours White Hart.

You thought Divisions One to Four were all tight?  Take a look at Division Five!  Any of the top five could win it!

Plough, Marsh Gibbon must surely have the hardest run in.  Away on Wednesday to the KEA Club and then a rearranged away fixture at the Red Lion, Stratton Audley.  The White Lion B didn't do themselves any favours on Wednesday night dropping a leg at home to KEA; but, with a home game against struggling Safari Garden, they must, surely, still have a great opportunity to clinch the title.

Division Six is not clear cut yet either.  OK, Butchers Arms, currently in top spot, have a trip to lowly Eight Bells in their last game; but, should they slip up, the Royal Oak could pinch that top spot.  Having said that, they, themselves, have two tough matches left - both against Bull Inn C.  The previously postponed one is being played on Tuesday evening and then the other on Wednesday.

Right, to finish off and to clarify:

     - the semi finals are to be held on Wednesday 13th September at the Bull Inn, Launton (8.30 start time).  The format and list of players is as follows: