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16th May 2022

Morning all,

On a very wet Wednesday, up until about 4 o'clock, fearing that we may be getting a few fixture postponements; but, in the end, all was well and, probably the warmest aunt sally evening we've had so far this season.

After an early scare - a drawn first leg which they won on a three sticker - Shakespeare B, 'away' to their A team counterparts, hit 97 dolls, sufficient to take all five points and keep them on top of the table.  Phil Allen with 20, Bobby Allen with 19 (including a six) and Doug Revitt (18) did the damage.  Elsewhere, Karl Budd rose to the occasion with 23 dolls (also with a six) to help the Ex Services B to a 5-0 win over the Rose and Crown.  Our third six of the evening went to Pip Goulding (Tiddington Cricket Club) who totalled 19 as they went to, and beat, The Bell 3-2.  John Hudson, also with 19, was another to hit a bit of form for the Crown as they also won 3-2, at home to The Pheasant.

In Division Two, the White Horse, on home soil - and, despite 14 from an up and coming Dave Futter - were 'thrashed' 4-1 by the Barley Mow - and lost their top spot.  The Red Cow now occupy that position after their 5-0 home win over near neighbours, The Lion; Liam Fisher with 15 in the four legs he played and Liam Merchant with 13 in his four legs, doing the damage.  Joe Young rolled back the years, hitting 16 to help the Ashton Club to a 5-0 over the five man visiting Bull Inn A.  Brian Loverock also weighed in with 12 for the home side.  The Nut Tree, keen to get themselves back up into the top flight (!), also got maximum points, at home against Brill S&SC B and now occupy second place.

With Steve Golder, Derek Richards and Haydn Marks throwing well, Launton S&S now top Division Three after their maximum points at home to Crown Twyford - winning the fifth (and beer) leg on a one sticker.  The Highfield's 4-1 home win against Fox Souldern has, 'at the flick of a switch'. lifted them from bottom of the table up to fourth place.  With both Bill Mellis and Jason Harris back for the Highfield, and playing well, watch this space - they'll be up challenging at the top soon!  

With 13 dolls from Tracey Denton and 10 from Rick Gumbert, the Ex Services A saw off any 'threat' from Launton S&S Divas to take all five points and to remain at the top of Division Four.  With a full squad of nine players, Bull Inn B were also on their way to maximum points at home to the Blacks Head - but then, disaster; they lost the 'beer leg'.  Still, four points keeps them in second place - one above Bell B who, with a terrific eleven dolls from Ryan McNally, won 3-2 away at Marsh Gibbon VH Two.  Another team to 'throw away' the beer leg was the White Hart, at home to a five player Marsh Gibbon VH One.  They were four legs up and then threw away that vital one.  George Deans did himself proud though with 13.  In the 'local derby' in Long Crendon, it was two legs apiece when the visiting Chearsley Cricketers took control and pinched the fifth.

Sixers - Karl Budd, Bobby Allen and Pip Goulding.

I sent the Pairs entry form out a couple of weeks ago.  Would you please have it completed and returned to me (with the money) by next Sunday (22nd May).

Phil Allen

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9th May 2022

Good afternoon all,

No real "headline makers" in any of the cup matches this week; that accolade must surely go to the landlord of the Launton Arms (formerly the Black Bull) who has decided that he no longer wants aunt sally - or any members of the teams - at 'his' pub.  Both sheds and pitches, at what has been our 'home of aunt sally' and the finals night venue for a number of years, have been taken down.  The Divas had already moved up the road to Launton Sports and Social (did they know something?!), and the A team have now moved to, and will be playing their home games, indoors at the Ex Services - and renamed appropriately as Ex Services B.  No dramatic changes to the fixtures list but I have attached a revised one, really just showing their new name.

I think the biggest upset in the cup games was the Bull Inn B team's 3-1 win over Chandos Arms, despite Robert 'Curly' Taylor's six in the third leg - the leg they won.  Well done to Emma Johnson for weighing in with a vital 4 dolls!

The draws for the next round of the knockout cups and the first round of the plates, to be played on 25th May has come out as follows:

 

League Knockout Cup

Shakespeare A v Nut Tree

Ex Services B v Bell A

Crown CoO A v Red Cow

Tiddington CC v Shakespeare B

 

Intermediate Cup

Highfield SC v Ex Services A

Bull Inn B v Butchers Arms

Launton S&S v White Hart

Brill S&SC A v Crown CoO B

 

League Knockout Plate

Pheasant v Barley Mow

Ashton Club v Brill S&SC B

White Horse v Bull Inn A

The Lion v Rose & Crown

 

Intermediate Plate

Crown Twyford v Blacks Head

Chandos Arms v Marsh Gibbon Village Hall Two

Marsh Gibbon Village Hall One v Long Crendon Village Centre

Bell B v Fox Souldern

Phil Allen


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2nd May 2022

Hi all,

Firstly, many thanks to all who have already started to use the revised result card; it's made it much easier on my part.  To the others, I'd be really grateful if you'd do likewise.  For those who submitted a photo of the scoreboard, initially, it's great to, at least, get the result through - but, firstly, the names are either just nicknames, initials, and/or no surname, and then there are no players' total scores - and, in the event of a three sticker, I can't clearly work who eventually won it.  So please, do your utmost to print off and use the revised result card.

On another very chilly Wednesday evening, Shakespeare B won convincingly at home to Tiddington Cricket Club.  Dougie Revitt 'resumed' his outstanding form of the past few seasons, hitting 21, including a six in the final leg.  Teammate Pete Dempsey was close on his tail with 19.  For the visitors, Graham Bristow hit a very creditable 18.  'Pub sharers', Shakespeare A also won 5-0 on their travels to the Rose and Crown.  Steve Payne, with his second consecutive 16, and Martin Wanless with 14, shone for the travellers.  Dave Reast replied with 15 for the struggling home side.  The Pheasant, although not scoring particularly well themselves, still took the honours at home to the Bell A  by three legs to two.  The same can be said of Crown A who hosted their match against Launton Arms A .

In Division Two, with Dave Futter and Baz Bazile hitting 14 dolls apiece, the White Horse won 3-2 on their visit to the Nut Tree, for whom Jetty Hall clanged off 17.  The Red Cow set themselves up for a terrific evening with 20 dolls in their first leg away at the Bull A - Liam Fisher and John Clutterbuck both doing the damage with 5 apiece - and then, despite the scores dropping dramatically, they still travelled back to Chesterton with a 4-1 win.  Likewise, a 4-1 win for The Lion who travelled to the Barley Mow.  Mick Leonard (The Lion) and James Kirkland (Barley Mow) finished with 14 dolls each.

In Division Three, the Fox Souldern (with 14 dolls from Chris Hartwell and 11 from Dave Hazell) got the better of last week's 'team of the week', Crown B by 4-1 - Dick Pike and Nick Paterson both hitting 13 for them.  The Fox now occupy top spot, just above Launton S&S, who also won 4-1, at home against a currently struggling Chandos Arms.  Steve Golder, loving it in his new role (as anchorman) in his new team, hit 17, including a six.  Despite 17 dolls from Bill Mellis and 11 from Norman Brock, the Highfield SC could not prevent Brill S&SC A  winning 4-1 too.   

Chearsley Cricketers, in their first game of the season in Division Four, hit 58 dolls (13 from Daren Vythelingum and 11 from Paul Kingsman) on their way to a 4-1 victory at Marsh Gibbon VH One.  

Sixers - Dougie Revitt (Shakespeare B) and Steve Golder (Launton S&S).

A reminder, it's cup week this coming Wednesday.  There are two knockout cup competitions - the League Cup which comprises those teams in the Premier, Divisions One and Two, and the Intermediate Cup for those in Divisions Three and Four.  The draws for the first rounds are as shown below.   

League Knockout Cup
Shakespeare B v Rose & Crown
Crown CoO A v White Horse
The Lion v Tiddington CC
Barley Mow v Nut Tree
Red Cow v Bull Inn A
Brill S&SC B v Bell A
Pheasant Inn v Shakespeare A
Launton Arms v Ashton Club

Intermediate Knockout Cup
Fox Souldern v Brill S&SC A
Launton S&S v Marsh Gibbon Village Hall
Bell B v Crown CoO B
Ex Services v Blacks Head
White Hart v Long Crendon VC
Rising Sun v Butchers Arms
Crown Twyford v Highfield SC
Bull Inn B v Chandos Arms

Same format (ie any six from nine); can be changed each leg.

Best of five legs

Any drawn leg to be decided by a three sticker before going on to the next leg.

Attached are the entry forms for the singles, pairs and four a side competitions,  Please return the completed forms (along with the entry fees) to the secretary by the dates shown on each form.

Phil Allen

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25th April 2022

Morning all, at last we have lift off - and, albeit, a little chilly, the weather was kind to us too!

For many (those who didn't play last year) it would have been a complete change of format - but, thankfully (apart from the White Hart who had a couple of players suffering from Covid), everyone else managed to get a side together.

Shakespeare B (the old White Lion team) travelled to the Rose and Crown (the old Muddy Duck lads) and secured a five-nil victory - Bobby Allen and Dougie Revitt hitting 19 apiece.  Launton Arms were coasting, 3-0 up at the Bell, but then lost their last two - Karl Budd another to hit 19.  Another team 'coasting' were Shakespeare A.  Four-nil up against Crown A, they go and 'give' the beer leg away!  John 'Loony' Lehane (Crown) rolled back the years with 19 and Tony Nichols was hot on his heels with 18.  Tiddington Cricket Club and the Pheasant were touch and go, winning alternate legs, and drawing 2-2 leading into the fifth (and beer) leg.  The Cricket Club, in no mood to give that one away, set 19 - far too many for the visitors who could only muster 9.  Another to hit 18 was Pip Goulding (Cricket Club).  Four scores of 19 and two of 18 and not a six amongst them!

The White Horse got off to a flying start with a 5-0 victory over the visiting Ashton Club - Dave Futter (14) and Mav Giles (11) starring for the Horse.  With Richard Cooper also hitting 14, the Nut Tree got the better of the Barley Mow by four legs to one.  Terry Hawkins also hit 14 for the Barley Mow.  In the other Division Two matches, Brill S&SC B won 3-2 away at the Red Cow and, an electrical fault at the Lion Wendlebury, meant they had to forfeit their game against Bull Inn A.

Crown CoO B, with a 5-0 victory and 61 dolls, show they're going to be a difficult side to beat in Division Three this season - Barry Reynolds and Richard Pike (13 apiece), and Matthew Holmes (12) and Nick Paterson (11).

In Division Four, the Ex Services did well to 'conjure up' a 4-1 home win over the Blacks Head Bletchingdon - Barny Tharby hitting 14 for the visitors and Tracey Denton (12) for the hosts.  But, still topping the individual averages in the WHOLE league is Matt Toomey (Bell B) who hit 8 dolls in his two legs - an average of 4.00!  Well done Toomey (as he likes to be called)!

Phil Allen


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18th April 2022

Everyone ready?  Just three days til blast off!  And we're looking as though we may have some decent weather for it!

I've been advised that The Lion, Wendlebury is now a cashless pub - can only pay by card.  Would those who have to visit them, please advise team members.

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3rd April 2022

Morning all,

Just over a couple of weeks to go, winter woollies at the ready!

It is very unfortunate but the Rising Sun, Ickford are unable to get a side together.  That now means we only have nine teams in Division Four - requiring a 'Bye' each week.  Not an ideal situation.

I do have someone looking into raising another team - but how successful is he going to be?!  Let's throw it open - can anyone amongst you, especially those who have registered more than twelve players, come up with another side?  Don't worry about only having one pitch - they won't clash at home. 

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Phil Allen


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28th March 2022

With just under a month to go, guess it's time for an update, and to start to get ourselves and our venues ready for the new season.

Sponsorship of the League

1.  As communicated previously, Lodge Garage unfortunately had to withdraw their sponsorship of the league, due to the impact of Covid on the economic situation over the last couple of years.  Our first step to replace the donation we had received previously from them was to enquire in general with all the teams and venues involved in our league - and what a response we had!!   The committee and myself were overwhelmed, and I am pleased to say that we have received several donations from individuals, venues, and businesses or companies that players are involved with or, in fact, own - and the amount received has more than compensated for previous years' donations.

2.  I would just like to say how  grateful the league is to all who have offered to help -  Clear Vision Financial ServicesThe Fox and Goat at Tiddington (even though they now can't get a side together for this season!!), Otmoor Electrical Ltd in Ickford, and a few other businesses who have asked to remain anonymous, have been the largest donors - plus some individual donations from players themselves which has been gratefully received.   So, please give a thought to using our sponsors if you need some financial advice, fancy a pint away from Bicester or need any quotes for electrical work !!

Constitution of the League

3.  As expected really, after the couple of years we've just gone through, the number of teams for the forthcoming season has dropped from the 40 we had in 2019 to 34 this year.  That's not too bad actually - but, of course, 34 is not divisible by 8; so, what that does mean, is that we will need to have three divisions of 8 and one division of 10.  And then, because the division of ten will have 18 league fixtures (as opposed to 14 for the others), it prevents them from having their own singles, pairs and four a side competitions - although, it may be able to arrange something for the 14th and 21st September.  I'll get a better idea as the season progresses and will keep you informed.

4.  A copy of the fixtures list (with venues shown at the bottom) is attached.  I've gone through it with a 'tooth comb' but I'm only human!  So, please study it carefully - especially so if you have more than one team playing at your venue and let me know as soon as possible of any clashes.

Knockout Cup draws

5.  There are two knockout cup competitions - the League Cup which comprises those teams in the Premier, Divisions One and Two and the Intermediate Cup for those in Divisions Three and Four.  The draws for the first rounds to be played on 4th May were made at the committee meeting held on Wednesday evening and came out as shown below.  It is rather unfortunate that, because we have 18 teams in Division Three and Four, we need two preliminary games.  They will be Chearsley Cricketers at home against Long Crendon Village Centre and the Bull Inn B at home against Launton S&S Divas.  Would you please play those on Wednesday 13th April?

League Knockout Cup
Shakespeare B v Rose & Crown
Crown CoO A v White Horse
The Lion v Tiddington CC
Barley Mow v Nut Tree
Red Cow v Bull Inn A
Brill S&SC B v Bell A
Pheasant Inn v Shakespeare A
Launton Arms v Ashton Club

Intermediate Knockout Cup
Fox Souldern v Brill S&SC A
Launton S&S v Marsh Gibbon Village Hall
Bell B v Crown CoO B
Ex Services v Blacks Head
White Hart v Chearsley Cricketers or Long Crendon VC
Rising Sun v Butchers Arms
Crown Twyford v Highfield SC
Bull Inn B or Launton S&S Divas v Chandos Arm

League Rules

6.  The revised can be found bu using the RULES button.in the menu.

Result reporting

7.  The result card template is attached.  Team captains are asked to print their own (seven home league games and a couple in readiness for cup matches).  Immediately after the game, the winning captain is responsible for sending to the league secretary by WhatsApp, a photograph of the completed result sheet.  There is then no need to post it.      

Closure of the railway bridge into Launton

8.  Please be aware that the bridge into Launton will be closed from Monday 28th March until the end of April to vehicle traffic.  The pedestrian pathway will still be open.  At our committee meeting this week we tried to arrange as many fixtures as we could to avoid teams having to travel into Launton, but, with some venues having more than one team, it wasn't always possible.  Access to Launton will be possible through Stratton Audley, and from the Blackthorn direction.  There will be traffic lights at the Blackthorn Road/A41 cross roads to help alleviate entry problems from that side

Phil Allen

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14th March 2022

Sadly, the 2021-22 indoor league season has come to an end - but, what a way to finish!  Two terrific evenings - plenty of banter with a little bit of aunt sally thrown in!   Well done and thank you to everyone involved.   I've got that very deflated feeling already, eagerly looking forward to October!

Almost forgot, Colin Baldwin came up with a magic six on Tuesday - well done Colin!

A list of 'how it finished' is attached.

Many thanks to Keith Lennard and the Ex Services staff for all their help during a wonderful five months.

Sixer - Tuesday - Colin Baldwin.

Now let's get ourselves prepared (winter jackets at the ready) for the summer league which starts on 20th April.

Phil Allen

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6th March 2022

Morning all,

Sadly, we're drawing to a close in this 2021/22 indoor league season - just the finals nights to come this Tuesday and Wednesday.  But what a way to finish off, on both nights this past week.

I did say last week that the Tuesday Handicap League could be won by any of five teams - but, realistically, it was expected to be decided in the 8.55 match between the Bull Inn A and the Red Cow.  However, in their earlier matches, they both dropped vital points - the Bull A drew 3-3 with Bell B whilst the Red Cow won 5-1 against Bell C.  That then meant the Red Cow had leapfrogged to top spot, one point ahead of the Bull (49-48).  Others in contention though were on next - the Ex Services against the Bull B and the Ex's came out of that one with four points - but, actually, whilst that brought them level on points with Bull A, they dropped to third place on dolls.  Bull B are now out of it.  The fifth team in with a shout - and most people had disregarded - are the Barley Mow.  They walloped Mr&MrsFits 6-0 with a much needed 49 dolls.

So, going into the vital last games for each team it now stands

  • Red Cow - 49 pts, 525 dolls
  • Bull Inn A - 48 pts, 530 dolls
  • Ex Services - 48 pts, 527 dolls
  • Barley Mow - 46 pts, 525 dolls

Game on!

Bull A v Red Cow - three points apiece with 39 and 41 dolls respectively.

Ex Services lost 4-2 to Mr&MrsFits, scoring just 32 dolls in the process.

Barley Mow walloped Bull B 6-0 - with 52 dolls

The rest is history!  Barley Mow gatecrashed the party, sneaking in by the back door, and finished as champions with 52 points and 577 dolls, the Red Cow runners up with 52 points and 566 dolls.  It couldn't have been any more exciting!  Well done the Barley Mow - and, back in January, they almost withdrew claiming they wouldn't be able to get a side together for the Handicap League!

Not quite in the same 'league' on Wednesday, with the Ashton Club already having won it, the fight for second place was still on.  Again a tussle between five teams.  The Bell and the Unwanted felt they no longer wanted to be a part of that group(!), and 'decided' to lose 6-0 in their first matches!  The Shakey soon followed, coming second (2-4) against the Ashton.  Just The Cherries and the Crown left.  With Karl Budd (27 dolls on the night) and Tony Launchbury (20) doing their utmost, the Crown did as much as they could - 12 points and 105 dolls - the Cherries (with Liam Fisher (21 dolls) and skipper Nick Cherry (19) driving them along, also got the six points they needed, with 100 dolls.  So, again, it was another trophy position that was decided on dolls - 49 points each with 681-654 in favour of The Cherries.  Well done to them too.

Dates for the diary - 

  • 8th and 9th March - Finals nights at the Ex Services Club
  • 16th March - Challenge match away at Yarnton
  • 30th March - Challenge match at home to the Eynsham League
  • 31st March - Annual inter league competition at Banbury
  • 1st April - 24 Hourathon at the Ex Services in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

 

Phil Allen

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1st March 2022

Morning all,

A weird competition this two and a half pairs!  But two enjoyable evenings had by those in attendance.

On Tuesday, the Bull Inn A won their way through to the final after defeating the Bell C and the Red Cow and will meet Mr&MrsFits who did likewise against Bell B and the Ex Services.  In the Plate final, Bull Inn B will play the Barley Mow.

On Wednesday, the Crown 'disposed' of the Bell (despite a six from Darren Moore) and then the Ex Services to cement their place in the final against the Shakespeare who defeated the Unwanted and The Cherries.  The Plate final will be between the Misfits and the Unwanted.

A bit of pressure on a few teams this coming Tuesday with any of the top five in with a chance of winning the handicap league title.  But, realistically, it's between the Bull Inn A and the Red Cow - all eyes on Pitch 1 at 8.55 for the clash of the titans!

On Wednesday though, with the Ashton Club having already run away with the title, it'll be interesting to see who gets "the wooden spoon".  The Misfits, next to bottom, are only one point above the Ex Services.  The Misfits meet an improving Crown followed by The Cherries (a much different side in the Handicap League!), whilst the Ex's are up against the Unwanted and already crowned champions, the Ashton.  Place your bets now, please!

Sixer - Wednesday - Darren Moore

Phil Allen

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20th February 2022

Morning all,

'Tis rather tight at the top of the Tuesday league table.  Just five points separate the top five teams, and with just two games left, it's"there for the taking".  The Bull Inn A, current table toppers, had a relatively poor week dropping six points (two against the Barley Mow and four against Bull B), whilst their biggest threat, the Red Cow, who didn't throw particularly well themselves, hauled in a maximum twelve.  How fitting that they will now meet in the final game of the league season.

Bit of a different story on a Wednesday night though.  The Ashton Club have run away with the Handicap League; dropping just 12 points in their twelve games so far, they're already 23 points ahead of those chasing the runners up spot - The Cherries, Crown and Unwanted are all level on 37.  Bobby Allen hit 26 (12 and 14) including his first six of the season, Pete Dempsey with 25 (13 and 12), and Phil Allen with 23 (10 and 13), with his first six of the season too.  Dougie Revitt also hit 23 (11 and 12), including his third six of the season.  Despite not having played for a couple of weeks, Eddie Jones still managed double figures in his two matches (10 and 11).  Well done to Dave Vear (Ashton Club) who, despite getting a blob in his previous leg, came back with a vengeance with a five.  

Sixers - Wednesday - Doug Revitt, Bobby Allen and Phil Allen (and Karl Budd's last week which I forgot to add - and that was his third too).

 

Phil Allen


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13th February 2022

Morning all,

Despite 21 dolls from James Bateman on Tuesday evening, league leaders Bull Inn A were only able to get two points in each of their two matches.  The Ex Services, one of their closest rivals, firstly did the 'whitewash' over the Bell C and then overcame the Bull Inn A 4-2.  Mr&MrsFits, who haven't had it all their own way in this handicap league, also beat the table toppers 4-2.  With Karl Budd throwing out of his skin - 14 (6,4,4) in that match and then 15 (5,5,5) in their next - Mr&MrsFits also gained maximum points against Bell C.  Another team to drop vital points were the Red Cow.  Ian Cantwell's 22 dolls (13 and 9) did little to help as they also lost 4-2 in both of their matches.  The league title is still up for grabs; with four matches to go, only 7 points separate the top five teams - and with two points for a win, it's still anybody's (apart from the bottom three)!

A mid-season review of the Wednesday night handicaps is required, me thinks!  The Ashton Club got eleven points this week, The Cherries and the Crown ten apiece.  With four games left, and 19 points clear, the Ashton are almost there - but then, they play both The Cherries and the Crown this coming Wednesday.

Dougie Revitt shone once again - 27 dolls (16 and 11 - including two sixes) - with team mate, Brian Gough, and Pete Dempsey hitting 24.

Sixers - Tuesday - Karl Budd

           - Wednesday - Doug Revitt (x2)

Phil Allen

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7th February 2022

Morning all, with the past Tuesday and Wednesday being the singles competitions, there's very little to report this week.

Tuesday evening saw a relatively decent attendance of 35, with Karl Budd and Nigel King progressing  to the final.  Wednesday wasn't as quite as well attended (31) but, still, a terrific evening was had by all !  Tracey Denton and Tony Nichols contested the semi final on pitch one, with Tony getting through.  And, on pitch two (the group of death!), Dougie Revitt overcame the threat of Pete Dempsey to also get through.

Here are the formats (so far) for the finals nights on Tuesday and Wednesday 8th and 9th March. 


Knockout Cup Final - Red Cow v Bull Inn B (Pitch 1)

KO Cup Plate Cup Final - Barley Mow v Mr&Mrs Fits (Pitch 2)

Two and a half pairs final - (Pitch 1)

Two and a half pairs plate final - (Pitch 2)

Triples Final (Pitch 1) - Phil Allen, Keith Lennard, Chris Hill  v Liam Fisher, Kevin Gardner, Olly Carvell

Pairs Final (Pitch 1) - Dave Gardner and Kevin Gardner v Nigel King and Nick Cherry

Singles Final (Pitch 1) - Karl Budd v Nigel King


WEDNESDAY LEAGUE – 9th  MARCH

Knockout Cup Final - Misfits v Unwanted (Pitch 1)

KO Cup Plate Cup Final - Ex Services v Bell (Pitch 2)

Two and a half pairs final - (Pitch 1)

Two and a half pairs plate final - (Pitch 2)

Triples Final (Pitch 1) - Eddie Jones, Rick Gumbert, Dave Puddle Terry Hawkins, Steve Golder, 

Colin Baldwin

Pairs Final (Pitch 1) - Bobby Allen and Dougie Revitt v Eddie Jones and Ray Rowe

Singles Final (Pitch 1) - Tony Nichols v Doug Revitt

Phil Allen


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4th February 2022

Evening all,

Totally overwhelmed!   Further to my email earlier this morning, we have reached our target - in fact, with some very generous offers, we're well past it.  

Those of you who have been fortunate enough to have attended one of our finals nights will have seen both the quantity (about 250) and quality of the trophies we provide - and, of course, they cost money.  In addition, on that same evening, with food generously donated by Bidfood, we sell refreshments, and then hand over all profits to the Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre.  The problem we have now is that, our two previous contacts at Bidfood no longer work there; so, it may now mean that we'll have to purchase the food - more expense!

Further to that, we have a website which needs regular updating and maintaining.

We will, of course, be very grateful for any further donations - but, firstly I've just wanted to be honest with you all by informing you that we have actually reached the initial target - but could still do with a little more!  If any of those who have already offered donations now want to pull out, please get back in touch with me.

Thank you all once again

Phil Allen
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4th February 2022

Morning all,

Further to our AGM last Thursday, I have received the unfortunate news that Lodge Garage will not be in a position to sponsor the league with a donation, as they have done for the last 2 years.

Further to that, I have received the good news that one of our team captains is willing to help towards this year's sponsorship, which is greatly appreciated.

However, it does leave us short of the full amount we need to continue running things and providing trophies, cups and medals as we do, even with the individual sponsorship of many of the competitions.

The committee and I would therefore like to ask if there are any other captains, or players within teams - or, indeed, any businesses out there - who would be interested in sponsoring the league to help us bridge the gap we now see in the finances.

If you, or any of your players are interested and would like to discuss this privately with me, please get in touch. I can explain how it would work and what we can do to support it from our side, such as advertising a personal business or company as part of the sponsorship.

Any help with this will, of course, be greatly received.

Regards,

Phil Allen

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31st January 2022

Morning all.

Tuesday evening belonged to the Bull Inn A who, with a maximum 12 points, leapfrog to the top of the table.  Their first match, against their nearest rivals, the Red Cow, was the 'killer'.  Apart from a six by Liam Fisher (Red Cow) and ten dolls from opponent James Bateman, neither team threw particularly well - but, as we've heard many a time, as long as you do enough to win!  In their second match against a much higher handicapped Bell C, 15 dolls (three 5's) from Nigel King and 11 from Dave Gardner saw them get their second six points of the evening.  Elsewhere, Terry Hawkins hit a maximum six with his first throw, Baz hit 19 (9 and 10) and Olly Carvell shone with 13 (8 and 5).  Well done chaps.   

So, who did Wednesday night belong to?!!  Yeh, the Ashton Club once again.  Eleven points and 98 dolls - two dolls more per leg than the first half of the season!  Brian Loverock did the damage in the first match against the Ex Services with ten dolls.  Individually, there were a few 'shiners' - Karl Budd with 25 (13 and 12), Phil Allen with 22 (11 in both matches), Dave Puddle 21 (12 and 9), Bobby Allen 20 (12 and 8) - and not a six to be seen.

Singles this week.  Just turn up on your 'normal' evening and enter.

Sixers - Tuesday - Liam Fisher and Terry Hawkins

Phil Allen

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31st January 2022

"Boring, dull, waste of time, I've got better things to do and every epithet under the sun" - that's how many people view an AGM.  But ours on Thursday evening was far from that.  Forty one in attendance, most of them contributing to a very worthwhile meeting.  

The outcome is that we will play very much as we did in our 'friendly' league last year - 

  1. nine players may be used in the match
  2. five legs
  3. six players per leg
  4. players may be changed in each leg if desired
  5. in the event of a drawn leg, three sticks and then one stick if necessary - and then staying on one stick if the need arises
  6. one point for a win

The minutes of the meeting can be found by clicking the AGM button on the left..

 

The season will start on Wednesday 20th April.

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23rd January 2022
A reminder that we'll be holding the summer aunt sally league AGM this coming Thursday (27th January) at 7.30 pm at the Ex Services Club in Bicester.  Whilst it's not compulsory for participating teams to be represented, it would be nice to see you there.

Morning all, panic over, the 'missing' Wednesday result sheet was left on the club bar by the scoreboard. 

It's a funny old game!  The Ex Services gained all six points against the Bell but then, despite outscoring the Red Cow in their next match (49-46 with 19 in the second leg), they lost that one 4-2.  But then the Bell go on to beat Mr&Mrs Fits 6-0.  Weird eh?  The Red Cow, with nine points on the night, now find themselves back on top again.  A rather good night for the Bell C, who, with seven points, jumped two places - only six points from top spot!

On Wednesday the Ashton Club bandwagon continues to roll on - ten points out of the possible twelve, a leg of 25 and a total of 106 dolls too!  Dave Wheeler's the 'culprit', spoiling the party with 12 in his first match and then another seven later.  The Misfits had an evening of mixed fortunes, winning all six points against the Shakespeare and then managing just one point against the Unwanted.  

Sixer - Wednesday - Karl Budd

Phil Allen

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17th January 2022

'Team of the Week' in the Tuesday Handicap League goes to the Barley Mow who played out of their skin and clocked up all 12 points with wins over the Bell and, the first week's table toppers, the Red Cow.  Colin Baldwin shone with 10 in their first match and nine in their second, with Terry Hawkins and James Kirkland backing him up with 17 apiece.  Those twelve points (and 99 dolls in the process when they should only be getting 72!) takes them from 'next to bottom' to 'next to top'.   Bull Inn A have risen to top spot with ten points on the night - six against the Ex Services and the other four against Mr&Mrs Fits (James Bateman with 19 and Nick Cherry 18).  Karl Budd rattled off a six in his 25 dolls.  Well done.

In the Wednesday Handicap League, a few teams either, appear to be producing stronger teams or to be playing above themselves!  In the twelve legs we've played, with a 14.64 leg average - 176 dolls total.  You can see in the league tables, only two teams have hit less than that - the Unwanted and the Ex's ('cos Tracey Denton's not been playing).  Having said that, leg averages have been calculated over 14 games and, so far, in the handicap league, we've only played four - time will tell and we'll see how it all pans it over the course of 14 games!

The Ashton Club remain top, picking up ten points and smashing 111 dolls (opposed to the 'target figure' of 88 !).  They even hit legs of 23, 22 and 21.  And, in "one's" defence, it's not all down to the handicap they've been given - players, once again, are excelling themselves.  But, as said previously, time will tell.  Rick Gumbert hit 17 (7 and 10) and Dave Wheeler 17 as well (8 and 9).  Others to score well were the Shakespeare with 112 (58 and 54) and theThe Cherries with 100 (57 and 43).  There were only two teams to hit less than "the 88" - the Unwanted (81) and the Crown (86). 

Eddie Jones (Bell) and Martin Wanless (Shakespeare) were our sixers on the night.  Well done chaps.

Sixers - Tuesday - Karl Budd (Mr&Mrs Fits)

           - Wednesday - Eddie Jones (Bell) and Martin Wanless (Shakespeare)

PS:  As you can see, I'm very much on the defensive today!!  To those who are excelling themselves, well done; to those who are on the receiving end, chins up - another ten games to go!

Phil Allen

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10th January 2022

Morning all and a belated Happy New Year to you all,

A bit of a change in the format this week with the introduction of the Handicap Leagues.  On Tuesdays, with the handicap included, the target average per leg is 12.  And what happened this week?  The Red Cow, initially 'complaining' they didn't have sufficient handicap, showed off a bit with a 13.3 leg average in their first match and then 14.3 in their second - a little readjusting needed there, me thinks!  The Bull Inn A went a little OTT in their second with 45 dolls (15 average).  Otherwise, pretty satisfied with the handicaps!  Individually, Liam Fisher (Red Cow) was the star of the night with 20 dolls (11 and 9).

What about Wednesday?  Firstly, there's no keeping Dougie Revitt out of the limelight, is there?  Fourteen dolls in each of his two games (28 on the night), and not a six amongst them (5, 5, 4 on both occasions).  Well done Dougie.

Team-wise, 14.6 was the leg average the handicaps were based upon, roughly 44 dolls per match.  The Crown with a 53 (including a 20 leg), the Cherries with a 51 in their first match and the Bell with a 51 (including a 21 leg - with a six from Bill Craig), upset the apple cart a little.  The Ex Services, without Tracey Denton, fell a few short.  The Shakey, with a strong looking side out on the night, were rather rusty, lacking match practice - now wait for the backlash!  

Other sixers on the night were Karl Budd and Dave Reast - well done chaps.

Sixers - Wednesday - Billy Craig, Karl Budd, Dave Reast

Phil Allen

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10th January 2022

Afternoon all,

With the success of 'picking any six players from nine' which we operated last summer, there will certainly be lengthy discussions at the forthcoming AGM (Thursday 27th January at 7.30pm at the Ex Services Club) relating to the format  we should use this coming summer - ie that same format or reverting to the original eight players who would then play all three legs.  Last year it was played as a 'friendly' league but, this time around, it will become competitive once again.  Should last season's format be voted in once again, there will be no loaning of players to opponents turning up short and no cases of lowest player throwing again. 

Whilst our league doesn't stipulate that all teams must be represented at the meeting, it would be great to get as many as we can there.  For the captains amongst you, if you're unable to attend, please let me know which format you would prefer.  I'll monitor replies to ensure, as I said before, only one vote per team.

Phil Allen


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A Happy New Year to you, one and all.

Just three and a half months to go before we're out playing aunt sally again!  I've very itchy feet at the moment and keen to find out what the rest of you intend doing!  I'm well aware it's rather early - and the Covid-19 threat is not entirely clear - but would just like to know if you're intending to take part and, secondly, if the team/pub you previously represented will still be available and joining us too.  Would you please come back to me letting me know your intentions.

We'll be holding the AGM at the Ex Services on Thursday 27th January, starting at 7.30.  Hope you can make it 'cos I'm sure there'll be a great deal to discuss.  I'll remind you nearer the time.

Phil Allen

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3 January 2022

Listed below are the winners of the trophies shown in our last competitive season before lockdown.  With the current season rapidly coming to a close, it’s now time for me to collect them all in so I can get them engraved.  Would you please return any trophies that you’re in possession of to me on or before Tuesday or Wednesday 18th/19th January.

Thank you 

Phil Allen

 

TUESDAY LEAGUE

 

League Champions (Cup)                        Red Cow

 

Knockout Cup winners (Cup)                  Red Cow

 

Knockout Plate winners (Plate)             Mr&MrsFits

 

Two and a half pairs winners (Cup)       Red Cow

 

Singles winner (Cup)                             Karl Budd

 

Pairs winners (Cup)                               Ian Cantwell and Roger Herbert

 

Triples winners (Cup)                           James Kirkland, Dave Leopold, Steve Webb

 

Top Doll scorer (Cup)                           Karl Budd

 

WEDNESDAY LEAGUE

 

League Champions (Cup)                        Misfits

 

Knockout Cup winners (Cup)                  Misfits

 

Knockout Plate winners (???)                Ex Services

(not sure if there is one)

 

Two and a half pairs winners (Cup)       Misfits

 

Singles winner  (Shield)                        Dougie Revitt

 

Pairs winners (Cup)                               Tony Nichols and Erik Poslusny

 

Triples winners (Cup)                           Tony Nichols, Erik Poslusny, Andy Grose

 

Top Doll scorer (Cup)                           Dougie Revitt

 

29th December 2021

Afternoon all,

Here's hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas and now patiently waiting for the New Year - wanting to get back to some more indoor aunt sally.

Having found a few anomalies in the fixtures lists (both Tuesdays and Wednesdays), I've now corrected them.  The 'Revised' lists can be found by clicking the INDOOR button on the menu - please get rid of your old ones and use these (I'll have some available to hand out when we return).

We'll be re-starting next week, on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th, with the handicap leagues - the handicaps are as shown below:

 

     Tuesdays

            Mr&MrsFits                  0

            Bull Inn A                     1

            Bull Inn B                     3

            Red Cow                      2

            Ex Services                  4

            Barley Mow                  5

            Bell C (was Another)    7

            Bell                               7

 

     Wednesdays

            Misfits                                    0

            Unwanted                              1

            Crown                                    3

            Bell                                         3

            Shakespeare                          4

            Ex Services                            4

            The Cherries (was Another)   5

            Ashton Club                            8

 

Have a great (safe) New Year's Eve and I look forward to seeing you all again next week.    

 

Phil Allen

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19th December 2021

Morning all,

Despite a number of players unable to join us this week, we were able to 'field' a sufficient number of teams to ensure the triples competitions were successful on both Tuesday and Wednesday.  

On Tuesday, Phil Allen, Keith Lennard and Chris Hill won their way through to the final where they'll meet Liam Fisher, Kevin Gardner and Olly Carvell.  Wednesday's successful teams were Eddie Jones, Rick Gumbert and Dave Puddle, and Terry Hawkins, Steve Golder and Colin Baldwin.  Well done to one and all.

Sadly, we have to take a break now for a couple of weeks and will reunite again on 4th and 5th January.  In the meantime, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to every one of you - and most of all, stay safe and well.

Sixer - Tuesday - Nigel King

Phil Allen

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13th December 2021

Morning one and all,

On both Tuesday and Wednesday it was the last match of the first half of the season - which also concludes what we would generally refer to as the "league season" - and then the semi finals of the Knockout Cup and Plate competitions.  This coming week we have the Triples Competitions and then, after Christmas, we'll contest the Handicap Leagues.

On Tuesday, the Bull Inn B needed to 'thrash' the already-crowned champions, Mr&Mrs Fits 6-0 to have any chance of leapfrogging Bull Inn A to secure second place - and that's hoping Bull Inn A would lose 6-0 against Another (very little chance of that happening!).  Bull Inn B started off well enough, winning the first leg 11-8, but then, with Clare Walker chipping in with a 4 for the champions, they lost the second 14-11 - and then drew the last 11-11.  So, 'goodbye' to the runners up spot.  Anyway, there was no chance the Bull Inn A were going to concede all points to Another, was there?  And they didn't - they actually won all six.  With the assistance of 'new recruits' James Bateman and Colin Baldwin, the Barley Mow got the better of the Ex Services 4-2; in her ten dolls on the night, Tracey Denton (Ex's) almost got her second six of the Tuesday season but missed with the last stick.  Liam Fisher (12) and Ian Cantwell (10, including a six) did their utmost to ensure the Red Cow didn't drop any points against the Bell - and they didn't!

In a terrific Knockout Cup semi final between the Red Cow and Bull Inn A, Nigel King's 13 (including a six) and Nick Cherry's ten were not enough to get the Bull A through to the final.  Liam Merchant's 12 did the damage for the Red Cow as they went through by two legs to one.  Their opponents in the final will be the Bull Inn B who easily defeated Another 2-0.  In the Knockout Plate, Mr&Mrs Fits won their way through with a 2-0 against the Ex Services - Karl Budd hitting 5 and 6 in the two legs he threw - and the Barley Mow did likewise against the Bell.

On Wednesday, the Ex Services needed to beat the Shakespeare by at least 5-1 to leapfrog them in the table.  The 4-2 win they did achieve means they stay as they were.  Baz Bazile and Keith Lennard shone for the Ex's with ten apiece as did Steve Payne, playing his first game for the Shakespeare.  Pete Dempsey seems to have a new lease of life lately; his twelve dolls and Kevin Powney's 11 helped the Unwanted to a 6-0 win over the Ashton Club.

In the Knockout Cup, both the Misfits (against the Shakespeare) and the Unwanted (against the Crown) won 2-0 to progress to the final.  The Ex Services and the Bell did likewise against The Cherries and the Ashton Club.

Sixers - Tuesday - Ian Cantwell, Nigel King and Karl Budd.

Phil Allen

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5th December 2021

Afternoon all,

Here's a rarity, the Red Cow turned up with a full team on Tuesday!   But (and there's always a "but"), in their first match of the evening, with Tracey Denton hitting a six in the second leg, the Ex Services snatched two points from them.  (Well done Tracey for the six!)  They didn't fare much better in their second match either, going down 4-2 to Mr&Mrs Fits - who, by the way, with ten points on the night, and only one league match to go, are this season's Tuesday League champions.  Well done to one and all!  James Bateman (Bull Inn A) had a very commendable evening with 11 dolls in each of his two matches.  They won their first 6-0 but then went down 4-2 to the Bull Inn B.  Nevertheless, they still look favourites to finish in second place.  Great credit to Ryan McNally and Chris Hill (the Bell) with five dolls in each of their two matches and to Kayleigh Newbold who, not having scored too well in her previous five legs, hit four in her last leg of the evening.  Well done all.  Persevere, you'll get there!  We can see it getting better each week.

The Unwanted missed their chance to close the gap on the table toppers, the Misfits, when the two teams met.  OK, the Misfits won the first fair and square 18-14, the Unwanted sneaked the second by one doll (14-13) but then, with a great opportunity, failed to get the winner in the third - drawing it 17-17.  Some good individual scores in that one too - Bobby Allen with 14, Dougie Revitt 11, Phil Allen 11 and Pete Dempsey and Tyler Andrews with ten apiece.  Not content with that, Dougie goes on to hit 14 in his second match - a 6-0 win over the Shakespeare and the championship for the Misfits.  Need to get those specs back on Dougie!    Pete Dempsey also improved as the night went on with 13 in his second 'attempt'.  Baz Bazile certainly deserves recognition too for a great evening - nine in his first match against the Crown (including a five in the third leg) and then, with the beer kicking in, goes one better with ten against The Cherries.  Well done Baz.  Good to see Paula Grose back with us again and the Shakey's top scorer with eight in their match against the Misfits.  Well done Paula.

 

Sixer - Tuesday - Tracey Denton (Ex Services)

Phil Allen


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29th November 2021

Morning all,

Sorry, not much of a report this week,  Without match result sheets showing team and individual scores, I haven't got much to go on.  Nevertheless, very good turn outs for the pairs competitions - 38 (19 pairs) on Tuesday and 18 pairs the following evening.

Nigel King and Nick Cherry (Bull Inn A) fought their way through to the final where they'll face Dave Gardner and brother Kevin, also from Bull Inn A.

On Wednesday, Pitch One turned out to be the "group of death" with all three of the Misfits teams (two of them playing each other in the first round), two Bell teams (also drawn against each other in the first round), as well as Phil Allen and Tyler Andrews 'unluckily' up against Bobby Allen and Dougie Revitt - who eventually won in the 'final' on that pitch against Misfit team mates, Brian Gough and Dave Reast.  On Pitch Two, Eddie Jones and Ray Rowe were the victorious pair.

Phil Allen


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22nd November 2021

MORNING ALL,

Sadly, a bout of positive COVID tests in our area decimated many of our teams this week.  Nevertheless, with a little jiggery-pokery, they were still enjoyable evenings.

On Tuesday, the Red Cow were down to three regulars but, with Mel Cantwell joining in, they managed ten points - six against a three man Barley Mow and four against the Bull Inn B.  Ian Cantwell (11 dolls) and John Clutterbuck (10) shone in the first match, with Ian getting another 10 in their second.  The top of the table clash between Bull Inn A and Mr&Mrs Fits was, as expected, a close call with Mr&Mrs Fits eventually collecting all six points.  Kevin Powney, standing in for the unavailable Karl Budd, looked as though he's played before (!) with ten dolls but the real "star of the show" was Steve Golder with 12.  He followed that in their second match with another nine - a decent night out Steve!  

On Wednesday, despite a couple of decent throws from Terry Hawkins (13 and 10 - including a six in his first match), and 11 from Tracey Denton in their first match, the Ex Services still only managed to get two points on the night.  

This coming week it'll be the Pairs Competitions.  Whilst the pairs have already been selected there will be some disruption because of the recent positive Covid tests.  Adjustments - and the draws - will be made on the night.  Just turn up on the night - before 7.30.

Sixer - Wednesday - Terry Hawkins

Phil Allen

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14th November 2021

Morning all,

The Mr&Mrs Fits, with a maximum 12 points (and 81 dolls in the process), gained a point over their nearest rivals, the Bull Inn A, on Tuesday evening.  In their first match against the Barley Mow, they hit a commendable 44 dolls - Karl Budd and Billy Atwell with 10 apiece, with the opposition's young lead-off man, Harry Whaites, replying with seven.  No problems in their second match either - all six points against the Ex Services with Billy Atwell excelling himself with another 10.  Meanwhile the Bull Inn A easily overcame the Bell in their first match with all six points.  Not quite as easy when they came up against the four-man Red Cow, as they dropped a point with a draw in the second leg.  The third leg was rather close too but Nick Cherry, now playing for the Bull against his "old team", managed to hit the winner with his last stick.  

We can certainly see some improvement within the Bell and Another teams, who, as I've said before, are there week in, week out.  Matt Toomey was the 'star' last week with 13 dolls (6 and 7).  Well done ladies and gents, keep it up.

Potentially a big game to commence proceedings on Wednesday evening with the Misfits up against the Crown.  OK, the Misfits ran away with the first leg 16-7 but the other two were rather touch and go - just one doll in each case (12-11 and 14-13 (eleven dolls from Dave Reast) and all six points to the Misfits).   With 14 dolls from Brian Gough (including a six in the second leg) and 11 for Dougie Revitt. their second match (against The Cherries) was a much easier one - all six points and 50 dolls.  With Pete Dempsey in decent form these days, hitting 22 dolls on the night (12 and 10), the Unwanted also gained maximum points against the Ex Services and the Shakespeare.  Tony Nichols was another to hit a six, in his 11 dolls against the Ashton Club.  Aimee Sheehan had a terrific evening with 18 dolls - eleven of those in the Bell's first match, against The Cherries.  Well done Aimee.

 

Sixers - Wednesday - Brian Gough and Tony Nichols.

Phil Allen

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10th November 2021

Morning all,

Rather a shame that the Red Cow, due to illnesses and holidays, couldn't get a side together on Tuesday night.  Although we were able to "fill in", they lost all 12 points and dropped four places in the table.  Mr&Mrs Fits took full advantage and, with a maximum 12 points (6 of them, ironically, against the Red Cow), they now top the table.  Thanks once again to the seven players from the Bell and Another, who, without needing to be asked, just went ahead and made up both teams - OK, the two teams were playing at different times.  Thank you all once again.

On Wednesday, with Dougie Revitt back from his hols and hitting 23, the Misfits extended their lead at the top of the table with a 6-0 win over the Shakespeare and a 5-1 over second placed team, the Unwanted.  Bobby Allen also hit 23 for the Misfits.  With John Cottingham of the Ashton Club sick and not playing at the moment, Rick Gumbert has been representing both the Ashton and the Ex Services.  Showing a bit more loyalty to the Ashton I do believe!  He hit 19 for them but only 18 for the Ex's!  Throwing well though Rick, keep it up.  


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1st November 2021

Afternoon all,

Sorry, a little later than usual - partying too hard and quite late last night/this morning, so had myself a well needed lie in.

One round of league games and then the first round of the Knockout Cup both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Billy Atwell with 13 dolls and Karl Budd with 10 ensured the Mr&Mrs Fits maintained their second spot in the table - and just one point behind table toppers, the Red Cow - with a 4-2 win over close rivals Bull Inn B.  Dave Gardner (Bull Inn A) and Ian Cantwell (Red Cow) also hit ten apiece.  In the Knockout Cup, Bull Inn B beat the Barley Mow 2-0, as did the Red Cow against the Ex Services.  After drawing a leg and winning one leg each, Another progressed to the semi finals with a 3-sticker win against the Bell.  Bull Inn A also got through beating Mr&Mrs Fits 2-1.

On Wednesday, despite a six from Tracey Denton (Ex Services) in her 11 dolls, the Shakespeare (with Martin Wanless also hitting a six in his 11, and Tony Nichols with 13), beat the Ex Services 6-0.  The Misfits (with the rarity of none of their players hitting double figures!) dropped a leg against the Bell, as did the Unwanted against the Ashton Club - Kevin Powney hitting 13 for the Unwanted.  Jeremy Launchbury starred for the Crown as they beat The Cherries (used to be 'Another' but now renamed) 5-1.  In the Cup, the Unwanted and the Shakespeare went through with 2-0 wins over the Ex Services and the Ashton Club, and the Crown also progressed beating The Cherries 2-1.  The Bell and the Misfits drew a leg and won one apiece so played a 3-sticker, which the Misfits won.

The Knockout Cup semis will be played on the 7th and 8th December.  The draws will be made on the night.

Sixers - Wednesday - Tracey Denton and Martin Wanless.

Phil Allen


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25th October 2021

Morning all,

A very well done and a massive thank you to the seven Bell players who, in the Tuesday League, between them, made up the Another and Bell teams (some of them playing four matches - in fact, Kayleigh and Janine also represented the Barley Mow team who were a couple of players short).  Well done and thanks once again - good to see you all enjoying it too!

Karl Budd hit a six with his first throw of the evening - ironically against the Another team.  With James Kirkland hitting 12 (a total of 21 on the night), Terry Hawkins 11 and Janine Riddell 6, the shock of the evening was the Barley Mow's 5-1 win over the top of the table Red Cow - who, despite that defeat, remain top.

The Misfits continue to "run the roost" in the Wednesday League, winning both their matches 6-0 (against the Ex Services and the Ashton Club).  Brian Gough shone with 23 (11 and 12) with Dougie Revitt close on his heels with 22 (10 and 12, including a six).  Others to hit 22 were Pete Dempsey (11 and 11) and Kevin Powney (12 and 10) who helped the Unwanted pick up two 4-2 victories against the Another team and the Crown.  Jeremy Launchbury, with 21 (11 and 10) wasn't too far behind either.

The Another team has been very much a bit of a 'mix and match' for the first couple of weeks and I thank those who have helped make up the required five players.  I do believe that, from next week, we should have a team of five regulars.

Sixers - Tuesday - Karl Budd

           - Wednesday - Doug Revitt

Phil Allen

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18th October 2021

Morning all,

The Bicester Tuesday and Wednesday winter indoor aunt sally league got under way again this last week - and, how great it was to see everyone, fighting fit and ready to battle it out once again.  The results and tables for both evening's are attached.

Many thanks to The Bell for providing enough players to fill two teams in the Tuesday League, filling the gaps left by the withdrawals of the Butchers Arms and the Bull Inn C.  That won't always be the case though; so, if there are other players out there who would like to join us for a Tuesday evening's aunt sally, just turn up on the night and I'm sure we'll be able to fit you in.

In the Wednesday night league, Dougie Revitt's back to the form he finished off with a couple of season's ago - hitting 25 dolls in his two matches, including a six.    Close on his heels with 24  was Pete Dempsey, getting back to some sort of decent form.

Sixer - Doug Revitt

Phil Allen

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11th October 2021

Morning all,

The final games of the summer league season have been played and this is your final email for a couple of months. Despite the huge obstacles in our way, from the initial impact of COVID and the social distancing rules, to the England football team reaching a European Championship semi-final for the first time in 25 years forcing us to postpone the first week, we managed to play whilst other leagues gave up.  Changing our match format and point scoring seemed to help many teams and their players, who adapted to, and enjoyed the new system. Although, as with anything new, some were not so keen, but continued to play under these new rules despite their concerns and reservations.  Overall, it is down to you guys that we managed to succeed in completing this year’s summer league.  A great achievement all round, so thank you for your support in ensuring we all got to play once again, and we have kept the interest in Aunt Sally alive and well.

The revised league formats meant some sides were playing against much stronger teams than they would have normally - but the feedback I have received seems to show they have all enjoyed being out and just playing again.  This goes to show that the Bicester League isn’t just about the competitive side of the game, but about ensuring we encourage and support everyone and ensure they enjoy their evenings playing Aunt Sally.  It has been great catching up with old friends and faces we haven’t seen for a long time due to the restrictions and, hopefully, as things continue to return to some sort of normality, maybe more players will return to the fold for the winter league and next year’s summer league.

So, once again, a big thank you to all you – pubs and clubs, landlords and managers, players, and supporters – who made this very difficult, and different, season a success. Without your support it wouldn’t have been possible.

As for this week's games, congratulations to Pip Goulding of Tiddington Cricket Club, who equalled this season's highest evening's individual score with 22 (and no six!) and also to his team mate Graham Bristow with 20.  Congratulations to their team as a whole for a 25 in the third leg, and totalling 90 dolls on the night.  Well done also to Billy Craig (Bell A) with a six in the final leg (and a total of 16 dolls) to help his side to a whitewash over the Blackbird.  Similar plaudits to Keith Vickers (the Shakespeare) who rolled back the years to hit 17 on the way to his team's 8-2 victory over the Bull Inn A.  With Dougie Revitt hitting 17 and Pete Dempsey 16, the White Lion made light work of their 10-0 win over Charlton United FC A.

In Division Two, the Barley Mow shared the points (5-5) at home to the Crown Twyford.  Tom Hanson hit 13 for the visitors.  Jason Harris's 15 for the Highfield SC, resulted in a clean sweep at home to the Bell B.

In Division Three, the top of the table clash resulted in Brill S&SC B eventually got the better of the Pheasant, winning 6-4 - with two drawn legs along the way.  The table will show the Pheasant top with 94 points and the Club second with 90.  But, with the Club's home game against Bull Inn B called off last week because the visitors couldn't raise a side, to all intents and purposes, I believe Brill S&SC B should be deemed Division Three 'Champions' (that should stir up a hornet's nest!).

To finish the season on a high, it's not Dave Fry this week!   We had another roving reporter out and about and he's come up with this 

"We had a great night for the final game of the season at Tiddington CC, and fortunately the weather was kind to us too.

What a cracking set up they have there, even if it is a little difficult to find in the dark, despite following a Sat Nav (something which one of our team should have done on the way home too - but more of that later).

There was some excellent throwing and high scoring by the Tiddington boys, Pip Goulding matching the highest score this season with 22 dolls, Graham Bristow with 20, Dave Curruthers with 16 and Pete Shepherd with 15 dolls, plus they hit the highest leg score for the season with a massive 25.  We were happy to come away with 3 drawn legs, one of which was the beer leg fortunately !!

Tiddington laid on some great food afterwards too, so our evening didn’t end straight after the match and we had a good chat with their lads and all agreed this season has been a great success under the circumstances and both sides are looking forward to the summer league next year.  It’s a shame they can’t join the Wednesday night winter league, 'cos they're already playing in another league.

So after a great night of Aunt Sally and socialising with Tiddington we set off home, or at least 2 of our 3 cars did anyway.  As we approached the junction for the M40, the lead car driven by Dave Puddle and with co-pilot Kev Powney in the passenger seat, decided they would go for a tour of Buckinghamshire and took the Southbound exit.   Much to the massive amusement of the car behind them, driven by Billy Atwell, with Steve Payne, Pete Stammers and myself enjoying the additional entertainment of watching them disappear into the night, heading for the earliest exit at Chinnor/Watlington, probably some 10 miles in the wrong direction (so a 20 mile detour home).   If Carlsberg did Aunt Sally after match entertainment  !!........"

Sixer - Billy Craig

Phil Allen

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4th October 2021

Morning all,

The AGM for the forthcoming Tuesday and Wednesday Indoor Leagues was held last Tuesday.  The minutes can be found using the AGM button..

Please note that we are still one team short on both nights.  I'd be grateful if you could do your utmost to encourage other players (novices or experienced) to come along and join us.

I'm putting together the fixture lists and, after I've checked them once more, I hope to send them out later today.

Phil Allen

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4th October 2021

Morning all,

'Twas a dry but very chilly evening!  Don't normally play outside in October; but, with starting the league later this year ...   (No different to playing in April though, is it)

The White Lion "won the league" with a 10-0 home victory over their nearest rivals, Tiddington Cricket Club.  A couple of close legs which could have gone either way - but the experience of the home side's anchorman pulled them through!  Pete Dempsey with 17 dolls and Dougie Revitt and Tyler Andrews (16 apiece) shone for the home side whilst Pete Shepherd, with 17, as he has been for most of the season, was the star for the Cricket Club.  Dave Reast also hit 17 for the Blackbird but it still wasn;t enough to prevent a 7-3 defeat at home to the Shakespeare.  The Launton Arms, missing a couple of their regulars this week, got the better of their village rivals, winning 6-4 at the Bull Inn.  Karl Budd with 17 for the visitors and Nigel King (15) for the Bull.  The Bell put in another quality performance to beat the visiting Charlton United FC 8-2.  Brian Gough (with another 6), Eddie Jones and Ray Rowe all hit 14, and Dan Jobling 13 for the Bell, with Matt Hillsdon, in his first match of the season, scoring a creditable 15.

In Division Two, the Red Cow entertained the Red Lion Finmere, beating them 8-2.  Roger Herbert 'transferred' to the visitors who were a player short, clanging off 16 dolls in the process - and helping his 'new team' to win the fifth (beer) leg!  Credit where credit is due, that's what this season is all about - getting players out once again to take it not too seriously and to enjoy themselves.  3-1 down after the first two legs, the Fox recovered to claim the last three legs and a 7-3 over the visiting Highfield SC.  Not sure if Alvin Knowles (Barley Mow) has played indoors before, but he was the star of the show on his visit to the Ex Services with 17 dolls, helping his side to a 5-5 draw.  The Crown Twyford at home to the Bell B resulted in another draw.  

In Division Three, the Pheasant welcomed the Divas to the top of the hill.  Once again, please put your hands together for Dave Fry!

"Oh yes, it's Ladies Night

And the Feeling's Right

Oh, what a Night!!

The Diva's arrived at the Pheasant in a Pink Caddilac hoping it was going to be 'raining men' as they reached for the Stars!!

The Pheasant had different ideas though; they were hoping to perform the Full Monty tonight to keep in touch with Brill S&SC, although Capt. Dave Morris did stress that the boys should leave their hats on!!

And what a game it was. Capt. Hannah "Prosecco" Roberts swapping to Hot Chocolate on such a chilly night and there was 'no doubt about it', that it did her no favours as her throw was already hampered by the 6 layers of clothes that she had on!! A fantastic 6 on the night from Sarah from her two throws - a 4 and then a 2 in the 3rd leg were the highlights of the game, giving the Diva's their highest leg total of the season an impressive 8!!  Moira deserves a mention as well as she threw very well and deserved more than the two dolls that she scored on the night.

Everybody chipped in for the Pheasant but Star Man once again was Dave Matthews with an impressive 17 - but 'it's not unusual'!!

Full Monty achieved with a 10-0 victory to the Pheasant, looks like it could be the 'Winner Takes it All' in next week's final game of the season at Brill Sports & Social Club!!!   Sky Sports, I understand, are desperately trying to get the rights to show the game!!!

Into the final week now,  Yes, it's very likely to be chilly but let's get out there and enjoy it once more.  It's going to be another six months before you do it again!

 

Sixer - Brian Gough.

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27th September 2021

Morning all,

Lee Mason (Brill S&SC A) top scored in the Division Three match at home to their near neighbours, The Pheasant, with 16 dolls - including a six in the last leg.  Here's how our roving reporter Dave Fry saw it!

Oh, what a night

Late September, back in 2021

The Pheasant win again.

Those sexy things!!

From staring into the Abyss at 4-0 down, thinking it was going to be a cruel summer, it finally turned out so good for Captain Morris and his band!  Lee Mason attempted to bring back the sunshine for the Club with a fantastic six but, alas, it proved in vain as they were trumped by the powers of 'FD' and 'DVD'; a 6-4 victory for the Pheasant.  Greatest comeback since Lazarus, or maybe, even Neil Diamond!  At the end of the night, the Pheasant were walking on sunshine!  (His words, not mine!)

With Jon Vaile hitting 13 and Alan Horton 11, Brill S&SC B won by the same scoreline, away against the Plough, and keep their spot at the top of the table, with the Pheasant second.  They meet each other in the final game of the season in a couple of weeks!  Could be a cracker.

Barry Reynolds (Charlton United FC B) kept up his good run of form with 15 dolls - three in every leg - to help his side to a 6-4 victory at Chearsley Cricketers.

With Liam Fisher (14), Ian Cantwell (14) and Roger Herbert (12) on top form, the Red Cow had no problems in claiming all ten points away at the Fox Souldern.  The Barley Mow, with Terry Hawkins hitting 14 and James Kirkland (12), did likewise at the Red Lion Finmere, claiming all ten points.

The top two in Division One both won 9-1, Tiddington CC at home to the Bull Inn A and the White Lion at home to the Bell A.  The Bull turned up at the Cricket Club with just four players; but the home side, with ten, 'loaned' two of theirs to the visitors.  One of them, Ray Manning, playing anchorman for the visitors, needed two to draw the first leg - which he got!  And stole a point off his own team!  How friendly is that!   Dave Carruthers and Pip Goulding both hit 15 for the Cricket Club.  

Star of the evening has to be Erik Poslusny with 20 dolls - and not even a six (5,5,2,3,5)!   He certainly did his bit in helping the Shakespeare get a draw at Charlton United FC A.  Dean Hudson (15) and Jeremy Launchbury (14) top scored for the Football Club.  

 

Sixer - Lee Mason (Brill S&SC A)

Phil 

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Morning again,

The winter indoor league season is almost upon us and we're still looking for another team of five players - or individuals so that we can make up a team - for both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  If you want to enter a team - or know of any interested individuals - please let me know soonest.  First come, first served.

It's played at the Ex Services Club in Bicester, hoping to start on 12th October.  Eight teams of five each evening.  Two pitches, side by side, enables teams to play two matches each evening.  £1.00 per player per match.  The two leagues (Tuesday and Wednesday) are completely independent of each other. 

Terrific atmosphere.  Cheap drinks. 

Phil Allen

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20th September 2021

Morning all,

Top of Division Three, Brill S&SC B had a rather scary evening at Chearsley Cricketers.  The scores were level pegging going into the last leg, when, despite a blob from anchorman Martin Bailey, the Club won it 9-8.  The Pheasant recovered from last week's defeat, with an 8-2 win at Charlton United FC.  This is how my roving reporter Dave Fry describes it "The Pheasant stormed back to form, thanks to Dave Morris's journey to Horspath to pick up star man, Dave Matthews who hit 16.  A brilliant 6 in the last leg from newly wed Richard Read - married life obviously working wonders for him!  And he didn't even get a set of sticks as a wedding present!  It turned out to be all in vain as we still managed to lose the leg!  Anyway, Richard now knows about 'for better, for worse'!!  Certainly didn't do Dave Morris much good though - three blobs in the three legs he played.  5-1 down, away at Brill S&SC A, the Bull Inn B side recovered well to pinch the remaining four points and to end the match with a 5-5 draw.  

In Division Two, Tracey Denton kept up her very impressive form since joining the Ex Services with 16 away at the Crown Twyford, including a six in the last leg.  With Rick Gumbert hitting 13 and Baz Bazile 10, the Ex's returned with an 8-2 victory.  With Ben Salter hitting 13, the Fox Souldern also returned from their trip with an 8-2 win at the Barley Mow - and now jump above them into second place in the table.  The Red Lion returned to Finmere with the same scoreline against Bell B.  Having won the first four legs at the Highfield, the Red Cow were looking for the whitewash but fell at the final hurdle - they drew the fifth and beer leg 8-8.  Ian Cantwell with 14 , Roger Hertbert (13) and Liam Merchant (12).

Karl 'Sticky' Budd asked me not to mention it, so I won't!  He hit 22 (the highest individual score in the league this season), including a six in the fourth leg.  Well done.  Despite his efforts, and 12 dolls from Kev Powney, Launton Arms still lost 7-3 at home to Charlton United FC A.  Jeremy Launchbury with16, including a six, and John Hudson with 15 shone for the football club.  A rather close match at Tiddington where the Cricket Club took on the Bell A.  Pete Shepherd led the line again for the home side with 17 dolls in his four legs, ably assisted by Graham Bristow with 16 in five, Phil Smith and Pip Goulding with 14 apiece.  Darren Moore with 15 and Brian Gough 14, including a six, did their utmost to claim a few more points.  With the game level pegging at the end of the third leg (3-3), the home side set 15 in the fourth.  With anchorman Goughy having just got a six, money was on him to get the three to win the fourth leg;   Pressure on!  Only got one and lost the leg by one!  The home side set 17 in the final leg, but the visitors fell apart and were nowhere near it.  7-3 to Tiddington.  The Bull Inn welcomed the Blackbird and beat them 8-2, sufficient to swap places in the table.  The White Lion were closing in on a whitewash at home against the Shakespeare but, with just 14 in the 'beer' leg, they fell at the final hurdle.  Dougie Revitt hit top form again with 18 - and not a six in it!

Sixers - Karl Budd, Brian Gough, Jeremy Launchbury, Tracey Denton, Richard Read

Phil Allen

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12th September 2021

Morning all,

Starting proceedings this week in Division Three, the Pheasant's variable form of late continued as they lost 6-4 at home to near neighbours, Chearsley Cricketers.  Stefan Kilarski top scored for the visitors with 12 dolls in his five legs.  Just up the road in very wet conditions, some decent individual scores for the home side - Martin Bailey with 14, Jon Vaile 13 (in just five legs this week - including a blob!), Alan Horton and Paddy Daly wirth 10 apiece - enabled Brill S&SC B to take all ten points against Launton Arms Divas - and to regain top spot in that division.  Not to be outdone, the Club's A team also achieved maximum points against Plough MG A - Phil Chanel with 14 and Lee Mason 13 with Matt Bailey replying for the Plough with 14. Charlton United FC B drew the first and last legs and won the three in the middle to get 8 points at home to Bull Inn B - Matthew Holmes hit 11 for the Club, his best score for a long while.

In Division Two, a great recovery by the Ex Services at home to Highfield SC B.  After losing the first two legs they got their act together and won the last three.  Tracey Denton continued her good run of form since joining the Ex's with 15 and Baz Bazile helping with 13.  Norman Brock rolled back the years with 15 for the visitors with wife Karen helping out with 10, her best of the season.   The Red Cow didn't get everything their own way on their travels to the Barley Mow but with both Liam Fisher and Roger Herbert hitting 15 dolls, they still left with seven points.  Dave Medhurst replied with 14 for the home side, including a five to help win the final (and beer) leg for the home side.  With nine dolls from Chris Hartwell in his three legs and nine also from Martin Hartwell in four, the Fox Souldern had no problem getting all ten points at home to the Bell B, with Matt Toomey also getting nine for them.  Crown Twyford and Red Lion Finmere shared the points, five apiece.  They were all square going into the final leg - and they drew that one too.  It does look from the scoreboard as though they then went into a three sticker (as it was the beer leg, I guess) which the Crown won 7-6.

In Division One, all eyes were on the top of the table clash, White Lion against the Launton Arms.  What started off weather-wise as a decent evening, soon changed and, in the fourth leg, a downpour ended the match.  The White Lion won it 8-0.  Dougie Revitt, for the home side, hit 14 as did Billy Atwell for the visitors.  With a 9-1 win at Blackbird Croughton, Tiddington Cricket Club leapfrog into second spot in the table.  Phil Smith led the rout with 17 dolls in his five legs for the visitors, with team mate Pete Shepherd continuing his terrific run of form with 16 in four.  At the Bell, Darren Moore's 16 and Brian Gough's 14 were vital in their 6-4 victory over the Shakespeare.  They were 6-0 up and looked to be heading for a clean sweep, but then fell apart and lost the last two.  Much the same happened at the Bull Inn where the visitors, Charlton United FC A, were 6-0 up and also lost the last two.  James Bateman hit 14 playing his first of the season for the Bull.

Phil Allen

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5th September 2021

Morning all,

Tiddington Cricket Club weighed in with an 8-2 home victory over the Shakespeare - they were actually running away with it 8-0 but, as they do, and giving all nine players a game, they fell at the fence and lost the last leg.  Pete Shepherd shone again - although he only played the first three legs, he still managed 13 dolls (4,4,5).  Pip Goulding's finding a bit of form lately too, helping his colleagues out best he can with 18 in his five legs.  Double figure scores of 11 and 12 from Tony Nichols and Martin Wanless did little to help the Shakey's cause.  Charlton United FC A were down in the first two legs at home to the Blackbird, and looked like losing the third with a lowly set of 10 (their third consecutive 10 on the night), - but, even that 10 proved too much for the visitors who replied with just 7.  From thereon, the 'rest is history' - the Football Club were eventual 6-4 winners.  Jeremy Launchbury with 17 and John Lehane (15) top scored for the winners.  It was a close call at the Launton Arms.  They were locked 4-4 with the Bell A going into the final leg.  The toss and choice for that final leg was vital.  The Bell won and elected to set - but the 14 they put on the board wasn't quite enough.  Karl Budd set the home side on their way with a 4 (another 18 for him on the night), and Kev Powney, needing one to draw and two to win, weighed in with a 5 (giving him a total of 17).  Brian Gough hit 17 for the visitors.  In the remaining game in that division, the White Lion got off to the worst possible start at home against the Bull Inn A.   A set of 9 by the visitors should really not have been a problem for the table toppers.  But it got worse!  A blob from the lead off man, Pete Dempsey, didn't help - but then it got down to 'him' with loads of experience, 'him' who, as captain, should set an example, 'him' who's been appointed anchorman for this sort of situation, been there before, got the T-shirt, and only needed one to draw and two to win - and, with a blob, he failed miserably and lost his team the leg!   "Him" is me, Phil Allen.  But then, two legs later, I did redeem myself and popped up with a six.  The White Lion won 8-2.

In Division Two there was another case of top versus bottom.  The Red Cow went to the Bell B and, without 'top man' Liam Merchant, Ian Cantwell had to 'pull the strings' with 13 dolls, to secure all ten points.  The Barley Mow in second place, kept up the pressure on the Red Cow (only 21 points behind!) by beating their own nearest rivals, the Highfield SC 7-3 - James Kirkland with 14 and Terry Hawkins (13) doing the damage.  The Red Lion Finmere and the Ex Services drew five apiece with Andy Hughff (Red Lion) and Tracey Denton (Ex's) sharing the top doll scorer accolade with 11 dolls.  The Fox Souldern, home to their old rivals, the Crown Twyford, won that one 7-3.

In Division Three, Brill S&SC B, 'away' to their club's A team, won 6-4.  Jon Vaile and Alan Horton 'shone' in that one with 14 dolls each - but Jon threw in 8 legs (having been lowest scorer in 3 of the others!) and Alan threw in six!  Mike Horn had a decent evening for the losers with 13 - even "bettering" teammate Lee Mason's 11.  The Pheasant returned to winning ways at the Bull Inn B, claiming 8 points and taking them back to the top of the table - on dolls scored.  Keith Harris with 12 for the visitors and Dave Jeacock with 9 for the Bull were the stars.  Locked at 2 legs apiece, the Plough MG v Charlton United FC B was another game which was decided in the final leg,  The visitors set, but their 7 wasn't enough and, fittingly, the Plough's Lewis Wilson (with a total of 14 on the night) hit the winning doll to claim the remaining two points.  Chearsley Cricketers, at home against the Launton Arms Divas, won 10-0 without any problems - Adam Lazaruk hitting 17 - his best for a long while - with Daren Vythelingum helping out with 12.

Sixer - Phil Allen.

Phil Allen

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29th August 2021

Morning all, 

With a 10-0 victory at the Blackbird Croughton, hitting 89 dolls in the process, the White Lion extended their lead at the top of Division One.  Phil Allen, with 20 dolls (including a six), Dougie Revitt with 17, Lee Wanless 16 and Pete Dempsey (back to some sort of decent form) with 15, did the damage.  Tiddington Cricket Club used their "full quota" of nine players - giving everyone a game as is the intention this season - in their 10-0 win at Charlton United FC A.  Despite only playing four legs, Pete Shepherd hit 19 (including a six, but then 'dropped' in the next leg!), Pip Goulding with 16 and Phil Smith with 15.  With Kev Powney returning to the sort of form we know he's capable of, hitting 18 dolls (including a six), and Karl Budd hitting 18 also, the Launton Arms A chalked up an 8-2 win over a depleted Shakespeare side - Tony Nichols hit 15 for them.  In the other remaining fixture, the Bell A welcomed their 10-0 victory over a struggling Bull Inn A - Eddie Jones with 17 and their up and coming 'newbie', Brian Gough with 16.

Although not throwing particularly well by their standards, the Red Cow still managed a 10-0 over the low scoring visiting Crown Twyford - Roger Herbert's 16 and Ian Cantwell's 13 doing the damage.  The Barley Mow kept up their chase on the Red Cow with a 10-0 home win against Bell B.  Despite being stuck at the bottom of the table, the Bell B, in their first season, still turn up with a full team - good to see and well done to you all.  Tracey Denton, playing for the Ex Services, hit a creditable 15 dolls in their 6-4 triumph over the Fox Souldern.

The shock this week has to be the home defeat of the Pheasant Inn, Division Three table toppers, losing 7-3 to the Plough Marsh Gibbon.  Toby Reynolds, playing only his second game this season, weighed in with 14 for the winners, closely followed by his teammate Matt Orlando with 13.  After a bad week last week, Dave Fry also hit 13.  Jon Vaile (Brill S&SC B) shone with 17 dolls in their home victory over Charlton United FC B, which now also takes the sports club up to top spot.   Dick Pike replied with 14 but still wasn't able to prevent a 9-1 defeat.

Sixers - Phil Allen, Kevin Powney, Pete Shepherd.

Phil Allen

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22nd August 2021

Afternoon all,

The top four teams in the Premier and Division One were tussling it out amongst each other - White Lion, playing their first home game for almost two years, were up against Charlton United FC A, whilst Launton Arms A took on the league's newcomers, Tiddington Cricket Club.

In the first match, the visitors couldn't find the target in the first leg and set just 6 (3 out of the first four players getting blobs including last week's star, John Lehane).  It got closer as the evening went on but, with Dougie Revitt, Lee Wanless and Phil Allen hitting 15 apiece, the hosts, with an 8-2 victory,  increased their lead at the top.  Terry 'Sid' Bagnall was this week's star for the visitors with 14.  With Karl Budd sitting out the first leg for Launton Arms against Tiddington, they lost that one by one doll.  Although Sticky returned for the next leg, the result was exactly the same - lost it by one doll.  Two nil down but, after scoring much better in the next two, they eventually got themselves level once again.  The fifth and deciding leg was crucial but the visitors got the better of it 13-10.  Result 6-4 to the Cricket Club.  The result was exactly the same, in favour of the visitors (The Bell A) who travelled to the Blackbird Croughton with Dave Reast 15 in that one.

In Division Two, top of the table, the Red Cow, made light work of their match against the Ex Services, winning it 10-0.  With Liam Merchant unavailable this week, up stepped Liam Fisher and Roger Herbert with 15 dolls apiece for the winners.  Another 10-0 victory in the "battle of the Carvells"!..  Dad, Ady's, Highfield SC secured all points at son, Olly's, Bell B.  Consolation though for Olly, he hit six against dad's five!  Third placed Barley Mow got the best of their visit to the second placed Crown Twyford by 8-2 - losing the last leg to prevent the whitewash.  Fox Souldern have struggled a bit this season so welcomed their eight points at home to the Red Lion Finmere.

In another top of the table clash, this time up on the hill in Division Three, the Pheasant extended their lead, winning 6-4 at home to Brill S&SC B, hitting 70 dolls in the process - Dave Morris with 15 and Dave Matthews 14.  Just because he had a bad week, Dave Fry's not gone into hiding!  He's been in touch, 'normal service resumed' apparently - it was just one of those nights!  The Pheasant were sitting comfortably with a 2-0 lead but got pegged back to 2 each, and then won the last.  In a fairly close game between Brill S&SC A and Chearsley Cricketers, it was pretty 'even stevens' for the first three legs, but the Cricketers then put the foot down to win it 9-1.  The Bull B got their first points of the season with a 6-4 away win against the Plough MG - Nick Cherry stepping in with 12 dolls to help the visitors.

Phil Allen

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15th August 2021

 

"LOONEY GOES LOONEY"!

In his first game of the season, John 'Looney' Lehane hits a massive 21 (matching my own highest individual score of the season) to help Charlton United FC A to a 10-0 whitewash at home to the Bell - a score which takes him straight to the top of the player's averages - and there wasn't even a six in it!  Well done John.  He actually outdid our own 'Mr Consistency', Karl Budd, who hit another 19 (his third out of five matches) to help Launton Arms A to a 6-4 home win over Bull Inn A.   The home side were "cruising it" having won the first three legs, but then the Bull Inn introduced their own masterpiece;  up steps Colin Baldwin (not involved in the first two legs) and then, in his first, he hit a six.  Unsurprisingly, he was then 'permitted' to play the last two legs - which they then won.  Steve Payne hit 17 for the home side with Bob Watmough replying with a valuable 15.  The White Lion's trip to Tiddington CC proved worthwhile, coming away with a 7-3 victory.   Pete Shepherd's 18 and Phil Smith's and Pip Goulding's 14 apiece for the home side proved in vain as Lee Wanless replied with 18 for the visitors.

In Division Two, Bell B, at home, set just three in the first leg and when the Crown Twyford only managed to get two, the Bell thought they were in for all ten points!  But a "slight" recovery by the visitors earned them the remaining eight points in a low scoring affair.  Top of the table, the Red Cow, were also involved in a low scoring match at Finmere but still managed to secure a 6-4 win.  Liam Merchant, with his third consecutive 15, came to their rescue.

In Division Three, top of the table, the Pheasant, had no problems securing all ten points at Launton Arms Divas.  Dave Fry, who's been throwing well this season, hit another 13 dolls in his four legs - he was their highest scorer in the second leg with 4 dolls and was 'dropped' for the next!  With the help of Daren Vythelingum's 13 dolls, Chearsley Cricketers grabbed all ten points against the visiting Plough Marsh Gibbon.  Brill S&SC A won 8-2 at home to Charlton United FC B  with 15 of their dolls coming from Lee Mason, including a six.  That also put him top of the Division Three players' averages.  Well done Lee.  In the only other game in that division, second placed Brill S&SC B had no difficulty in getting all ten points at the Bull Inn B

Phil Allen

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9th August 2021

Morning all, from a very wet and blustery Brean Sands!  On holiday or not, I have a "duty" to fulfill!   Only joking really but, with a few minutes to spare, here are last week's results.

There don't appear to be any close matches in the top division, they were all "run-aways".  The biggest shock was the Shakespeare 9-1 demolition of the visiting Charlton United side who were without their top scorer Tony Launchbury.  The Shakey themselves, at last, produced scores that we've been expecting to see all season.  Pete Litten and Tony Nichols shone with 19 dolls apiece - Pete with a six in the fourth leg.  Karl Budd also hit 19 for Launton Arms A away at the Blackbird, with his second six of the season coming in the third leg.  Steve Golder (relieved of harvesting duties this week) added a bit of class too with 17.  Dave Carruthers (Tiddington CC) also weighed in with 19 dolls in their 10-0 victory at the Bull Inn.

With 15 dolls (including a six - oh, and a blob!) from Liam Merchant, the Red Cow won 10-0 at home to the Fox Souldern as did our new additions, the Ex Services, at home to Bell B.  Others to hit 15 in that division were Alvin Knowles (Barley Mow) and Tony Hutt (Red Lion Finmere).  Well done chaps.

In Division Three, the Pheasant scored just 6 and lost the first leg to Brill S&SC A - but then, suddenly hit 20 in the next and, for the remainder of the match, the overall result was never in doubt - Pheasant won 8-2 and sit comfortably at the top of the table.  

The saga of 'experience' v 'youth' continues - it was a tough one to call until the fourth leg when the "youth" could only muster 1 doll but "experience" shone though with 4.  Final score, 16-15 to experience!  Just a bit of family banter - I'm "experience" and my grandson, Tyler Andrews, is the "youth" - nothing too serious.  Good to see him playing as well as he is.    

 

Phil Allen

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1st August 2021

Morning all,

Despite the real threat of a very wet evening, I think, once we got into the match itself, most of us got away without any rain.

In the clash of the top two (at the time) in the Premier and Division One, it finished all square (5 points apiece).   For Launton Arms, "Mr Consistency", Karl Budd, top scored on the night with 18 dolls - including a six - whilst John Hudson for the opposition, also with a six, was close on his tail with 16.

Sandwiched between them was our "up and coming apprentice" Tyler Andrews with 17 (2,4,4,4,3) helping his team, the White Lion, to a 10-0 victory at the Shakespeare and to go top of the table.  It's got to the stage now - especially after the relatively poor show I put up - that I've got to be a bit wary about my place in the team and my position as captain - Tyler could be taking over soon!  Keep up the good work, you're playing well.

The shock of the evening was the 8-2 defeat of Tiddington Cricket Club - who didn't score well all night - at bottom of the table, Bell A.  The second shock of that match was Dan Jobling popping up with 11 dolls - well done Dan!

Nigel King (Bull Inn A) with 15 dolls and Robbie Bryant (Blackbird Croughton) with 14 were the highlights of their match.

With Liam Merchant (15) and Roger Herbert playing his first match of the season and "showing his class" with 14 dolls, the Red Cow maintain their position at the top of Division Two with a 10-0 over the Highfield Social Club.  Well done to the Ex Services for getting a side together and especially to Brian Loverock and Rick Gumbert for hitting 12 apiece in their first matches for a number of months.

As we'd expect I guess, the three Brill teams dominate in Division Three, with the Pheasant holding top spot.  Either Dave Fry managed to find some form on Wednesday or the wind took control of his sticks, but he finished with a creditable 13 in their 9-1 victory over the visiting Charlton United FC B.

Keep it going ladies and gents - get out there and enjoy yourselves!  The results are not really that important (except for me, worried about Tyler taking over my position!), it's a case of enjoying the freedom once more!

Incidentally, I've only received 4 replies to the email I sent out about trophies.  If you haven't yet replied, would you please do so - I need to know where they all are,  Thanks.

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26th July 2021

Morning all.   Weatherwise, another terrific evening on Wednesday for aunt sally.  We're getting people out and about once again, mixing as we used to - and that's the whole idea!

Wednesday's results and scores are attached.  No-one running away with either division yet - but it is only the second week!

The White Hart have withdrawn from Division Two and, the good news is, we've found a replacement team - the Ex Services.  So, please, amend your fixtures list, team 6 in Division Two should now read Ex Services.  I'll have a chat with my committee colleagues to see how we can award points etc to the Red Lion Finmere and the Highfield SC B (the two teams who should have already played the White Hart).  Otherwise, it all seems to be running smoothly enough!

Phil Allen


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19th July 2021

Evening all, apologies for the delay in getting the results out to you but it was a case of starting the spreadsheets from scratch.

Anyway, here are the results and league tables together with the individual/top doll scores.  As has been explained before, the 'top doll' scores (albeit there's no trophy for it) are based on the average per leg (because, with only six players per leg and five legs per evening, some players will be 'dropped' to give others a game).

It's very unfortunate but the White Hart have had to withdraw, leaving at the moment, team number 6 in Division Two on the fixtures list as a 'Bye'.  I'll still try my hardest to fill it with another team if I can.

Many congratulations to Darren Moore (Bell A) and Robbie Bryant (Blackbird Croughton) who both hit a six - well done chaps.

Phil Allen


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12th July 2021

Evening all,

Sadly, not the result most of us were wishing for last night (and it's not "coming home"!), but let's not despair.  We've got another big event in our sporting calendar to look forward to - back to playing some aunt sally on Wednesday!

Let me remind you how we intend to operate this season.

1.  Six a side teams chosen from a playing squad of up to nine players each evening.   A different team of 6 players can be nominated for each leg and each player can play from one to five of the legs.  Simplistically, it means if you turn up with six players, all six will play the whole five legs that evening.  If you turn up with more than six players, the captain will select six players to play the first leg, and then he/she can change the team for the next leg, utilising the players who did not throw in the first leg if they so wish.  This is then allowed for each leg.  It was also agreed that for those teams who may only be able to raise five players, their lowest scoring thrower can throw again to make up the sixth player.  

2.  The new format will also see a change to our match scoring system.  Each leg will now be worth two points for the winner, zero for the loser and a drawn leg will be worth one point for each team.  This is done primarily for time reasons, and eliminates any need for three or one stick legs to decide a winner.   As we are now playing five legs per night instead of three, it was agreed that the fifth leg, as well as being the final leg of the match, should also be the beer leg (if a team does not "do" beer legs then that should be raised with the opposing captain before the fifth leg starts).   This and the removal of the three and one stick requirement should help ensure all matches are completed by around 10pm.

3.  Games start at 8.30 but if matches frequently continue past 10 o'clock, we will look at bringing the start time forward.

4.  After-match food will not be expected and will be purely at the discretion of the relevant venues landlord / owner / committee.

5.  Result reporting - the home captain is asked to photograph either the scoreboard or the attached scorecard (which you'll need to print off yourselves) and send it the same evening to me (the secretary!) by either WhatsApp, email, Messenger or text message.

If you've received this email but, because you're not taking part this summer, you don't want to receive any further ones |(ie the weekly results), then please let me know. 

Let's get out there, meet up with aunt sally colleagues we haven't seen for ages and enjoy ourselves once again.

Phil Allen

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21st June 2021

Holiday over, back to work - aunt sally work!

I've said it a few times and still stick by it.   From the 17th May, we've been allowed to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 - and, because of that, a number of pubs have been playing friendlies.  In my last email I did say "If things are delayed, then we will adjust our timing to match the details as they become available – i.e. if the Government decides to delay easing restrictions by two weeks, then we push our planned start date out by two weeks and the season will be shortened by two weeks, etc."   Now I'm being asked why it should be delayed.  If we can play friendlies now, why can't we go ahead and start the "league" fixtures on 7th July as already published.

After consultation with pub landlords, would participating team captains (or landlords themsleves) please come back to me as soon as possible and let me know which proposal they prefer - ie start on 7th July or put it back until 21st July.  

I've received notification that the Bull and Butcher B team cannot get enough players and will not be playing.  

Phil Allen


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8th June 2021

Evening, here's hoping you're all safe and well.

We're holding a committee meeting on Thursday hoping that we can arrange some sort of aunt sally this summer - providing the government rulings will allow us to. 

Here's your last chance to let me know if you and your team wish to participate.  Below is a list of how I see it so far, based on responses I received to my previous emails.  Please have a look through it and if the team or pub has changed it's mind, please let me know soonest.   I'm expecting to get something off the ground on either 7th or 14th July.  Yes, that quickly; so, please let me have any changes urgently.  I'm away on holiday next week (no, not Portugal!), so I need to start planning straight away.

If there any teams without a pub to play home games at, don't panic, I'm sure we can overcome that - either find you an alternative home venue or I'll arrange for you to play away (it's only "friendlies" after all!).

There are teams who have notified me that they're not taking part but they have a few players who would like to get involved; if you let me who they are, I'll do my best to fit them in somewhere.

Incidentally, has anyone been playing friendlies or arranging practice sessions amongst themselves?  I know the Shakespeare, Red Cow, White Lion, Launton Arms A and Crown A have but are there any others?

Anyway, please bombard me with your replies - soonest

AUNT SALLY TEAMS - 2021

Yes No Preference

Ashton Club ???

Barley Mow Yes

Bell A Yes

Bell B Yes

Brill S&SC A Yes

Brill S&SC B Yes Suggests league basis

Bull and Butcher A Yes

Bull and Butcher B Yes

Bull Inn A Yes

Bull Inn B Yes Any but suggested Wychwood League

Butchers Arms No

Chandos Arms Yes

            Chearsley Cricketers Yes

Crown A CoO Yes Any

Crown B CoO Yes

Crown Twyford Yes

Eight Bells ???

Fountain No

Fox Souldern Yes Checking with pub if they’re happy

Highfield SC A No Only got 4 players who want to play

Highfield SC B Yes

Launton Arms A Yes Any

Launton Arms B No

Launton Arms Divas Yes

Launton S&S No

Lion Wendlebury No

Muddy Duck Yes Don’t have a home venue

Nut Tree ???

Pheasant Inn Yes Only have 5 or 6 players

            Plough Marsh Gibbon Yes

Plough Marsh Gibbon Casuals No

Prince of Wales ??? Trevor checking with his players and pub

Red Cow Yes

Red Lion Finmere ??? Prefers competitions idea otherwise will be

short of players

Safari Garden Yes

Shakespeare Yes

Tiddington CC Yes

White Horse No

White Hart Doubtful Unlikely to get full team of 8

White Lion Yes Only 6 players



Phil Allen


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