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18th July 2024

A very encouraging number of entries (36) for the triples competition to be played on Wednesday 31st July.  The draw is below

Please be aware the start time is 8 o'clock.




  1. Bull Inn A A (Billy Atwell, Dave Puddle, Paul Chapman)

  1. Chandos Arms A (Robert Taylor, John Mole, Paul Kilpin)

  1. Bell A C (Ray Rowe, Dan Jobling, Billy Craig)

  1. Launton S&S B A (Kev Gardiner, Lee Gardiner, Dave Gardiner)

  1. Lower Heyford S&SC B (John Smith, Jordan Austin, Charlie Loveday)

  1. White Horse (Dave Futter, Mav Giles, Dickie Butler)

  1. Rose & Crown (Dave Reast, Paul Hudders, Jon Woodman)

  1. Bell A A (Joe Durbin, James Smith, Brian Gough)

  1. Ex Services B (Tracey Denton, Keith Lennard, Michelle Oakley)

To be played down til there is just one pair remaining

Best of three legs.  In the event of a draw, go to three sticks and stay on three sticks before going on to the next leg.




  1. Red Cow A (Liam Fisher, Ian Cantwell, Roger Herbert)

  1. Shakespeare Originals B (Erik Poslusny, Jason Harris, Andy Grose)

  1. Shakespeare B B (Tyler Andrews, Lee Wanless, Phil Allen)

  1. Ex Services (Rick Gumbert, Dave Vear, Zak Vear)

  1. Red Lion Brackley A (Clive Lampitt, Norman Brock, Jamie Wiltshire)

  1. Lower Heyford S&SC A (Terry Hawkins, Charlotte Smith, James Kirtland)

  1. Shakespeare Originals A (Tony Nichols, Steve Payne, Pete Litten)

  1. Launton S&S B B (Chris Price, Colin Baldwin, Nick Cherry)

  1. Fox Souldern B (Martin Hartwell, Chris Hartwell, Andy Bush)

To be played down til there is just one pair remaining

Best of three legs.  In the event of a draw, go to three sticks and stay on three sticks before going on to the next leg.




  1. Launton S&S A (Steve Golder, Terry Smith, Derek Richards)

  1. Red Cow B (Liam Merchant, Gavin Walford, Bjorn Eilersten)

  1. Crown CoO A A (John Lehane, Terry Bagnall, Matty Hillsdon)

  1. Chandos Arms B (Steve Knight, Brian Hartland, Mark Mulcahy)

  1. Pheasant A (Keith Harris, Pete McCarron, Luke McCarron)

  1. Shakespeare B A (Pete Dempsey, Bobby Allen, Karl Budd)

  1. Red Lion Brackley B (Neil Cross, John Bradshaw, A N Other)

  1. Launton S&S B C (Chalky White, Chris Ashton, Jeff Ball)

  1. Shakespeare Originals C (Pete Dominic, Chris Hooper, Nathan Litten)

To be played down til there is just one pair remaining

Best of three legs.  In the event of a draw, go to three sticks and stay on three sticks before going on to the next leg.




  1. Chandos Arms C (Mike Robertson, Richard McVeigh, Ricky Hartland)

  1. Crown CoO A B (John Hudson, Jeremy Launchbury, Paul Hodgins)

  1. Tiddington CC A (Pete Shepherd, Pip Goulding, Phil Smith)

  1. Bell A B (Darren Moore, James Harkness, Eddie Jones)

  1. Crown CoO B (Robin Busby, Barry Reynolds, Dick Pike)

  1. Bull Inn A B (Nigel King, Mark Poulter, Kev Powney)

Pheasant Inn A B (Dave Fry, Andy Parke, Ryan Daly)

  1. Ex Services (James Waddup, Emma Vear, Mark Stocker)

  1. Tiddington CC B (Ray Manning, Les Brooks, Graham Bristow

To be played down til there is just one pair remaining

Best of three legs.  In the event of a draw, go to three sticks and stay on three sticks before going on to the next leg.


7th July 2024

Before we get into the nitty gritty of Wednesday night's games and results, I have to send out a serious reminder to all team captains and players about conduct during matches.  Although very infrequent, I have received some feedback regarding player conduct during one of this week’s fixtures, which was totally unacceptable to all parties involved.  Whilst we know Aunt Sally - as all sports - can be a very competitive game at all levels, and there are rivalries between some teams, whether that be from the same venue with an A and B teams, or from the same town/village with more than one venue for example, it is a game to be enjoyed.  Poor or bad conduct on any level, from any player or team, is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the committee.  Please, can we all make sure our first aim is to enjoy the evening, as after all, it is only a game.

So, I hope all team captains will accept responsibility for looking after the conduct of their players and we don’t see any more reports of bad conduct this season or in the future.

Please see the  rules about Etiquette on the RULES page.  Print it off, display it and/or pass it around to players as you see fit.

"Team of the week" has to go to the current league champions and table toppers, Shakespeare B.  On Wednesday's visit to Crown CoO A, they took all five points, hitting 102 dolls in the process.  The Crown put a decent 19 on the board in the first leg, but the visiting anchorman, Dougie Revitt, got the four needed for victory.  Thereafter, "Mr Consistency", throwing so well, took his evening's tally to 22.  Jed Launchbury and Matty Hillsdon threw well for the Crown with 17 apiece but could do little to stop a rampant Shakey team.  Tiddington CC and Shakespeare Originals arranged to play two matches in the one evening - to include their postponed first match of the season.  How coincidental that they both won 4-1 (as the 'away' team), and both hit a total of 133 dolls.  Couldn't have been any closer!   And they didn't finish til 10.40.  Well done, and thank you, to all involved.  Tony Nichols had a creditable evening for the Shakey with a 16 and a 15 but the visiting Pip Goulding 'pipped' him with a 14 and 19 (including a six).  'Twas a close one at the Rose and Crown where the Red Lion Brackley were the visitors.  The home team's anchorman Dave Reast needed five to draw, six to win for the first leg and got the maximum.  From thereon, it was touch and go but the home side scraped it 3-2.  Jamie Wiltshire played extremely well for his 18 dolls for the visitors, as did Dave Reast for his 17.  Ray Rowe chipped in with a six as the Bell A stuttered over the line to beat the visiting Bull Inn A 3-2.

Both the Pheasant Inn A and the Red Cow won 5-0 - ironically, both at Launton S&S - and sit, level on points, level on dolls - at the top of Division Two.  Andy Parke and Pete McCarron hit 12 apiece for the Pheasant whilst Terry Smith got 11 for Launton S&S A.  In the other match there, Liam Merchant played out of his skin for the Red Cow for his 19, including a six, whilst team mate, Ian Cantwell, also hit a maximum in his 14.  Despite Dave Futter and Baz Bazile throwing well for their 14 dolls for the White Horse, they lost a little ground on the leaders after dropping a couple of legs at home to the Fox Souldern B.  A couple of very close legs in the Brill S&SC A v Nut Tree game but the home side, with Lee Mason throwing exceptionally well for 16 (including a six), whitewashed their opponents 5-0 and jump above them in the table.

With Ky Maciejewski hitting 14 in one of his rare appearances for the Butchers Arms, a 3-2 win for them over Long Crendon VC, takes them back to the top of the Division Three table.  Fourteen dolls from Joe Young and 13 from son Ashley earned the Ashton Club a 3-2 victory at the Chandos Arms and brings them level on points.

A very close game at the Crown Twyford A where the White Hart won the final - and deciding - leg to sneak a 3-2 win which keeps them at the top of Division Four.  Ally Ginger (13) and Judd O'Connor (12) did their utmost for the Crown as did Doug Schultz and George Deans with eleven apiece for the visitors.  Another to be decided in the final leg was the Plough MG One 3-2 victory over the visiting Ex Services.  Every leg is vital, as proved to be for the Plough MG Two in their visit to the Fox Souldern A.  To win their final leg - albeit losing the match 3-2 - keeps them in second place in Division Four.

Thirteen dolls for Alvin Knowles, in only his second match of the season, helped the Barley Mow to take three legs off the Division Five table toppers Ardley Utd FC.  It was touch and go at the Pheasant where the home side won the last leg on a three sticker to win the match 3-2 and return to second place.

Sixers - Pip Goulding, Ray Rowe, Lee Mason, Liam Merchant, Ian Cantwell


Phil Allen


1st July 2024

As you're well aware, if England beat Switzerland in the Euros on Saturday their next game will be a semi final next Wednesday - the night of our singles competitions.  Should that happen, then - despite the football being as bad as it has been - I'm sure the majority of you will want to watch the Euros semi final, and the attendances at the aunt sally singles would be severely decimated.  Consequently, I have to look ahead and plan an alternative.

What I propose to do is play the singles on Wednesday 11th September, extend the season by a week putting the plates' finals back to Wednesday 18th September and our 'real' finals night on Friday 20th September.  

But, remember, this is only going to happen if England beat Switzerland on Saturday.

The draws and venues for the singles competition can be found on the FIXTURES page.


30th June 2024

Time flies when you’re enjoying yourselves, eh?  We’ve reached the halfway point of the season already.

Shakespeare B rounded off that first half with a 4-1 victory at the Red Lion Brackley.  A bit of a ‘shakey’ start for the visitors; chasing the 17 set by the home side, it was down to anchorman, Dougie Revitt, to get at least four to take it into a three sticker – he did it and followed it up with a maximum in the three sticker.  Despite the return of Martin Wanless, playing his first game of the season, hitting 12 in his four legs and looking as though he’d never been away (!), Shakespeare Originals went down 3-2 at home to the Bell A – a win that elevates the Bell up into second place in the Premier Division.  Darren Moore threw exceptionally well for his 17 dolls.  The Crown CoO A struggled, came second best and lost their second place in the table, at Tiddington CC where the home side won 4-1.  A five-player Bull Inn A threw well to win their first leg at home to the Rose and Crown but then, were up against it and lost the last four legs, with Paul Hudders throwing well for the visitors for his 18 dolls. 

It's suddenly become very tight at the top of Division Two with three teams level on points.  After suffering a 4-1 defeat away at Fox Souldern B, the Pheasant Inn A lost their three point advantage but still remain on top because of their superior dolls tally.  Chris Hartwell (16 dolls) and Andy Bush (14) starred for the Fox whilst Paul Morris did his utmost to salvage something with 14 for the Pheasant.  The Red Cow are getting back to the sort of form expected of them and now, after taking four legs against Launton S&S A, they’re in second place.  Ian Cantwell top scored in that one with 14.  With Dave Futter continuing his very good run of form, the White Horse returned home from the Nut Tree with another four points in the bag.  Richard Cooper had another good week for the Nut Tree with 15.  A close call at Launton S&S where their B side beat Brill S&SC A 3-2.  Dave Gardiner top scored for the home side with 17 (including a six) whilst Mike Horn played the captain’s part with 15 for the visitors.

Long Crendon VC failed to take full advantage of the fact that the Butchers Arms, at the top of Division Three, had a ‘Bye’ and went down 3-2 at home to Lower Heyford S&SC.  The first two legs finished on nine apiece and went to three stickers (the first leg even went to a one sticker).  They won one leg each.  Thereafter it was neck and neck but Lower Heyford came out on top.  Nevertheless, two points was enough to take Long Crendon to the top.  Charlie Govier threw out of his skin for his 15 dolls.  A close one at the Crown CoO where their B side sneaked three legs against Chandos Arms and jump above them in the table.  Robin Busby had a much better week for the Crown with 15 dolls.  It was touch and go in the Ashton Club versus Chearsley Cricketers game.  Two legs apiece and going into the last.  The Ashton set nine but the five man visiting team were only able to muster up seven.  3-2 to the Ashton Club.

In Division Four the White Hart hold on to their top of the table spot after defeating the Ex Services 3-2 in a rather close one.  Doug Schultz hit ten, his best score of the season, whilst Zak Vear hit eleven – also his best.  Well done chaps.  After beating Plough MG One 4-1 in their rearranged previously postponed fixture, and taking two points off Crown Twyford A, Plough MG Two now find themselves in a “dizzy” second place.  After finding themselves 3-0 down away at the Crown Twyford B, Plough MG One recovered and took the last two.  John Carter (Crown) and Paul Symonds (Plough) threw exceptionally well for 14 dolls apiece.

Ardley Utd FC rounded off a terrific first half of the season with 4-1 win at the Pheasant B and now sit five points clear at the top of Division Five – ahead of our surprise package of the season, Bell B, who took all five points at home to Bull Inn B.  Karl Wright hit ten – his best of the season – for Ardley FC.  Tied at two legs each at the Hundred Acres, Bicester Bowls Club pulled out all the stops and took the last one 11-8.

Sixer - Dave Gardiner.

Phil Allen


24th June 2024

Played on probably our best Wednesday evening of the season so far - albeit a little chilly - the attendances for the pairs' competitions were up on previous years.  Very encouraging to see.

Those successful in getting through to the finals, to be played on Friday 13th September, are:

Premier & Division One - Clive Lampitt & Norman Brock (Red Lion Brackley) will play Nigel King and Kevin Powney (Bull Inn A).

Division Two - Dave Futter and Mav Giles (White Horse) will play Liam Fisher and Roger Herbert (Red Cow).

Division Three - Ashley Young and Joe Young (Ashton Club) will play Charlie Govier and Jack Govier (Long Crendon VC).

Division Four - Lewis Wilson and Paul Symonds (Plough MG One) will play Trevor Barnett and Simon North (Crown Twyford B).

Division Five - Dave Morris and Will Sanders (Pheasant Inn B) will play James Ridgeley and Derek Burrows (Barley Mow).

Well done.

Phi Allen


17th June 2024

Apologies, a little later this morning; been partying late into the night!

Two matches for top of the table Shakespeare B this week - one on Tuesday evening was the rearranged postponed fixture away at the Rose and Crown, and what a tight affair that turned out to be.  The home side took the first leg on a three sticker, then it got to two apiece before the Shakey took the decider.  Paul Hudders threw exceptionally well for his 17 dolls as did Dougie Revitt (back from his week's holiday) for his 19 dolls and Bobby Allen for his 16, including a six.  In Wednesday's match at the Shakespeare, the table toppers increased their lead with a 5-0 win over the Bull Inn A.  A couple of the legs were rather close - one of them going to a three sticker - but the Shakey held their own to take maximum points.  Dougie Revitt did it again - 20 dolls, including a six in the last leg with Kev Powney throwing well for the visitors, hitting 17.  Crown CoO A, at full strength this week, threw exceptionally well at home to trounce Shakespeare Originals 5-0, with John Hudson having his best night for a long while with 19, including a six.  Jason Harris starred for the visitors with 14, also including a six.  With every one of their players hitting double figures, Red Lion Brackley kept up their creditable start to the season taking three legs off the visiting Tiddington CC.  Clive Lampitt top scored for the Red Lion with 16 as did Graham Bristow for the Cricket Club.  Rose and Crown recovered from Tuesday's defeat to beat the visiting Bell 4-1 to jump to second place in Division One; Paul Hudders rounded off a terrific week with 18 dolls on the night.

In Division Two, the Pheasant Inn A somehow scraped a 3-2 victory over the Nut Tree to stay top of the table.  Tied at two legs apiece, going into the last, and that one was drawn.  In the three sticker, the Pheasant scraped home 8-7.  Richard Cooper rolled back the years and threw out of his skin for his 20 dolls for the Nut Tree (and not a six amongst it).  The Red Cow 'almost' whitewashed the Fox Souldern B.  They were 4-0 up, going into the last but lost that one 14-13.  Nevertheless, they return to second place in the table, leapfrogging the White Horse, who needed and took the last leg to beat Brill S&SC A.  Dave Futter starred in that one with 16 dolls for the White Horse.  Launton S&S A took the honours, winning 4-1, in their derby match - at home to the B side.  A terrific night for Keith Perry - anchorman in the final leg - needing two to win, and he got them, much to the delight of himself and his fellow team mates.  Well done Keith.

The Butchers Arms got themselves into a commanding 3-0 lead away at Lower Heyford S&SC - and then fell apart, losing the last two.  But, they still hold on to their two point lead over Long Crendon VC at the top of Division Three.  Despite losing 3-2 at home to Long Crendon VC, the Ashton Club report that they had a great night with their visiting team - and that's not the first time I've heard that about the Long Crendon team!.. Well done chaps.  Ashley Young (playing lead off man for the Ashton) got his team off to a great start in every leg, finishing with a creditable 15 dolls.  Well done Ashley.  Daren Vythelingum hit a cracking 16 dolls for Chearsley Cricketers but they still went down 3-2 at home to Crown CoO B and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table.

In Division Four, a 4-1 home win for the White Hart over Crown Twyford B sees them jump three places to the top of that division.  George Deans hit 15 for the home side, by far his best score of the season.  Fox Souldern A walloped last week's table toppers, Crown Twyford A, 5-0 and jump four places into second.  Lead off man Adam Spencer and anchorman Dan Kimber did the damage with ten apiece for the Fox.  Despite 14 dolls from Tracey Denton, the Ex Services lost alternate legs and, eventually, the game 3-2 at home to Plough MG Two.

In Division Five, Bicester Bowls Club - with a full squad of nine players turning out once again - recorded their second win of the season; 3-2 at home against Pheasant Inn B.  Skipper Graham Brown threw well for 11 and Alan Wagner 9.  Alvin Knowles and Dickie Haynes, with 12 apiece, helped the Barley Mow to maximum points at the Bull Inn B and to leapfrog the Pheasant into second place.

Sixers - Dougie Revitt, John Hudson, Jason Harris


This coming Wednesday, it's the pairs competitions.  Remember, it's an 8 o'clock start at each venue.  

Premier and Division One will all be held at Launton S&S.  

Division Two at the Shakespeare.  

Division Three at the Bell.  

Division Four at the Bull.  

Division Five at the Red Cow.

Phil Allen


10th June 2024

The venues for the divisional pairs competitions are on the FIXTURES page.  The draws for "who plays who" will be made at each venue on the night.  Please note, the start time at each venue is 8 o'clock.

Very encouraging to see the number of entries has risen from last season's.  We have a total of 73 entries, broken down as follows:

     Premier and Division One - 27

     Division Two - 13

     Division Three - 12

     Division Four - 11

     Division Five - 10

Because I receive entries by email, WhatsApp, SMS, messenger, face to face - some at awkward times when I can't jot it down, I may have missed someone or got the names wrong.  Please check the lists and let me know right away if I have done so.

Phil Allen



9th June 2024

The draws for League Cup semi finals, League Plate semi finals, Intermediate Cup semi finals and Intermediate Plate semi finals are:


     Pheasant Inn A v Shakespeare Originals

     Shakespeare B v Rose & Crown


     Tiddington CC v Launton S&S B

     Crown CoO A v Red Cow


     Lower Heyford S&SC v Crown Twyford A

     White Hart v Crown CoO B


     Chandos Arms v Fox Souldern A

     Ex Services v Crown Twyford B

The above games will be played on 21st August.

The Supplementary Cup final, to be played on Friday 13th September, will be between Pheasant Inn B and Hundred Acres and the Plate final, on Wednesday 11th September, will be between Bell B and the Barley Mow.

In a relatively low scoring contest for a top of the table clash, Shakespeare B - without the ever consistent Doug Revitt - took a 3-0 lead at the Bell but then 'allowed' the home side to take the last two legs.  Karl Budd top scored with 17 for the visitors.  A great evening for Tyler Andrews with 14 for the Shakey as did Eddie Jones for the Bell.  A shock result at the Shakespeare where the Originals got walloped by a resurgent Rose and Crown, losing 4-1.  It was looking rather embarrassing at 4-0 down but the home side redeemed themselves a little by taking the last leg.  Newbie Darren Brain (Rose and Crown) adapted well to the shorter length - his first ever game in the Bicester league - for his 21 dolls (and not a six amongst it).  Team mate Jon Woodman did get one though in his 17.  Tony Nichols, for the Shakey, is still trying to get the length right (!) but did manage a creditable 19 - but no six either!  Another, what I consider, shock result was the Red Lion Brackley's 3-2 win at the Crown CoO A.  It was tied at 2-2 going into the last.  The Red Lion set 13 - not enough you would think.  They got a three sticker out of it.  Set 9 and the Crown fell one short.  3-2 to the Red Lion.  Jeremy Launchbury hit a six in the very first throw of the evening and ended with 18.  At Tiddington CC, the home side were victorious beating the Bull A 4-1.  They lost the first leg quite easily 15-19, but, from thereon, it became rather eventful!  They set and won the next in similar fashion (quite easily) 18-12.  The third was drawn at 13 apiece with the home side winning the three sticker.  The fourth went the full circle - six sticks drawn at 18 each (with Ray Manning hitting a six), three sticker drawn at six each, one sticker at three each and back to six.  Twenty one dolls to the home side was too many for the visitors.  So, in to the last leg, Tiddington were 3-1 up; and they got the last 16-11.  A great evening for Ray Manning with 18 - well done!  Kev Powney threw terrifically well too for his 20.

In Division Two, the Pheasant Inn A's 3-2 win at the White Horse on Monday night in their rearranged previously postponed fixture, and the 4-1 derby victory at Brill S&SC on Wednesday, takes them back to the top of the table - the first time since the first week of the season.  Despite that defeat on Monday night, the White Horse 'pulled themselves together' to win 4-1 away at Launton S&S B on Wednesday - to jump into second place (aiming for promotion!!?).  Dave Futter's back - 14 and 13 this week.  Ian Cantwell's back too - another 15 this week (his second successive), helped the Red Cow to a 4-1 home win over the Nut Tree and puts them hot on their heels in the table.  A 4-1 win at Launton S&S A, takes the Fox Souldern B off the foot of the table.

A 4-1 home win on Tuesday against the Ashton Club, followed by a 3-2 home victory the following evening against Chandos Arms elevates the Butchers Arms to the top of Division Three.  Andy Thomas had a couple of decent matches for the Butchers, with 11 on Tuesday and 13 on Wednesday.  The Ashton Cub recovered well from their Tuesday defeat to inflict a 3-2 defeat on Lower Heyford S&SC.  Some decent individual scores in that match were John Smith's 14 in his four legs for Lower Heyford and Dave Smith's 14 and Joe Young's 13 for the Ashton.  Long Crendon VC certainly seem to enjoy their aunt sally evenings.  Every week, I get a comment along the lines of "Great evening once again".  Well done chaps, that's what it's all about!  On Wednesday they rattled up a 4-1 home victory over Crown CoO B - but got displaced at the top of the table by the Butchers Arms (who did have two games, two wins this week).  Dave Carruthers has certainly made a huge difference to their team this season.  Sitting in second place in the division's top doll scorers, he hit another 14 on Wednesday.  A great signing!

Crown Twyford A, despite having a bye this week, remain in 'number one spot' in Division Four.  Catching them a little though are the Ex Services after their 4-1 win at the Fox Souldern A.  The highlight of this one was Tracey Denton's 17 dolls for the Ex's, including a six.  Also hot on their heels are tenants, Crown Twyford B, who sneaked home with a 3-2 win over Plough MG Two.  Plough MG One were victorious at home against the White Hart, beating them 4-1.

Sitting comfortably at the top of Division Five for the whole season, Ardley Utd FC won 5-0 at home to the Bull Inn B - but they lost their Supplementary Cup semi final 3-0 at home to the Hundred Acres on Thursday evening.  Carl Reed hit 10 for the football club on Wednesday, as did Chris Mack for the Bull.  The Barley Mow, with Steve Webb hitting 11, enjoyed a 4-1 victory at the Hundred Acres and jump above them in the table.  Bicester Bowls Club, unable to get to grips with this 'weird' game, still seem to manage to encourage (or persuade) a full compliment of players to turn up each week.  Nine there again this week for their match against Bell B - but they lost 4-1.  They'll be there again on Wednesday despite it being another difficult fixture against Pheasant Inn B!  Well done.

Sixers - Ray Manning, Jon Woodman, Jeremy Launchbury, Tracey Denton


A green patterned home made fabric bag, with a set of dark brown light aunt sally sticks has been left at the Pheasant Inn.  Been there about three weeks.  To claim, you can either come back to me (Phil Allen the secretary) or contact Dave Morris through the Division Five WhatsApp group.


3rd June 2024

The 'shock of the week' in the League Cup, Second Round was the Pheasant A's 3-2 home defeat over the Bell A.  The Pheasant took a 2-0 lead before the visitors regained some decent form and got it back to two apiece.  What seemed a creditable final leg set of 16 by the Bell just wasn't enough as the hosts clanged off 18 - with Andy Parke and Dave Fry both hitting five.  Another to go the whole five legs was the one at the Red Lion Brackley where the visitors, Shakespeare Originals, were victorious after setting 20 in the final leg.  Top scorers there were Clive Lampitt with 18 for the Red Lion and Jason Harris (18) and Tony Nichols (17) for the visitors.  The Rose & Crown were victorious in another five legger at the Bull A.  Kev Powney (Bull A) hit 15 in the four legs he threw but it just wasn't enough to get them through to the semi finals.  Brill S&SC A were unable to get a sufficient number of players for their match against Shakespeare B and had to concede.

In the League Plate, with Ian Cantwell hitting 12, the Red Cow won comfortably 3-0 at home to Launton S&S A, as did Tiddington CC away at the Nut Tree.  Crown CoO A followed suit and won by the same scoreline at Fox Souldern B.  The White Horse came second best as the lost 3-1 at home to Launton S&S B.

In the Intermediate Cup, despite drawing the second leg and then winning the three sticker, Crown CoO B had a relatively comfortable home win against Plough MG Two.  The White Hart threw out of their skins - 19 in their first leg! - to whitewash the visiting Chearsley Cricketers.  Daren Vythelingum with ten dolls, threw well for the visitors.  In, what I heard was, a terrific match, in a terrific atmosphere, Lower Heyford S&SC won 3-2 at home to Long Crendon VC.  It was tied at two apiece, going into the last, which Lower Heyford won 14-11.  James Kirtland threw terrifically well for 15 dolls, as did Charlotte Smith Cheery for 11 and Jack Govier for the visitors for his 11.  A struggling Ashton Club side went down 3-1 at home to the Crown Twyford A.

In the Intermediate Plate, Chandos Arms won 3-1 away at the Butchers Arms whilst Crown Twyford B won 3-0 at Plough MG One.

In the Supplementary Cup, Pheasant B won 3-0 at Bicester Bowls Club.  The other game between Ardley Utd FC and the Hundred Acres is being played this coming Thursday.  In the Plate the Barley Mow won 3-1 away at Bull B.

Phil Allen


26th May 2024

The early torrential rain, forecasted to go on all day, caused a number of matches - many of them to be played on grass - to be postponed.  But, in the end, when the weather had changed completely, 'twas a great evening for aunt sally.

Shakespeare B's game at the Rose and Crown was one to fall victim of the weather, as was the Crown CoO A's at the Bull A in Launton.  Shakespeare Originals took a 2-0 lead in their home fixture against the Red Lion Brackley but then lost the next two (both by the same score of 13-15).  The Shakey set a very measly seven in the final leg - surprisingly, that was enough to "earn" them a three sticker - which they then won 10-7.  Pete Litten top scored with 14.  In another pretty tight affair at the Bell, that was also two legs apiece, going into the fifth.  Tiddington CC's set of eleven surely wasn't going to be enough!  True enough, it wasn't; the Bell sneaked home with a 13-11 victory. Darren Moore hit 14.

In Division Two, top of the table, the Nut Tree, were well beaten 4-1 by the visiting Launton S&S A - who leapfrog from sixth place up to second.   Terry Smith and Steve Golder both hit 13 dolls for the visitors.  Nick Cherry, with 18, played a captain's innings as Launton S&S B won 4-1 at home against the Fox B - and now swap places at the bottom of the table.  Chris Price - a 'newbie' for the home side - hit twelve dolls in the three legs he played, including a six.  Dave Betts top scored for the visitors with 14.  Three legs up and going for the whitewash at Brill S&SC, the Red Cow 'fell apart' and lost the last two.  Lee Mason (for the home side) and Ian Cantwell (for the Red Cow) hit 15 apiece.

Another match, tied 2-2 going into the last, was the only Division Three match played, Chandos Arms against Chearsley Cricketers.  The home side set ten in the fifth, a couple too many for the visitors.  3-2 to Chandos Arms.

Only match in Division Four was the one at Crown Twyford where their A side won 4-1 against the Ex Services - and now rise to the top of the table.  Sam Roberts hit 13 for the Crown as did Tracey Denton for the Ex's.

Ardley Utd FC retain their top of the table spot after beating the visiting Hundred Acres 3-2.  Second placed Pheasant Inn B took a 2-0 lead at home against Bell B before the visitors clawed the next two back.  The Bell, having set in all of the previous four legs, did so again - but seven wasn't enough as the Pheasant managed ten.

Sixer - Chris Price



To enable the secretary to keep the league tables as up to date as he possibly can, postponed matches should be played within 14 days of the original date - and, please bear in mind, it doesn't have to be on a Wednesday.

Please inform the secretary of the new date.

Phil Allen


19th May 2024

Many congratulations to Oxford United on their victory at Wembley and promotion to the Championship.  Just what the doctor ordered!

On such a warm, dry Wednesday evening - very unusual playing conditions, certainly not preferred by the Shakespeare Originals - they came completely unstuck and, apart from Tony Nichols who top scored with 17 dolls - didn't throw well at all, losing 5-0 'away' at Shakespeare B.  Phil Allen rolled back the years for his 17 dolls too.  Well done to the Crown CoO A who recovered from their 3-2 cup defeat away at the Bell last week to beat them at Charlton by the same scoreline this time around.  A tied first leg on 13 dolls apiece, went to a three sticker (7 each), and the Bell won the one sticker.  Pretty close thereafter with the Crown eventually winning it 3-2 and 'pulling away' from the Bell by a point and into second place in the table.  Terry 'Sid' Bagnall didn't play in the first leg but made up for it thereafter with 16 dolls in the remaining four legs.  Tiddington CC also did the reverse; having lost to the Rose and Crown last week in the cup, they whitewashed the same opponents this week.  Pip Goulding (16) and Pete Shepherd (17) both continued their decent start to the season.  The Red Lion Brackley kept up their unbeaten start to the season, beating a five man visiting Bull Inn A team 4-1.  Clive Lampitt hit 15 dolls in his four legs (including a six) with Nigel King also claiming a six for the visitors.

In Division Two both the Nut Tree and Pheasant Inn A are unbeaten and having a great start to the season.  With Simon Franklin hitting 14 dolls and Dave Crook 13, the Nut Tree won 5-0 away at Fox Souldern B, winning the first leg on a three sticker.  Tim Daly's 15 dolls (including a six in the third leg), well supported by Andy Parke and Paul Morris (both with 14), helped the Pheasant to a 4-1 home win over Launton S&S B - losing the last leg after a terrific set of 20 by the visitors.  Dave Gardiner was the league's top scorer on the night with 18, including a six in the fourth leg.  The White Horse, seeking promotion this season (!), are keeping the pressure on those top two after their 4-1 home win over the Red Cow.  Dave Futter, in his first match of the season, showed his White Horse team mates what they've been missing with 14 dolls.  Two nil up, away at Launton S&S A, it did look as though Brill S&SC A were going for the clean sweep; but they lost the next two close legs before grabbing the last.  3-2 to Brill.

In Division Three, another so far unbeaten side, Long Crendon VC won a rather close match 3-2 on their travels to near neighbours Chandos Arms.  John Fitsell hit 12 for the home side with Jack Govier replying with the same score for the visitors.  Butchers Arms took the long trip to Chearsley Cricketers and left with a creditable four legs in the bag - losing out in the fourth leg by just one doll.  With Matt Holmes (12) and Dick Pike (10) throwing well for Crown CoO B, they won 3-2 at the Ashton Club, despite Joe Young's 11 for the Club.

Despite losing 3-2 at home to Plough MG Two, the White Hart leapfrog to the top of the table on doll difference, replacing Crown Twyford A who were beaten at home in their derby match against Crown Twyford B.  In that 'battle of the Crowns', lead off man Simon North top scored with 11.  Paul Symonds also hit 11 for Plough MG One as they recovered from 2-0 down to eventually beat Fox Souldern A 3-2.  Dan Kimber also hit 11 for the Fox.

In Division Five, with Carl Reed (10) and Karl Wright (9) performing pretty well so far, Ardley Utd FC - in their first season of aunt sally - are getting some decent results, including Wednesday's 4-1 victory at Bicester Bowls Club (who turned up with nine eager players once again), and top the table.  Hot on the tails of the football club are Pheasant Inn B who whitewashed a struggling Bull Inn B.  Jon Goodson should be well pleased with his 12 for the Pheasant.  The outstanding individual score of the evening has to be 14 dolls (including a six) for Matt Stevens as he helped the Bell B to a terrific 4-1 win at home against the Barley Mow.  Adam Hamp didn't do so badly either as he clanged off 12 for the Bell.

Sixers - Clive Lampitt (Red Lion Brackley), Nigel King (Bull Inn A), Dave Gardiner (Launton S&S B), Tim Daly (Pheasant Inn A), Matt Stevens (Bell B)

Phil Allen


12th May 2024

With Ant Bradbeer "leading by example" (5  2  6  3) and well supported by Dave Reast (4  3  3  3), Rose and Crown beat Tiddington CC 3-1 in the League Cup first Round whilst the current holders, Crown CoO A, despite Jeremy Launchbury's 19, went out 3-2 at the Bell.  Shakespeare Originals made light work of their 3-0 whitewash over the visiting White Horse as did their 'neighbours', Shakespeare B away at Launton S&S B.  Bull Inn A also whitewashed the 'visiting' Launton S&S A.  Despite only playing three legs, the match at the Red Cow seemed to go on forever before the visitors, Red Lion Brackley, won it 3-0.  The first leg went to a one sticker and the second to a three sticker.  The match at the Nut Tree went the whole five legs with Jeff Hall hitting 16 dolls for the home side - but, eventually, still lost 3-2 to Brill S&SC A.  Another to go all the way to five legs was the one at the Fox Souldern, where their B side lost out 3-2 to the Pheasant Inn A.  Pete McCarron hit a terrific 19 for the visitors.

In the Intermediate Cup the Ashton Club won 3-0 away at Crown Twyford B with the third leg doing the full circle (6, 3, 1 and back to six sticks) and Joe Young hitting a six in the second leg.  Another match to go the whole hog was at Long Crendon VC where the home side eventually came out victorious 3-2.  The highlight?  It's got to be Dave Carruthers hitting 15 dolls in his first four legs, and then the "inevitable" - a blob in his last!  In the 'town derby', the White Hart progressed to the next round, winning 3-1 at home against the Ex Services.

Ardley Utd FC and the Pheasant Inn B had no problems winning their matches in the Supplementary Cup whilst the one at the Hundred Acres was a little tighter with the home side eventually beating the Barley Mow 3-1.

Sixers - Ant Bradbeer, Joe Youn

The draws for the second round of the Cups and the first round of the Plates, to be played on 29th May, have come up with the following:


Pheasant Inn A v Bell A

Red Lion Brackley v Shakespeare Originals

Shakespeare B v Brill S&SC A

Bull Inn A v Rose & Crown


White Horse v Launton S&S B

Nut Tree v Tiddington CC

Fox Souldern B v Crown CoO A

Red Cow v Launton S&S A


Crown CoO B v Plough MG Two

Lower Heyford S&SC v Long Crendon VC

White Hart v Chearsley Cricketers

Ashton Club v Crown Twyford A


Bye v Fox Souldern A

Butchers Arms v Chandos Arms

Ex Services v Bye

Plough MG One v Crown Twyford B


Bicester Bowls Club v Pheasant Inn B

Ardley Utd FC v Hundred Acres


Bye v Bell B

Bull Inn B v Barley Mow


Phil Allen



5th May 2024

A terrific evening at Tiddington CC on Wednesday - an unusually warm, dry evening boosted by a magnificent 25 dolls from Dougie Revitt (and, yes, he did only have 30 sticks), well supported by Bobby Allen and Pete Dempsey with 19 dolls apiece, Shakespeare B rattled off 97 and left with all five points.  Well done Dougie, there's still room for improvement though - 6  4  5  6  4 is how it went.  Pip Goulding played well for the Cricket Club with 17.  Crown CoO A responded well from a 4-1 defeat last week with a 4-1 win of their own, at home to the Rose and Crown.  Four nil up and, going for the whitewash, they set 17 in the last leg.  Dave Reast, anchorman for the visitors, needed five to win - and he got them.  Callum Cooper hit 16 in his first game of the season for the Crown.  Shakespeare Originals, also playing their first game this season, took all five points at home against the Bull Inn A - Pete Litten with 17, Steve Payne 16 and Tony Nichols with 15 (including a blob!), 'rescued' the Shakey!  In a closish but lowish scoring match at the Bell, the Red Lion Brackley were victorious by three legs to two.  Brian Gough top scored with 16.

In Division Two, the Nut Tree rolled back the years with a 5-0 whitewash over an understrength Launton S&S B team whose five man team somehow "managed" to all get blobs in the third leg - yes, nil points!  The Nut Tree now go top.  Launton S&S 'A team' recovered from last week's 4-1 defeat to inflict the same scoreline over the visiting. promotion chasing(!) White Horse.  Up on the hill, after winning their first two legs against Fox Souldern B, Brill S&SC A suffered their second successive 3-2 defeat.  Despite 19 dolls from "lead off man", Liam Fisher, the Red Cow also went down 3-2 at home to Pheasant Inn A.

Long Crendon VC have got themselves off to a great start in Division Three; a 3-2 victory last week and, at home again, in the local derby against Chearsley Cricketers on Wednesday, they inflicted a 5-0 demolition job over their near neighbours.  Dave Carruthers and Charlie Govier both hit 14 for the home side whilst Daren Vythelingum replied with an even better 15.  Newly promoted Butchers Arms, defeated 3-2 last week at Long Crendon, dropped the first leg at home to the Crown CoO B on Wednesday, but responded well to eventually win it 4-1.  With Terry Hawkins hitting 17, Lower Heyford S&SC got their season off to a 3-2 winning start at home to Chandos Arms.  John Fitzell (14), Paul Kilpin (13) and Robert Taylor (12) threw well for the visitors.

In Division Four, Plough MG One underperformed and lost all five points at home to Crown Twyford A who now go top of the table - Ant Lynch (11) and Sam Roberts (10) three well for the visitors.  The White Hart - who, ironically, beat Crown Twyford A 3-2 last week - won by the same scoreline this week away at Fox A and now sit in second place.  Dan Kimber hit ten for the home side whilst Martin Rowe had 11 for the visitors.  Crown Twyford B - new to the league this season - beat the visiting Ex Services 3-2 with Trevor Barnett rolling back the years for his 14 dolls.

All three matches in Division Five finished with 4-1 victories to the home sides - Ardley Utd FC, top the table after beating Bell B; Hundred Acres defeated Bull Inn B and Pheasant Inn B doing the same against Barley Mow.  Dave Brock (12) and Pete Bunce (11) for the Hundred Acres, and Dave Morris (11) for Pheasant Inn B.

Sixer - Doug Revitt (2)

Team knockout cup competitions will be the best of five legs.  In the event of a drawn leg, three sticks (and one stick and back to six sticks if required) will be played before going on to the next leg.

Phil Allen


28th April 2024

"Summer" has arrived and our aunt sally league is up and running once again!

On a bitterly cold first night of the season, the two teams who played at the Rose & Crown last year - and were far too good for Division Three - met at the Red Lion Brackley (the new venue of the old 'B' team).  John Bradshaw threw out of his skin for his 19 dolls (including a six), to eventually help the home side to a 3-2 victory.  Clive Lampitt also chipped in with a valuable 18 for the Red Lion.  Dave Reast and Ant Bradbeer with 15 apiece, and Paul Hudders with 14 did their utmost for the visitors but were unable to grab that third leg.  With Pete Dempsey, Bobby Allen and Dougie Revitt all hitting 17 dolls, the reigning champions, Shakespeare B, beat the visiting Crown CoO A 4-1.  Terry Bagnall top scored for the visitors with 14.  A close match between the Bull A and the Bell where, eventually, the visitors won 3-2.  OK, the fist leg was clear cut with the Bell setting 19 and the home side only managing 12; but, thereafter, it was pretty tight.  The Bull set the next with 12, and won it by one; the Bell set next with 11, and won it by one.  The next two were both drawn (15 each and then 13 each), and went to three stickers and were shared, a leg apiece.  Final score - in case you've lost track - was 3-2 to the Bell.  Some great throwing by Darren Moore for his 18 dolls for the Bell.  Tiddington CC had already forewarned a week or so earlier that they were unable to get a side together and their match at home against Shakespeare Originals was postponed. 

Pheasant Inn A, Red Cow and White Horse are already pushing for promotion (?), with their 4-1 victories - the Pheasant against Launton S&S A, Red Cow at home to Launton S&S B, and the White Horse at the Fox Souldern.  Of those, Liam Merchant (Red Cow) top scored with a creditable 16 dolls.

A close match at Long Crendon VC where the home side were 2-0 up, lost the third and then sneaked the fourth on a three sticker, and then lost the final leg - eventually winning 3-2.  Dave Carruthers with 15 and Jack Govier shone for the Village Centre whilst Alan West and John Plested both hit 13 for the Butchers Arms.  The Ashton Club came second best at home to Chandos Arms, losing 3-2.  Ashley Young and Dave Wheeler for the Ashton and Mark Mulcahy for the visitors all hit ten dolls apiece.  The match between Chearsley Cricketers and Lower Heyford S&SC was postponed because the visitors were unable to get sufficient players together.

In Division Four, the Ex Services (oh, to have been playing indoors on Wednesday evening!!) got off to an encouraging start with a 3-2 victory over Plough MG One.  Tracey Denton had a decent start to the season with 13 dolls, as did Andy Morris for the visitors with 12.  The White Hart, at home to the Crown Twyford A, won alternate legs to secure a 3-2 victory - Ally Ginger top scoring with 11 dolls for the visitors.  Fox Souldern A won the first three legs and lost the last two away at the Plough MG Two.

In Division Five - most of them newcomers - and we eventually found our first 5-0 winners of the season!   A bit of something different for Bicester Bowls Club, as nine of them had a go at this "strange game".  And they still put together a 5-0 whitewash at the Bull B.  Ardley Utd FC - another of the new teams, although a couple of them have played before - took a trip out to the Barley Mow at Heyford and put together another 5-0 winning performance.  Karl Wright, with 12 dolls for the Football Club, showed he's played before - albeit some time ago!  The Hundred Acres and Pheasant Inn B played out a close one, with the home side (the Acres) sneaking it.  The first two went to the visitors with the hosts pinching the last three.  Kevin Middleton hit 12 for the home side with Dave Morris even beating that, with 14 for the visitors. 

Sixer - John Bradshaw

Result Card completion

Please, print off  a sufficient number (one for each home game plus a couple in case drawn at home in the cup) and USE them.  I'm still receiving photographs of the scoreboard which is no use to me 'cos, generally, they only show nicknames.  I want Christian and Surnames, please.

Don't forget to enter the team names at the top of the sheet.

If a player whose name is on the sheet doesn't play in any of the legs, please just leave the relevant "score boxes" empty.

Please ensure that the players' totals down the right hand side and the team totals at the bottom, add up to the same total.

The winning team Captain is responsible for sending to the league secretary, via WhatsApp, a photograph of the completed result sheet.  As soon as the game has finished, please.

.Phil Allen


The draws for the first rounds of the League, Intermediate and Supplementary Cups were made on Wednesday evening - drawn by two Crown CoO A players (so blame them!) - and went like this.

Tiddington CC v Rose and Crown
Fox Souldern B v Pheasant Inn A
Red Cow v Red Lion Brackley
Nut Tree v Brill S&SC A
Bull Inn A v Launton S&S A
Shakespeare Originals v White Horse
Bell A v Crown CoO A
Launton S&S B v Shakespeare B

Long Crendon VC v Chandos Arms
White Hart v Ex Services
Crown Twyford B v Ashton Club
Plough MG Two v Fox Souldern A
Crown CoO B v Plough MG One
Butchers Arms v Crown Twyford A
Bye v Lower Heyford S&SC
Bye v Chearsley Cricketers

Bicester Bowls Club v Bye
Pheasant Inn B v Bell B
Ardley Utd FC v Bull Inn B
Hundred Acres v Barley Mow

These games will be played on Wednesday 8th May.  Because the Supplementary Cup competition only has seven teams in it, their cup and plate semi finals will then take place on the 29th May, meaning there will be a free week for the Division Five teams on 21st August.

Phil Allen


22nd April 2024

Morning all, we're almost there - lift off is this coming Wednesday.

Just a last minute reminder on a couple of points.

The Rules
All games will start at 8:30 pm.

League Games shall consist of five legs and played six-a-side each leg, chosen from a playing squad of up to nine for each game.  A different team of six can be nominated for each leg and each player can play from one to five 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.)  

In the event of a drawn leg, three sticks (and one stick and back to six sticks, if required) will be played before going on to the next leg.

The Captains shall toss before the match commences for the choice in the first and third legs.  The Captain losing that toss shall have the choice in the second and fourth legs.  There will then be a toss before the commencement of the fifth leg.  The choosing Captain may put the opposition in first if he/she wishes.

All 'Dolls' are to be knocked off cleanly.  When a doll falls the 'Umpire' must call "DOLL" of "IRON" clearly and loud enough to be heard.  Please respect the umpire's decision, which will be final.

Each member of a team shall throw six sticks, underarm, with both feet behind the “Ochee”.

If an away team cannot fulfil a fixture because of a lack of players, or intend not turning up because of inclement weather, then they are asked to notify the opposition by midday.  If the home team/hosting pub or club have that feeling, or suspect that the visiting team will not turn up, then, to save unnecessary expenditure, they do not have to prepare food.  If cancellation is due to the weather, both teams must understand that food is unlikely to be prepared.

Result Reporting
The result card template is attached.  Captains are asked to print off their own supply (one for each home game plus a couple in case drawn at home in the cup).

If a player whose name is on the sheet doesn't play in any of the legs, please just leave the relevant "score boxes" empty.

Please ensure that the players' totals down the right hand side and the team totals at the bottom, add up to the same total.

The winning team Captain is responsible for sending to the league secretary, via WhatsApp, a photograph of the completed result sheet. 

Aunt Sally Etiquette

Please read and inwardly digest the sheet relating to etiquette which can be found on the RULES page - and make your team members aware - so that we can all get out there and enjoy every minute of this coming summer season.


Phil Allen


7th April 2024

Morning all, here we go.  We are about to lift off!

Apologies for the delay in getting the fixtures out but I've been waiting for confirmation from a couple of teams - and still waiting for one or two.  Anyway, I need to get them out; so, here goes.....Please use the FIXTURES button to view.

Please have a good look at them and come back to me with any problems.

Phil Allen


1st April 2024

Morning all, we're almost there; the league starts in just over three weeks time.

I'm ready, I have the fixtures prepared but just waiting for confirmation from a prospective new team.  If they join us (and I'm expecting to hear tomorrow), we'll be up to 38 teams - five more than last year!   We'll then have three divisions of eight, and two of seven.

The two Rose and Crown teams - who turned out to be far too good for Division Three last year - are being promoted to Division One.  Rose and Crown A will continue to play at Charlton (Banbury) whilst the B team is moving and will be playing at the Red Lion Brackley.  The Red Cow Chesterton and the Nut Tree Murcott have been relegated to Division Two.  The Ashton Club will drop from Two to Three and the Butchers Arms will be promoted from Four to Three.  Divisions Four and Five will both have seven teams with the original Crown Twyford (now their A team) and the Ex Services going down to Four.  Six new teams, plus Bull B, will make up Division Five.

That's how I see it at the moment - just hoping the prospective new team mentioned earlier do join us.

I'll get the fixtures out as soon as I receive confirmation either way.

A reminder - there are a still quite a few teams who have yet to pay their £40 registration fees.  Cough up please!  No naming and shaming at this stage!

Phil Allen


Bicester league only won the Aunt Sally inter league cup again….2 years on the bounce

Annual General Meeting

19th March 2024

held at the Ex Services Club, Bicester

Apologies: Sophie Thomson, John Plested, Lewis Wilson.

  1. Welcome - Phil Allen (Secretary) welcomed everyone to the meeting. How encouraging it was to see so many there (31). He explained that, in the case of any voting throughout the meeting, it would be just one vote per team.

  1. Minutes of the last meeting – Those in attendance were happy with the minutes of the 2023 meeting. Proposed by Nick Cherry and seconded by Amy Sheehan.

  1. Finance – Phil Allen produced a copy of, and discussed, the accounts which had already been distributed. It was explained that the registration fees (£1395) and the competition entrance fees (£299) were, quite obviously, insufficient to cover the expenditure (£3164.71). And this is why he, as treasurer, was so grateful to a number of sponsors who donated another £1190. It was then further discussed that next season (2025) the registration fees should be increased to £50 per team. All members present were happy with the paperwork produced. Proposed by Billy Atwell and seconded by Ant Bradbeer.

  1. Election of officers – the secretary explained that both he and the chairman, George Deans, would be happy to stand again but asked everyone in attendance to bear in mind that the time is near (like, next year!) when members should be considering a replacement for the long standing secretary.

Nomination Proposer Seconder

Chairman/MC George Deans Aimee Sheehan Billy Atwell ) Proposed, seconded

Secretary Phil Allen Aimee Sheehan Billy Atwell ) and voted for en bloc

Treasurer Phil Allen Aimee Sheehan Billy Atwell )

  1. Constitution of the League

We will continue as last year, ie:

  • nine players may be used in the match

  • five legs

  • six players per leg

  • players can be changed in each leg if desired

  • in the event of a drawn leg, three stickers and then one sticker (if necessary), staying on one stick

  • one point for a win

Divisions cannot be formulated until completed registration forms are received by the secretary.

The only team known to be dropping out is Launton S&S Divas.

Teams known to be keen to join us are Ardley United FC, Barley Mow, Bicester Bowls Club, Crown Twyford B and Pheasant Inn B.

In the hope of finding more new teams, the secretary has written to a number of “new” pubs to see if they

would like to join us and is awaiting further response.

It was reiterated by the secretary that it wasn’t possible to say at the meeting which team would be in which division. This cannot be done, of course, until the completed registration forms have been returned. And, to amplify this, the secretary will continue to check the registration forms to see if any “higher class” player has dropped into a lower team thereby increasing that team’s potential average. Should that be the case, then consideration will be given as to whether that benefiting team should be in a higher division – and, maybe, if the losing team should drop down.

  1. Fixtures/Cup Competitions

The 2024 season will commence on Wednesday 24th April.

As in recent years, there will be no free weeks in the fixtures – unless, of course, it’s a cup week and teams have already been knocked out. The “divisional” singles and pairs competitions have proven to be a great success and every effort will be given to playing down to the final at each venue, thus eliminating any need for a semi finals night.

With teams now comprising of six players, the previous four a side competition will be replaced by a triples competition.

  1. Any other business

The secretary thanked all of our sponsors for their support last season and explained we couldn’t have managed without their help.

Result reporting this coming season will continue to be via WhatsApp.

Karl Budd proposed that the secretary takes his wife out for a meal, paid for out of league funds.

If an away team cannot fulfil a fixture because of a lack of players, or intend not turning up because of

inclement weather, then they are asked to notify the opposition by midday. If the home team/hosting pub or

club have that feeling, or suspect that the visiting team will not turn up, then, to save unnecessary

expenditure, they do not have to prepare food. If cancellation is due to the weather, both teams must

understand that food is unlikely to be prepared.


With the indoor leagues now 'done and dusted', I can concentrate on the summer league.

I have already sent out an email trying to get an idea of who's likely to be staying with us for another season - or who will not be.  Didn't get a great deal of response, I'm afraid.  What I do know is that Launton S&S Divas will not be playing this year, and that we're possibly going to have five new teams joining - Ardley United FC. Barley Mow, Bicester Bowls Club, Crown Twyford B, Pheasant Inn B.  Just what I want - I'm trying my utmost to expand the league.  Below is a list of those who I think will be with us.  If I'm not sure (ie there's no 'Yes' against your team), will you please come back to me.

Ardley United FC Yes
Launton S&S A Yes
Ashton Club Yes
Launton S&S B Yes

Long Crendon Village Centre Yes
Barley Mow Yes
Lower Heyford S&SC Yes
Bell A Yes

Bell B Yes
Nut Tree
Bicester Bowls Club Yes

Brill S&SC B Yes
Pheasant Inn A Yes
Bull Inn A (old Black Bull) Yes
Pheasant Inn B
Bull Inn B

Butchers Arms

Plough Marsh Gibbon One

Plough March Gibbon Two
Chandos Arms

Chearsley Cricketers Yes
Red Cow Yes
Crown A CoO Yes
Red Lion Brackley Yes
Crown B CoO Yes
Rose & Crown Charlton Yes
Crown Twyford A

Shakespeare A Yes
Crown Twyford B Yes
Shakespeare B Yes

Ex Services Yes
Tiddington CC Yes

Fox Souldern A

White Horse Yes
Fox Souldern B

White Hart

Hundred Acres

I've also emailed the Registration Form and, although I've put a last submission date of 31st March on it, ideally, I'd like to have them back on or by the AGM (which is on Tuesday 19th March at the Ex Services Club, starting at 7.30 pm).

Phil Allen


8th March 2024

Exactly the same report as last year - but then, there's no reason to change the wording (except, of course, the names), 'cos that's how I feel the whole season has been.

Sadly, the 2023-24 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 - who'd want it any other way?!   In fact, a full season of just that!  But, what a real pleasure it's been. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.   I've got that very deflated feeling already, eagerly looking forward to October!

A list of 'how it finished' is attached.  A very well done to the winners and commiserations to those who came second!

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

Now let's get ourselves prepared (winter jackets at the ready) for the summer league which starts on 24th April.  The AGM for the summer season will be held this coming Tuesday (19th March) at the Ex Services Club, starting at 7.30 pm.

And for those who have been worrying about my wellbeing during my two day sickness bug, firstly, thank you all very much for your concern and, secondly, I have now fully recovered, back to full fitness and feeling 100% much better.  Thanks for your concern. 

Phil Allen



League Champions Red cow
League Champions Misfits
Runners Up Bull Inn
Runners Up Crown

Handicap League Champions Lower Heyford S&SC
Handicap League Champions Misfits
Runners Up Mr&MrsFits
Runners Up The Cherries

Knockout Cup Winners Bull Inn
Knockout Cup Winners Crown
Runners Up Ex Services
Runners Up Bell

Knockout Plate Winners RiffRaff
Knockout Plate Winners Unwanted
Runners Up Launton S&S
Runners Up Ex Services

Two and a Half Pairs Cup Winners Bull Inn
Two and a Half Pairs Cup Winners Misfits
Runners Up Lower Heyford S&SC
Runners Up Crown

Two and a Half Pairs Plate Winners Red Cow
Two and a Half Pairs Plate Winners Unwanted
Runners Up Lower Heyford S&SC
Runners Up Ex Services

Triples Winners Dave Gardiner, Keith Lennard, Greg English
Triples Winners Clive Lampitt, Jamie Wiltshire, Greg English
Runners up Karl Budd, Terry Hawkins, Dave Vear
Runners Up Bobby Allen, Ray Rowe, Zak Vear

Pairs Winners Nigel King and Kevin Powney
Pairs Winners Dave Reast and Brian Gough
Runners Up Ant Bradbeer and Keith Lennard
Runners Up Karl Budd and Jeremy Launchbury

Singles Winner Tony Nichols
Singles Winner Liam Fisher
Runner Up Baz Bazile
Runner Up Brian Gough

League Top Doll Scorer Karl Budd
League Top Doll Scorer Dougie Revitt

3rd March 2024

Sadly the indoor leagues are coming to a close - just the finals nights to come this week - but, wow, what a couple of great nights to finish off the Handicap Leagues.

In the Tuesday league, it was down to the top four to fight it out amongst themselves - and, coincidentally, they were all playing at the same time and against each other.  First on were top of the table Lower Heyford S&S against second placed Ex Services.  Despite hitting 20 in the first leg and winning that one comfortably - and with Rick Gumbert and Paul Hudders throwing well for their ten apiece - the Ex's fell apart, eventually losing that one 4-2.  On the other pitch at the same time, third placed Mr&MrsFits - now seven points behind potential champions, Lower Heyford - were up against the complete outsiders, Launton S&S, who would need maximum points to stand any chance of champions or runners up.  Not throwing particularly well, Launton took the first two legs but then, despite Terry Smith's blob to six in three legs, and with Karl Budd hitting 12 dolls (a six in the third) and Billy Atwell backing him up with 11, Mr&MrsFits took a consolation two points.

So, after the first round of matches, Lower Heyford S&S on 50 points, Ex's 46, Mr&MrsFits 45 and Launton S&S 42.  In the final matches, Lower Heyford - needing just three points to be crowned champions - were up against Launton.  A draw in the first leg.  Let's not drag on!  They won the next two and finished as best handicap team in the League - one better than last year!  Still runners up spot being played for on pitch two.  Mr&MrsFits needed four points.  Karl Budd, leading the way with 13 dolls - and, despite Tracey Denton getting the same score - they did it in the first two legs and finished as runners up.

Apologies to the other teams but I'm sure they'll understand!   Some brilliant scoring in those other games too - Liam Fisher with 22 (13 and 9) - including a six, Clive Lampitt 22 (12 and 10), Nigek King 21 (10 and 11), Kev Powney 21 (11 and 10) and Roger Herbert with 13 in his second match.   

Wednesday was just as exciting!  Going into the evening, top of the table, the Unwanted knew they were up against it - giving away three dolls per leg to The Cherries and four to the Ashton Club - and so it proved to be, losing 6-0 and then drawing three apiece.  Down to the second placed the Crown then.  A similar fate for them!  Up against the Misfits and, despite it being rather close, they only managed two points out of it.

So, into the second round of matches and The Cherries are now top by one point over the Crown and the Misfits.

First on were The Cherries against complete outsiders, Ex Services.  In a fairly high scoring match - averaging 20 a leg - the Ex's sneaked it 4-2 and all The Cherries could do now was sit back and pray!  Next up were the Unwanted - needing maximum points - against the Ashton Club.  That went out the window - the first leg was drawn - final score was three points each.  Crown and Misfits, 44 points apiece, now up against the Bell and the Shakespeare.  Both drew their first legs but then, the Shakey could do nothing to take any further points off the Misfits whilst the Bell pinched the second from the Crown.  The rest is history - the Misfits - not used to such pressure and rather nervous, and not throwing particularly well - sneaked the third!  The rest is history!  The Misfits are champions and The Cherries second.

Individually, Liam Fisher threw well for 23 dolls and Darren Moore also for his 21, including a six.

Sixers - Tuesday - Liam Fisher, Karl Budd and Terry Smith
           - Wednesday - Darren Moore

Phil Allen




Knockout Cup Final - Bull v Ex Services (Pitch 1)
Knockout Cup Final - Bell v Crown (Pitch 1)
KO Cup Plate Cup Final - Launton S&S v RiffRaff (Pitch 2)
KO Cup Plate Cup Final - Ex Services v Unwanted (Pitch 2)

Two and a half pairs cup final - Launton S&S v Bull Inn (Pitch1)
Two and a half pairs cup final - Crown v Misfits (Pitch 1)
Two and a half pairs plate final - Lower Heyford S&SC v Red Cow (Pitch 2)
Two and a half pairs plate final - Unwanted v Ex Services (Pitch 2)

Triples Final (Pitch 1) - Karl Budd, Terry Hawkins, Dave Vear
Triples Final (Pitch 1) - Dougie Revitt, Eddie Jones, Zak Vear


Dave Gardiner, Keith Lennard, Greg English
Clive Lampitt, Jamie Wiltshire, Colin Baldwin

Pairs Final (Pitch 1) - Nigel King and Kevin Powney
Pairs Final (Pitch 1) - Brian Gough and Dave Reast

Ant Bradbeer and Paul Hudders
Karl Budd and Jeremy Launchbury

Singles Final (Pitch 1) - Tony Nichols v Baz Bazile
Singles Final (Pitch 1) - Brian Gough v Liam Fisher

18th February 2024

Plaudits of the week have to go to Ian Cantwell for thirteen in each of his two matches, including another six (his fourth of the season).   Not a bad evening's work, 26 dolls.  Well done Ian.  A bit of a mixed bag for his team though (the Red Cow) as they whitewashed the table topping Ex Services but were then beaten by the same scoreline by Mr&MrsFits.  Not the best of weeks for an underperforming Ex Services side either.  As was said earlier, they lost all six points against the Red Cow and then another four against the RiffRaff, to then be replaced at the top of the table by Lower Heyford S&SC.  And, whilst it took Clive Lampitt until last week to get his first Tuesday league six, he came up with another this week.  Well done Clive.

A mixed bag of results on Wednesday, as the Unwanted return to the top of the table.  In their opening match of the evening against the Misfits, the Unwanted threw out of their skins in the first couple of legs - chasing the Misfits' set of 12 and getting 20 and then setting 27 themselves - with James Kirtland hitting 12, including a six.  Great throwing - but it then all fell apart!  They lost the last leg and were then defeated 4-2 by the Bell later in the evening.  The Crown had a very similar sort of night out, beating The Cherries 4-2 but then losing all points against the Ex Services - who, it must be said, had a terrific evening, winning every leg (maximum 12 points), and Dave Vear throwing brilliantly in the game against the Crown for his twelve dolls.  Well done Dave.  The Ashton Club came out on top, winning 6-0, in a close-ish 'local derby' against the Bell but then, with Dougie Revitt hitting 14 (including his fifth six of the season) lost 5-1 'away' to the Misfits.

Sixers - Tuesday - Ian Cantwell and Clive Lampitt
           - Wednesday - James Kirtland and Doug Revitt

Phil Allen


11th February 2024

With only four players on Tuesday evening, the Red Cow lost all twelve points, dropped a couple of places in the table and any reasonable possibility of retaining the trophy that they won last year.  Their only real consolation was that Liam Merchant hit his first six of the season!  Well done Liam.  The Ex Services still hold on to top spot, after claiming four points against the Bull and a whitewash over the Bell - with Tracey Denton also getting her first six of the season and Baz recovering from a blob in his first leg and then hitting 18 in five legs(8 and 10).  Ten points for Launton S&S - four against the RiffRaff and a maximum against the Red Cow - see them shoot up three places to the dizzy heights of fourth place.  A special mention this week for Clive 'Evil C' Lampitt - 25 dolls in total - twelve (including a six) in his first match of the evening and thirteen in his second, against Lower Heyford S&SC.  Well done Clive.

With Wednesday's top three teams all drawing their first matches, it opened the doors for the Misfits to make up a little ground and close the gap at the top - and they did - by one point!  The Crown drew with the Unwanted, followed by The Cherries and the Bell doing likewise.  Kev Powney hit twelve and Karl Budd eleven, followed by Darren Moore with twelve and Dave Puddle and Nick Cherry with ten apiece.  The Shakespeare and the Ashton Club also drew 3-3, with Steve Payne top doll scorer in that one with twelve, including a six.  In the meantime, the Misfits 'took full advantage' claiming all six points against the Ex Services - with Bobby Allen throwing out of his skin for 16 dolls (6, 5, 5) and Brian Gough and Steve Walton both hitting eleven.  In the 'second half', the Unwanted got the better of the Shakespeare 4-2 whilst the Crown lost by the same scoreline to the Ashton Club.   So, it was all eyes on the Misfits against The Cherries.  With Dougie Revitt hitting yet another six in the first leg, the Misfits rattled up 21 dolls and won that leg.  They tired (!!) - but Dougie still finished with 14 - and The Cherries claimed the next two legs.   So, on the night, eight points to the Misfits, seven to the Unwanted, The Cherries and the Ashton Club.  Welcome back, and well done, to John Cottingham (Ashton Club) who's been away from the game for quite some time, yet came back to hit double figures (ten dolls) in his only match of the evening.

Sixers - Tuesday - Clive Lampitt, Liam Merchant, Tracey Denton
           - Wednesday - Bobby Allen, Dougie Revitt, Steve Payne

Phil Allen


2nd February 2024

A couple of encouraging attendances for the singles' competitions this week - 39 on each evening.

On pitch one on Tuesday, Tony Nichols, who's been on top form recently, won his way through to the final after beating Clive Lampitt, Wayne Walker, Ian Cantwell and Dave Gardiner on the way.  In the final Tony will be up against the threat of Baz, another who's been having a great last few weeks.  Well done chaps.

On Wednesday evening, despite having a very swollen infected "throwing" hand, Brian Gough saw off Steve Godfrey, Tony Nichols, Jed Launchbury and Greg English to cement his place in the final.  The other to get to the final on that pitch was Greg English who had a great evening, seeing off Baz, Steve Walton and Chris Hooper - who, himself had already beaten three others.  Equally as much excitement on the other pitch for Liam Fisher who, initially, got through the preliminary round before beating Terry Smith, Karl Budd and Bobby Allen before meeting and beating Eddie Jones.

To recap, the Tuesday final will be Tony Nichols against Baz asnd Wednesday's will be Brian Gough against Liam Fisher.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - I'll be going to order the trophies on Monday, and, embarrassingly, have left it rather late to ask last year's winners to return the trophies they have.   Would, whoever has the following trophies, please bring them in on Tuesday or Wednesday.

League Champions - Bull Inn
Knockout Cup Winners - Red Cow
Knockout Plate Winners - Bull Inn
2.5prs Cup Winners - Mr&MrsFits
2.5prs Plate Winners - Red Cow
Singles Winner - Ian Cantwell
Pairs Winners - Nigel King and Kevin Powney
Triples Winners - Roger Herbert, Fred Houghton, Michelle 
Top Doll Scorer - Karl Budd
Handicap League Winners - Red Cow

League Champions - Misfits
Knockout Cup Winners - Misfits
Knockout Plate Winners - The Cherries
2.5prs Cup Winners - Crown
2.5prs Plate Winners - Misfits
Pairs Winners - Dave Reast and Brian Gough
Triples Winners - Liam Fisher, Eddie Jones, Keith Lennard
Top Doll Scorer - Brian Gough
Handicap League Winners - Shakespeare

Phil Allen


8th Jan 22024

Not the best of evenings for the table topping Ex Services on Tuesday, but, with their closest rivals, Lower Heyford S&SC and the Red Cow, also dropping vital points, the Ex's remain at the top.  In their first match against Mr&MrsFits, despite Baz's six, they came second best on the end of a 4-2 defeat and then drew three each against Launton S&S.  Chasing them, Lower Heyford got the better of Launton S&S, beating them 4-2 but then lost by the same scoreline to Mr&MrsFits.  Unknowingly at the time, it was a great opportunity for the Red Cow to close the gap - but, after a very profitable 5-1 victory over the Bull Inn, they played very badly (by their standards) and lost 5-1 against the RiffRaff.  Individually, Karl Budd had a terrific evening, hitting 25 dolls (13 and 12, including a six), Tony Nichols with 21 (9 and 12), Ian Cantwell 20 (two tens) and Lee Gardiner with ten in his three legs.

Nine points for the Crown - a three all draw against the Bell and a 6-0 whitewash over the Shakespeare - have shot them to the top of the Wednesday league, leapfrogging the Unwanted who lost 4-2 against the Ashton Club before dropping a leg to the Ex Services.  With Keith Lennard throwing well (18 dolls - 8 and 10), the Ashton also beat The Cherries 4-2.  A bit of a mixed bag for the Misfits.  With Dougie Revitt - as Dougie does - throwing exceptionally well for his 26 dolls (11 and 15, including a six), they drew three apiece with the Shakespeare before beating the Bell 4-2.  Other creditable individual performances worthy of a mention were Bobby Allen's 22 (10 and 12), Karl Budd 20 (9 and 11), John Hudson 19 (11 and 8), Paul Hudders 19 (5 and 14, including a six) and Dave Puddle 18 (8 and 10, including a six).  Well done chaps. 

Sixers - Tuesday - Karl Budd and Baz Bazile
           - Wednesday - Doug Revitt, Dave Puddle, Paul Hudders

Phil Allen

For a number of years now we have held the AGM for our summer league on the last Thursday of January.  That, really, is probably way too early - almost three months before the league has started.  Then, last year we held it in late March; being a month closer to the start of our summer season, teams/pubs/clubs were a little bit clearer on whether they'd be able to take part or not and what they wanted.

Although the meeting is still a couple of months or so away, I'd 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.  No rush but I'd be grateful if you would please come back to me just to let me know your intentions.  And please, if you know of any others who you think would like to join us, again, please let me know.  I'll then chase them.

The intention is to start the fixtures on Wednesday 24th April.

Hope you can make the meeting 'cos I'm sure there'll be a great deal to discuss.  Don't worry, I'll remind you nearer the time.

One of the main talking points is, with the success of 'picking any six players from nine' which we operated last summer, there will certainly be lengthy discussions at the meeting 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.  

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 or are unable to get someone to represent you, please let me know which format you would prefer.  I'll monitor replies to ensure we only allow one vote per team.

And, if, indeed, there is anything particular you'd like to raise - whether it be at the meeting or just with me in general - please let me know.

Phil Allen


22nd January 2024

A very profitable Tuesday evening for the Ex Services.  After taking four points in a low scoring match against the RiffRaff they then put together a much improved performance - with Rick Gumbert hitting 11 dolls - to whitewash a below par Red Cow team 6-0 - and to open up the gap at the top of the table.  An even better eleven points for Lower Heyford S&SC - a maximum six against the Bull Inn and five against Bell B - shoots them up into second place.  With a 'guest appearance' from last week's sickie (Tony Nichols - 9 and 10 dolls), and the team skipper's much improved performance (Phil Allen - 11 and 10), Launton S&S's nine points (five against Bell B and four against the Bull) take them up a further place 'away from relegation'!  Many congratulations to the Bell who, with only four players, hit twelve and drew a leg against Launton and thirteen and drew a leg against Lower Heyford.  Well done to Nigel King who, by his normally high standards, had a very poor evening - but still managed to hit that magical six.

Ten points for the Unwanted on Wednesday - four against the Bell (with a 25 leg thrown in and the skipper hitting a six!), followed by a maximum against the Misfits sees them jump to the top of the table.  Hot on their tails are the Crown, who lost 4-2 in their first match against a much improved Ex Services but then returned with a terrific performance - leg average of just over 19, with one of 25 thrown in - to trounce The Cherries 6-0.  Tony Launchbury had a great evening with 22 dolls (two elevens).   A couple of great matches for the Ex Services - the first when they beat the Crown 4-2, hitting 52 dolls and then when they took four points off the Shakespeare, this time clanging off 61 dolls.  Eight points,113 dolls and Baz with 18 (8 and 10).  

Sixers - Tuesday - Nigel King
           - Wednesday - Phil Allen

Phil Allen


14th January 2024

Ian Cantwell's 21 dolls (including his third six of the season) and Liam Fisher's 20 on Tuesday evening, enabled the Red Cow to beat Launton S&S 5-4 and Lower Heyford S&SC 4-2.   With Rick Gumbert performing well for the Ex Services - 19 dolls in his five legs - they've pipped the Red Cow by four dolls for that top spot in the table.  The Ex's beat Bell B 6-0 in their first match followed by a 4-2 victory over a well under par Bull Inn.   In a close match between Lower Heyford S&SC and the RiffRaff, the club came out on top 4-2 but they then lost by the same scoreline to the Red Cow.  With Nigel Wakelin hitting a six (following a blob!!), the RiffRaff reversed their previous result and beat Launton S&S 4-2.

With the Ashton Club unable to field a team on Wednesday, to allow their scheduled opponents (the Crown and the Shakespeare) and "top doll scorer chasing individuals" the opportunity to play two matches, we filled in with a couple of "made-up" teams.  Two creditable performances from The Cherries - 4-2 victories over both the Misfits and the Bell - have elevated them to table toppers, just one point ahead of the Crown and the Misfits.  Although not a great evening for the Misfits, Dougie Revitt performed to his normal high standard, scoring 23 (13 and 10 - no, not a six amongst it) which takes him back to the top of the doll scorers chart - the first time since the first week of the season!  Karl Budd performed equally as well, hitting 23 (11 and 12) to help earn the Crown ten points - a 'whitewash' over the Ashton Club and four points against the Unwanted.  Great to see Ray Townsend putting in an "old style Ray performance" for his 11 and 8 - well done Ray.  

Sixers - Tuesday - Ian Cantwell and Nigel Wakelin
Phil Allen


7th January 2024

A Happy New Year to you all.

The Bull Inn got themselves off to a great start in the Tuesday Handicap League, claiming all twelve points - maximums against Bell B and the RiffRaff.  With target scores of 12 per leg - and Nigel King throwing exceptionally well for his 24 dolls (13 and 11) - they hit 42 in the first match followed by 39 in the second.  Also throwing off scratch (no handicap!) and against the same opponents (RiffRaff and Bell), the Red Cow dropped a leg in each match, but still find themselves in second place in the table.  The Ex Services excelled themselves, hitting 49 dolls and claiming all six points against Launton S&S in their first match, and then against Lower Heyford S&SC they drew the first leg, and lost the next two by one doll in each.  Individually, a great night for both Baz Bazile and Tracey Denton; they hit ten apiece in their first match followed by nine apiece in the second.  Talking individual scores, Karl Budd got his new year off to a great start - 25 dolls on Tuesday (13 - including a six - and 12) with another 25 on Wednesday (more of that later).  Well done Sir!

Ironically, at this stage last season, the Misfits hit 90 dolls in their first two matches and found themselves bottom of the table with just three points; this year with the same number of dolls they beat the Bell 6-0 and the Crown 4-2 and top the table with ten points.  In the first match against the Bell Brian Gough hit 12, Bobby Allen ten and Dougie Revitt ten - including a six.  As mentioned earlier, Karl Budd threw extremely well for the Crown, with 14 and 11 (and no six!).  Their second highest scorer was someone called "Handicap" - nine in each match !!!  Hope he's not available this week - we're playing them!  Good to see Erik Poslusny back for the Shakespeare, and he threw well (9 and 12 - including a six).

Sixers - Tuesday - Karl Budd
              Wednesday - Doug Revitt and Erik Poslusny

Phil Allen


29th December 2023

On the RESULTS page are the league tables, averages and handicaps for the leagues which start this week.  I'll be willing to explain them a little bit more this coming Tuesday and Wednesday , but, this is how it goes:

On a Tuesday night, when the Bell B - with a handicap of 6 - are playing the Red Cow, Bull, RiffRaff, Mr&MrsFits and Launton S&S the most they get is four (the maximum decided upon at the AGM).  When they're up against the Ex Services and Lower Heyford S&SC, the Bells' handicaps go up to their maximum six (whilst those other teams get their two or four as shown in the table).

Likewise, on a Wednesday, the Cherries, Ashton Club, Bell and the Ex's handicap goes down to four when they play the Misfits and adjusted to a maximum of four when playing the others.

You know what I mean, don't you?!  It's just the same as last year.

A Happy New Year to you all.

Phil Allen


23rd December 2023

Two great evenings of triples this week.  Rather a pity that a few were unable to attend, mainly due to sickness, but still a great turnout on each evening - 17 teams on Tuesday and 16 on Wednesday.  Not surprisingly, with the averages pretty much identical, we had a few very close matches - some even going to five three stickers!  All in all, very enjoyable.

Those who got through to the Tuesday night's final are Karl Budd, Terry Hawkins and Dave Vear.  Wednesday's finalists will be Dougie Revitt, Eddie Jones and Zak Vear and they'll be up against Clive Lampitt, Jamie Wiltshire and Colin Baldwin.  Well done everyone.

Oh yeh, I forgot to mention in my previous email that Karl Budd, Eddie Jones and Tony Launchbury all hit a six.  Well done chaps.

I suppose you really want to know who Sticky's team are going to play in the Tuesday night final, don't you!!  They'll be up against Dave Gardiner, Keith Lennard and Greg English. 

So, to round off 2023, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you again on Tuesday 2nd and/or Wednesday 3rd January.

Phil Allen


17th December 2023

On Tuesday evening, in the final "league" fixtures, eyes were on the Bull Inn's and the RiffRaff's 'fight' for the runners up spot.  RiffRaff were up against the already crowned champions, the Red Cow, whilst the Bull were facing the challenge of the Bell.  Level on points but the Bull had a far superior dolls advantage, it really meant RiffRaff were chasing all six points.  And, with the Red Cow only having four players, RiffRaff took the first two legs fairly comfortably.  But then, with Ian Cantwell producing another five-leg, the Red Cow upped a gear and took the last 12-10.  The Bull then, with the aforementioned dolls advantage, were quite aware that four points would be sufficient - and they did that by taking the first two legs off the Bell.  Elsewhere on the night, Mr&MrsFits beat Lower Heyford S&SC by the same scoreline as did Launton S&S against the Ex Services.

In the Cup and Plate semi finals which followed, despite James Kirtland hitting 12 for Lower Heyford in the Cup, the Bull beat them 2-1 and the Ex Services beat Mr&MrsFits 2-0.  In the Plate, RiffRaff beat the Red Cow 2-1 despite Ian Cantwell's six and Roger Herbert rolling back the years for his 12 dolls.

As was the case on Tuesday, the chase for second spot was also on on Wednesday.  And the Crown, already in second place, had a much superior doll advantage over the Shakespeare - and they were playing each other!  The Crown took the first, the Shakespeare the second so it was all down to the third leg.  And that one was touch and go - with Karl Budd's six setting the Crown on their way, it finished 15-14 in their favour.  Keith Lennard threw well for his 11 dolls for the four man Ashton Club team, as they drew three apiece with The Cherries.

In the Cup, the Crown beat a lacklustre Misfits 2-1 and will meet the Bell in the final after they comfortably won 2-0 against The Cherries.  The Unwanted (who defeated the Ashton Club 2-1) will come up against the Ex Services (who won 2-0 against the Shakespeare) in the Plate final.

Sixers - Tuesday - Ian Cantwell
           - Wednesday - Karl Budd

Phil Allen


12th December 2023

On Tuesday evening, with the Bull having another poor week, the Red Cow took full advantage and are now ten points clear at the top of the table.  In their first match of the evening, against an 'over performing' Launton S&S - and under performing themselves - they dropped all six points.  Tony Nichols threw well for the S&S (12 dolls in that match, including a six (21 on the night)).  They did redeem themselves somewhat in their second match, taking all six points off Lower Heyford S&SC.  The Red Cow, on the other hand, had a very profitable evening with maximum points and 48 dolls against the Ex Services, followed by a 5-1 success over Mr&MrsFits - in fact, after half an hour of putting this report together, I've just realised they're this season's LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!  Well done chaps.  Bell B had a terrific start to the evening, hitting 14 dolls and taking the first leg off Lower Heyford S&SC - but then .....!

The Misfits have retained the Wednesday 'league champions' title - for the fourth year on the trot.  Well done chaps!   Another terrific evening this week, taking all twelve points against the Unwanted and the Ashton Club, hitting 103 dolls, Brian Gough hitting 24 dolls (10 and 14, including a six), Dougie Revitt and Clive Lampitt hitting 23 apiece.  A decent evening's work!    The fight for second place is still on between the Crown and the Shakespeare - and they play each other this week!  In their matches this week, the Crown won 4-2 'away' against The Cherries (with Karl Budd hitting 12 (including a six)) and then taking all six points against the Ex Services whilst the Shakespeare dropped just one point.  Going to be an interesting encounter this week!  Using their rotational system for dropping players when they have more than five, it was Eddie Jones's turn to 'sit out' the Bell's final leg of the evening - and he'd just hit a six and a five in the previous two legs!  Well thrown Eddie and hard luck! 

Sixers - Tuesday - Tony Nichols and Ian Cantwell
           - Wednesday - Karl Budd, Brian Gough and Eddie Jones.

This week it's the final league match of the season followed by Knockout Cup and Plate semi finals.  The teams involved are:

Tuesday KO Cup - Ex Services, Bull Inn, Lower Heyford S&SC, Mr&MrsFits

Tuesday KO Plate - Launton S&S, Red Cow, Bell, RiffRaff

Wednesday KO Cup - Misfits, Crown, Bell, The Cherries

Wednesday KO Plate - Unwanted, Ashton Club, Shakespeare, Ex Services

Please disregard the "draws" I published on the bottom of the 31st October and 1st November results sheets - they weren't drawn, they were a case of the winners/losers of pitch one against winners/losers of pitch two etc.  And that shouldn't have been; we will actually do the draws on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as in previous years.

Phil Allen


4th December 2023

Once again (as last year), very pleasing attendances for this week's pairs competitions - 23 pairs on Tuesday and 25 on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the reigning champions, Nigel King and Kevin Powney got through to this year's final against the season's newcomers, Ant Bradbeer and Paul Hudders.  On Wednesday, Brian Gough and Dave Reast won their way through to meet Karl Budd and Jeremy Launchbury.

Well done chaps.

Phil Allen


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