It was great to be back at Banbury Chestnut's on Sunday for our  game against Warwickshire VP's. The green was how we remembered it from before our enforced break away from the game, providing a surface enjoyable to bowls on.

Before the start of the match, we were treated to a fly past by the Red Arrows. If it's good enough for the G7 folks it's good enough for the VP's.

All five rinks recorded a win adding up to a match scoreline of 119-62 in Oxfordshire's favour.

Gerald Fountain, Roger Oliver, John McGeough and Alan Wase (on his own green), overwhelmed their opponents and comfortably taking the highest rink prizes, winning 16 of the 21 ends in their 34-7 win.

Chairman Allan Hunt leading from the front and followed by Ron Havard, Alex Fleming and skip Chis Weller shared the first 12 ends of their game, 6 ends each and seven shots each before taking seven of the remaining nine ends, collecting 15 shots to their oppositions three for a 22-10 win.

Four three's in their eleven winning ends were a major part of Ian Hale, Bob Foster, Alan Rowe and Mike Andrew's 20-13 success. From the seventh end they maintained their four shot buffer, then finishing with a three on the last end.

Both of the outside rinks had three shot wins and both winning twelve of the 21 ends played. John Dunne, Bill Pointer, Brian Ray and Mick Morris were level 8-8 after nine ends, then a four on the thirteenth opened up a three shot lead which had grown to seven with two to play. After dropping a three and a one they had maintained their three shot cushion closing on 20-17.

John Duncan, Nigel Satchell, Ian Whelpton and Chris Cox saw their 5-0 lead after four ends disappear with a dropped five on the next end. They collected a five on the tenth and after fifteen ends the game was all square at 16 each. A four at the next end swung the game in their favour with three singles from the last five ends being enough for a 23-20 win.

Thanks go out to the Chestnuts members who organised the after-match seating arrangements very well to comply with the current rulings and the very welcome meal. A special thanks to the young lady who single handed provided a waitress service throughout the game.

An enjoyable day for one and all and as one of the Warwickshire bowlers commented, 'how nice to get back to a proper game of bowls followed by a meal rather than, turn up, bowl and go home'.

Hopefully, normality is not too far away.


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Wednesday, 10th of August 2022
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