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Summer 2016 – Finals Night Order of Play

14th September 2016


Tandem vs Abingdon United B

D.Dix (Ab Utd B) vs M.Philips (Spread Eagle)


Ab Utd B (A)  – D.Davies/L.Clapton/I.Morrison/B.Parker
Ab Utd B (B)  – T.Lach/P.Barrett/B.Duff/T.Ward

Plum Pudding (Fisher/Downes/Woolloff) vs Abingdon RBL A (B) (Sapey/Ealey/Champ)

G.Brown (Spread Eagle) vs G. Lee (Berinsfield SC A)

B.Duff (Ab Utd B) vs B.Moody (Steventon Sports A)



Competitions: Pairs Results – Complete

With the Wednesday’s thunderstorms the Pairs Knockout competitions were already one venue down with the Tandem limping out without any lighting due to the storms that took out some of Kennington. The Tandem venue will be was replayed in August (after other competitions).

2016 Pairs rerun Tandem

Tandem Pairs play sheet


Geoff Lee ran the rescheduled Pairs at the Tandem on 4th August.

M Manion & J Pounceby from the Vine in Cumnor (section B) won through to the finals night, they both played outstandingly with Manion not scoring less than 3 dolls every visit.
They played D Butler & B Adams in the final game who gave them a good run for their money but came up against 2 worthy opponents who thoroughly deserved the victory.

Semi-finals will be played on Finals Night on Wednesday 14th Sept at Abingdon United FC.

Winners of the venues are as follows and pictures etc below.

Venue Semi-Finalists
Tandem M Manion/J Pounceby (The Vine)
Steventon Sports John Simmons/Mick Phillips (Spread Eagle)
Abingdon Con.Club Dave Hudson/Graham Brown (Spread Eagle)
Berinsfield SC Ian Brook/Barry Stowell (Spread Eagle B)


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A soggy night at Berinsfield didn’t deter Ian Brook from scoring 4’s in the rain.2016 Pairs Berinsfield - a Wet One

2016 Pairs Berinsfield Scoreboard2016 Pairs Berinsfield games



Competitions: Pairs Knock Out Reschedule – This Thursday

The Pairs venue at the Tandem that was postponed due to lack of lighting after the lightning storm on 16th June will take place on Thursday this week.

The following players are registered to play:-


1. A.Bell/C.Smith
2. P.Broad/G.Lee
3. C.Mildenhall/M.Mildenhall
4. D.Butler/B.Adams
5. B.Duff/B.Clapton
6. N.Weston/R.Nichols
7. J.Pounceby/M.Manion
8. N.Biggs/J. or P.Longford


Competitions: Captain’s & Secretary’s


A cool but dry evening at Steventon Sports Club

A damp early evening cleared for the Captain’s and Secretary’s knock out competition at Steventon Sports Club.

With only 6 Secretaries and 8 Captains 2 prelim games were battled for the Secretaries.

Nicky Biggs battled through 3 legs and finally won his game against Paul Ealey in a 3 stick decider.

Geoff Lee took his game against Bob Duff to 3 legs to get his place in the next round cracking two 4s in the process. In the following round Nicky Biggs couldn’t get his form back as Geoff Lee won the first leg 4-3 and took a 1 stick decider to secure his place in the Final.

Graham Brown made it look easy as he set 5 in the first leg against Keith Buckle who couldn’t get past a 1 in the second leg to save the game.


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In the Captain’s an after draw mistake by the official gave Dave Sapey a bye to the next round.

Terry Downes took Dave Dix to a 3rd leg with minimal scoring but only scored 1 in the 3rd leg decider which Dave doubled.

Mick Philips got all 4s to win through even with Paul Longford setting a great 5 in the second leg.

Stuart Wilson won over Michael Jarvis when the 4-4 second leg went to 3 sticks (2-2) and 1 stick.


2016 Scorecard for Captain’s and Secretary’s Knockout

In the Semi-Finals Dave Dix made short work of Dave Sapey’s 1 in the first leg and then setting a 6 – a hard act to follow even for the best – and secured his place in the Captain’s Final.

Stuart Wilson set respectable 3s in the other Semi-Final but Mick Philips got the 4s he needed for his place in the final.

Captain’s Finalists – D.Dix & M.Philips

Secretary’s Finalists –  G.Brown & G. Lee



Competitions: Red Drive (3s)

With the temperature cooling down the 3s competition was the hottest thing at the venues of The Vine and Fox Denchworth on Thursday.

At the Fox four teams competed. Plum Pudding took Ab Utd B(A) two straight legs with Terry Downes hitting 5-4. Spread Eagle B(B) then took out the Tandem with 2 straight legs. Plum Pudding then sealed the deal against Spread B(B) with 9 in each leg Ken Fisher doing 4’s and Terry Downes doing 3’s (and Tosh Woolloff doing 2’s).  Plum Pudding go through to the final.

At The Vine 7 teams turned up, the exception being the side from the Spread Eagle B (A).

Ab RBL did come through and deservedly so. However it was the Ab RBL A of Sapey, Ealey, Champ (Gavaghan) rather than Ab RBL B that were due to be there. In this case  we do need to make allowance for players from teams that really support the competitions so the decision to let them play was made. (We’ve also had no complaints about it either and the Plum are happy to play on).

As for the events that unfolded in the first round the Tandem beat Ab Con Club, Berinsfield A bt Berinsfield B, and Abg RBL shocked Abg Utd to 3 legs. Ab Utd could only set 5 in the deciding leg. The Spread Eagle had the fortune or misfortune to draw a bye. In the last 4 Berinsfield A bt the Tandem and Abg RBL beat the Spread Eagle, again in 3 legs. In the match to make the final Abg RBL defeated Berinsfield A in 2 straight legs. Standing at one leg to Abg RBL and a tied second leg, a set of 6 with 3 sticks by the RBL side took them through.

There were no sixes and no really high leg scores – the Spread’s 12 against Abg RBL was the best. The more favoured sides really struggled on the alley for some reason.

Red Drive (3’s) Final will be on Finals Night between Plum Pudding (Fisher/Downes/Woolloff) and Abingdon RBL A (B) (Sapey/Ealey/Champ)

P.S.  It’ll be my intention to propose full competition rules to be adopted at the AGM in January – they’ll be published for comments beforehand. — Paul Stone Acting Secretary.


Competitions: Fours (updated)

A great summer evenings with teams turning out at both the Spread Eagle and Abingdon United FC for the Fours Knockout Competition.

At United the prelim saw Ab Utd B(A)  take  Spread Eagle B in a straight 2 legs with Bob Duff scoring the only 6 of the night. They then went on to defeat Berinsfield.  Steventon Sports defeated Plum Pudding to meet United in the semi.
In the Semi Final Utd started a strong first leg with 13 including two 5s from the tailenders which Steventon couldn’t match but then Steventon went on to take the second leg as United slowed to single figures. Utd then set 11 which was giving Steventon a chance with ‘just’ a 3 per person to win. Unfortunately a good 3 start was downed with a blob putting severe pressure on the lower half of the team that left anchor Derek Fletcher with a big ask of a 5 to draw which failed with the first two sticks.

At the Spread Eagle venue Abg RBL A eased pass Berinsfield A in the first preliminary.

Spread Eagle A took on Abg Utd B (A) in the other prelim. At a leg apiece, the Spread set 16 only for Abg Utd to come out victors with 17 and a stick to spare, the best leg of the night..

In the semi finals the Tandem beat the Spread Eagle B (B) and Abg Utd B (A) beat the Abg RBL A.

In the final the Tandem set in both legs, but leg sets of 6 and then 10 weren’t enough to test Utd, with Barry Parker not having to throw a stick in anger on the anchor.

The final will be between both Abingdon Utd B teams!

Their line up (now fixed as they’ve played will be):-

Ab Utd B (A)  – D.Davies/L.Clapton/I.Morrison/B.Parker

Ab Utd B (B)  – T.Lach/P.Barrett/B.Duff/T.Ward

2016 Fours PBarrett

Paul Barrett gets Abingdon United B ahead in the Fours Semi-Final


Competitions: Singles (updated)

Last night’s Singles matches proved some very interesting and some predictable results.

Venue winners and securing their place in the Semi-Finals :-

Spread Eagle – Dave Dix
Abingdon Utd – Lee Clapton
Abingdon  RBL – Mick Phillips
Plum Pudding – Roger Nichols

From our reporter at the Legion – “Just the 8 turned up and had a great night of Aunt Sally with Dave Sapey hitting two 6’s on the night but couldn’t quite manage the momentum up in the final game.”

wp-1467992239674.jpgFrom the Plum Pudding – “with 8 players up and 4 from Berinsfield it was statistically inevitable that some ‘friendly fire’ was going to take place. Dave Davies saw off Paul Ealey and then Brian Reidy (who’d already beat his teammate Stuart Wilson in a 3 leg 3-1-6 stick clincher with two 5’s in the game).

Roger Nichols saw off Mick Greenway in a third leg 3 stick decider and then Malcolm “new specs” Johnson who’d already cracked a 5 to see off Ken Fisher lost out to Roger’s consistent 3’s. In the venue final Dave Davies only managed to set a 1 which Roger doubled and then Roger set a 2 which Dave just couldn’t manage. Take a look at the scorecard and it just shows competitions are anyone’s game on the night.”

Only 5 players turned up at the Spread – Dave Dix beat Brian Adams in the Venue Final.

7 players turned up at Abingdon Utd – Lee Clapton beat John Simmons in the final game.





Competitions: Tom Simmons 5’s Trophy

Another variable weather night for the 5’s knockout Tom Simmons trophy games at Abingdon RBL and Plum Pudding.

wp-1467322769786.jpgAt the Legion Abingdon United B took down Abingdon Conservative Club in an immediate semi final in two straight sets legs (too much Wimbledon) and this was the only match as both Berinsfield and Steventon Sports couldn’t field a 5 player team.

At the Plum Pudding all four teams turned out and it was already a tense first match between Tandem and Spread Eagle that had gone to 3 sticks in the first leg and was decided in the 3rd by the Tandem.

Next up Spread Eagle B took Berinsfield out to get themselves a place in the semi final.

The Venue Semi-final then fell between Tandem and Spread Eagle B.

wp-1467322798383.jpgThis one went a leg a piece and down to the last few sticks of the Spread in the third and deciding leg but unfortunately anchorman Barry Stowell couldn’t get his last two sticks on target to keep them in the game with a win or draw.

Despite the showers there was a great atmosphere both in banter and in gameplay.

Tom Simmons 5’s final will be between Tandem and Abingdon United B to be played on Finals Night Wed 14th September at Abingdon United FC.



A stick falls right in the 5’s Semi-Final at the Plum Pudding


Competitions: 8’s Final Result

8s Final Scorecard 2016On what proved to be a dry but cloudy evening at Abingdon Conservative Club the Spread Eagle took on league leaders Abingdon United B in the final of the 8’s knockout competition.

With Ab.Utd winning the toss and setting a respectable 22. Spread replied and scraped the 22 for a 3 stick decider.  United won the toss and set 10 which Spread matched by the 7th player to take the first leg.

The toss once again went to United (much to the angst of birthday boy Captain Mick Philips) but this time Utd Captain Dave Dix put Spread Eagle in and they took the opportunity to rack up 29 dolls. United replied poorly with a 2-2 and then hope raised with 5-3-4 but then was lost again as it became impossible to match such a premier score.

Video is now available on Aunt Sally TV on YouTube !



Summer 2016 – Week 7 Results

Competitions – Last week’s pairs competition carried on through the rain but missing the Tandem venue (to be played in Aug).

THIS WEEK: Eights Final will be between Spread Eagle and Abingdon United B – to be played on Referendum Night 23rd June at Abingdon Conservative Club

NEXT WEEK : Tom Simmons Trophy (5’s) played at Plum Pudding, Milton and Abingdon RBL. See calendar for details.


This week Stuart Wilson (Berinsfield SC A) joins the ‘over 14s’ with a 6-5-3. Well done!

Sixers: J Simmons (Spread Eagle),S Fisher (Royal Oak Didcot),S Wilson (Berinsfield SC A),T Lach (Abingdon United B).

Total Over_14s
17 D Hudson 5-6-6 (Spread Eagle) – Week 2
16 D Dix 6-5-5 (Abingdon United B) – Week 6
16 D Dix 6-5-5 (Abingdon United B) – Week 5
16 J Simmons 4-6-6 (Spread Eagle) – Week 3
15 B Moody 6-5-4 (Steventon Sports A) – Week 6
14 S Wilson 6-5-3 (Berinsfield SC A) – Week 7
14 C Brind 4-5-5 (Steventon Sports A) – Week 4
14 G Brown 4-5-5 (Spread Eagle) – Week 3
14 S Kenny 5-5-4 (Berinsfield SC) – Week 2
14 B Parker 6-5-3 (Abingdon United B) – Week 1

Blobbers: A Binks (Queens Arms Didcot),C Perry (The Brewery Tap B),D Arnott (Old Anchor B),D Avenell (The Plough A West Hanney),M Druce (Abingdon RBL),N Ahier (Harwell RBL B),N Tappin (RAL RecSoc),P Gilbert (George and Dragon Upton),P Parmenter (Brewery Tap A),R North (Abingdon Con Club),V Pearce (Royal Oak Didcot).

Section Home Section Away Home Home Points Away Away Points
Premier Premier Spread Eagle 1 Abingdon United B 5
A Premier Abingdon RBL 1 Steventon Sports A 5
A A Berinsfield SC A 4 Abingdon RBL A 2
A Premier Hart Harwell A 2 Spread Eagle B 4
A Premier Tandem 4 Plum Pudding 2
B B College Oak A 5 Chequers Charney 1
B B Fleur De Lys 6 Berinsfield SC 0
B B Plum Pudding B 1 The Vine A 5
B B Royal Oak Didcot 3 Abingdon Con Club 3
C C Bowyers Arms 2 Fox Denchworth A 4
C C Plough East Hendred 2 Red Lion A 4
C C Red Lion B 6 Wheatsheaf Drayton 0
C C The Grapes 1 Stanford In the Vale FC 5
D D Eight Bells Eaton 4 Harwell RBL B 2
D D Harwell RBL A 6 The College Oak 0
D D Saxton Rovers 3 Bear & Ragged Staff 3
D D Wheatsheaf Didcot 2 Red Lion C 4
E E Abingdon Arms Wantage 6 Queens Arms Didcot 0
E E Black Horse A 4 F.M.S.S.C Morning Star 2
E E The Plough Long Wittenham 4 Waggon and Horses A 2
E E Waggon and Horses B 0 North Star A 6
F F Boundary House 4 Old Anchor B 2
F F Brewery Tap A 2 Boundary House A 4
F F North Star B 2 RAL RecSoc 4
F F Old Anchor A 0 Crown Marcham 6
F F Packhorse 5 The Brewery Tap B 1
G G The Plough A West Hanney 0 George and Dragon Upton 6