Week 4 review – Like London buses you wait and then 3 come along all at once! Sixes that is!

Welcome to a review of week and some of the highlights of last Wednesday’s individual and team performances. Let’s start with a warm welcome to the first individual  maximum 6 dolls achieved last week not by 1 player, no,  not by 2 players but 3 players. Inevitably Dave Dix was one of those hitting a second leg 6 against the College Oak A side, Stuart Wilson also hit a second leg 6 against the Red Lion A side and the third player to hit a straight six (and possibly as good a six as you will see this season) was Ricky Fletcher playing his first game both in the Premier and for Steventon Sports. Certainly Ricky outshone his normally free scoring dad (Derek “Rod”)  on his debut to claim bragging rights in the Fletcher house! Not sure if the six saga has set any new records with the league waiting 19 legs across 6 sections before the first 6’s of the season and a player hitting a 6 on his debut not only to the Premier section, but also in the league!

Mentioning the achievement of these 3 all hitting 6’s came with a surprise that Stuart and Ricky were all on both on the  wrong side of their team’s result. Furthermore the honour of the  highest individual score of the night (and the season so far) was with Phil Adams who hit a magnificent three straight 5’s for Abingdon Utd/Con Club in their 4-2 win at the College Oak A. 

The aforementioned Ricky Fletcher together with Dave Sapey of Abingdon RBL both hit 12’s as did Darren Bennett playing for the Wheatsheaf, Didcot. Lots of 5’s scored again and plenty of players hit double figures with Terry Downes hitting 10 for the Plum Pudding, with the exception of Terry all of the Plum Pudding side relocated to Milton from The Hart at Harwell and the lower altitude since they moved down the hill certainly appears to their liking as they are unbeaten after 4 and top the A section!

Ady Bolton and Scott Tabor both recorded 10 dolls for the Red Lion Drayton A as they overcame Berinsfield A 6-0 in  a fixture switched to Berinsfield as the Red Lion was being refurbished last week. Danny Hamilton at the Vine was another 10 doll man as were the trio of Alan Bell, Ian Brook and Martin Robinson for Croft Nomads as they overcame Steventon Sports A 5-1. Other notable individual scores of 10 were hit by Billy Collett for The Plough, Wittenham in section B, by  Jason Greenaway for Berinsfield B in the D section against The Lamb A and  by Robert Baker for the North Star B

Other individual scores worth mentioning include the 4th successive 8 doll haul for The Grapes Mr consistent, Mick Brown. A 3rd successive 9 dolls for Andy Shipman for Harwellian B and individual leg scores of 5 apiece for Steve Enock, John Thomas, Phil Johnson and Rob Bartholomew.

Other things to mention this week congratulations to The Horse and Jockey B team who registered their first points of the season (and the first for their pub as the A team are still seeking their first points ) on their debut both to the league and for most of their players to the game! Fleur de Leys B are going strong in the F section, another new team, who have certainly started in style with 4 straight wins!

Just worth looking at the highest and lowest leg scores from each section last week and in the case of the Premier/A section this doesn’t include the handicap leg. I am not naming the teams as that is largely irrelevant and only reflects the highest and lowest leg s not a 3 leg average. It is intended only to see how the sections (for 1 week and 1 leg only) are looking in terms of competitiveness. It means nothing, but is interesting to keep an eye on through the season.

                                                                    Highest                                            Lowest

Premier/A section                                        26                                                    13

B section                                                         17                                                      6

C section                                                         19                                                       7

D section                                                         16                                                       7

E section                                                         15                                                       4

F section                                                         14                                                        2


In a few weeks time  we will have another look at these statistics but based on a 3 leg average and over a number of weeks to see how it looks.


That’s about it for this week folks, but just a reminder that the Competitions scheduled originally for next Sunday have been postponed. More disappointingly, we have still not received any additional entries nor have we received any entries at all  for the B section and below competitions yet and we are now into June. So come on, get those entries in let’s make our Competitions which are part of our 60+ years history remain an integral part of our season…………otherwise presentation night in October will not be the same! 

Finally, I haven’t noticed a rush of requests from the B,C, D, E and F sections to become volunteer representatives for their sections, it really won’t be too onerous, but it will ensure that all teams have an opportunity to have a voice on how the league is run and what we could do to make it better for the 400+ of us who play every week!

Have a good week and let’s hope the promise of warmer weather on it’s way this week includes Wednesday evening!!



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