Week 5 review, league table pacesetters and spotlight on the leading dolls averages buy section

Almost difficult to believe that he season is already into it’s 6th week, that means after this week’s coming fixtures we are already a third of the way through our league season!

So what happened in week 5? Unfortunately we saw our first forfeited game of the season in Section F when the Horse & Jockey B were unable to fulfil their fixture against fellow newcomers Fleur de Leys B which resulted in a 6-0 walkover for the home side. Thankfully the captain of the visitors who was abroad at the time let the Fleur know early in the day to avoid an unexpected “no show” on the night.

Another week without a 6 being recorded so that’s 4 out of 5 weeks without a maximum, very unusual, but to be fair Abingdon Unt/Con Club were without a game!

Lot’s of 5’s though  with both Dave Hudson and Jumbo Mott both hitting 5’s in their share of the points against Steventon Sports for whom Derek Fletcher not to be outdone for the second week by son Rich hit 10 dolls, but Rick still hit an impressive 9 dolls. Croft Nomads hit some good form with 3 players Ian Brook, Barry Townsend and Alan Bell all hitting 5’s, Alan doing it twice and he was the league’s top scorer last week with 14 dolls in total! Ian and Barry bot weighed in with 11 and 10 respectively.

In the 4 matches played in the Premier/A section last week Croft and The Vine both recorded  home wins and the other 2 matches both ended all square at 3 points apiece.  The doll count was interesting as in the Bystanders shared points with Steventon Sports both sides 9with handicaps) recorded 73 dolls, the Red Lion in their 3-3  result against the Plum Pudding totaled 72 dolls and the Croft hit 71 in their 3 legs. Over all of the 24 legs played 21 of them had scores off 20 or more!

Several double figure scores by individuals last week in addition to those mentioned above Jamie Smith hit 10 for the College Oak A, Robert Glen and Darren Kitchen both  hit 10 for Stanford in the Vale FC, Colin (Rover! Grimes anchored for the Boundary House with his 10 dolls, Tom Lach was also a double figure man for Abingdon Conservative Club and Roly Bunce hit 11 dolls including a 5 for The Chequers at Charney in their 4-2 win against Berinsfield SC B.

Should also mention the other  5’ers who were  Liam Brooks for The Bell B, Dave Harris for the Prince of Wales, Joe Moxon for the RAL SC, Robert Baker for the North Star B, Ed Wilkinson for The Plough, Hanney and Dan Foulks for the WADS Bar.


Ann early look at the players leading the doll average in each section at this stage of the season, Phil Adams and Dave Dix of Abingdon Utd/Con Club lead the way in the Premier with individual averages of 4.66 for Phil and 4 for Dave, in the A section Danny Hamilton leads the way averaging 3.07 and Andy Shipman of Harwellian B tops the average with 2.8  average per leg. Tom Lach heads the way in the c section at 2.83 and in the D section it is Roly Bunce of The Chequers who averages 2.67. Really good averages also in the E and F sections from Darren Bennett (2.5) and Robert Baker with a very impressive 2.92 for the North Star B. his is doll average not total dolls scored that will come later, but is there for all to see on the scores and results section of the website and is updated weekly as are the league tables.

Finally  a quick look at the league pacemakers in the F section Fleur de Leys lead the way after 5 straight victories including last week’s forfeited match, in the E section despite being unbeaten to date Wheatsheaf are in pursuit of leaders Steventon Sports B who have played a game more. The D section is led by Red Lion B who have won all 5 of their fixtures as have Abingdon Conservative Club who lead the C section and although the Croft Bar are the only unbeaten side in the B section they trail Stanford in the Vale FC on points and The Bell Grove A on doll difference which, for the first time could be crucial in the final standings in September! In the Premier last week’s 6-0 result puts Croft Nomads clear at the top, but Abingdon Utd/Con Club in second place have played a game less and thy have yet to play each other!

My final comment is a moan! We have still not received any more competition entries and if that position doesn’t change soon we will have a reduced number of competitions and some of our long standing ones will not be able to take place and the proposed new competitions for the lower sections just will not get off the ground and with so many teams playing this year that will be very disappointing so get your skates on and your entries in PLEASE!





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