Borough produce comeback to regain the Hawker Cup

Hawker Cup winners Banbury Borough, left to right: Paul McLeod, John McGeough, AJ Docherty, Mark Sykes, Keith Holloway, Jamie Wilkinson, Darren Sharpe, Joe Abercrombie NNL-160829-095411002
Hawker Cup winners Banbury Borough, left to right: Paul McLeod, John McGeough, AJ Docherty, Mark Sykes, Keith Holloway, Jamie Wilkinson, Darren Sharpe, Joe Abercrombie NNL-160829-095411002
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Banbury Borough regained the Hawker Cup when they came from behind on both rinks to record a comfortable 38-26 win against Headington on Sunday.

Borough’s Joe Abercrombie, Jamie Wilkinson, Darren Sharpe and Mark Sykes recovered well from being 6-11 down at 12 ends with a four and two singles to move into a one shot lead after 15 ends.

A single to Mick Nash, Kelvin Woodward, Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett levelled the score. But that was the last of their scoring as the rink from the north of the county picked up eight shots over the next four ends to close the game at 20-12.

Not to be outdone, Borough’s other rink of Paul McLeod, John McGeough, Keith Holloway and AJ Docherty up against the Headington foursome of John Nicholls, Colin Whitehead, Nathan Lewis and Jason King, found themselves nine shots adrift at 4-12 after nine ends before taking four of the next five ends to get to within two shots at 11-13.

The Headington boys could only add another single to their score whilst their opponents took five of the last six ends, collecting seven shots to win 18-14.

In the mornings semi-finals, the Banbury eight had a 41-36 win against the second of Headington’s semi-finalists.

Docherty’s four won 21-14 against Dean May, Alan Manger, Gary May and Howard Watts, and Sykes’ rink had a narrow 20-22 loss to Bernie May, Steve Hainge, Paul Mabbutt and Ian Snowdon.

The second semi-final between Headington and Middle Barton saw Charlett’s four win 18-13 against Richard Smith, Colin Brock, Martin Fraser and Roy Kinch and Jason King’s rink record a 22-12 success against David Wotherspoon, Eric Dix, David Robey and Jim Stevens.

Making the final stages of a competition was a new experience for the Middle Barton bowlers who handled the occasion well in front of their strong support.

The play-off for third and fourth places saw a 49-34 score in Headington’s favour with the Middle Barton side bringing in Gerald Abbotts as substitute for Richard Smith to give their small membership the opportunity to enjoy the day.