Borough teams are into the last four

Mark Sykes helped Banbury Borough into last four
Mark Sykes helped Banbury Borough into last four

Banbury Borough have two triples through to the last four of the Oxon Bowls Association triples competition.

They saw off two Headington triples in Tuesday’s quarter-finals with AJ Docherty making up for his disappointment at losing in the pairs competition the previous night with Darren Sharpe.

In the other tie, Headington’s Will Hawes, Phil Arundel and Russell Edwards reached the halfway stage leading 7-6 against Borough’s Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab and Mark Sykes.

The second half saw Borough collect 12 shots over the next four ends with some telling shots being played to change the heads in their favour, before they moved into the semi-finals with a 22-12 win.

The quarter-finals were rounded off with a game of high class bowling and a scoreline that was not a true reflection of the tightness of the game.

It involved Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett, playing on their own patch, against the losing pairs quarter-finalists Docherty and Sharpe plus Keith Holloway from Borough.

In a game of ever changing heads, Docherty led his men to an 8-1 lead after four ends before they then dropped a six on the fifth, bringing Charlett’s triple to within couple of shots.

The tightness of the match was shown over the next ten ends with the Borough team picking up five singles plus a two while Headington had three singles and a pair.

The 16th end saw Docherty 15-12 up with one wood left and a count against him.

But he picked up the jack and moved it towards one of his own team’s back woods to collect a double and move five shots clear.

Matters came to a close on the next end as Borough added a three and the game was conceded by Charlett.

Two triples from Banbury Central and Borough Borough are through to Leamington this weekend.

Borough’s Margaret Morris, Maureen Osborne and Angela Ives booked a place at Leamington following Saturday’s semi-finals of the Bowls Oxon Ladies Triples at Oxford City & County.

Central’s Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion did likewise to join their colleagues at Leamington.