Central take a big step towards safety

Banbury Central's Nigel Galletly helped his side towards a vital victory
Banbury Central's Nigel Galletly helped his side towards a vital victory

Banbury Central A beat Witney Mills 78-73 to all but seal their division one status in the Oxford & District Bowls League.

Will Campion with John Pardoe, Jim Gow and Graham Morbey won 23-18 and Nigel Galletly’s rink of Andy Wilkin, Keith Williams and Paul Humphris won 18-14.

Les Campion’s rink of Allan Hunt, Lionel Lewis and Mike Andrew lost a tight match against a strong four and lost on the last end 19-20.

Chick Boyd, Mick Miles, Keith McNeil and Ian Whelpton picked up eight shots in the last three ends to only lose 18-21 and secure the match win for Central.

The result puts Central well clear of Witney Mills with a game in hand which virtually secures their place in division one.

Adderbury picked up two vital points at table-toppers Watlington in division two.

The Villagers lost 85-77 but with two games left, against fellow relegation candidates Charlbury and Banbury Chestnuts, the points could be all important.

At Watlington, Chris Skidmore with Nigel Eley, Dave Allington and Pete Griffin won 25-15 and Ted Eley with George Sainsbury, Paul Jelfs and Malcolm Brown had a 24-14 win.

But Tom Clark’s rink of Bryan Ogilvie, Cliff Hall and John Radley went down 17-26 and Phil Gladden with Ian Dunn, Steve Millard and Mick Jelfs lost 11-30.

Banbury Chestnuts beat West Witney 83-70.

Lee Wilkinson with Eric Hilton, John Duncan and Joe Abercrombie won 23-10 while Keith Buckle with Martyn Cooper, Pat Noonan and John McGeough won 22-18.

Alan Wase with Ricky Marsden, Dave Ward and Dai Evans won 23-17 but Jamie Wilkinson with Paul Boffin, Dave Woods and Brian Ray lost 15-25.

Bloxham beat Woodstock 99-69 in division four.

Tony Gardner with Brian Smith, Des Jones and Ray Hopkins led all the way for a solid 37-11 win while Ron Higgins with Ray Sopp, Doug Woodward and Alan Miles won 22-18.

Dave Morse with Rob Kearvell, Alan Round and John Stephens took the deciding points on the last end winning 23-21. But Jim Lucas with Norman Hambidge, John Elstob and Alan Jones lost 17-19 on the last end.