Holloway books his place in finals following a busy day

Nigel Eley missed out in the OBA pairs semi-finals with Adderbury team-mate Ted Eley
Nigel Eley missed out in the OBA pairs semi-finals with Adderbury team-mate Ted Eley

Keith Holloway enjoyed a successful day in Sunday’s OBA semi-finals at The Shades.

The Banbury Borough bowler featured in three semi-finals and booked his place in the finals of two of them.

In the singles, Holloway took early control against Watlington’s Chris Gilkes and a triple of threes over five ends from the tenth end saw him win 21-9.

Borough prevailed 19-3 in the triples with Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab and Mark Sykes sweeping aside the Headington trio of Dean May, Gary May and Nick Rae-Welsh, who pulled down the shutters after 12 ends.

Borough’s other triple, Holloway, Darren Sharpe and skip AJ Docherty beat Carterton’s Peter Maisey, Dan Wakeman and Chris Weedon 24-15.

Borough were 5-13 adrift after seven ends but turned the game on its head with a pair of fives and a two to take a 17-13 lead.

Two singles brought Weedon’s triple to within two shots but that was the end of their scoring as Borough took the next five ends.

Holloway was joined by Wilkinson, Schwab and Sykes in their fours clash against Headington’s Dean May, Nathan Lewis, Gary May and Howard Watts.

From 11-11 after 15 ends, a single to Sykes’s rink on the 16th end saw the finish of their scoring as Watts pulled off damaging shots over the last five ends to assure his rink of a 18-12 success.

Adderbury’s Nigel Eley and Ted Eley lost 24-11 in their the pairs semi-final against Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett.

The Adderbury pair were 9-4 up after eight ends but the Headington pair collected 13 shots over four ends to open up an eight shot lead. They took four of the next six ends before the Adderbury pair conceded after 18 ends.