McNeil’s rink leads the way for Central

Nigel Galletly helped Banbury Central through to the next round
Nigel Galletly helped Banbury Central through to the next round

Banbury Central beat Thame 73-49 in the first round of the Oxford Bowls League Cup.

Keith McNeil’s rink of Stuart Boyd, Jim Gow and Andy Wilkin roared away to a 19-4 lead but then dropped a seven to give the Thame four some hope. It was quickly dashed on the next end with Central picking up a six and they ran out 29-14 winners.

Nigel Galletly’s rink of Ian Gilbert, Bob Joiner and Nick Spencer won 13 of the 18 ends in a very tight game which was 4-4 after six ends and neither side scoring more than a two on any end in the match. Central then put a run of good ends together and won comfortably 17-7.

Les Campion’s rink of Dave Green, Michael Andrew and Ian Whelpton was also tightly contested, 5-5 after six ends, but winning 12 of the 18 ends saw then run out 15-10 victors.

The only loss was Will Campion’s rink of Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert and Graham Morbey, who won nine of the ends but dropped a few larger scores and lost 12-18.

Central now travel to Watlington in the last eight of the competition.

Banbury Central started their campaign to try to retain the OWBA League crown with a trip to Oxford City & County.

After a keenly fought match, Central lost 50-46, despite winning on two rinks.

Caroline Campion, Helen Young, Jane Williams and Melody Sykes won 18-17 while Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Sue Winter and Eloise Jones won 21-9 but Mo Cox, Sue Waring, June Bone and Jenny Williams lost 7-24.