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The Men’s Section of the Jackson Grundy sponsored Bowls Northamptonshire played what has become a traditional ‘Middleton Cup’ practice match against Oxfordshire on Saturday, 11th May, 2019, on the excellent greens at Kingsthorpe BC, and as is always the case a well contested match gave the Team Manager, Mick Smith and his Assistant Mick Sharpe, a good opportunity to view the players who, for the majority, are likely to help form his season’s squad for the Midland Counties campaign, and the more important ‘Middleton Cup’ matches later.

Mick fielded 26 players, 4 of whom played half of the match, and he made one positional change too, and the County was greatly encouraged by the win by 14 shots. Rink wins were shared at 3 each, and the highest scoring for the County was that skipped by the County Team Captain, Andrew Manton, which posted a very good win by 19 shots.

The final score was Northamptonshire 130 shots – Oxfordshire 116 shots. Rink details as follows, Oxon skips only:

Rink 1. Neil Rolfe, Mick Spear, Steve Norman & Paul Broderick 17 shots – Mark Sykes 25 shots

The County men had a pretty decent start to this match and held a 6-3 shots lead after 5 ends of play, but then Oxon pegged them on that 6 for 5 ends whilst they scored 10 shots for a 13-6 lead at 10 ends. Oxon continued to score well and after 15 ends Paul and his men were 8-21 shots in deficit, but in winning 4 of the last 6 ends the County men much reduced their deficit to just 8 shots in the end.

Rink 2. Tony O’Leary, Paul Melville, Gavin Taylor & Richard Lemon 19 shots – Ray Gaskins 20 shots

This match started very well for the Oxon men as they posted 7 shots without reply in 3 ends, and an 8-2 lead after 5 ends, but the County men had a good run of ends, starting with a 4 on the 6th end, and after 12 ends they had taken a 14-10 shots lead. Oxon tied things up at 14 each, and with 5 ends to play it was once again level at 15 each, and, after 20 ends, again level at 19 shots each, but Oxon managed to take a single for their small win.

Rink 3. David Love, Danny Walker (replaced by David Iddles after 10 ends), John Freeman (replaced by Alistair Melville after 10 ends) & Vernon Gearey 24 shots – Chris Gilkes 22 shots

A pretty even start with the scores level on 4 shots each after 4 ends, but then the County men collected a big count of 5 to take a good lead 9-4, and when picking up a 4 on the 8th end Vernon and his men had a 13-7 shots lead. They say that 13 is unlucky for some, and it certainly was for the County for they were stuck on 13 for 5 ends, as Oxon picked up 8 shots to take the lead 15-13. The County immediately hit back with a 4 and after 18 ends had got themselves a 4 shots lead at 21-17, and were able to hang on for the 2 shots win.

Rink 4. David Iddles (replaced by Danny Walker after 10 ends), Sam Gamble, David Walker & Connor Cinato 20 shots – A J Docherty 23 shots

In this match Oxon started off just a little better and after 5 ends had a lead at 8-6, thanks to a 5 collected on the 4th end, and 5 ends later lead by just 1 more shot at 12-9, and after 14 ends still just 3 ahead at 15-12. End 15 was not good for the County as Oxon picked up another big count of 5 shots to lead 20-12, but Connor and his men were spurred on to win the next 4 ends to tie things up at 20 shots each with 2 ends to play. Unfortunately for the County both those ends went the way of the visitors.

Rink 5. Adam Pitfield (replaced by Chris Gray after 10 ends), Shaun Marriott, Peter Ward & Andrew Manton 27 shots – David Leighfield 8 shots

After 5 ends in this match the scores were level at 4 each, but in winning the next 6 ends the County created a very good lead at 14-4, and after dropping a single on the next end Andrew and his men increased their lead to 19-5 with 7 ends left to play. After 17 ends played the County were 20-8 up, and in winning the last 4 ends, and adding 7 shots in the process Andrew and his men had a very comfortable win, allowing their opponents to score on just 5 of the 21 ends.

Rink 6. Cameron Knox, Jack Tobin, Martin Gearey & Roger Tansley 23 shots – Paul Sharman 18 shots

After 5 ends played in this match the County was 6-2 adrift, but in winning the next 4 ends Roger and his men took a 9-6 lead, and after dropping a single on the 10th end, they won the next 4 ends for a substantial lead of 18-7 shots. Oxon were not yet finished, however, for they won the next 4 ends and closed to within 2 shots at 16-18 down, but the County men scored a good 4 on the 19th end to reinstate a good lead, and ultimately a decent victory.

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