In Division Three, Headington RBL A
got off to a fine start with a 5-1 win against Morris Motors A
. In the opening frame, Joe Kelly
was 22 points up and looked to be on course for victory but Elaine Cox
had other ideas and snatched the frame 42-35 on a respotted black. Cox the went on to take the second frame 57-25. Roger Tomlin
secured Morris’s only frame of the night when he beat Francis Maplethorpe
55-41, with Maplethorpe taking the fourth frame 52-19. Tony Swatton
beat Des Truss
50-26, 53-37 to compound Morris’s woes.
The Motormen’s B team faired rather better, with a resounding 5-1 win over House Club B who were relegated from Division Two last season. Chris Martin got the better of Keith Philpott, 51-39, 52-31, while James Kerr enjoyed similar success with a 58-23, 61-35 win against Paul Larkins. Paul Smith took the next frame 66-15 to make it 5-0 before Mike Augar spared House Club the embarrassment of a whitewash when he won the final frame 51-31.
There was an “in house” battle between Cowley Con A and Cowley Con B, with the A team coming out on top. Keith Pearce beat Chick Wheatley 35-23, 64-36 which was followed by Nick Sudworth’s 51-8, 55-23 win over Guy Baker. Mark Bayliss picked up the 5th frame 63-33 to make it 4-1 only for Arthur Coakley to win the remaining frame 51-27.