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Hosted by the Province of Oxfordshire
FRIDAY 12th MAY 2017

The Tercentenary Celebration Interprovincial Bowls match was proudly hosted by the Province of Oxfordshire on Friday 12th May, this was the fourth of the eleven planned events to take place and, as promised proved to be a most wonderful day.

All five Provinces, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire were in attendance, each provided the maximum two teams of four players. The event had a very enjoyable atmosphere, which the intermittent rain didn’t dampen.

The event was formally opened by the APGM of Oxfordshire, W. Bro Alan Knowles who welcomed all and wished the teams the very best of luck. The format for the day was, two leagues consisting of one team from each province in both leagues. The winning team from each league went through to the final. The first of the group matches started at 10.15 and set the high standards for the day, each match being a closely fought contest.

This continued for the remainder of the rounds. Middlesex “A” won all their preliminary matches to take them into the final. Middlesex “B” won two, drew one and unfortunately lost a closely contested match against Oxford “A” in the semi-final, therefore preventing an all Middlesex final.

The final proved to be as exciting as had the earlier matches, seeing a very skilled and closely contested match. Middlesex “A” began the final very strongly taking a 6-0 lead from the first end. Oxfordshire “A” dug deep for the remaining five ends but were unable to turn around the first end deficit. The final score ended Middlesex “A” 8 and Oxfordshire “A” 5. Middlesex “A” proving worthy victors and winning the Tercentenary Celebration

Interprovincial Bowls Tournament.
An excellent and well deserved win, congratulations to the players of Middlesex “A” – Bro Mark Hallam, Bro Keith Winchester, Bro Trevor Fitzgerald and Bro Steve Kirton.
Also, congratulations go to the players of Middlesex “B” – Bro Bob Syme, Bro Allan Pulford, Bro Tony Paulley and Bro Roy Wake - for putting up such a sterling effort and only missing out on a place in the final by two shots.

The day was rounded off with the prize giving ceremony conducted by the PGM of Oxfordshire, R.W. Bro James Hilditch, who congratulated the winners, Middlesex “A” and presented the most excellent trophy to them and thanked all who had made this event so successful and to all who had been in attendance. The Middlesex Captain W. Bro Mark Hallam ProvJGD received the trophy from the PGM and thanked the organisers for hosting the day and looked forward to the return fixture next year which Middlesex will host.

Middlesex “A” and Middlesex “B”

MIDDLESEX “A” receiving the trophy from the PGM, R. W. Bro James Hilditch

Yours fraternally,

W. Bro Mark Hallam ProJGD