THERE was a flood of maximums when Swan B won 2-1 at George A in a high-quality Section 1 encounter.
No fewer than five players clanged off sixes as the visitors kept up their title challenge with a 27-24, 29-24, 25-29 success.
Gary Bailey (4-6-5) and Simon King (5-6-3) were Swan’s top men, but the hosts had more maximums, through James Morrison (5-4-6), Kevin Stuart (4-4-6) and Luke Purcell (6-2-3).
Leaders Three Pigeons had their wings surprisingly clipped in a 3-0 defeat at home to Red Lion A.
An impressive haul from Eddie Edwards (6-4-5) was in vain for the hosts, while Eddie Lacey (4-5-4) was Lion’s top performer.
Fellow high-fliers Woodman also crashed to a 3-0 loss, at Black Prince.
Rob Bradford (4-5-5) led the way in the 31-26, 23-21, 26-20 romp.
Gladiators A put down a marker with a 3-0 triumph at New Club A in the meeting of the Premier Section’s top two.
Kevin Giles (5-6-5) bagged 16 dolls, backed up by a baker’s dozen from Andy Beal (6-3-4).
Roger Goodall (4-4-6) was top dog for New Club, but it could not prevent the 26-22, 30-27, 35-31 defeat.
Swan A’s hopes of retaining their title are still intact following a 25-22, 26-25, 33-27 whitewash at home to Garsington Sports.
Jon Townsend (4-5-5) was their star.
There are still five teams in the Section 2 title race.
Six Bells E, helped by Andrew Hudson’s first six, lead the pack, but dropped a vital home point to lowly Vikings Sports A.
Bullnose Morris A were fortunate to win 2-1 at Black Horse C.
The hosts looked well-placed chasing in the opening two legs, only to collapse late on to lose 22-21, 17-16, 18-21.
Long-time leaders Chequers C fell to their sixth defeat in seven with a 2-1 reverse at Donnington Club A.
Mark Simpson (5-4-4) led the way for the hosts, who bounced back from losing the first leg 27-18 to take the next two 24-11, 21-19.
Section 3 leaders Chequers A collapsed dramatically to a 3-0 defeat at King & Queen, for whom Simon Jones (3-5-5) starred.
New Club B failed to cash in as they lost 2-1 at Tiddington Cricket Club.
The visitors won the opener 15-12, but Tiddington levelled 12-11 before taking the decider on three sticks after a 16-16 draw.
White House are just in touch after coming away from Six Bells A Kidlington with a 2-1 win, with leg scores of 21-18, 16-21, 20-15.
THE last unbeaten record in the league came to an end when Section 7 leaders Red Lion B Yarnton lost 2-1 at home to Northway Club B.
The visitors took advantage of Lion’s low scores to win the first two legs 13-11, 15-10.
Lion hit back to avoid the whitewash by taking the final leg 15-10.
Mick Walsh (4-4-5) led the way for Masons Arms A as they came from behind to beat George B in Section 4.
Masons lost the first leg 19-17, but recovered well to win the next two 21-17, 25-13.
Rock bottom Democrats A got off to the worse possible start against Swan C, when they could only muster a set of four in the opening leg.
They improved in the next two legs, hitting 11 in both, but it was nowhere near enough as the Swan won all three legs with 16, 14 and 18.
Bullnose Morris B’s slide in Section 5 continued as they lost their second game on the bounce, having won their previous nine.
Masons Arms B were the victors this time, winning the first two legs 18-17, 18-14 before Bullnose grabbed a point in the final leg 12-10.
Chequers B secured their first 3-0 home win of the season after beating Cricketers A.
Steve Jenkins (3-4-5) top-scored.
Florence Park’s ten-week winning streak in Section 6 came to an end when Original Swan A beat them 2-1 on their own patch.
Swan won the first two legs 15-13, 15-14, before Park won the last leg 18-14, which still gives hope of a title charge.
In the Greene King Cup semi-finals, Swan A had a comfortable 2-0 win over Section 2 side Crown, while Gladiators had a hard tougher battle to beat Three Pigeons.
Gladiators set and won the first leg 29-20, with Pigeons levelling in the next leg 28-22.
In the deciding leg Pigeons set with 25, which Gladiators matched.
In the three sticks, Pigeons could hit only nine which Glads passed with three players to spare.
In the last four of the Jim Whitbread Cup, Littlemore British Legion beat Vikings Sports C 2-0, while Donnington C overcame Florence Park 2-0.
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