THE Black Prince grabbed maximum points against North Leigh FC as the Oxford & District Aunt Sally season returned after a two-year absence.

The Premier favourites started with a bang as they won the opening leg 30-22, before taking the next 23-17.

Prince claimed maximum points in the final leg, triumphing 26-19.

Dick Walsh was in exceptional form, clanging off 15 dolls including a six (5-6-4), and was well-supported by teammate Rob Bradford who hit a baker’s dozen (5-3-5).

The derby between New Club Wheatley and Garsington Sports did not quite live up to expectations as the hosts won the first two legs 21-16, 18-15, before the Sports men rallied to grab a point 20-17.

Top-flight newcomers Donnington C and Cowley Workers B both hit 54 dolls, the latter coming out on top 2-1.

The visitors claimed the deciding leg 18-17, helped by a maximum six from Kevin McMahon who top-scored with a dozen dolls (4-2-6).

Premier champions The Swan A began their defence with a 3-0 triumph over a depleted Gladiators A. They won all three legs 26-18, 28-23, 24-22.

Ampleforth Arms A struggled at home to The George A, losing 17-15, 24-10, 15-13.

In Section 2, Jez Thompson from the Red Lion A Yarnton was another six-hitter as he inspired a 3-0 home win over the Six Bells D 18-13, 21-16, 21-17.

Vikings A scored more dolls than their visitors Chequers A (47-43), but still lost out 2-1.

Meanwhile, Seacourt Bridge came away from Donnington A with a 2-1 victory.

With 13 dolls, Alan Surman (3-6-4) excelled to lead the Six Bells A Kidlington to a 3-0 success at The Gladiators B.

Elsewhere, Chequers B earned an impressive 3-0 win at home to Queens Head.


Section 3: George B 2, Ampleforth Arms B 3; Masons Arms A 3, Cricketers Arms 0; Vikings Sports B 0, Catherine Wheel 3; Cowley Workers A 2, Donnington Club B 1; Red Lion 1, The Blackbird 2.

Section 4: Six Bells B 0, Red Lion B Yarnton 3; Six Bells C 1, Masons Arms B 2; Duke Of Monmouth 2, Rose Hill SC 1; Kidlington FC 3, Bletchington SC 0; Six Bells Quarry 1, The Tandem 2.

Section 5: Cricketers Cowley 3, White Hart 0; Swan C 3, White Horse 0; Northway Club C 1, Northway Club C 2; Golden Ball 1, Red Lion Cassington 2.

SIXERS: D Walsh (Black Prince), K McMahon (Cowley Workers B), A Surman (Six Bells A Kidlington), J Thompson (Red Lion A Yarnton).

BLOBBERS: C Wright (New Club), P Brown, L Barrett (Rose Hill SC), D Woodward, S Longthorp (White Hart Wolvercote), K Stimpson (Golden Ball), B Partridge, P Sharpin (Red Lion Cassiington).

TOP DOLL SCORERS: 15 D Walsh (Black Prince); 13 R Bradford (Black Prince), A Surman (Six Bells A Kidlington), Y Finney (The Blackbird), M Cook (Gladiators A).