Report by Michael Byrne:
Congratulations to Oxford A team (Ed Jones, James Paul, Alice Kaye, Ian Angus, Greg Moss, Joe Claley) who won the Portland Bowl this weekend. This, the national Universities Championship, is run on a knock out basis and the finals are hosted by the Portland club.
In the Semi Final, the Oxford A team overwhelmed Oxford B team by over 200 imps. In the other Semi final Edinburgh A team beat Cambridge B team by 9 imps, with the lead changing hands constantly. The final was also one sided, with the Edinburgh A team (Anna Logan, Danny Hamilton, Cyprian Laskowski, Adrianna Terriakidis) losing by 134 imps. This is the 3rd time that Oxford have reached the final - in 2007 they beat Durham, whilst in 2008 they finished 2nd to Durham.
Of the winning team, Ed Jones was a losing finalist last year and Joe Clacey a losing semi finalist in 2007 and 2008, whilst James Paul is in his first year of university, so played for the first time. The other 3 players were in the team that won in 2007.