The 2013 ECBA Champion
of Champions event was held over the weekend of 8th-9th June
at the Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool.
Essex led for the majority
of the first day, having taken a crucial win over Sunderland
in the first game of the day and then being the only player to
take 3 wins out of 3. But a loss to Hertfordshire in the final
round of the day saw Saturday end with Sunderland, Essex and
Hertfordshire all tied on 6 points.
Of the 3 overnight leaders
only Sunderland's Martin Campbell was able to win all 3 of Sunday's
games which left him with a 2 point winning margin as he retained
Winner: Martin Campbell
While everyone else
struggled for consistency Durham took control of the Pairs. They
took the lead after 2 games and extended that lead with each
successive round, finishing the day with 4 wins out of 4 and
with a substantial 3 point advantage over their nearest rivals
Despite starting Sunday
off with a loss against Suffolk, Durham were able to maintain
their single point advantage throughout the rest of the day to
take the win.
Winners: Carl Pearson
& David Storey (Durham)
Suffolk were the only
team to garner a 100% record from Saturday's games, but with
Sunderland and Northumberland just 2 points behind they still
had to maintain that pace if they were to take the title, particularly
because they would need to play both of their nearest rivals
However another perfect
set of results on Sunday saw Suffolk secure the title with a
game still to be played, finishing as the only team across any
of the disciplines to win all of their games.
Winners: Sue & Andy
Gilder and Neil Jolly (Suffolk)
At the conclusion of
Saturday's games it seemed clear that this was going to be a
2 horse race. Two teams had come through the day unbeaten, but
while Cambridgeshire had taken wins in all 4 of their games,
Durham had dropped a single point. And with the two teams due
to play each other in the final round of the event it looked
as if the fate of the title was going to go all the way to the
However, while Cambridgeshire
carried on their winning ways, Durham suffered a shock defeat
at the hands of Hertfordshire. That meant that even their final
round victory over Cambridgeshire was immaterial as their opponents
already had the title secured.
Winners: Emma, Lesley,
Ged & Matthew Thurley (Cambridgeshire)
At no point in Saturday's
play did any team have more than a 2 point lead and several teams
all took their turn at the top at one time or another. But the
one constant was Sunderland who were always there or there abouts.
And they were the team that ended up on top after Saturday. However
it was only but a single point, ahead of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk
And Sunday's play went
much the same way, with no team able to gain a signifcant lead
at any time. As it was, it all came down to the wire with Sunderland
just hanging on to win by a mere 24 shots over Suffolk with whom
they were tied on points.
You can find a full
set of results here.