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Champion of Champions 2018

This year's event was held over 2-3 June at the Stanley Indoor Bowling Centre, County Durham.

Durham and Hertfordshire made the early running, they had both won their first two games to jointly lead the way.

While Hertfordshire remained unbeaten with a good win over Suffolk, Durham fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Cambridgeshire. That left Herts 2 points clear of the rest.

Hertfordshire finished Saturday with another win to finish the day on maximum points, three clear of closest rivals Sunderland and looking on course to retain the title.

Herts maintained their winning run on Sunday morning and with Sunderland only managing a draw the leaders now had a 4 point gap at the top and with 2 games to go had one hand on the trophy.

Although they were run close by Cambridgeshire in their penultimate game, Herfordshire recorded their 6th win and secured the title with a game to go.

With the title already in their pockets Herts may have relaxed a little bit too much because they went out and lost their final game against Norfolk, spoiling their perfect record, a result which meant that Norfolk took the runner-up spot.

Winners: Sandra Gammage, Rebecca Hearn, Neil Tuckey & Ben Summerfield (Hertfordshire)

After 2 games Suffolk were already the only team with a 100% record, next best were Norfolk who were still unbeaten, on 3 points.

Suffolk made it 3 out of 3 against Hertfordshire and were now 2 points clear of Cambridgeshire and Northumberland.

Suffolk finished Saturday with their 4th win of the day and led by 2 points over Cambridgeshire with Sunderland a further point back.

Suffolk and Cambridgeshire both won comfortably first thing on Sunday morning which meant that it was now a two horse race.

Again both teams won their next games, leaving Suffolk two points and 30 shots ahead, a margin which Cambridgeshire were unlikely to be able to overcome.

And while Cambridgeshire did their bit with a 6th win, Suffolk took another comfortable win to finish as the only team with a perfect record across the weekend.

Winners: Tom & Sam Runnacles & Clint Watling (Suffolk)

Only Norfolk made it through their second game unbeaten, they were 2 points clear of 6 other teams.

Norfolk continued their run of wins into the third session with only Northumberland and Hertfordshire still within 2 points of them.

However an upset was on the cards in Saturday's final session as Hertfordshire beat the leaders and with Northumberland taking their third win of the day that meant a three-way tie for the lead overnight, with just 3 shots separating the teams.

Sunday morning saw the leaders down to just Northumberland and Norfolk as they won and Hertfordshire lost. And with Norfolk winning their next game they were now 2 points clear as Northumberland lost.

Norfolk looked to be heading for the title with match shot until the final Sunderland wood came in to snatch victory, while at the same time Hertfordshire were beating Suffolk. Pete Cook took time out to do his sums before he sent his last wood down and decided that he had done enough. He had, by a single shot.

Winners: Pete & Mick Cook (Hertfordshire)

Hertfordshire lead the way after 2 games, with 2 wins while Sunderland and Cambridgeshire were both a point behind.

Hertfordshire made it 3 out of 3 and were now 2 points clear of Suffolk, Durham and Northumberland.

Herts' final game produced a fourth win of the day with Suffolk and Durham taking their third wins to tie for second place at the close of Saturday's play.

Sunday's first games maintained the status quo with the top three winning their games.

However the penultimate round of games changed things considerably as Hertfordshire lost. That now meant that Durham, Suffolk and Herts were all on 10 points and separated by 5 shots.

While Suffolk and Hertfordshire played one another Durham lost to Cambridgeshire, so it was all down to that one game and it was as close as you might imagine, but the game just fell away from Suffolk at the very end and it was Hertfordshire who took the title by 2 points.

Winner: Craig Hearn (Hertfordshire)

With two sessions completed Hertfordshire were leading the way on 11 points, Suffolk were just one behind and one point further back on 9 were Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

The third session saw Hertfordshire stretching their legs, they were on to 17 points and were now 3 ahead of both Suffolk and Northumberland, although there were only three points separating 2nd from 7th place.

Saturday finished with Hertfordshire still leading the way having moved on to 23 points, but Suffolk were now on their own in second, only 1 point behind, with a gap having opened up to the next best teams, Cambridgeshire and Sunderland who were on 17 points.

Hertfordshire extended their lead over Suffolk to 3 points first thing on Sunday with Cambridgeshire now in a clear third spot, a further 4 points back.

With one session to go Hertfordshire maintained their 1 point lead over Suffolk with the title now bound to go to one of them.

And Suffolk had the opportunity to overtake Herts as their Singles and Pairs played one another, but Hertfordshire triumphed in both those games to secure the title.

Winners: Hertfordshire

You can find all the weekend's results here.


And a full list of the past winners here.

updated 04/06/18