The 2014 Eastern Counties Champions
of Champions event was hosted by Norfolk on Sunday 11th May.
With Neil Tuckey of Bedfordshire and Craig Hearn of Hertfordshire
both having won their opening pair of games it looked as if the
two of them would be fighting it out for the title.
The crunch match came in the
third round of games as leading pair came up against one another.
Craig started well and led 8-3 after 5 ends, but Neil fought
back and finally took 2 on the last end to win 10-9, taking him
2 points clear at the top of group.
Neil's fourth consecutive win, coupled with another loss for
Craig, left him 3 points clear of the rest with just one game
to go, which meant that the title was his, despite narrowly losing
his final game.
Winner: Neil Tuckey (Bedfordshire)
Bedfordshire had a great start while others stumbled. They won
their first 3 games to lead by 2 points over the Essex team who
they had beaten, but who in turn had beaten both Suffolk and
Cambridgeshire who had looked like the pre-event favourites.
However a loss for Bedfordshire
in the fourth round of games left them on 6 points, along with
Essex, while both Cambridgeshire and Suffolk were on 5 points,
meaning that anyone of them could take the title.
Such was their shot advantage
Bedfordshire needed simply to win. Essex needed a win and for
Bedfordshire to lose. Suffolk needed to win and for Bedfordshire
and Essex to both lose and with their shot defecit Cambridgeshire
needed not only to win, but for Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk
to all lose.
As the games drew to their close
it was clear that both Bedfordshire and Essex were not going
to win. Cambridgeshire were winning heavily against Bedfordshire,
but they still didn't have enough shots to leap ahead of Suffolk
who only needed to beat a Norfolk team who had lost all of their
games so far. But they couldn't do it.
Norfolk found the kind of form
which one might normally expect of them, beating Suffolk and
somehow everything fell into place for Cambridgeshire who went
from 4th to 1st in the space of a single game to retain the title
in remarkable fashion.
Winners: Simon Missing &
Jamie Smith (Cambridgeshire)
In the early stages this was the closest fought of all the disciplines.
With 3 games played Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk had each
won two and lost one game.
But the penultimate round of
games saw Suffolk drop out of the running. That left Cambridgeshire
and Norfolk at the top of the standings with three wins each.
And with the two teams playing one another in the final round
of games whoever won that final game would take home the title,
although with a slender but vital 2 shot advantage Cambridgeshire
knew that a draw would be enough.
And the early part of the game
saw it edging Cambridgeshire's way. Although the scoring was
low Cambridgeshire had a 6-2 advantage with just 2 ends to go.
However it wasn't all over yet. The 8th end saw Norfolk hit back
with 3 shots to trail by a single shot going into the final end,
giving them a glimmer of hope. And as the game drew to it's close
it became more than just a glimmer. With just the final Cambridgeshire
wood left to play Norfolk were holding five. If things didn't
change the title would be theirs.
But the Cambridgeshire skip made
his final wood count, hitting his target and taking the jack
through to the back of the carpet to take 3 shots, the game and
Norfolk's loss dropped them to
second as Bedfordshire snuck past them, but it was a good effort
for a scratch team who had been thrown together at a few minute's
notice when the team who were due to represent them failed to
Winners: Ivan Perry, Colin
Dalton & David Folkes (Cambridgeshire)
Early on it was clear that this was going to be a two horse race
between Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. With three games played neither
team had dropped a point and they were separated by just a single
shot, while none of the other teams had managed more that a single
And so the fate of the title
would all depend upon the result of the next game as the two
teams took one another on. One might have expected a close game
and the final score might have made it look like it was, but
in truth the game was over before it had even barely begun.
It was more or less all settled
on the first end as Suffolk suffered a devastating 7 shot loss
from the had little hope of recovering. They chipped away at
the lead bit by bit and were 7-4 down after 5 ends, but the next
2 ends were won by Cambridgeshire to restore themselves to a
5 shot advantage with just 2 ends to go.
And while Suffolk took both of
those ends, again it was only with one shot on each as Cambridgeshire
were able to control proceedings and limit any damage each step
of the way, finally winning 9-6 and taking a 2 point lead.
The final round saw Suffolk take
their fourth win, but it wasn't enough as Cambridgeshire took
a clean sweep of their games to take the title.
Winners: Beryl & Colin
Wicks and Barry & Maureen Giddens (Cambridgeshire)
Halfway through proceedings this was a three-way fight between
Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Bedfordshire, led by strong showings
from their Single and Pair.
Against expectations though it
was Suffolk who were first to fade, a dissapointing end to the
day seeing them fall away to a third place finish.
Cambridgeshire's all round strength
saw them go into the final round of games with a 4 point advantage
over Bedfordshire, but with the teams playing one another in
the final Singles and Pairs games and with a comfortable shot
advantage Bedfordshire could still take the title with two wins.
Sadly for them it was not to
be, but their efforts had been good enough to secure a valiant
second place overall thanks to a 1st, two seconds and a third
For Cambridgeshire it was a dominant
and well deserved win, taking the Pairs, Triples and Fours and
only falling just short with second place in the Singles, finishing
on 32 points, 8 clear of second placed Bedfordshire.
find a list of recent winners here.