The 2015 Eastern Counties Champions
of Champions event was hosted by Suffolk on Sunday 10th May.
The third set of games was crucial to the outcome of event as
the only 2 undefeated teams, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk took
one another on.
Both teams had recorded good
wins in their opening games so it looked as if their encounter
would be close. The key would be getting the early woods in and
holding on to what they had. The first couple of ends went to
Cambridgeshire, but the next 3 went to Suffolk, getting them
into the lead of the game which they controlled to win 6-4 and
make them leaders by 2 points.
All Cambridgeshire could do now
was to win, which they did (19-2 over Norfolk), and hope that
Suffolk lost, which they did not (9-6 over Essex). That maintained
the staus quo as they headed into the last set of games.
Cambridgeshire finished the day
with another handsome win, 13-2 over Hertfordshire, while Suffolk
were never in danger as they took a 11-6 win over Bedfordshire
to finish with 5 wins out of 5, 2 points clear of Cambridgeshire.
Winners: Suffolk (Tom, Sam, Rita & Peter Runnacles)
With the event only 2 games old we already had a clear leader,
in the form of Norfolk, while they had won both of their games
everyone else had lost at least once. They maintained that lead
with a win over Hertfordshire, while Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire
made it 2 wins out of 3.
However Norfolk's run came to
an end as they faced Cambridgeshire. Although they won the first
end, after that they didn't get much of a look-in. Cambridgeshire
took a comfortable 12-4 win and with Bedfordshire also winning
we now had a 3-way lead, with Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and
Norfolk separated by just 2 shots.
Given the way the day had gone
so far, with none of the contenders playing one another in the
final session, it looked as if it was all going to come down
to shots and it did. But not because they all won, but because
they all lost. Remarkably the bottom 3 teams beat the top 3.
Cambridgeshire lost 5-8 to finish
on 6 points and 38 shots. Bedfordshire lost 5-14 to finish on
6 points and 40 shots. And Norfolk lost 8-10 to finish on 6 points
and 41 shots to win by just a single shot.
Winners: Norfolk (Mike & Val Bond and Mick Fisher)
Hertfordshire and Suffolk were off to the best starts, each making
it 2 wins out of 2.
And it was the same story in
the next round as they both recorded relatively comfortable wins,
although both of them had to come from behind in order to do
so. It looked very much as though it was all going to come down
to a showdown between the two teams, scheduled for the end of
Unfortunately at this stage Craig
(Herts) was take ill and had to withdraw from the event which
meant their results being scratched. This left Suffolk two points
clear at the top.
The top two remaining teams,
Suffolk and Norfolk, cam up against one another in a crucial
game. It would be Suffolk's final game, due to the loss of the
Hertfordshire team, but Norfolk still had one to play. However
such was Norfolk's shot advantage that a win for them would give
them the title.
As it was Suffolk took the win
(11-6) and the title, with 4 wins out of 4, fully 4 points clear
of Norfolk and Bedfordshire.
Winners: Suffolk (Andy Pooley & David O'Brien)
Early on it was already clear that it was going to be a three
horse race, with Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire each
winning their first 2 games, effectively knocking the other three
out of the running.
The first big clash of the day
came as Hertfordshire faced Cambridgeshire. And it was as close
a game as you might imagine. The first 2 ends went to Cambridgeshire,
but it was soon level and after that there was nothing in it.
However Herts did enough to edge the last couple of ends to take
a 7-5 lead. Essex also won to retain the joint lead.
Shock ahoy! As Bedfordshire took
the narrowest of wins (7-6) over Cambridgeshire. Meanwhile in
the clash between the two leaders, a strong middle part of the
game saw Essex take a very good win over Hertfordshire (9-5)
to go clear at the top with a game to go. A draw would be enough
in the final game, to take the title.
But the game, against Cambridgeshire,
started badly. It was five ends before he broke his duck, and
by which time he was already 7-0 down, and yet he pulled it all
back to 7-7, going into the last end, only to be edged out to
lose 7-8. That brought Hertfordshire back into the fight, if
he could win and get enough shots. And he managed the first part
of the equation, but not the last, winning 10-6, but finishing
3 shots short.
Winner: Essex (Trevor Holbrow)
It was Hertfordshire who held the lead in the first half of the
day, with good showings from their Pair and Single. However halfway
through Craig was taken ill which resulted in their Pair having
to be withdrawn and consequently their results had to be scratched,
effectively dropping them out of the running.
That left Suffolk on 14 points,
2 ahead of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Hertfordshire.
After that the hosts began to
edge away from the rest, finally finishing on 26 points, with
Cambridgeshire finishing second on 22 points.
However a special mention should
be reserved for Hertfordshire who finished third on 18 points,
without any contribution from the Pair who had to withdraw, and
given that they had taken 3 wins out of 3 at that point it is
entirely possible that Herts would have taken the team title.
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