The 2017 Eastern Counties Champions
of Champions event was hosted by Hertfordshire on Sunday 14th
The opening set of matches
saw wins for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire.
Hertfordshire were the only team
to win their second game as they beat Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire
lost to Norfolk. Suffolk recorded their first win in beating
Hertfordshire come from behind
to beat Cambridgeshire to record their third straight win. Suffolk
beat Bedfordshire to move on to four points and Essex won their
first match in beating Norfolk.
Suffolk beat Norfolk to win their
third straight game but still trailed Hertfordshire by two points
as they won their fourth straight game against Essex. Cambridgeshire
returned to winning ways with a win over Bedfordshire.
The title would be decided in
the final session as Suffolk faced Hertfordshire knowing a win
would hand them the title due to their superior shots. However,
it was Hertfordshire who come out on top winning their fifth
straight game and taking maximum points. Cambridgeshire beat
Essex to push Suffolk down into third and Norfolk beat Bedfordshire
to take fourth.
Winners: Hertfordshire (Sandra Gammage, Ron Hart, Rebecca
Hearn & Craig Hearn)
It was Suffolk,
Hertfordshire & Essex who got off to winning starts in their
Suffolk were the only team to
win their second game as they beat Essex. Hertfordshire lost
to Bedfordshire and Norfolk beat Cambridgeshire.
Suffolk continued their winning
ways with a third straight win over Bedfordshire. Hertfordshire
beat Cambridgeshire to move on to four points as did Norfolk
who beat Essex.
Hertfordshire beat Essex to move
on to six points but still trailed Suffolk as they won again
this time against Norfolk. Bedfordshire defeated Cambridgeshire.
Moving into the final round of
fixtures, Essex defeated Cambridgeshire and Norfolk beat Bedfordshire.
The title would be decided between Suffolk and Hertfordshire.
If Hertfordshire could win by a margin of two shots or more they
would take the title. However, it was Suffolk that come out on
top securing the title with their fifth straight win leaving
Hertfordshire as runners up.
Winners: Suffolk (Clint Watling,
Sam Runnacles & Tom Runnacles)
The first session
saw wins for Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
In the second session Essex were
beaten by Hertfordshire. Cambridgeshire and Suffolk recorded
their second wins beating Bedfordshire & Norfolk respectively.
It looked like now being a two
horse race as Suffolk beat Hertfordshire for their third straight
win and Cambridgeshire did the same by beating Essex, this left
these two teams four points clear of the pack. Bedfordshire
got their first win in defeating Norfolk.
The crunch game in the fourth
session would see the two leaders face off against each other.
It was Cambridgeshire who come out on top to put themselves into
a two point leading going into the final session. Hertfordshire
beat Norfolk and Essex beat Bedfordshire.
Suffolk would need Cambridgeshire
to lose to Norfolk (who had lost all of their games to date)
and would also need to beat Essex. The door was opened for Suffolk
as Norfolk did indeed pick up their first win of the day against
the previously unbeaten Cambridgeshire. However, Suffolk could
not take advantage as they were beaten by Essex.
Winners: Cambridgeshire (Sarah
Pullar & Sue Jones)
session saw wins for Hertfordshire, Essex & Suffolk.
Hertfordshire opened up an early
two point advantage as they beat Essex. Suffolk lost to Norfolk
and Cambridgeshire beat Bedfordshire.
The third session saw another
win for Hertfordshire over Suffolk. Cambridgeshire won their
second straight game over Essex and were the closest challengers
to Herts. Bedfordshire won their first game in beating Norfolk.
Hertfordshire won their fourth
straight game in beating Norfolk. Cambridgeshire kept their hopes
alive with a narrow win over Suffolk. Bedfordshire beat Essex
in the other game.
Going into the final session
Hertfordshire knew a win or draw would be enough to take the
title but defeat would open the door for Cambridgeshire (who
had superior shots). Hertfordshire lost to Bedfordshire with
the final wood of the game allowing Cambridgeshire to beat Norfolk
and come through to pip them to the title.
Winner: Cambridgeshire (Paul
From early on
in the day it looked like being a two horse race as Hertfordshire
& Suffolk got off to strong starts and were able to maintain
that form throughout most of the day.
They were level on points when
playing the 8th session but defeat for the Suffolk Singles &
Pairs players meant Hertfordshire opened up a four point lead.
The ninth and penultimate session would see the two teams face
each other but with Suffolk winning the Triples and Hertfordshire
the fours the four point cushion was maintained going into the
final session. The Hertfordshire player lost their singles match
but the pairs won to guarantee retaining the team title for Hertfordshire.
You can find a full copy
of the results here.
find a list of recent winners here.
Many thanks to
Pete Cook for putting together the report and results.