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The 2018 Eastern Counties Champions of Champions event was hosted by Bedfordshire on Sunday 20th May.


Unfortunately the Bedfordshire team withdrew at the last moment leaving no time to replace them.

Essex were off to a flier with a 19-4 win over Suffolk while Norfolk beat Cambridgeshire 10-6.

There were comfortable wins for Hertfordshire (13-4 over Cambridgeshire) and Norfolk (11-1 over Essex). Norfolk now led the way having won twice, while Herts had won their only game.

Norfolk made it 3 wins out of 3 but had to work hard to beat Suffolk 12-11, while Hertfordshire were all square with Essex with 3 ends to go but ended up with a 14-5 win.

Essex romped home to a 19-4 win over Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire's start was strong enough to see them home 13-6 against Suffolk. Herts were now tied with Norfolk on 6 points and the two teams would be playing one another in the final game.

While Cambridgeshire picked up their first win of the day over Suffolk all eyes were on the other game to settle the destination of the title. Herts began well but Norfolk held the lead after 4 ends, however that was as good as it got for Norfolk, they were behind after the 5th end and Herts went on to take the win 10-7 and the title with 8 points with Norfolk as runners-up.

Winners: Hertfordshire (Jason Ellis, Marilyn Cook, Paul Harris and Jack Smalley)

Suffolk, Norfolk and Hertfordshire won their opening games to lead the way, with Suffolk just ahead on shots.

Suffolk survived a Bedfordshire comeback to win 11-6, Cambridgeshire's 9-4 win over Hertfordshire rested mostly on a score of 4 on the 8th end, and Norfolk were never in trouble as they beat Essex 12-3. Norfolk and Suffolk were now the only unbeaten teams.

Round 3 saw 3 comfortable wins for Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex and with Suffolk having overcome Norfolk they were now leading the way overall.

Norfolk picked up a comfortable 13-2 win over Bedfordshire, after the first few ends Cambridgeshire pulled away from Essex to win 9-3 and Suffolk grabbed a draw against Hertfordshire with their final wood to keep the overall lead, although by just 1 point.

Hertfordshire secured a big win in their final game against Norfolk and Bedfordshire snatched a final end victory over Essex. But it was all about Suffolk (who needed only to draw) and Cambridgeshire (who needed the win and nothing less). And it was Suffolk who got their noses in front early on and although Cambs came close it was a win to Suffolk 7-5 as they finished on 9 points, 3 ahead of both Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

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

Norfolk finished well to beat Suffolk 10-5, Cambridgeshire were well ahead from the start and beat Bedfordshire 11-3 and Hertfordshire survived a late comeback from Essex to win 11-8.

Essex will consider themselves fortunate to have come away with a win over Cambridgeshire, they needed 3 on the last end to win 11-10. Norfolk had another comfortable win, 11-3 over Bedfordshire, as did Suffolk over Hertfordshire, 12-4. Norfolk were now the only unbeaten team.

Cambridgeshire and Essex comfortably won their games against Suffolk and Bedfordshire respectively while Norfolk got an early lead over Hertfordshire and maintained it to remain unbeaten.

Cambridgeshire shook things up by beating Norfolk 9-5 while Essex were held to a draw by Suffolk and Hertfordshire beat Bedfordshire 12-2. That left Cambridgeshire and Norfolk on 6 points, Essex one behind and all three in with a chance of taking the title.

While Suffolk completed a win over Bedfordshire all eyes were on the other two games with Cambridgeshire holding a 6 shot advantage over Norfolk. And Norfolk did pretty much all they could do, beating Essex 15-3, but it wasn't enough as Cambridgeshire came home with a 12-3 win over Herts to take the title by 3 shots.

Winners: Cambridgeshire (Maureen & Barry Giddens)

Suffolk started well and took a controlled 9-4 win over Norfolk. Bedfordshire held on for the win over Cambridgeshire 8-7 and after scoring all 4 on the first end Essex lost 12-5 to Hertfordshire.

Cambridgeshire took all 4 on the last end to beat Essex 11-7, Hertfordshire and Suffolk played out a predictable draw (6-6) and Norfolk were always ahead of Bedfordshire, winning 8-4. Hertfordshire and Suffolk topped the standings on 3 points each.

Hertfordshire and Essex were comfortable winners while Suffolk were behind to Cambridgeshire early on and never able to get back on terms. Hertfordshire now led by one point over Cambridgeshire.

As Hertfordshire fell to an unexpected loss to Beds, Cambridgeshire had a big win over Norfolk and Suffolk beat Essex. Cambridgeshire were now one point clear of Hertfordshire and Suffolk whose shot deficit was such that the destination of the title would probably rest on the Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire game.

While Essex and Suffolk won the title would be decided by the result of the remaining game. Cambridgeshire were off to a good start, picking up 6 over the first 3 ends, just about retaining that lead and then pulling off a perfect draw with the last wood to win the game 8-6 and beating Suffolk to the title by one point.

Winner: Cambridgeshire (David Folkes)

Norfolk and Hertfordshire led the way early on with 6 points each after the first round of games.

Norfolk had pulled away to a comfortable lead after the second round of games was completed, they were on 14 points with Suffolk and Herts their nearest rivals on 9 points.

As the event passed the halfway mark Norfolk were still 5 points out in front of Hertfordshire, with Cambridgeshire one point further back.

With the fourth round of games over Norfolk still led, but their advantage had shrunk with Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire breathing down their necks only 2 points behind and with a shot advantage.

With 2 wins and a second place it was Cambridgeshire who won overall with 24 points, 2 ahead of both Herts (who took second on shots) and Norfolk.

Winner: Cambridgeshire

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List of recent winners here.

Winner's photos here.