The 2019 Eastern Counties Champions
of Champions event were hosted by Cambridgeshire on Sunday 12th
Suffolk won their first two games to take an early lead, with
Cambridgeshire and Essex a point behind, both having drawn against
However that lead didnt
last for long as Suffolk fell to a heavy defeat at the hands
of Hertfordshire while Cambridgeshire won to take the lead by
one point over Suffolk and Herts.
Hertfordshire stayed undefeated
but it was a third draw (all 7-7), this time against Norfolk,
and it meant that they were leap- frogged by Suffolk who came
from behind to edge out Cambridgeshire on the final end.
Going into the last session Suffolk
were a point ahead of Herts but had a shot deficit and so would
need to win. As it was they ran away to an 18-0 victory over
Essex, finishing on 8 points, one ahead of Hertfordshire while
Norfolk came through to finish third.
Winners: Suffolk (Neil
& Keith Jolly and Paul & Mike Daniels)
Unfortunately one of the Bedfordshire players became unwell just
before the final game was due to start. With no substitutions
allowed the results of their games so far had to be deleted.
Norfolk were off to a strong
start, winning their first two games while Cambridgeshire had
won one and lost one.
As Norfolk beat Hertfordshire
to make it three out of three Suffolk moved into second with
a big win over Cambridgeshire.
Heading into their final game
Norfolk held a two point lead which was just as well because
after a good start they fell to an 8-7 loss to Cambridgeshire,
although Suffolk also lost which left Norfolk on 6 points, Cambridgeshire
on 5 and Suffolk and Essex on 4.
Winners: Norfolk (Stephen,
Matt & Doris Frost)
Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire were both off to fliers, each
with two strong wins.
It was the same for their third
games, comfortable wins which put the two teams far enough ahead
of everyone else that one of two were sure to take the title.
The next game then was going
to be crucial, as the two faced one another. And it was Cambridgeshire
who came out on top, winning 10-5 to put one hand on the trophy.
A draw would do it for Cambs
in their final game, but as it was they took another win, their
fifth to be the only team on the day to finish with a perfect
record. Herts won their final game to finish in a comfortable
second place, well ahead of Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Norfolk
who all ended up on 4 points.
(Matt & Emma Thurley)
After the first 2 games Cambridgeshire were already 2 points
clear of Suffolk, Herts, Beds and Norfolk.
They were still ahead as they
took a third win with only Suffolk and Bedfordshire now within
But it was all change in the
fourth round of games as Suffolk beat Cambridgeshire to move
ahead with a considerable shot advantage. Meanwhile Bedfordshire
lost to fall out of contention.
Any win would do for Suffolk,
but it was better than that, an emphatic win over Norfolk saw
them finish on 8 points, 2 clear of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire
Winners: Suffolk (Sam
Cambridgeshire led from the very start and after 3 sessions they
had a lead of 7 points over closest rivals Hertfordshire.
That lead was down to 4 points
with one session to go, Suffolk now moving into second.
And although the lead was cut
again in the final session Cambridgeshire hung on to win with
26 points, Suffolk finished on 24 and Hertfordshire on 22.
A full copy of the day's results
are available here.
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