The 2022 Eastern Counties Champions
of Champions event were hosted by Essex at Littleport, on Sunday
After a long break the Champion
of Champions returned, although with the counties returning to
full competition at various speeds, some of the representatives
were from this year, some from the last time county championships
were last run, or, as in the case of Bedfordshire, who we were
very happy to see, players who had come forward in order to ensure
that their county was represented.
The first round of games saw Suffolk win handsomely over Norfolk,
while Bedfordshire took a narrow win over Cambridgeshire, and
Essex and Hertfordshire drew.
Suffolk were held to a draw by
Herts in their second game, but still led the way as Beds lost
very narrowly to Norfolk, while Cambs beat Essex.
Suffolk beat Cambridgeshire to
stay top, a point ahead of Norfolk who beat Herts. Again Beds
lost out by a single shot, this time to Essex.
While Suffolk won again, over
Essex, closest challengers Norfolk lost to Cambridgeshire, and
with Herts beating Beds. That set of results put Suffolk 3 points
clear of Herts, Cambs, and Norfolk, and with only one game to
go, it meant that Suffolk had already secured the title.
Suffolk finished with a convincing
win over Bedfordshire, to end up on 9 points, while Cambridgeshire
took a big win over Hertfordshire, putting them on 6 points,
securing the runner-up spot.
Winners: Suffolk (Neil
Jolly, Sue Gilder, Andy Gilder & Keith Jolly)
Suffolk and Cambridgeshire won both their opening games, to set
up a day-long fight. Hertfordshire and Norfolk both won one and
lost one, and Bedfordshire and Essex both suffered two losses.
The top two teams played one
another, with Cambridgeshire taking a comfortable win, taking
them 2 points clear of both Suffolk and Herts, who had beaten
Norfolk by just a shot, while Essex had opened their account
with a win over Beds.
Cambridgeshire were beaten by
Norfolk, to drop their first points, while Suffolk took a big
win over Essex, and Herts beat Beds. There was now a 3-way tie
for the lead, with Suffolk, Herts and Cambs all on 6 points.
While Hertfordshire beat Cambridgeshire,
to remove one of their rivals, they could do nothing about Suffolk,
who were already well ahead on shots, and finished the day with
a win over Bedfordshire. Suffolk and Herts both finished on 8
points, but Suffolk took the title thanks to an extra 14 shots.
Winners: Suffolk (Andy
Pooley, Jim Goodrich & Sally Goodrich)
Cambridgeshire opened with a pair of wins, against Norfolk and
Suffolk, and led the way from Hertfordshire who had dropped a
point against Norfolk.
In the clash of the top two,
it was Cambridgeshire who came out on top, with a 7-5 win over
Hertfordshire, while Suffolk and Essex both won, to put themselves
in closest contention, 2 points back.
Cambridgeshire continued their
winning ways, but only just managed to edge out Bedfordshire,
but with Suffolk and Essex both losing, it was Herts who were
back up to second, albeit 3 points adrift, which meant that Cambridgeshire
were already champions with a game to play.
Cambridgeshire rounded off their
day with a fifth win, and were the only team in any discipline
to go through the day without dropping a point, taking the title
with some ease. While they had led all day, second place could
have gone a number of ways, but in the end it was the match between
Herts and Suffolk which settled it. Suffolk took the win, and
second place, on 6 points.
(Emma Thurley & Simon Missing)
Norfolk began with two comfortable wins, over Cambridgeshire
and Hertfordshire, with everyone else having already dropped
at least two points.
Norfolk dropped their first point,
and now only led by one point from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
who both won.
Norfolk were back to their winning
ways, with a 7-6 win over Suffolk, and now had a 2 point lead
over Herts, who drew with Essex, Beds having lost to Cambs.
Only one point was needed by
Norfolk to make sure of the title, and it came close to that,
but they took a single shot victory over Bedfordshire, to finish
on 9 points. Behind them Herts lost to Suffolk, which meant that
an 8-7 win for Essex over Cambridgeshire saw them snag second
Winner: Matt Frost (Norfolk)
There was never very much in it between the teams, all day long.
With 2 rounds played Cambs were
on 11 points, 1 ahead of Suffolk, and 2 ahead of Herts and Norfolk.
After 3 rounds it was still Cambs
were on 15, Suffolk 14, Hertz 13, and Essex & Norfolk 12.
4 rounds in Cambridgeshire remained
top, still leading by one point, but this time from Hertfordshire,
with Suffolk and Norfolk now 3 points off the lead, and perhaps
out of it.
And with the Fours and Triples
out of the way it was still much the same, Cambs led by a point,
now from Suffolk and Herts. Only the Pairs and Singles to go.
Herts lost both those games to
Suffolk, while Cambridgeshire could only win one game against
Essex, which meant that Cambridgeshire lost the top spot for
the first time, as Suffolk leapt over them to take the title.
Suffolk finished on 26 points,
Cambridgeshire 25 points, and Hertfordshire 22 points.
A full copy of the day's results
are available here.
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