On Sunday 12th
April, Cambridgeshire hosted the 2015 Six Counties Championship,
at Braintree Leisure Centre.
As is so often the case at this
event it all came down to the final session and like last year
it could have gone any one of three ways all the way up to the
last set of games, with Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk all
in the running.
After a very good season in the
League Hertfordshire might have been expecting to challenge for
the title, but it was not to be. A poor opening session against
Suffolk left them at the bottom of the standings, a position
which they never relinquished. By the middle of the day they
were 6 points behind 5the place and that was they way it stayed
until the end.
For Bedfordshire it was a big
improvement on last year's showing. Their 26 point tally was
fully 10 points up on 2014 and it might even have been better.
After the 5th of the 8 sessions they were lying in 3rd, only
4 points off the lead. But a tough final two sessions against
Suffolk and Cambridgeshire meant that they finished 5th, although
sharing the points against Cambridgeshire will have been a highlight.
Essex started well and after
2 sessions were second, just one point behind the leaders. And
halfway through the day, although they were sitting in fourth
place they were still only one point behind first place. However
the next session saw them produce only one point, leaving them
firmly ensconsed in fourth until the end of the day.
Although Suffolk either held
or shared the lead all day they never managed the break away
from the rest of the field. Indeed, at the halfway point Suffolk,
Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex were covered by a single point.
However the following session saw both Norfolk and Essex managing
to gain only a single point each, which seemed to leave the field
open for a fight between Suffolk and Cambridgeshire were were
now 4 points clear of the field.
The sixth session saw Suffolk
gain 6 points while Cambridgeshire could only manage 4, giving
Suffolk a 2 point lead, the biggest of the day so far. The following,
penultimate session saw no change in the gap at the top as both
teams took 4 points, however Norfolk, who had drifted 6 points
off the lead came roaring back into the reckoning with a maximum
8 points, bringing them level with Cambridgeshire and only 2
points behind Suffolk who would be their opponents in the final
With first and third facing one
another Cambridgeshire might reasonably have expected the two
of them to share the points, allowing them to come through and
retain the title, especially given that their final opposition
would be Bedfordshire. However today Beds were made of sterner
stuff, winning two of the four games to share the points with
Cambs, leaving the fight for the win to Norfolk and Suffolk,
a decisive win for either of whom would see the title secured.
And it was a decisive result
as Suffolk took 3 wins and a draw from the four games to give
them the title, with Cambridgeshire in the runner-up spot and
Norfolk in third. The final standings saw Suffolk finish 5 points
clear, the biggest gap of the day, but hardly reflective of how
close it had been all the way up to that final session.
That win now means that Suffolk
hold all Eastern Counties and National titles concurrently for
the first time.
A copy of all
the day's results can be downloaded here.