40 teams were playing for 5
spots on Finals Day in Week 1 of qualifying. They played in 8
groups of 5 with the winners, runners-up and 4 bets 3rd placed
teams going through to the knockout stages.
With 3 wins and a loss Knodishall A topped the group with
Kelsale B finishing second on 5 points. Cockfield A's
4 points and 29 shots was good enough for third and qualification.
Claydon A qualified
after 3 games and went on to finish on maximum points. Hoggards
Green A finished second on 5 points and Withersfield B
made it through as one of the thirds with 4 points and 29 shots.
Gt Blakenham B were
through after taking 3 wins, they finished top on 7 points. Second
place went to Witnesham whose 4 points and 25 shots was
one shot better than Chelmondiston D.
Barking A also won
their first 3 to ensure qualification and finished on maximum
points. Gt Blakenham A's 2 wins and a draw saw them through
Both Cockfield D (6 points) and Hoggards Green D
(5 points) were through before they had played their final game
which would be between the two of them. Cockfield won that to
In a tight group Elmsett had done enough to qualify after
3 games, despite dropping a point and they drew again in their
last game and finished top. Both Hundon D (5 points and
24 shots) and Claydon C (5 points and 28 shots) went through.
Knodishall C won all
four to finish top of the group with Hundon A winning
three to finish second. Darsham/Barrow just managed to
sneak through on two wins and 27 shots.
It was a clean sweep of wins for Kelsale A to finish first.
The best of the rest was Claydon B who finished on 4 points.
Kelsale B took all
6 shots on the first end against Claydon A and were comfortable
Gt Blakenham B started off with a 4 against Hoggards
Green A and never looked back, winning 12-2.
Barking A won the first 5 ends against Withersfield
B and were untroubled as they won 9-2.
Claydon C got 1 on the first end against Hundon
B, but that was it for them, 4 on the last gave Hundon a
It was close between Knodishall
A and Darsham/Barrow, with just a shot an end for
the first 5 ends. Knodishall went into what was to be the last
end 4-1 down but emerged 5-4 winners.
In the battle of the Cockfields
an early lead for A was overturned and B cam through
to win 8-5.
A 4 on the 5th end for Gt
Blakenham A propelled them into a 6 shot lead over Hoggards
Green D on the 5th end and they cam home 9-3 winners.
Witnesham always had the upper hand over Knodishall
C, winning 8-2 with a good last couple of ends.
Kelsale A picked up a 4 on end 2 against Hundon
D to give them a 5-0 lead and moved away to a comfortable
Elmsett began well against Claydon B
edging out a 4-0 lead over the first 3 ends, but dropping a 4
put them behind on end 5. Elmsett were back in the lead with
a 2 on the next end but Claydon snatched the victory with 2 on
the last to win 7-6.
Cockfield B let an
early lead slip, falling behind against Kelsale B, but
squared the game up as the whistle blew, requiring extra time.
And it was Kelsale that came through to win 7-5.
There was never much in the
all Gt Blakenham match, B clawed back an early
deficit but A re-established their lead and when the whistle
blew were 5-3 ahead.
A 4 on end 1 and a 5 one end
2 mean that Barking A's victory over Witnesham
was never in doubt, it finished 14-2 to Barking.
Kelsale A established a narrow lead over Hundon
B in the first few ends, extending it to 6-1 after 4. But
Hundon took back a couple on the next, however Kelsale took the
last couple of ends for a 9-3 win.
Picking up 8 shots over ends
2 and 3 meant that Knodishall A had a nice lead early
on against Claydon B. Claydon were able to pull it back
to 8-6 over the next couple of ends, but the clock ran out on
end 6 with Knodishall taking 1 to win 9-6.
Barking A - Tom &
Gt Blakenham A - Steven Cain & David Ford
Kelsale A - Paul & Rita Daniels
Kelsale B - John Hayward & Mike Daniels
Knodishall A - John Whiting & Gordon Bloomfield
You can find a full copy of the day's results here.