35 teams were competing in
7 groups of 5 with the winners, runners-up and 2 best third placed
teams making it through to the Knockout Stages which would be
played all the way down to the final.
Three teams won 3 games and lost one and all of them qualified
for the Knockout Stages. Cockfield A had 33 shots for
and 13 against, Belstead 33 for and 19 against and Hundon
A 27 for and 17 against.
Gt Blakenham B won
the group with 6 points and 32 shots while Claydon were
runners-up with 6 points and 27 shots.
Gt Welnetham were one
of only 2 teams to win all their group games, finishing top of
the group. Bealings, with 5 points and 30 shots just edged
out Hundon B who also finished on 5 points and 21 shots.
Again 3 teams finished on 6 points and all qualified. Claydon/Barking
finished top with 42 shots, Knodishall A had 35 shots
for and 17 against, Hoggards Green A 35 shots for and 19 against.
Barking took with group
with 6 points while the remaining 4 teams ended up within just
one point of one another. The best of them was Somersham
on 4 points.
Gt Blakenham A were
the other team to win four out of four, finishing top. Brockley/Kelsale
won 3 and lost one to finish second.
Yet another group with 3 teams finishing on 6 points. Old
Felixstowe B had 29 points for first place, Nayland
had 24 shots for second and Knodishall B with only 20
shots were unlucky to miss out on qualification.
Claydon and Cockfield
A were all square going into the last end which Claydon took
to win 5-3.
Gt Blakenham B led most of the game against Hundon
A but lost as Hundon picked up 3 on the last end to win 6-4.
Gt Welnetham had their noses in front from the
fourth end on and beat Hoggards Green A 6-4.
Somersham won the first couple of ends after
which Claydon/Barking came on strong to win 10-3.
It was just one shot and end
between Barking and Brockley/Kelsale, but Barking
could only win 2 of them.
Gt Blakenham A came from 5-2 down after 4 ends to
win 6-5 against Knodishall A.
Old Felixstowe B went from 4-2 down to beat Bealings
Not even a 5 on the 6th end
was enough to save Belstead as they lost 11-6 against
Claydon came from 5-1
down after 5 ends against Gt Welnetham to win the game
6-5 on an extra end.
Claydon/Barking didn't let Hundon A get a foothold
as they won 9-3.
Gt Blakenham A came from behind again, against Nayland
to win 6-4.
Old Felixstowe B and Brockley/Kelsale went into
the last end all square. With the final Felixstowe wood still
to be bowled they were 4 down but they moved the jack into a
cluster of their woods where only a very tricky draw could save
the game. Old Felixstowe won 12-6.
Old Felixstowe B moved
to 4-1 up after 3 ends, but Gt Blakenham A fought their
way back to lead going into the last end. Even so a final wood
nearly forced an extra end, but it wasn't quite enough as Blakenham
won 6-5 to end a very impressive run from the Felixstowe team.
Claydon/Barking never gave Claydon a look in
as they ran away to an 11-1 win
& Sam Runnacles and Clint Watling) v Gt Blakenham A
(Steven Cain, Andrew Pooley & David Ford)
End 1 Tom cuts down the count with his last wood,
Steven can't add to that 2-0 to Blakenham.
End 2 At 5 down Tom gets his last wood in to cut
it down to just one. 3-0.
End 3 David is winning the battle of the leads
against Clint. But Tom pushes the jack back and then out to the
side to take the end. 3-2.
End 4 Clint's first wood is on the jack (although
the 2nd one is off the end) Andy gets a good second. Steven takes
advantage of the opposition's lack of back woods and moves the
jack to take 3. 6-2.
End 5 Better opening woods are putting Claydon/Barking
under early pressure. The skips do nothing and it's one more
to Blakenham. 7-2.
End 6 Claydon/Barking are up but Steven can just
play for second wood. Tom gets a second and with his last wood
does the only thing he can and plays to take the opposition's
nearest wood out. It might have cost the game but it works perfectly
and they pick up a four and get them back in a game that had
looked lost a few minutes earlier. 7-6.
End 7 Sam plays Blakenham's shot wood off the jack
to hold. Tom moves the jack and may hold 2, Steven misses with
his last so it's one and a measure to Claydon/Barking and the
measure goes to them, they pick up 2 shots to complete a remarkable
comeback and win 8-7, retaining the title which they have now
won 3 times.
You can find a full copy of
the day's results here.