This year saw an up turn in
entries with 42 teams, although a couple had to drop out at the
As usual the competition would
be played through to the final. The top 2 from each group would
go through to the Knockout Rounds.
Knodishall A had qualified
after their first 3 games, losing their last to Stanningfield,
which saw them go through too. But losing their final game meant
that Knodishall A won the group.
There was a 3 way tussle for the 2 qualifying spots with Barking
A, Withersfield B and Hundon A all finishing on 6 points. In
the end Witherfield were the ones who had to miss out.
Brockley/Belstead won their first 3 games, which was enough to
see them through, but then lost to Barking/Claydon for whom that
was their 3rd win and enough for qualification, they went on
to win all 4 games.
Gt Blakenham A made it comfortably through with 4 wins. Earl
Soham would need to win their last game (with at least 8 shots)
in order to qualify, however they lost which left Burstall in
second place on 5 points.
With Cockfield through on 3 wins it all came down to the final
game with three teams in with a shout of making the runner-up
spot. Best of those 3 (who all finished on 4 points) were Whatfield
Hoggards Green A and Claydon A were both safely through before
they played one another. Claydon finished top with just one dropped
Bramford were through with 3 wins, as were Hoggards Green C who
took first place in the group by one shot.
Cockfield D were the only team in the group to get through their
first 3 games without a loss. They went on to win all 4 with
Gt Blakenham B winning 3 to finish second.
strong and ran out to an 11-2 win over Hundon A. Claydon
A ran away to a 15-1 win over Burstall. Whatfield
C were comfortably ahead 7-1 against Gt Blakenham A,
but 9 shots over 2 ends saw the lead disappear and Blakenham
won 10-8. It was just 1 shot an end between Cockfield B
& Hoggards Green A, but Hoggards won 5 of the ends.
After a slow start Gt Blakenham
B picked up 9 shots over 2 ends against Hoggards Green
C, eventually winning 14-5. It was all square between Cockfield
D & Bramford with 2 ends to play, but Cockfield
managed to win them both, finishing 10-5 winners. Knodishall
A were just ahead in a tight game against Barking A,
but the final 2 ends went against them, Barking winning 6-4.
Barking/Claydon had to fight hard against Stanningfield,
grabbing 3 on the penultimate end, with no score on the last,
There was never much in it between Brockley/Belstead and
Gt Blakenham A, but Blakenham bowled well to pick up 2 on
the last end for a 5-4 win. It was a to and fro game between
Claydon A and Hoggards Green A, alternating winning
ends, but Claydon won 4 against Hoaggards' 3 and won the game
9-6. Barking/Claydon picked up all 6 against Cockfield
D on the first end, Cockfield made a game of it, but couldn't
quite do enough as Barking/Claydon scrambled a 9-8 win. Gt
Blakenham B and Barking A had to go all the way to
an extra end with Blakenham finally getting the win, 5-4.
each of the first 4 ends against Gt Blakenham B, establishing
a 5-0 lead. However Blakenham pulled back to level over the next
2 ends to give us a last end shootout which went to Barking/Claydon
It was all square between Gt
Blakenham A and Claydon A going into what would be
the final end as the clock ran down, Blakenham had final wood
with Claydon holding, but couldn't quite make it, Claydon won
& Sam Runnacles and Clint Watling) v Claydon A (Matt
Crane and Steve & Sue Isles)
End 1 - A rather fortunate final wood from Tom takes shot,
bouncing around until it holds. 1-0 to Barking/Claydon.
End 2 - Sue's first wood drops in behind the jack and
stays there. 1-1.
End 3 - With the jack driven back and holding one Tom
tries to get rid of Claydon's best wood, instead all he does
is to replace his holding shot. 2-1 to Barking/Claydon.
End 4 - Matt, perhaps lucky to only be 2 down, gets something
out of nothing with his last wood, and snatches shot. 2-2.
End 5 - Matt again gets a bit of a result, running down
the wrong line to get shot, but Tom plays a lovely draw with
his last to move his best wood in. 3-2 to Barking/Claydon.
End 6 - Holding 2 and with a chance to block Matt chooses
to cover the jack if it does get moved, leaving it open for Tom.
He takes his chance, goes 2 up and hangs on to it. 5-2.
End 7 - Clint's opening woods pretty much put the game
out of reach. Matt moves it to hold one and has an outside chance
of a result with his last but can't get it. 5-3 to Barking/Claydon
who win the title for the third year in a row.
You can find a full copy of
the day's results here
and photos here.