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Suffolk Triples 2018/2019

This year saw an up turn in entries with 42 teams, although a couple had to drop out at the last moment.

As usual the competition would be played through to the final. The top 2 from each group would go through to the Knockout Rounds.

Group 1
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.

Group 2
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.

Group 3
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.

Group 4
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.

Group 5
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 C.

Group 6
Hoggards Green A and Claydon A were both safely through before they played one another. Claydon finished top with just one dropped point.

Group 7
Bramford were through with 3 wins, as were Hoggards Green C who took first place in the group by one shot.

Group 8
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.

Knockout Rounds
First Round
started 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, winning 5-4.

Quarter Finals
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.

took 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 (just).

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 5-4.

(Tom & 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.

Suffolk Fours 2018/2019

There was an increase in the number of entries this year, with 35 teams competing. Playing in 7 groups of 5, the top two teams from each group would qualify for the knockout round plus the two best third placed teams. Those 16 teams would play off for the 8 spots for Finals Day.

Group 1
Before the two teams came to play one another in their final game both Hundon A and Barrow A had won 3 times and had qualified. That game went to Barrow who won the group.

Group 2
Cockfield B
completed their games with only one dropped point, Knodishall B finished second on 6 points and Gt Blakenham A made it through as one of the 2 third placed teams, on 5 points.

Group 3
Only one shot separated the top 2 teams, with Witnesham B finishing on 6 points and 34 shots and Belstead/Brockley a single shot behind.

Group 4
Claydon B
and Barking A both went into their final game against one another knowing that they had already qualified. Barking won it to finish top on 7 points.

Group 5
Claydon A
won the group, winning all 4 games, while Knodishall A finished as runners-up on 6 points.

Group 6
dropped just 1 point to win the group, Gt Blakenham B finished in second on 6 points and Withersfield's 5 points was enough to see them through in 3rd place.

Group 7
Chelmondiston A
won all their games to top the group with Hundon B comfortably in second on 6 points.

Knockout Round
Barking A
just came through to beat Gt Blakenham B 5-3, Gt Blakenham A held off Witnesham B to win 6-5, Knodishall A ran out comfortable winners 12-4 against Claydon B after going behind early on, Claydon A finished well to beat Withersfield 9-5, Hundon B held off a resurgent Kelsale/Knodishall for a 5-4 win, Hundon A made it comfortably through with an 11-4 win over Chelmondiston A, Barrow A grabbed a 5-4 victory over Knodishall B by winning the last end and Belstead/Brockley held on to beat Cockfield B 6-3.

Barking -
Tom, Sam, Rita & Pete Runnacles
Barrow -
J Pitcher, M Stark, P Crawford & C Maund
Belstead/Brockley -
Neil & Keith Jolly and Paul & Mike Daniels
Claydon -
Clint & Emma Watling, Matthew Crane and Ally Hobbs
Gt Blakenham -
Steven & Heather Cain, David Ford and John Varden
Hundon A - Ralph & Linda Sadgrove, Ellen Grube and Kevin Salmon
Hundon B -
Nick Wood, Ann Hathaway and Mary & Noddy O'Donoghue
Knodishall -
Chris & Shirley Tilbrook, Val Game & Ken Drane

You can find a full copy of the day's results here.