The 2018 Eastern Counties Champion
of Champions was hosted by Bedfordshire on 20th May.
FOURS - Len Lamb, Sally Dalton, Helen Halls and Marie
Unfortunately the Suffolk team struggled in their opening game
against Essex, it was relatively close at 9-4 after 6 ends, but
over the final 3 ends they dropped a further 10 shots to lose
19-4. And they had to sit out their second game as the Bedfordshire
team had withdrawn.
Their second game was against
leaders Norfolk and for the better part of the game they led
the way, but they dropped shots late on and went down to a 12-11
Suffolk were slow to start
against Hertfordshire, they were already 11 shots behind before
they got on the board and although they had a better second half
of the game the deficit was too great, they lost 13-6.
Sadly it was another defeat
for Suffolk in their final game as they fell away to lose 12-8
In the end Hertfordshire finished
the day undefeated, two points clear of Norfolk.
TRIPLES - Tom
Runnacles, Sam Runnacles & Clint Watling
The Suffolk team were off to
a good start against Essex, coming home to a 15-3 win and leading
the standings. And they were off to a good start against Bedfordshire,
although they still had to work for their 11-6 win.
Suffolk beat nearest rivals
Norfolk 15-2 to remain unbeaten and go clear at the top of the
Their penultimate game against
Hertfordshire proved to be a tough one, they were behind from
the very start and trailed 6-1 after 4 ends, they got it back
to 6-5 but still went into the last end 7-5 down, snatched a
vital two shots for the draw with their last wood and staying
at the head of the standings.
Although they only needed a
draw it was never going to be a simple matter to get even that
against Cambridgeshire, but crucially they pulled ahead in the
middle part of the game. They went into the last end a shot ahead
and were able to take one more for a 7-5 win to retain the title.
PAIRS - John Whiting & Doug Adamson
After falling 5 shots behind
early on against Norfolk, Suffolk got back to level after 6 ends,
but Norfolk pulled away again to win 10-5. And they started their
second game well, as they took a very impressive 12-4 win over
Unfortunately they struggled
against Cambridgeshire and fell to a 12-3 loss.
After a slow start against
Essex, Suffolk got ahead but lost the last 3 ends but did enough
for a draw.
The final game saw them finish
on a high with a 12-4 win over Bedfordshire which left them in
fourth place overall, on 5 points, 3 behind winners Cambridgeshire.
SINGLES - Neil Jolly
Neil started well and was 7-1
up against Norfolk after 5 ends, controlling the game thereafter
to win 9-4. He was up against Hertfordshire's Neil Tuckey in
his next game and to absolutely no one's surprise it was close
and ended in a 6-6 draw. The two of them were leading the way
Neil fell behind to Cambridgeshire
early on and was 5-1 down after 3 ends, it was a deficit which
he was never able to recover as he went on to lose 9-4.
Against Essex Neil didn't really
get in front until the second half of the game but once he did
he moved away to an 11-4 win. That left him third and with the
two teams ahead of him playing one another he was going to need
a low scoring draw between them while picking up a huge shot
It was going to take something
miraculous for Neil to take the title and it didn't happen, but
he did beat Bedfordshire in his final game, 10-6, leaving him
runner-up to Cambridgeshire by 1 point.
With 2 sets of games complete Suffolk were tied on 9 points with
Hertfordshire, and already 5 points behind leaders Norfolk.
After a further round Suffolk
had fallen 7 points behind leaders Norfolk and were now down
With the final round of games
to come Suffolk were now 4th and looking likely to stay there,
5 points off leaders Norfolk and three behind both Cambridgeshire
And that is indeed the way
it finished, with Suffolk in fourth, but only a point behind
both Hertfordshire and Norfolk and 3 behind eventual winners
Full Set of Results