The 2022 ECBA Champion of Champions
was held at Stanley, County Durham over 11th-12th June.
Neil Jolly, Paul Daniels, Oscar Mew & Keith Jolly
A tough start to the
day saw them up against Cambridgeshire in a game that was always
going to be a close fought one, and with 2 ends to go it was
all square at 4-4 but Suffolk came through, winning both ends,
and taking the win 7-4.
Another tough game, this time
against Sunderland, but they were able to edge out a lead, and
were 7-2 up at the halfway point, before bringing it home with
a 9-5 win.
Hertfordshire proved to be
too strong though, although it was close(ish) after 6 ends, at
5-3, 4 shots dropped on the next saw the game slide out of reach,
and they eventually finished 3-11 down.
A bounceback of sorts in the
days last game, against Northumberland who had lost all
3 games so far. It was still a struggle, and with 2 ends to go
Suffolk were a shot behind, but they somehow managed to do enough
to take the game on the last end, winning 8-6, in a somewhat
That win saw them end Saturday
sharing second place with Hertfordshire, with Norfolk sitting
comfortably at the top on a maximum 8 points, 2 points clear.
Suffolk were going to need
a good start to Sunday, needing not just wins, but shots as well,
and they got it, rolling Durham over for a 17-1 win. The next
match, against leaders Norfolk was going to be make or break.
As the ends ticked away Norfolk
edged further and further ahead, and 5 ends in they led 5-1,
but from then on it was all Suffolk, they picked up 3 on the
6th end, one more to draw level, and then a 4 to leap ahead,
winning the game 10-5 and ending Norfolks unbeaten run.
That left Hertfordshire, Norfolk
and Suffolk all on 10 points with a game to go, although Suffolk
were at a shot disadvantage. However, Norfolk and Herts would
be playing one another in the final round.
And Suffolk were off to a good
start against Essex in their final game, they led 7-2 after 5
ends, however Essex finished the better of the two, although
Suffolk held on for an 8-7 win. At the same time the other game
was not going as Suffolk might have hoped, Hertfordshire, who
were already 5 shots to the good before the game started, were
running away from a Norfolk team whose weekend had completely
fallen apart by this stage. Hertfordshire won that game 17-2.
Suffolk finished on 12 points,
the same as Hertfordshire, but were second thanks to the 14 extra
shots the Herts team had accumulated over the weekend.
Weekend record: W-W-L-W-W-W-W
Andy Pooley, Jim Goodrich & Sally Goodrich
They could hardly have
hoped for a better start. Taking on Cambridgeshire they trounced
their opposition, taking a 14-1 win.
Unfortunately they came down
to earth in their second game, leaving their comeback just a
little bit too late, as they were edged out 7-8 by Sunderland.
Playing Hertfordshire they
were off to a great start, 6-0 up after 2 ends, but their opponents
came back at them, and it was 8-8 going into the last end, but
this time it was Suffolk who edged the win, 9-8.
Another close game to round
out the first day, against Northumberland, another last end won,
and this time it was enough to secure a draw, as the game finished
The team ended on 5 points,
which put them in third place overnight, but ahead of them were
Durham and Sunderland who had both won all four games.
Sundays opening game
was against joint leaders Durham. Unfortunately Suffolk were
off to a slow start, and never recovered from losing the first
4 ends. They lost the game 8-5 and although they stayed third
(just), their mathematical chance of taking the title was gone.
Although it was close for most
of their penultimate game, their opponents Norfolk pulled away
in the second half, to finish 9-5 winners.
The final game was a bit of
a heartbreaker, having fallen behind against Essex, they picked
up 3 on the last but one end to take a one shot lead, but Essex
picked up 2 on the final end to take an 8-7 win.
Unfortunately they were unable
to add to their overnight points tally, finishing on 5 points,
in 6th place, while Durham snatched the title thanks to having
conceded one shot less than Sunderland.
Weekend record: W-L-W-D-L-L-L
Ally Hobbs & Emma Watling
Opening against Northumberland,
the girls had a close fought game, with only one shot in it,
but it was Northumberland who had edged the win.
The second game saw Durham
pull away from them in the middle part of the game, and the girls
suffering a second loss as they went down 3-9.
Looking for a change of fortune
Ally and Emma swapped positions for their game against Norfolk,
but it was to no avail, and they again lost 3-9.
However, Saturday finished
on a high, having swapped back again to Emma at lead, and Ally
at skip, they finally clicked against Essex, raced out to a 7-0
lead, and picked up their first points of the weekend, with a
Sundays first game started
well, and they were already 7-1 up after 4 ends against Cambridgeshire.
However their opposition clawed their way back to within a shot
with an end to go, but the girls held their nerves, won the last
end, and the game 8-6.
Unfortunately their run of
wins ended against Sunderland, falling behind early on, they
lost 8-4, and it was a similar story in their last game against
the team who had already all but won the title with a game to
spare, Hertfordshire, who pulled away bit by bit, to win 9-1.
Ally and Emma finished in 7th
place on 4 points. Hertfordshire took the title.
Weekend record: L-L-L-W-W-L-L
Clint had quite the
interesting game to start out the weekend. Against Northumberland
he fallen behind in the middle part of the game, to the extent
that he went into the last end 4 shots behind, and would need
a full house just to get a draw. And he did it! Somehow he managed
to scrape an 8-8 draw from nothing.
His second game was almost
the opposite, he was off to a very strong start against Durham,
and was 5-0 up after 4 ends. But his opponent came back strongly,
picking up 2 one each of the last 2 ends, to beat Clint 6-7.
A slow start against Norfolk,
was followed by 4 ends when he picked up 9 shots, coming home
to take a 10-6 win over one of the pre-event favourites.
Saturdays final game,
against Essex, saw him race out to an 8-0 lead, and although
his opponent came back towards the end, Clint won the game 9-4.
He ended Saturday on 5 points,
4th in the standings, but only one point off the lead. And with
5 players separated by just a single point, anything might happen
Clint started Sunday against
Cambridgeshire, pulling out a lead in the middle of the game,
and coming home to a 7-4 win, keeping him in 4th, just a point
off the leaders.
And in his penultimate game
he was off to a great start, picking up a 4, he went out to a
7-1 lead over Sunderland, and finished a 9-7 winner. Meanwhile
Durham and Norfolk drew with one another which meant that Clint
was joined in a 3 way tie with those other 2, on 9 points, and
on the same shots as Norfolk and only 3 behind Durham.
Unfortunately, in his last
game he came up against Pete Cook of Hertfordshire who, after
a poor weekend up to this point, now hit his stride, and inflicted
a heavy defeat on Clint.
He finished in third place,
tied on 9 points with Durham and Cambridgeshire, 2 points behind
the winner, Matt Frost of Norfolk.
Weekend record: D-L-W-W-W-W-L
Sunderland and Durham proved to be the two powerhouse teams on
Saturday. Sunderland ended the day on top with 24 points, 2 ahead
of Durham, while 7 points out of 8 in the final session, easily
their best of the day, saw Suffolk rise to third, on 18 points,
but with a gaggle of teams close behind.
Sunday was not great for Suffolk,
they were only able to add a further 12 points, which meant that
they ended up slipping down to 5th place, although only 8 points
behind winners Sunderland.
You can find a full copy of
the weekend's results here.