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The 2023 Eastern Counties Champion of Champions was hosted by Hertfordshire at Littleport on 14 May.

FOURS - Tom Runnacles, Ally Hobbs, Clint & Emma Watling
Suffolk started with a 9-4 win over Norfolk, and followed that up with an 11-6 win over Hertfordshire. Only Bedfordshire were keeping pace with them.

And they maintained their perfect record with a 10-5 win over Cambridgeshire, and now led Essex by a point.

Unfortunately, their next game saw a narrow loss to Essex, 8-9, dropping them a point behind that same team.

However, they finished off with an emphatic 15-3 win over Bedfordshire, and with Essex losing, secured the title by one point.

TRIPLES - Andy Pooley, Steve & Sue Isles
It was a winning start for Suffolk, beating Norfolk 12-5, but their second game brought a narrow 8-9 loss to Hertfordshire.

It was another defeat, 6-8 against Cambridgeshire, in the third round, but they followed that with their second win, against Essex, who had not previously dropped a point. They were only 2 points off the lead, but there were 3 teams ahead of them.

There was no realistic chance of the title for Suffolk, but they did win their last game, against Beds, and were able to leapfrog Essex and Herts to finish in a respectable 2nd place, 2 points behind winners Cambridgeshire.

PAIRS - Colin & Keith Fellingham
It was a good start for Suffolk, with a 12-4 win over Norfolk, but lost out to Hertfordshire, 5-8 in the next game.

And there was another loss to follow, this time to Cambridgeshire, 5-12, followed by a further one, 4-9 against Essex.

Happily the day finished as it had started, with a win, this time over Bedfordshire, which meant a 4th place finish overall.

SINGLES - Steven Cain
Unfortunately, Steven opened with a narrow 7-6 defeat against Norfolk, but was off the mark against Hertfordshire, with an 11-6 win.

The game against Cambridgeshire ended in a 6-6 draw, but was followed with a strong 13-4 win over Essex, which brought Steven up to third place, and he finished off with another win, this time over Bedfordshire, and into second place overall, behind Norfolk.