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The 2024 Eastern Counties Champion of Champions was hosted by Bedfordshire at Littleport on 12th May.

FOURS - Colin Fellingham, Sue Davey, Keith Fellingham & June Pettit
Suffolk began against Hertfordshire, and despite dropping 3 on the first end were never far off, but 3 down going into the last end was always going to be a big ask. They lost 6-8.

Unfortunately, it was another loss for Suffolk, this time against Cambridgeshire, it was close, as they clawed their way back from 2-6 down, but could only get one shot on the last, just missing out as they lost 5-6.

Against Essex, Suffolk were out of the blocks fast, and had a 9-0 lead after just 4 ends, they went on to a comfortable 11-4 win.

Another good session for Suffolk saw them take a convincing 12-3 win over Bedfordshire, and now tying for third place.

The final game of the day, against Norfolk, started well, as Suffolk went into a 7-2 lead, only to head into the final end all square at 7-7, but they pulled through, picking up a 3 on the final end.

Suffolk finished the day on 6 points, in third place, two points behind winners Cambridgeshire.

TRIPLES - Paul Leach, Trevor Bean & Rob Parnell
Suffolk picked up a 4 against Hertfordshire on the second end, and held the lead of the game until the 7th end, which was, unfortunately, a disaster. They dropped a 6, putting them 3 behind, and ended up losing 6-12.

Again Suffolk led the way at the halfway point, this time against Cambridgeshire, but the game drifted away from them in the second half, as they lost 4-6.

Against Essex they were holding their own well into the second half. After 6 ends it was 5-5, but the last 3 ends were disastrous, as they lost 4, 3 and then 2 shots, losing 5-14.

This time, taking on Bedfordshire, there was a change in the order, in the hope of a change of luck, with Rob moving to skip. It did not help. They dropped a 5 on the 3rd end, and went on to lose 3-11.

The final game, against Norfolk, saw the team switch back to their original order, and it finally brought a win as they took the game 8-4. Unfortunately they finished the day in 6th place. Cambridgeshire took the title.

PAIRS - Andy Pooley & David Ford
Suffolk opened with a to-and-fro game against Herts. There was never much in it, and with 2 ends to go it was 7-7, but Suffolk came through, taking one on each of those remaining ends, to win 9-7.

After dropping the first 2 ends against Cambridgeshire, Suffolk fired back with a 5 on the 3rd end, and never looked back, running out to a 16-4 victory, to lead the way overall, tied with Norfolk.

Suffolk made a perfect start against Essex, taking a full house on the first end, going on to take a crushing 19-6 victory. Norfolk also made it 3 out of 3, so it was all going to come down to the final game, whatever happened next.

Another strong win for Suffolk, this time against Bedfordshire, 12-5, and with nearest rivals Norfolk losing, Suffolk were 2 points and 22 shots ahead with a game to go.

The day's final game saw Suffolk once more run out easy winners, this time against Norfolk, 14-4.

It was the most dominant performance of the day, Andy and David finished 4 points clear of second placed Norfolk, and were the only team in any of the disciplines to win every one of their games.

SINGLES - Peter Fellingham
Starting against Hertfordshire, there was never much in it between the two, but Peter was never behind, although he had to work for it on the last end, getting a single to win 7-5.

The first end against Cambridgeshire was the high point for Peter, after that he barely got a look-in, falling to a 3-12 defeat.

No luck again, for Peter, against Essex. 3 shots were lost on the first end, and after that nothing went for him. The final result was a 5-10 loss.

This time Peter had better luck, he got out to a 7-3 lead against Bedfordshire, although with an end to go it was back to 7-7, but he got the shot he needed on the last end to win 8-7.

The final game was against Norfolk, with Peter falling behind before coming back to claim a draw on the last end.

Peter ended on 5 points, only 2 points off the winner, Cambridgeshire, in 4th place, just 8 shots off a top three place.

Two wins out of four in the first session, but Cambridgeshire has won all theirs, and Norfolk had dropped just one game.

Only one win in the second session left Suffolk in 5th place on 6 points, 8 behind leaders Cambridgeshire.

The third session yielded a couple of wins which lifted Suffolk into 4th place, 10 points behind Cambridgeshire.

The fourth was the best session so far, for Suffolk, taking 3 wins out of 4, to go on to 16 points, and up to third.

Better still was the final session, where Suffolk picked up 7 points, taking them to a total of 23, just one point behind runners-up Herts, and 5 points behind winners Cambridgeshire, for a very respectable third place.

The full set of results can be found here.