There were only 29 entries
for this years Singles, but that was whittled down to only
25 by the time game day came around. That meant 5 groups, with
the winners, runners-up and one lucky 3rd placed player going
through to the knockout stages.
Paul Leach came out
on top, with 3 wins and a draw, Neil Jolly, after a rough
start, came through to win his last 2 games, and snatch second
place with 5 points, 6 shots ahead of Mick Watkins, who
ended up doing enough to pick up that best third place.
Paul Daniels started
out with a win, but struggled after that, but managed to snatch
a couple more wins to top the group, just ahead of Tom Runnacles,
who began with a loss, but finished with 3 wins.
Andy Pooley went undefeated,
dropping just one point, against Adam Hubbard, who sealed
his qualification in his final game, going through on 5 points.
With all the games played there were just 2 shots separating
first and second, Frank Wilkins finished on 6 points and
27 shots, Sally Goodrich won her final game against Frank,
to secure second place.
Another close run group, with the top two finishing only 4 shots
apart. Pete Runnacles had beaten Clint Watling,
but not by quite enough to take the top spot, they both finished
on 6 points.
The group runners-up and the best third played off to join the
group winners in the Quarter Finals.
Tom Runnacles v Mick Watkins
Mick started with a full house, but 2 ends later Tom did the
same and went 6-4 up. The next couple of ends saw Mick retake
the lead, and go into the last end 1 up, which Tom couldnt
get back. Mick won 9-7.
Neil Jolly v Pete Runnacles
Neil picked up 2 on the first end, and although Pete pulled one
back on the next, that was as near as Pete came to troubling
Neil who went out to a 6-1 lead after 5 ends. Pete pulled one
back on the sixth, but the unlikely possibility of getting all
4 on the last to force an extra end, was dashed by the whistle,
calling time on the game.
Adam Hubbard v Sally Goodrich
Adam was off to a quick start, with 2 each on the first 2 ends,
and by end 4, he led 7-1. It was then that Sally started her
comeback, going into the last end only 2 down, but she could
only pick up one more, as Adam won 7-6.
Paul Leach v Mick Watkins
Paul had the better
start, but Mick was quickly level, with the game at 3-3 after
4 ends, after that though, it was Mick's game, picking up a single
shot on each of the remaining ends to win 6-3.
Paul Daniels v Adam Hubbard
Paul was off to a quick start, and led 4-1 after 3 ends, but
Adam evened up the game with 3 on the next end. After that it
was nip and tuck, and level going into the last, which Paul took
to take the game 6-5
Andy Pooley v Neil Jolly
Another game that was all square after 4 ends, at 3-3, but after
that it was all Andy's. Neil went into the last end 6-3 down,
but it he bowled his last with only a faint hope that the shot
would come off. It didn't and Andy went through with an 8-3 victory.
Frank Wilkin v Clint Watling
Three to Clint on the first and 4 to Frank on the second meant
this was destined to be the high scoring match of the round.
Frank led 5-3 after 4 ends, but Clint came back strongly to finish
the game off at 10-5 with and end still to spare.
Andy Pooley v Clint Watling
Clint was off to the better start, and was 3-0 up after 2 ends,
but Andy came back over the next 3 to even the game up at 3-3
with 2 ends to go. But it was the 6th end that saw Clint break
the back of the game, picking up 3 and making Andy's task if
not impossible, then improbable. He was able to win the last
end, but only with a single shot, Clint winning 6-4.
Mick Watkins v Paul Daniels
At the end of the first 3 ends it was all square at 2-2, but
Mick pulled ahead with one on the 4th and another one on the
5th to lead 4-2. Paul managed to pull one back on the 6th, and
on the last end picked up one more to level the game. An extra
end was needed, which went Paul's way to see him through 5-4.
Clint Watling v Paul Daniels
End 1 - Paul plays
the jack to the end of the mat with his 2nd bowl to hold. Clint
draws his final bowl in for one.
End 2 - A scrappy start with nothing close. Clint moves
the jack with his final wood, and it's close enough for a measure.
Paul moves Clint's bowl closer, 2-0 to Clint.
End 3 - A Wayward start again from both bowlers, but Paul
draws shot with his 3rd wood. Clint is close with his last, Paul
declines to bowl his final wood, and Paul gets it on a measure
to now trail 2-1.
End 4 - A better start from Clint, who holds 2. Paul cuts
it down to one, then gets a lucky move of the jack to hold one.
Clint has a shot with his final wood to take 4, but while he's
close, Paul's wood hangs in there, and the game is all square
End 5 - Clint is holding early on again. Paul draws his
3rd in for shot. Clint is very close with his last wood, but
at the very end it swings away, leaving Paul with 1, and putting
him into a 3-2 lead.
End 6 - Paul moves the jack with his second wood to hold
2. Clint gets it back to hold 2 himself. Paul moves the jack
further back to hold 2. Clint's last wood is played with weight,
but somehow one of Paul's stays in and he leads 4-2.
End 7 - Paul draws close with his first 2 bowls. Clint
moves the jack back to hold one. Now Paul moves it to hold one,
and adds second with his last. Again Clint is left with no option
but to play with weight, but with no outcome, Paul still holds
one, and takes the match 5-2.
Reporting © Neil Jolly 2022
Paul now joins the list of
players who have won the Grand Slam of all four Suffolk titles,
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There were 20 teams entered
for the event, although one was forced to drop out late in the
day. The top 2 teams from each group would qualify for the knockout
Group 1 - Hintlesham & Chattisham A won
all their games to finish top, while the runner-up spot went
to Stanningfield A who won 3 and lost 1.
Group 2 - Cockfield B won all their games
comfortably, while Claydon A took second spot with just one loss.
Group 3 - This turned out to be the closest
run group. Barking lost their first game of the day, but went
on to win the rest, which was good enough for the top sport.
Knodishall B had two wins, a draw and a loss, but they still
finished a point clear of two ohter teame.
Group 4 - Belstead/Brockley won all their
games to finish comfortably ahead of second placed Chelmondiston
B who made it narrowly through on one win, 2 draws, and a loss.
Barking had much the
best of the middle part of the game against Claydon A, to win
After a good start by Knodishall
B, Hintlesham & Chattisham A got back to all square on the
4th end. And going into the last it was level again, with Knodishall
doing enough on the last end to edge a 6-5 win.
Chelmondiston A were 6-0 up
over Cockfield B, with 2 ends to go. Cockfield won those remaining
ends, but Chelmondiston still finished 6-3 up.
After dropping 2 on the first
end, Belstead/Brockley replied with a 6 against Stanningfield
A, and never looked back, winning 16-4
Chelmondiston were off to a good start against Belstead/Brockley,
picking up 3 on the first end, followed by one more on the second.
After that Belstead/Brockley edged their way back in , draing
level at 5 ends, taking one on the next, and again on the final
end, to win 6-4.
And it was Barking who made
the best start against Knodishall, leading 3-0 after two ends.
Knodishall then came back, pulling level after 5 ends, only for
Barking to get one each on the last 2, to win 5-3.
Final - Belstead/Brockley
(Neil & Keith Jolly,
Paul Daniels and Oscar Mew) v Barking (Tom & Sam Runnacles
and Andy & Sue Gilder)
picked up 1 on the first end, it was Barking who won the next
3, albeit only with a single shot on each, leading 3-1 after
The fifth end was vital for
Belstead/Brockley, not only stopping the rot, but taking them
into a narrow lead, as Neil brought his final wood in, thanks
to the slightest of edges, for a third. 4-3 to Belstead/Brockley.
That lead was not to last for
long, as Barking leveled the game on the 6th end, with everything
to be decided on the final end.
Early on it was Barking who
held the advantage, but Belstead/Brockley were just holding one
as the skips came to bowl. Tom's last wood shifted Barking's
best the tinniest bit closer, Neil declined to bowl his last,
a measure was called for, and it just came out in favour of Belstead/Brockley,
to conclude an epic hour long battle with a 5-4 win for the reigning
champions (albeit last having won in 2018/19).
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For the first Suffolk Championship
event in 2 years, we had a 47 team entry, nearly matching the
previous pre-pandemic running, which was very encouraging.
The original plan was to play
the event down to the final, but unfortunately that turned out
not to be possible, due to a medical incident about which you
can read more here, so
the group games were completed, to decide the 16 qualifiers,
who will come back to play the knockout rounds at a later date.
Group 1 with three teams ending up with 3 wins,
this turned out to be the closest run group. The narrow winners
were Chelmondiston B who finished on 6 points and 29 shots, runners-up
were Tostock on 6 points, 27 shots for and 14 against, with Cockfield
D just missing out with 6 points, 27 shots for and 17 against.
Group 2 Kelsale won all their games to finish
top of the group, with Claydon C winning 3, and losing 1, to
finish clear runners-up.
Group 3 this group could have gone a number
of different ways as two teams finished on 6 points, and three
more on 4 points. The eventual winners were Claydon D who finished
4 shots ahead of Cockfield B.
Group 4 Claydon A ran away with the group,
taking maxium points, and dropping just 4 shots throughout the
day. Hundon A came home second on 6 points.
Group 5 Knodishall B finished comfortably
top of the group with 4 wins out of 4, while second place went
to Hintlesham A on 6 points.
Group 6 With one game still left to play,
Barking B and Claydon B had already qualified, with the two teams
playing one another in the final game to decide the final positions.
And it was Claydon who came back to win the game on the last
end to secure first place.
Group 7 Brockley took the group win, dropping
just one point, while the fight for second place saw Elmsett/Offton
& Willisham fall to a surprise loss in their final game,
allowing Barking B to overcome the 2 point, and 10 shot deficit
they had heading into the last game, and snatch second place
on 5 points.
Group 8 Chelmondiston C won all 4 games and
amassed what was easily the largest shot tally of the day, 56,
to win the group convincingly. Knodishall A did what they needed
to do, with a third win in their final game, to secure second.
Barking A - Shirley & Mick Watkins
Barking B - Tom & Sam Runnacles
Brockley - Neil & Keith Jolly
Chelmondiston B - John & Barbara Nunn
Chelmondiston C - Adam & Karen Hubbard
Claydon A - Andy Pooley & Clint Watling
Claydon B - Sally & Jim Goodrich
Claydon C - Sue & Steve Isles
Claydon D - Ally Hobbs & Emma Watling
Cockfield B - Colin Fellingham & Sue Davey
Hintlesham A - Frank Wilkin & Lauren de Banks
Hundon A - Ellen Grube & Kevin Salmon
Kelsale - Paul Daniels & Oscar Mew
Knodishall A - Val Game & Ken Drane
Knodishall B - Doug Adamson & John Whiting
Tostock - Brian Pryke & William Rogers
The knockout rounds were be played on Wednesday, 23rd March at
There were surprise exits for
a couple of the pre-event favourites in the First Round, including
the reigning champions, with the final coming down to Knodishall
(John Whiting & Doug Adamson) and Claydon (Ally Hobbs &
End 1 The leads
struggle to find the green, but the skips find it, Ally best
of all, but John forces the jack back and takes one for Knodishall.
End 2 A good start from Emma, which Ally consolidates,
sees Claydon grab 4 to lead 4-1.
End 3 Doug finds the jack this time, while first
Emma and then Ally struggles, 2 to Knodishall. Claydon lead 4-3.
End 4 Its not until her third wood that Emma
finds the jack, and its the same for Ally, 2 to Claydon
who now lead 6-3.
End 5 At 2 down, Ally finds the jack, but only
to cut it down to one to the opposition. 6-4 to Claydon.
End 6 A much better start from both leads, sees
Claydon one up, John pushes that shot away, All returns the favour,
John nearly gets it back, but its one to Claydon, 7-4.
End 7 With the final wood to bowl, Claydon hold
2, but theres still a chance for John to touch the jack
back a few inches, but not wanting to be short he gives it a
bit too much, and it finishes 9-4 to Claydon, giving Ally her
second title of the year.... so far.
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The initial entry of 26 came
down to 22 in the end, as a result of illness, which is only
to be expected.
With five groups, the winners
would automatically qualify for the Quarter Finals, with the
runners-up and best 3rd placed team playing off to join them.
Barking B, who have held the trophy since 2016, stumbled
a little at the start, but came through to win the group with
3 wins and 33 shots, 2 shots better than runners-up Barrow
It could hardly have been closer here, with Barking A and
Cockfield B both finishing on 6 points and 29 shots for.
What separated the two teams was shots against, Barking had conceded
21, to Cockfields 22.
Martlesham were the
only team on the day not to lose a game, winning the group with
8 points, while Claydon C came home in a clear second,
on 6 points.
Three teams ended up on 6 points, Belstead were first
on 43 shots, Hundon C second on 21 shots, and Elmsett
B third on 26 shots, which was enough for Elmsett to also
qualify as the best 3rd placed team.
Claydon B lost once,
as did Hundon A, Claydons 28 shots earned them first
place, 6 ahead of Hundon.
Cockfield took an early lead over Barrow, and came
home to a comfortable 8-4 win. Claydon C went into the
last end 3-4 down to Hundon C, but picked up 2 to snatch
the win. And Elmsett B came back from 1-5 down to beat
Hundon A 6-5 in the last end.
Claydon B got off to
a strong start, and were 4-0 up over Belstead after just
2 ends. They were never in trouble after that, finishing 7-2
Barking B started well against Elmsett B, and ran
away with the game, which was called to an end at 19-1, with
an end left to play.
The fourth end between Barking A and Claydon C
was what settled their game, 5 shots went to Claydon, who eventually
The only close game was between Martlesham and Cockfield
B, which had to go to an extra end at 5-5. Cockfield picked
up the one shot necessary to go through.
What might have been a close game between Barking B and
Claydon C, was decided on the third end, which went Barkings
way to the tune of 5 shots. Claydon were never going to get a
look in after that, the game finishing 9-1 to Barking.
For the first 5 ends Cockfield
and Claydon B were separated by just the odd shot, each
end, but it was Claydon who were winning most of them, allowing
them to edge away to a 4-1 lead after 5 ends, they never let
the pressure off and went on to win 8-1.
Barking (Tom & Sam Runnacles and Clint Watling) v Claydon
(Andy Pooley, Sally Goodrich and Ally Hobbs)
End 1 Although laying open to being drawn or moved, Barking
could do nothing to prevent Claydon picking up 2 on the first.
End 2 This time Barking did manage to move the jack, with
Tom making the best of his woods to draw the game level at 2-2.
End 3 Barking make much the better start this time. Andy
opts to try and move the jack rather than play for second, and
ends up losing 2. Barking lead 4-2.
End 4 The skips do nothing with their woods, leaving the
head as it was, one more to Barking to edge further ahead, 5-2.
End 5 Andy picks up shot with his first wood, and is gifted
a second by Tom. Barkings lead is back to just one shot,
End 6 Claydons best start for a while, however the
advantage swings to Barking, before Pooley pulls out a cracker
to draw the jack which has been driven long. All square at 5-5.
End 7 Ally plays two belters to give Claydon two woods
right in behind the jack, but Andy moves the jack loose. Tom
is high with his first, Andy removes the run back with his last
wood, Tom tries it anyway and can only push the jack back into
Claydons receiving woods, and give them 4, and the win
Congratulations to Claydon
who are the first team to get the better of Barking in 6 years,
and commiserations to Barking, who looked like their usual formidable
selves right up until the second half of the final.
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