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2022/23 Suffolk Squad
On Saturday 12th November the Suffolk squad trials took place
at Needham Market Community Centre.
After a very tough selectors
meeting earlier this week the other selectors and I have reached
a decision on the squad for the next year. The squad will consist
of 26 players with 24 needed for league matches. The squad is
Tom Runnacles (Barking) - Captain
Karen Hubbard (Chelmondiston) - Selector
Ally Hobbs (Claydon) - Selector
Ralph Sadgrove (Hundon) - Selector
Paul Daniels (Belstead)
Sue Davey (Cockfield)
Colin Fellingham (Cockfield)
David Ford (Claydon)
Andy Gilder (Barking)
Sue Gilder (Barking)
Jim Goodrich (Claydon)
Sally Goodrich (Claydon)
Ellen Grube (Hundon)
Adam Hubbard (Chelmondiston)
Sue Isles (Claydon)
Steve Isles (Claydon)
Neil Jolly (Brockley)
Oscar Mew (Belstead)
Andy Pooley (Claydon)
Pete Runnacles (Barking)
Rita Runnacles (Barking)
Sam Runnacles (Barking)
Tony Stevenson (Belstead)
Mick Watkins (Barking)
Clint Watling (Claydon)
Frank Wilkin (Hintlesham)
The first league match for
the new squad will be the home match against Essex at Needham
Market, on 11th December.
2022 National Championships
This years event saw a reduction in the number of teams
to 8, with Bedfordshire absent owing to the fact their league
has only just restarted, and they currently have no squad.
Suffolk would be going for
their 8th consecutive Nationals win.
The team were as follows:
A - Ralph Sadgrove, Ellen Grube, Adam Hubbard, Sam Runnacles
B - Emma Watling, Sally Goodrich, Paul Daniels, Sue Gilder
C - Sue Isles, Jim Goodrich, Peter Fellingham, Clint Watling
D - Pete Runnacles, Steve Isles, Andy Pooley, David Ford
E - Sue Davey, Andy Gilder, Colin Fellingham, Neil Jolly
F - Karen Hubbard, Rita Runnacles, Ally Hobbs, Tom Runnacles
It was a good start for Suffolk in the first session against
Norfolk. A were 6 up in 3 ends, but by 8 ends it was back to
7-6, but they rallied at the end to take the game 12-6. Bs
game was close too, 7-6 up going into the last end, but they
picked up 4 on the 11th to win 11-6. For C it was a case of once
they were ahead, the game was not in doubt, they led from the
4th end onwards, winning 11-8. A full house, although they were
all hard fought for. Overall Suffolk were one point ahead of
Against Northumberland there
were two huge wins, D went from 5-3 up after 5 ends to 20-4 by
the end. For F it was even more emphatic, they picked up a 7,
and two 6s on their way to a huge 34-3 win. And E looked to be
going the same way, 10-3 up after 7 looked very comfortable,
but Northumberland came back, and kept coming back, and in the
end got back to a 10-10 draw. One dropped point, but Suffolk
had extended their lead over Cambridgeshire to 3 points.
And it was Cambriudgeshire
who Suffolk would face in the third session of the day. Block
A were never behind, although it was close up to end 8, but they
pulled away at the end for an 11-4 win. It was the same for C,
6-3 at 7 ends, they picked up a couple of 4s on their way to
a 15-5. B were 5-0 down after 3, but pulled it back to be all
square at 7-7 with 2 ends to go, however those last 2 ends didnt
go their way, and they lost 7-10. It was still a winning session
for Suffolk, but Hertfordshire had taken the opportunity to close
on them, and were now in second, 2 points behind.
Durham were next up, and Suffolk
won them all in comfortable fashion. D picked up 4 on the first
end, and although their opponents came back from 8-1 down to
9-6 down with an end to go, Suffolk took the game 11-6. E picked
upa 6 on the 6th end, giving them a 12-1 lead, and finished 17-5
winners. And F were never in danger, finishing with an 11-2 win.
That extended Suffolks lead out to 6 points over Herts,
with Cambridgeshire one further back.
The fifth session saw Suffolk
taking on Essex. The first half of As game was close, but
from 5-4 up, they pulled away to win 14-5. For B it was a case
of grinding out a win, just 12 shots were scored over the 11
ends, but it was 9-3 in Suffolks favour. And for C it was
a game of two halves, Suffolk were 5-0 up after 4 ends, but 7-8
down with an end to go, but C picked up a 3 to snatch the win
10-8. Overall Suffolks lead was now 7 points, with Cambridgeshire
moving just ahead of Herts.
The penultimate session was
a big one, Hertfordshire could close the gap considerably with
3 wins. It was close at the halfway mark for D, 5-4 up after
6 ends, but they pulled away in the second half to win 14-7.
For E it was a different story, 10-0 ahead after only 4 ends,
finishing 13-6 winners. And after picking up a 5 on the first
end, Found themselves only one shot ahead after 7 ends, and the
game was only really settled on the last, with Suffolk picking
up 3 to win 12-7. Cambridgeshire matched Suffolks 6 points
in that session, so the 7 point lead stayed the same, but Herts
were now a further 7 points back, so only Cambridgeshire looked
like they had a chance to challenge Suffolk for the win.
The day finished with a Sunderland
match up. C kept their noses in front after the second end, and
won 15-8. B never got into their stride, it was close halfway
through, but their opponents won the final 5 ends to take the
game 13-4. The final game, for A, was a little different, though
Sunderland led early on, it was all square at 6-6 after 8 ends,
but with one end to go, Sunderland were 10-6 up which ought to
be easily defendable, or so youd think. But on that final
end Suffolk had the upper hand, albeit with woods which werent
all that close, and in front of the jack. All Sunderland needed
to do was cut them down, but sometimes its not quite so
easy, and amazingly Suffolk held on to 7 shots, to win 13-10.
That mean that they finished the day with that same 7 point gap
over Cambridgeshire, and 14 points over third placed Hertfordshire.
Norfolk were the days first opponents. Block D ran out
to a big lead quickly, big enough to allow the opposition to
take 5 on the last end, and still win 15-8. It was close all
the way for E, but they were better over the final few ends,
winning 9-6, while F were all square with 2 ends to go, but made
the most of them to win 14-8. With Cambridgeshire also getting
maximum points, the gap at the top was still 7 points.
Northumberland turned out to
be not quite so easy to turn over, as might have been expected.
Having said that, A comfortably won their game 23-3, B only really
got their noses in front on the 10th end, they won 11-6, and
while C were always ahead, it was never by much, they finished
12-9 up. Once again Cambridgeshire matched Suffolks points,
but further behind, Herts were now 20 points off the lead.
The real crunch time for Suffolk
was in the days third session, playing Cambridgeshire,
who would be able to reduce the gap to just a point if they took
all 3 games. As it was they were only able to win one, that was
against D, who never really got going, losing the game 6-14.
Meanwhile E ran out to a 9-1 lead, before taking the game 11-6,
and F, who picked up a 4 on the 5th end, which helped keep their
noses in front as they won 10-5. That inched Suffolks lead
out to 9 points, and short of a massive slip-up they should retain
And that slip-up very nearly
happened in the next round, against Durham. C were 4-0 down after
4 ends, but were level after 6, and a couple of 4s on the 7th
and 8th ends finally put their noses in front, as they won 14-7.
It was close for A until the 8th end when they dropped a 5, to
fall 10-6 behind, and going into the last 2 ends they trailed
by 5, but they made those remaining ends count, and dragged it
back to draw 11-11. And B trailed pretty much throughout their
game, and headed into the last 2 ends trailing by 4, but 2 on
the 10th end, and 4 on the last, saw them turn the game around
to an 11-9 win out of nowhere. With Cambridgeshire only picking
up 2 points against Herts, Suffolks lead extended further,
to 12 points, giving them a full 2 sessions in hand over the
only team that could now catch them.
And having survived that, a
similar situation emerged against Essex. Of the 3 games, only
E had their noses in front all the way through, winning 11-6,
while F never recovered from a horrible start which saw them
9-0 down after only 4 ends, eventually losing 7-14. It was not
a great start from D either, 5-0 down after 3 ends, they were
still 7-4 behind with 2 ends to go, but like B, before them they
staged a very late comeback, also picking up a 2 and a 4 on the
final 2 ends to win 10-7. With Cambridgeshire also dropping 2
points, Suffolk still led by 12, with just 2 sessions to go.
Hertfordshire were always going
to be tough opposition, and so it proved. C had their noses just
in front most of the way through, but still needed one on the
last end to win 8-7. B trailed 6-2 after 4 ends, but won the
next 6, taking the game 12-7, while A pulled their game back
from 7-0 down to win 12-8, all of which sealed the overall win
for Suffolk with one session to spare.
That final session saw Suffolk
up against Sunderland. After a sticky start, D took 7 straight
ends, to win 15-3, on the other hand E never got going and fell
to a 4-13 loss, while F were absolutely rampant, trouncing their
Suffolk finished the weekend
on 72 points (out of a possible 84), finishing 15 points clear
of Cambridgeshire, and 27 clear of third placed Hertfordshire,
for a resounding win, to keep their run of victories going.
While every block contributed
to the victory, particular congratulations should go to Clints
team, who were the only team across the event to win all their
games, and to Sams team who were the only other team to
You can find a copy of the
full results here.
2022 Inter-County Play-Off
Having won the Eastern Counties Championship, in the absence
of an Eastern Counties League for 2021-22, Suffolk would be representing
the East against the Northern League winners, Sunderland, in
Friday nights game, as a prelude to the Nationals.
Most of the Suffolk teams were
off to a decent start, and with 2 ends down, all but A were ahead.
Unfortunately, they were 5-0 down after 2 ends, and never got
going, with the game drifting away to a 4-15 loss.
After winning the first couple
of ends, B first lost their lead, and then drew back level, so
that with 2 ends to go it was all square at 7-7, but the last
two ends were lost, as was the game, 7-11.
It was a good start for C,
and they found themselves 6-2 up after 6 ends, but their opposition
pulled back to draw the game 7-7 on the final end. That said,
holding on for one point was going to crucial for Suffolk.
D had an even better start,
they worked their way to a 7-0 lead after 5 ends, but over the
next 5 proceeded to lose it, so that with one end to go it was
all square at 7-7. But they rallied to pick up one on the last
end, take one, and win 8-7. It was never in doubt.
according to Mr Ford.
There was another bright start
for E, 4-0 up after 2 ends, 8-2 up after 5, but 2 ends later
it was 8-7. However, that lead was restored 2 ends later, and
any hope of a Sunderland comeback was dashed as Suffolk picked
up 6 on the penultimate end, finally winning 19-8.
For F, the result of their
game was never really in doubt. By the 4th end they were 9-0
up, and although they managed to drop 8 shots over the last 4
ends, they still came home 14-10 winners.
The final result was a 7-5
win for Suffolk, taking the trophy for the 5th time on the trot,
but they only just edged the shots 59-58, showing what a difference
the two closest games might have made if the odd shot had gone
the other way.
Eastern Counties Championship
On Sunday 26th September, Cambridgeshire hosted what was formerly
the Six Counties Championship, although this year, with Bedfordshire
not in a position to field a team, there were only 5 counties
Suffolk 1 (S1): Sally Goodrich, Emma Watling, Andy Gilder,
Suffolk 2 (S2): Ralph Sadgrove, Ellen Grube, Sue Gilder,
Suffolk 3 (S3): Pete Runnacles, Steve Isles, Colin Fellingham,
Suffolk 4 (S4): Sue Isles, Jim Goodrich, Adam Hubbard, Clint
Suffolk 5 (S5): Sue Davey, Tony Stevenson, Mick Watkins,
Suffolk 6 (S6): Karen Hubbard, Rita Runnacles, Ally Hobbs,
Suffolk had all their blocks playing while the other teams had
only 3 blocks competing.
Against Norfolk S1, S2, and
S3 all had very close games, but each was able to come home in
front, 6-3, 7-5, and 7-6 respectively. The other games were against
Suffolks most likely rivals for the win, Cambridgeshire, but
things didn't go quite so smoothly. S4 ran out to a 9-0 lead,
before dropping a 6, but came back to win 15-7, S5 were always
in touch, but never quite managed to get their noses in front,
losing 4-5, while S6 were in a similar position until they dropped
a 5 on end 7, losing the game 6-10.
Suffolk led the way on 8 points,
4 ahead of Essex and Cambridgeshire, but everyone else had games
Just 3 games this time, and it was against Hertfordshire, who
were missing some key players, and had been off to a slow start.
S4 were behind early on, but
got ahead in the second half, and took a 9-5 win. S5 were always
just in front, winning 7-3, and S6 started slowly, but grabbed
a 7-6 win on the last end.
Suffolk now led Cambridgeshire
by 8 points, but they had 3 games in hand.
Essex were the oppostion this time, and S1 were struggling right
from the start, eventually falling to a 3-13 loss. It was better
for the other two, though, S2 took 5 on the first end and never
looked back, winning 14-3, while S3 had the luxury of being able
to drop a 4 on the last end, and still win 11-8.
That session saw Cambridgeshire
use up their games in hand, and close dramatically on Suffolk,
who now led by just one point.
This time it was the other half of the Suffolk team who took
on their Essex counterparts. While S6 ended up 6-3 ahead in a
tight game, the other two results were resounding, as S4 won
18-5, and S5 won 18-0.
Maximum points for Suffolk,
but Cambridgeshire could only muster one win against Herts, and
had now falled 5 points behind.
Norfolk were next up, and this time all the teams came home to
very comfortable wins, S4 won 14-3, S5 13-3, and S6 10-3. Another
maximum points haul, and another session in which Cambridgeshire
faltered, taking just 2 points.
With all the teams having just
6 games left to play, Suffolk now led on 30 points, while nearest
rivals Cambridgeshire were on 21.
With Cambridgeshire sitting out the session, Suffolk could seal
the deal with one set of games still to play.
And they did just that, S3
were never in any trouble, winning 14-3, S2's game ended up closer
that they might have expected after being 7-0 up after 2 ends,
just edging the game 11-9, while S3 were never in their game,
quickly going 12-0 down, they rallied somewhat, but still lost
That put Suffolk 13 points
clear, and with Cambridgeshire only having 12 points available
in the final session, the title was sealed.
Suffolk's final game were against Cambridgeshire, and it was
a mixed bag. S1 fell to a 4-9 loss, S3 ended up drawing 6-6,
while S2 cruised to a 13-1 victory.
The final standings saw Suffolk
on 37 points, Cambs on 30, Norfolk on 22, Essex on 16, and Herts
The key to the win was undoubtedly
Suffolk's performances against Norfolk, Essex and Herts, losing
just 2 of the 18 games, although it should be noted that they
were only able to take 5 out of the 12 available points off Cambridgeshire.
Special mention should go to
S4 who were the only team from any county to win all their games,
while S3 were the only other team, with 3 wins and a draw, not
to lose a game.
In the absense of an Eastern
League this last season, Suffolk will now go forward to represent
the East at Potters, in the East v North match, which is the
prelude to the Nationals.
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