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This year there was a small drop off in numbers owning to a couple of clashing events, but we still had 90 players entered, only just short of the maximum.

As usual everyone would get 5 games, all on different mats and all both with and against different players each time.

Game 1
With a 12-3 win in their first game the trio of Jane Evans, Clint Watling and Peter Dent led the way early on. They were followed by 9 players who had picked up 10 shots in their opening matches.

Game 2
Only 20 players were able to get repeat wins in their second games.

A massive 17-0 win propelled Tom Runnacles and Sue Isles to the top with 4 points and 24 shots. Ken Drane and Clint Watling were on 20 shots, Peter Dent had 19 and Jane Evans 18.

Game 3
A mere 8 players won for a third time.

Way out in front on shots was Tom Runnacles with 39, with his nearest rival Clint Watling, 10 shots behind. Cathy Saunders and Rob Parnell had 23 shots, Neil Jolly 22, Steven Cain 21, Jane Coulon 20 and Rosemary Kerswell 19.

Game 4
We were now down to just 5 players who had won all their games.

Neil Jolly and Clint Watling headed the table with 8 points and 36 shots, Cathy Saunders was 6 shots back and Steven Cain and Rosemarie Kerswell were one shot further behind.

Two other players, Malcolm Tricker and Jane Coulon were on 7 points, having won three and drawn one.

All of that meant that it was all going to go down to the wire because not only would the top two be playing in the very final session, but they would also be playing one another.

Game 5
With each round split into two halves it was probably all going to be decided on one game but with the first half having been played there were 2 players who had won 5 times, Cathy Saunders and Steven Cain who had 42 and 41 shots respectively.

So the final standings would be decided by Neil and Clint's game. Unless it's a draw or a very low scoring game the chances are the eventual winner will come from this game. Clint picks up one, then takes the jack off on the second, which is what Neil also does on the third, Neil then draws one on the 4th end to make it 3-3. On the 5th end Clint draws his last for 2 to lead 5-3 and on the next Neil takes 2 back to make it 5-5 with one end to go. Neil needs 1 shot to win overall, Clint needs 2. And Clint does it, thanks to Neil taking the jack off.... again.

In the end there were just 4 unbeaten players. Fourth place went to Malcolm Tricker with 9 points, having won 4 and drawn 1. The top 3 all won all of their games. In third was Steven Cain with 41 shots, second was Cathy Saunders with 42 shots and first was Clint Watling with 43 shots.

A good day's play which everyone seemed to enjoy and a finish which would hardly have been closer.

Many thanks to everyone who played and helped out on the day.

You can see the final results here and photos here.


The Suffolk County Bowls Association 2018 Charity Fours Tournament was held at Needham Market on Saturday 6th January.

A full compliment of 45 teams had entered but unfortunately half a team pulled out with illness and replacement players were unavailable at the time so 44 teams completed the days bowling.

The eventual winners being Che/Bar - Karen Cadman & Alfie Hubbard (Chelmondiston) with Mick Watkins & Andy Gilder (Barking) 8 points and 37 shots for with 13 against. 
They were closely followed by Hundon A – Mick & Ann Hathaway, Pam Deeks & Nick Wood 8 points and 33 shots for with 14 against
Other teams winning all 4 games with 8 points were: Witnesham B with 30 shots and Elmstead Market with 28 shots.

Two teams scored 7 points (won 3 games and drew the other): Reepham Robins with 35 shots and Hundon B with 30 shots.

Seven teams scored 6 points (won 3): Over with 43 shots, Fulbourn 39 shots, Copdock & Washbrook B 36 shots (12A), Burstall 36 shots (17A), URC Felixstowe B 30 shots, Chelmondiston A 27 shots
and Martlesham with 25 shots.

Well done to all teams.

The Grand Draw had 79 draw prizes, so thanks to all those that contributed.

I hope you all enjoyed the day, we have raised around £1,275.00 for our chosen charity, The John Le Vay Prostate Cancer Support & Information Centre at Ipswich Hospital.
On behalf of Suffolk County Bowls Association thanks again for your support and a big thank you to all those that helped out on the day.