Carpet Bowls Association
There was a very full house
for this year's Charity Fours to raise money for Dementia
45 teams were competing on
the 9 carpets squeezed into the hall.
As usual there isn't enough
time for a knockout stage so the winners would be the team on
top after they had played their 4 games.
22 teams won their
first game with Felixstowe URC B and Barrow A leading
the way on 13 shots, fowllowed by Claydon B, Reepham
Robins B and Fulborn, all just 1 shot back.
14 teams made it through their second game without dropping a
point. Claydon B were now in the lead on 25 shots, Fulborn
were on 24, Chelmondiston A had 22, Claydon A had
21 and Knodishall A and Birch Teys had 20.
With 3 games played there were still 10 teams in the running
on maximum points. Fulborn had now just edged ahead, on
35 shots, Claydon B were 2 behind, Chelmondiston A
were on 30 and East Bergholt B and Claydon A had
Several of those leaders fell by the wayside in their finals
games, Claydon B were held to a draw, while Chelmondiston
A and East Bergholt B lost, as did Burstall A
and Hundon B who had also won their first 3 games.
That left 5 teams on maximum
5th place went to Barking/Kelsale
who finished on 27 shots, Badwell Ash were on 31 which
was only good enough for 4th and 3rd were Birch Teys on
It looked as if Fulborn
were going to take victory, but 42 shots wasn't good enough as
Claydon A roared to a 17-0 win in their final game to
finish on 46 shots, leaping up from 5th place to take the overall
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Most importantly of all
though we would like to thank everyone involved for helping us
to raise an amazing £1400 for a very worthy cause. We hope
to see you all again next year.
After a dip last year we were
back to a full 40 entries with teams from across the Eastern
Bish Bash Bosh and
Norfolk N Chance were both through before they played
one another in the final group game. Norfolk N Chance won
to take the group.
Badgers and Team
Thatch both won their first 3 games and then faced off against
one another in the final game to decide the group winners, Team
Thatch won that final game.
Watkins Warriors were
through with a game to play and went on to win the group while
Bowlderdash qualified with 3 wins and a loss.
The Repair Men won
all four of their games while Wickawork were through with
just one loss to their names.
Chelmo A finished on
maximum points and The Wasps were through have lost just
Keybet Chasers were
undefeated, dropping just one point on their way to the group
win. Whoever won the final game between Captains Pick
and Mangle Wurzles would also qualify and it was Captains
Pick that went through.
The Sweetner Babes
made it through with just one defeat to their names, while
Shy Tappens were through on 5 points in a close run group.
ICI won all 4 games,
although two were by just a single shot, and AJS lost
once but were comfortable runners-up.
Norfolk N Chance ran
out comfortable 9-1 winners over Bowlderdash. Wickawork
took a close but impressive 5-2 victory over previous winners
Team Thatch. Watkins Warriors won more ends than The
Wasps but still managed an impressive 11-5 loss. Chelmo
A came into the last end 6-4 down to Shy Tappens but
came out 7-6 ahead.
Keybet Chasers chipped away at AJS, losing
just the final end but taking the game 8-2. Bish Bash Bosh
took 4 on one end against The Sweetner Babes, which made
all the difference in a 6-4 win. Captains Pick were behind
until a run of 9 shots over 3 ends brought them to a 10-3 win.
ICI always had their noses in front of Badgers,
Bish Bash Boosh edged
quietly away from ICI to win 5-2. Norfolk N Chance
needed 2 to take their game against Wickawork to an extra
end, they did that and then took the match with the final wood
of the game to win 7-5. Captains Pick were ahead after
3 ends and stayed there to beat The Wasps 7-2. Keybet
Chasers had their noses in front for all but the first end
against Chelmo A, but never by much, finally winning 8-5.
After a good start from Bish Bash Bosh, Norfolk N Chance
chipped away, one an end, enough to allow them to hang on for
a 4-3 win. Keybet Chasers were always ahead and always
doing enough, pulling out to a 7-1 win over Captains Pick.
Keybet Chasers (Tom
Runnacles, Tony Cooke & Neil Tuckey) v Norfolk N Chance
(Sam Runnacles and Stephen & Matt Frost)
End 1 Sam uses his last wood to push the jack to the back
of the carpet and go from 1 down to 1 up. Norfolk lead 1-0.
End 2 With a bevy of woods settled nicely in behind all
Tom needs is to tickle the jack back but he runs a little bit
thin and leaves Sam with another one. 2-0.
End 3 Sam moves the jack to the very edge of the carpet
to go from 4 down to 1 up, but Tom has one left and draws shot
to get on the board. 2-1.
End 4 A little bit nervy again as Tom is left with 1 to
level the game 2-2.
End 5 Holding one Tom plays a very nice draw in behind
the jack, Sam cant change anything with a weighted final
wood and Keybet are 3-2 ahead.
End 6 Matt makes it 2 with his last, Tom does little with
his first. Sam tries to block but just gives Tom his line to
take one. 4-2.
End 7 With Keybet 3 down Neil draws across the mat to
give them shot. Tom covers off any movement on the jack and Keybet
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MARION'S FAB FOURS
It was another full entry this
year for the Fab Fours, with 40 teams from across Suffolk, Essex,
Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire putting in an appearance.
Those teams would be whittled
down to the last 16 for the knockout rounds.
Bardfield won all their
games to top the group while Broadlands only won twice
but were through on shots.
GI Blues finished on
maximum points to win the group while 57 Varieties lost
just once to go through on 6 points.
Jack Smackers had a
perfect 4 wins out of 4 to top the group while Yoof Academy
were another team to win tow and lose two and sneak through on
The Repair Men finished
on 8 points while Wicked Wicks only lost once.
Back Again topped the
group comfortably on 8 points, 4 ahead of runners-up Mix And
Occold and Tizzus
Agin both lost just once, Occold winning the group on shots.
Stancock were another
team to finish with a perfect record, Mart 1 were next
best on 6 points.
Balderdash and Marions
Fours both finished on 6 points, Balderdash were 8 shots
Jack Smackers ran out
to a comfortable 8-2 win over Mix And Match. The Repair
Men were never behind against Tizzus Agin, winning
8-3. Back Again went into the last end ahead of Mart
1 but came out of it 6-4 down. Marions Fours
held on to beat Occold 6-4. Stancock led from the
start and finished 8-2 winners over Broadlanders. Balderdash
were never in danger against 57 Varieties, winning 8-1.
Bardfield were 4-0 up over Yoof Academy but fell to a
7-4 loss. It was all square with 2 ends to go between GI Blues
and Wicked Wicks but it was the Wicks that brought
it home for a 5-3 win.
The Repair Men raced
out to a 7-0 lead over Yoof Academy in the first 3 ends,
enough to see them home to an 8-3 win. Jack Smackers were
never in danger after the second end, winning 10-2 against Wicked
Wicks. Stancock got their noses in front of Marions
Fours and stayed there, winning 7-2. It was all square at
6-6 going into the last end between Mart 1 and Balderdash,
but it finished 10-6 to Balderdash.
Jack Smackers v Stancock
What looked like a little bit of a mismatch on paper turned out
to provide a far more interesting game than perhaps was expected.
Stancock took each of the first 3 ends, but were only picking
up one on each. Jack Smackers got off the mark on the 4th end,
again with just one and maybe the tide was turning, however Stancock
took that shot back to lead 4-1 going into the last end and didnt
just hold on but took another 2 for an impressive 6-1 victory.
The Repair Men v Balderdash
Balderdash had had a very good run, coming back from losing the
first game of the day to win the group and make it this far,
but this far was a step too many, they lost 2 on the first end
and just kept on losing as The Repair Men piled the shots on,
the only bright spot was getting a couple back on the 5th to
keep the game going, but saving the game from 10-2 down with
an end to go looked improbable and proved to be so as Balderdash
The Repair Men (Andy
Pooley, John Varden, Peter Elmy & Don Allum) v Stancock
(Marion Bean, Keith Fellingham, Vic Keyton & Graham Clamping)
Right from the start it looked like there was no stopping Stancock
as the continued their great run of form into the first end,
picking up 3. And it was only a shot which was more or less what
Andy was playing for which snatched a shot away from them on
Nip and tuck stuff on the 3rd
but The Repair Men just hold on to one and bring it back to 3-2
Now pretty much everything
Stancock do is helping the opposition until the skips first
wood comes flying in to take shot courtesy of a perfect (but
unplayed for) wick to steal the end 4-2.
On the penultimate end it was
The Repair Men who got the luck, Andy played for one thing but
got a different result and still took shot to bring it back to
Final end. Or is it? The jack
is moved into the corner and although Stancock get closer and
closer, The Repair Men hang on for one to force an extra end
and then get the job done on the 7th, getting the woods in and
blocking up to win the game 6-4.
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This year's entry of 32 teams
were split up into groups of 8 with the top 4 from each going
through to the knockout stages.
Hundon A were the comfortable
winners of the group with 4 wins out of 4 for a maximum 8 points.
The next three qualifiers all won 3 and lost one, Cockfield
A were second on 31 shots, Rayne were also on 31 shots
but a couple of shots against worse off, and Kelsale came
in fourth with 25 shots.
Despite losing once Brockdish were clear winners of the
group as the best anyone else could manage was 4 points, and
there were 6 teams that did that. Second place went to Stanningfield
with 4 points and 30 shots, the same as Elmstead Market B
who were worse on shots against and Reepham Robins B came
home in fourth on 27 shots.
Two teams dominated here, Cockfield C and Lawford
who both won their first 3 games while the other 6 teams were
all on 2 points. Cockfield beat Lawford in their final game to
win the group and Kenninghall and Brockley/Ketton A
both made it through on 4 points.
Reepham Robins A took
the group with maximum points, Barking lost just once
to take second place on shots from Tostock and Cockfield
B finished 4th on four points, just edging out East Bergholt
A by 3 shots.
Brockley/Ketton A took
3 on the last end to draw level with Hundon A only to
lose on the extra end, 9-7. Cockfield A romped away to
a 10-0 win over Kenninghall. Brockdish were always
in front of Cockfield B, winning 10-3. Stanningfield
dropped 3 to Tostock on the first end but came back to
win 9-4. Cockfield C and Kelsale went to an extra
end which Kelsale took, winning 6-5. Rayne ran away from
Lawford to win 14-1. Reepham Robins B beat Reepham
Robins A on the last end, 7-5. Barking took a comfortable
8-3 win over Elmstead Market B.
Rayne moved away from
Hundon A in the second half of their game, winning 6-4.
Cockfield A picked up 6 shots in 2 ends to beat Kelsale
8-4. Barking took 4 on the 4th end which sealed their
9-5 win over Brockdish. Eight shots over 3 ends gave Stanningfield
a comfortable gap over Reepham Robins B, winning 10-4.
Rayne took a resounding
10-1 win over Barking thanks to a 5 on the 4th end. Stanningfield
opened with 4 on the first end and were 6-3 up with 2 ends to
go and yet they still managed to lose to Cockfield A 7-6.
Rayne (Don & Maxine
Poulter and Val Kidd) v Cockfield A (Colin Fellingham
and Graham & Sue Davey)
Cockfield were off to the best start with 2 on the first end,
also picking up the 3rd and 4th ends to have what looked like
a comfortable lead of 6-1 with 3 ends to go. However Rayne chipped
one back on the next and then brought themselves right back into
the game with 3 on the 6th end to trail just 5-6. The last end
was nervy stuff but Cockfield held theirs to take one shot, winning
7-5 to retain the trophy.
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This year saw a return to a
completely full house of 96 entries, despite a few last minute
As usual everyone would get
5 games both with and against different people each time.
There were two big winners in the first set of games, the trios
of Nick Wood, Sue Isles & Rita Runnacles
and Doris Frost, Clint Watling & Jim Goodrich,
with both teams picking up a healthy 14 shots in their first
Twenty competitors made it 2 wins out of 2. Leading the way,
all tied on 21 shots were Ellen Grube, Susan Hurley
and Nick Wood. And only one shot behind were Doris
Frost & Steve Ball.
The players still on maximum points were whittled down to just
12, with the top 10 separated by just one shot from one another.
So leading the way on 29 shots
was Susan Hurley, followed by Nick Wood on 28,
Ellen Grube 27, Doris Frost 26, Marion Bean
25, Rob Cook 24, Peter Fellingham 23, Sue Gilder
22, Brian Pryke 21 and Ken Southwood 20. The
other 2 on 6 points were Andy Pooley and Pam Crawford
With one round left to play there were still 8 players who had
not yet dropped a point.
Still leading the way was Susan
Hurley with 37 shots and she was still followed by Nick
Wood, just 1 shot behind.
Rob Cook (34 shots) was in third, followed by
Doris Frost (33), Sue Gilder and Peter Fellingham
(32), Brian Pryke (31) and Pam Crawford (25).
It looked as if this
year was going to yield an unusually large number of perfect
scores and yet even at this late stage there was time for people
to falter and that they did, at least most of them did, in fact
all but 2.
That allowed the minor positions
to be taken up by those who at least managed to remain unbeaten
So in 6th place on 9 points
and 33 shots was Matt Crane, 5th was Doris Frost
(9 pts, 37 shots), 4th was Peter Fellingham (9 pts, 39
shots) and 3rd was Trevor Bean (9 pts, 46 shots).
Which left just the two who
had won all their games. Second place went to Pam Crawford
on 10 points and 30 shots while this year's winner was the person
who had led from the second set of games, Susan Hurley
on 10 points and 43 shots.
We hope everyone enjoyed their
day and look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Susan Hurley &
The Suffolk County Bowls Association
2019 Charity Fours Tournament was held at Needham Market on Saturday
Due to a clash of tournaments
only 30 teams had entered this year so a new format was used
and each team played 5 games during the days bowling.
The eventual winners were Claydon
A Clint & Emma Whatling, Ally Hobbs & Matt Crane
who finished on 10 points and 52 shots for with 14 against.
They were closely followed by Chelmo/Barking - Karen & Alfie
Hubbard (Chelmondiston) with Mick Watkins & Andy Gilder (Barking)
on 10 points and 44 shots for with 16 against.
Other teams in the fray and winning 4 games with 8 points were:-
Hundon B with 49 shots, Knodishall A with 42 shots, URC Felixstowe
39 shots, Gt Blakenham with 37 shots and Claydon B with
Well done to all teams.
The Grand Draw had 56 draw
prizes thanks to all those that contributed and bought tickets.
Claydon A have multi talents
which also gave them a win in the Name the Pub competition AND
the Proverb quiz.
Kevin Salmoln won the Name
John Raistrick and Graham Stark
won the £1 coin competition
I hope you all enjoyed the
day, we raised just over £940 for our chosen charity Wish
Upon A Star at West Suffolk Hospital.