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The return of the Suffolk Charity tournament after a long break, saw an initial entry of 40 teams, although that was reduced to 38 on the day, thanks to illness.

The event would be raising funds for Livability Icanho.

Owing to time constraints, there is no knockout stage, the winner is the team at the top of the standings once everyone has played their 4 games.

Round 1
17 teams started the day off with a win, three of whom had scored 11 shots, they were Littleport, Two Rivers, and Stanningfield, while two had scored 10 shots, Family Four, and Barking A.

Round 2
Only 7 teams finished the second round with maximum points. Of those teams, Claydon were well ahead on shots, with 28, they were followed by Reepham Robins A (20), Hundon (19), Littleport (18), Finchingfield B (17), and Family Four and Oxymorons (both 16).

Round 3
With 3 games played, there were now only 4 teams with a perfect record. Claydon were still out in front, with 37 shots from their 3 wins, Hundon were just 3 shots back, Littleport had 24 shots, and Family Four had 21.

Three other teams were still undefeated, on 2 wins and a draw, Barking A, Stanningfield, and Elmsett.

Final Round
The last round of games saw a total of 5 teams make it through the day undefeated.

Of those, two, Stanningfield and Elmsett, had won three and drawn one game, but were only going to be in with a chance of winning if all four teams ahead of them slipped up. In the end only one did, so there were three teams left who finished on 8 points.

Third place went to Family Four, they conceded the least number of shots of any team on the day, but scored only 31.

Hundon were in with a more realistic chance, and came into their last game knowing that they would need at least 13 shots, difficult but not impossible. And while they won their game, they fell some way short of the shots they needed, winning a very tight game 5-2.

That left Claydon, 8 shots clear at the top, they had to work for their wins, but their overall victory was really down to one very high scoring game, which they won 21-5.

Congratulations to Sam Runnacles, Ally Hobbs, and Tim & Karen Franks, on their win, and huge thanks to everyone who joined us on the day, and who donated draw prizes, for helping us to raise a total of £1159.50.

You can find the final results here.