After a sterling performance against Norfolk in their previous game, next up was a Cambridgeshire side that lost their opening encounter to Suffolk. But they looked to improve and hoped to gain a result against Essex on their first home game of the season.
In the first session, Pauline Child keep her 100% record in the singles after winning convincingly, after a great start and continued throughout the game coming home with an 18-8 win to get Essex of to a flyer. The other singles player for Essex was Phil Banner where mid way through the game there was virtually nothing in it against Cambridge’s banker Joe Peters. But unfortunately the game slipped away from Phil in the final stages as he lost 17-8. In the pairs, Maxine Horn and Paul Glennister were kept at bay throughout a tight match against the Cambridge pairing to lose 13-9. The other pairing Dave Amoss and Shirley Walker got off to a great start by taking an 11-4 lead two thirds of the way through the match and looked certain to claim the 2 points. But in the final few ends and despite being 12-10 up in the last end could only manage the draw to finish 12-12 to share the points. After the first session Essex were still in first gear as they were 5-3 down going into the second session.
The second session featuring the triples and fours got Essex back on track going into the break. With the triple, Rita Blackhall, Pat Goodchild and Alan High securing their two points with a great performance finishing up with a 16-4 win. The other Essex triple involving Peter Snelling, Stewart Blackhall and Brian Daley also never looked like losing after being 13-0 up after 8 ends and concluded with a 14-4 win or maximum points in the triples. It was now over to the fours with Roger Dover’s rink consisting of Dave Chittock, Rose Hambleton and Eileen Smith-Allen were in full control of their match and claimed a 9-4 win to continue the great session. To complete the session Peggy May’s rink including Racheal Cordy, Danny Curl and Paul Cairns have a tight game after only being 7-5 down with two ends to play but could not claw back the deficit and finished 11-6. At the half way stage, Essex had taking a small lead of 9-7 leading into the second half.
The third session started with Phil losing a second game by 18 shots to 9 and putting Cambridge back on level terms. But Pauline after a great display in her first game continued her form in her second game against Joe Peters, with only two ends to play the game was level. However Pauline managed to get in front and finished off with a 16-11 win to put Essex back in the lead. Although that win was not enough to gain the bonus points in the singles with only three shots in it and the two points going to Cambridge. The pairs had a win for Dave and Shirley after a tight game in the early exchanges but were in full control of the match and finished strongly to win 16-7. To complete the third session where Maxine and Paul who struggled to keep up with the Cambridge pairing and lost 20 shots to 4. With that score taken into account the pairs bonus points go to Cambridge. Going into the final session Cambridge go into the lead with the bonus points added at 15 points to 13.
To conclude the contest, Essex needed to win the session to win overall. The triples were first to finish, Rita, Pat and Alan couldn’t repeat their earlier performance and were defeated 22 shots to 10. The other triple Peter, Stuart and Brian had a much tighter contest. With two ends to play they were 8-6 down and the overall match was in the balance, but the triple dug deep and won the match 10-8. With the win also came the two bonus points for Essex’s triples and regained the lead 19-17, with two games remaining. The fours came to an end with Roger’s rink completing a great team performance from the start after winning comfortably 16 shots to 5. The final game to conclude the day was Peggy May’s four who were in full control from start to finish with a 6-3 win, this saw the fours bonus points also go to Essex.
Essex finished victors as they came from behind going into the final session, to win 23-17. After winning 10 of the 12 points available Essex gained another win and kept them top of the table despite a fine win for Norfolk against Suffolk.