Essex Premier struck late on to grab away win

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Essex Premier scrapped a 22-18 victory away at Northampton from behind at Northampton Indoor Bowls Centre.

Essex turned around a 13-15 score line in the last session to take the overall match.

The away side were without Jack Shepard, Anthony Fautley and Adam Sultana.

Dominic Reed set the pace against Chris Western after he flew out the blocks and won 17-5 to get Essex off and running.

The absent Sultana saw Peter Fautley step up due to his SMPT performance but struggled against Lee Hall who notched up the shots and won 21-7.

Mo Binstead was shuffled into the pairs with Barry Hedges who gained an early 9-2 lead but let it slip to Northampton’s young star Callum Beale which they shared the points with an 11-11 draw.

Babs Morokutti and Matt Dillon started where they left off last week despite with difficulty from two shot behind after nine ends won 13-9 and took a 5-3 lead.

Del Coates, Mark Chittock and Mitchell Young put last week’s performance behind them as they fought back from 6-2 to grab a draw at 10 apiece against Chris Hopkins’s triple.

Linda Lambert, Paul Bax and substitute Fred Gudgeon were 5-3 behind after seven but struck back and gained some distance as they won 11-5.

Debbie Tomlinson, substitute Phil Banner, Nigel Reed and Keith Paxman did not get off to a great start and fell to a 15-3 defeat.

Ian Arthur, Sammy Lambert, Tony Ealham and Steve Killington shot into a 13-0 lead after seven ends and chalked up the two points as they won 15-2, as Essex carried a 10-6 lead into the break.

Northampton reacted from the break and Hall blew Reed (junior) away with a 21-7 victory which virtually secured the bonus points for the home side.

Fautley had a battle on his hands with Western as he found himself 12-8 down but edged back into the game and was 12-11 behind last end but could not gain anything as he lost 14-11.

Binstead and Hedges has a less pressured game as they stormed 10-0 in front and held that big lead as they won 16-7.

Morokutti and Dillon struggled from the start and Beale took advantage as he won 19-6 which split the pair’s bonus points which put Essex 13-15 down which included the bonus points.

Coates, Chittock and Young had two comeback which came to nothing as they brought back a 7-0 and 15-7 deficit level but fell short on the final end 16-15, which gave Essex an even tougher task.

Lambert, Bax and Gudgeon despite an early lead fell behind but regained the lead however Hopkins bite back which held both sides inseparable at 11-11 and held on for the bonus points for Essex.

Tomlinson, Banner, Reed (senior) and Paxman put in a solid performance to give the visitors a minimum of a draw as they gained a 9-3 victory.

Arthur, Lambert, Ealham and Killington were not there for the draw as they went from 6-4 down with two ends to play nicked the last end after the last bowl with a 7-6 win and the bonus points.

Which secured the overall victory after they had 163 shots to Northampton’s 174 and kept their 100% record with two wins.

Essex Premier next match is in two weeks in Essex’s first home game of the season against strong opponents in Norfolk at StonyHills.

Player Ratings:

Dom Reed 6/10

Peter Fautley 5/10

Mo Binstead 7/10

Barry Hedges 8/10

Babs Morokutti 6/10

Matt Dillon 6/10

Del Coates 6/10

Mark Chittock 5/10

Mitchell Young 5/10

Linda Lambert 7/10

Paul Bax 7/10

Fred Gudgeon 7/10

Debbie Tomkinson 7/10

Phil Banner 6/10

Nigel Reed 7/10

Keith Paxman 7/10

Ian Arthur 8/10

Sammy Lambert 8/10

Tony Ealham 8/10

Steve Killington 9/10*



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