Essex Premier won a comfortable 23-17 against Norfolk Premier in their first home game of the season at Stonyhills.
Norfolk’s slow start found them 12-4 down at the break but brought themselves back into the game after the third session. Essex saw them off in the final session as they closed in on their third win.
Although both sides were without full strength sides as Essex were without Dominic Reed and Nigel Reed whereas the visitors missed Jack Pye and Chris Mann.
Adam Sultana got the home side off the mark as he held off Neil Davidson as he won 13-9.
Peter Fautley made a great comeback from 10-6 down to be 13-10 up in the last end and managed to hold on to the points despite the last gasp measure.
Babs Morokutti and Matt Dillon had a tight game throughout with John Sparham and his partner but went in front towards the end to claim a 16-13 victory.
Another dramatic comeback came from Barry Hedges and Mo Binsford against Teresa and Selwyn Goldsmith. After they came from 12-4 down to snatch the last end from a fortunate bowl of Hedges as they won 15-14.
Del Coates, Mitchell Young and Jack Shepard overturned a 5-2 score line to be 8-6 up in the final end which they only dropped one shot as they won 8-7 against Melvin’s triple.
Linda Lambert, Paul Bax and Fred Gugeon clawed back a bad start from 9-3, as they lost 13-10 against Keith Cooke’s triple with Debbie Sparham.
Debbie Tomlinson, Phil Banner, Keith Paxman and Antony Fautley kept their opposition quiet as they plodded to a 10-5 victory.
Ian Arthur, Sammy Lambert, Tony Ealham and Steve Killlington struggled and were beaten 15-4 against David Lamb’s rink, which gave Essex 12-4 lead at the break.
In the third session Sultana deadly performance put the singles bonus points out of sight for Norfolk as he won 24-6.
Fautley (senior) had a tight affair against Davidson with the scores balance throughout. Fautley was 10-9 down in the last end but narrowly missed out as Davidson won 11-9.
Morokutti and Dillon unfortunately lost against both Goldsmith’s but kept the shots tight for the other pair as they fought back from 13-7 down, as they lost 14-11.
Hedges and Binsford came from behind again but this time the win was too much of a stretch as Sparham won 15-14 but chose a tame attempt to take the bonus points as they shared the points.
The session gave the away side an opportunity in the final session at 17-11. Coates, Young and Shepard were 12-11 up last end but dropped a killer two to cost them the victory.
Lambert, Bax and Gugeon again lost another tight game, at 8-7 last end but could not gain any shots as they lost 10-7 again Wood’s triple. Which made sure of the bonus points for Norfolk and level the match.
Tomlinson, Banner, Paxman, Fautley (junior) regained the overall lead as they got an early superior lead which was enough as they won 12-6 against Lamb’s rink.
Arthur, Lambert, Ealham and Killington redeemed themselves with a sharp 14-2 victory which also sealed the bonus points which sealed the victory 23-17 with 193 overall shots to Norfolk’s 164.
Essex will now travel in two weeks time for the reverse fixture to Norfolk where they will look to continue their run and extend it to four.
Adam Sultana- 9*
Peter Fautley- 6 1/2
Babs Morokutti- 6 1/2
Matt Dillon- 6 1/2
Barry Hedges- 7
Mo Binsford- 6 1/2
Del Coates- 7
Mitchell Young- 7
Jack Shepard- 5
Linda Lambert- 6
Paul Bax- 6 1/2
Fred Gugeon- 6 1/2
Debbie Tomlinson- 7 1/2
Phil Banner- 7 1/2
Keith Paxman- 7 1/2
Antony Fautley- 7 1/2
Ian Arthur- 6
Sammy Lambert- 6 1/2
Tony Ealham- 6 1/2
Steve Killington- 6 1/2