Essex Premier stamp authority in ICC opener

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Essex Premier strode to a 33-7 victory in their Inter County Competition opener against Surrey Premier, at Stonyhills.

Essex lost just two games throughout the match and performed above Essex manager Adam Sultanas’ target of 32 points.

Although Surrey left with promise, having more points than their previous visit to Essex as they continue to improve.

In the first session, Essex went unbeaten as Barry Hedges opened his account by a huge margin with a 23-4 win.

New pairing Chris Coates and Peter Fautley followed suit with another solid performance as they won 16-5. Sultana also set by example, as he won 16-10 to give Essex the perfect start.

To complete the first session, Matt Dillion and Mitchell Young struggled out of the blocks and trailed 12-9 going into the last end but scraped a draw, to give Essex a 7-1 lead.

The second session was tight across all four mats as Mo Binstead, Paul Bax, Phil Banner, and Anthony Fautley won their close match on the final end against Surrey Captain Derek Johns 9-8.

Greg Wade, Tony Ealham and Matt Stifford were narrowly beaten despite the late comeback from 11-7 down, as they came up just short and lost 11-10.

The other Essex trio Debbie Dillon, Alan Kay and Linda Lambert fought back from behind to grab another worthy draw as they picked up a three on the final end to finish level at 9-9.

On the flip side, Babs Morokutti, Del Coates, Steve Killington and Craig Burgess held on for a draw as they lead 10-7 in the final end but had to settle for a three – to split the session 4-4 with Essex leading 11-5 at the break.

In the third session, Essex claimed the overall victory with a clean sweep, as Sultana raced to a 25-6 victory. Hedges responded to his counterparts’ success to claim a comfortable 18-8 win and secured the singles bonus points.

Fautley (Senior) and Coates (Junior) were the standout performers with an impressive 21-4 scoreline.

The other Essex duo, Dillon and Young found their feet and completed the full house with a 16-11 victory and the bonus points in the pairs, to lead 23-5 going into the final session.

In the last session, Essex continued their dominance as Wade, Ealham and Stifford lead from the off and held the Surrey triple at bay, as they won 13-7.

Dillon, Kay and Lambert could not repeat their earlier comeback as they fell to an 11-6 defeat, although gained the bonus points by one shot.

In the fours, Morokutti, Coates (Senior), Killington and Burgess made no mistake as they ended with a flourish, as they won 15-7.

To complete the rout Binstead, Bax, Banner and Fautley (Junior) kept their foot on the gas as they won 11-5, to claim the fours bonus points and an overall 33-7.


Players Ratings:

Barry Hedges- 8/10

Adam Sultana- 8/10

Peter Fautley- 8 ½ /10 *

Chris Coates- 8 ½ /10 *

Matt Dillon- 7/10

Mitchell Young- 5 ½ /10

Greg Wade- 7/10

Tony Ealham- 7/10

Matt Stifford- 7/10

Debbie Dillon- 7/10

Alan Kay- 7/10

Linda Lambert- 7/10

Mo Binstead- 7 ½ /10

Paul Bax- 7 ½ /10

Phil Banner- 7 ½ /10

Anthony Fautley- 7 ½ /10

Babs Morokutti- 7 ½ /10

Del Coates- 7/10

Steve Killington- 7 ½ /10

Craig Burgess- 7 ½ /10


One thought on “Essex Premier stamp authority in ICC opener

    morokutti said:
    October 4, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Well done Mitchell, another good report



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