Essex A leapfrog Suffolk in second

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Essex A got a superb 27-13 away victory in the Inter County group stages against Suffolk, at Stowbridge Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex now move up into second in the group ahead of Suffolk, after 

County manager Dave Chittock have to make a few changes to his side due to players availability. With Paul Bax and Mitchell Young stepping in, as Roger Dover was unavailable and others already playing for the Premier side on Saturday.

In the first session, Pauline Childs got Essex off to a flyer as she won comfortably 23-2.

Young could not follow suit as he lost 18-10 after a solid performance from the Suffolk singles player.

In the pairs, Dave Chittock and Heather Clemants went behind early on and could not claw the deficit back as they lost 16-10.

Bax and Andy Philbrick swapped after going behind early and recovered to win at the death 13-12, to level the session 4-4.

In the second session, Eileen Smith-Allen, Tony Hayes and county captain Rob Wade came from behind to grab a late draw on the last end 10-10.

The other triple was not so fortunate, as Kay Debenham, Paul Reed and Peter Debenham went down 14-8. 

In the fours Josie Robinson, Bart Clemants, Alan High and John Wade went behind early on but came back and won comfortably 16-5.

Carol Taylor, Collin Addis, Pat Goodchild and Jonathan East held on after late pressure from the Suffolk four to win 13-9. To give Essex a 9-7 lead at the break.

In the second half, Essex heaped the pressure on Suffolk as Young won 11-7.

Childs made it two wins from two, as she edged out the Suffolk bowler 11-8. To take maximum points from the singles in the session and claim the bonus points.

Philbrick and Bax maintained their unbeaten day, as they won 17-11.

Unfortunately Chittock and Clemants could take the clean sweep session, as they fell to a 18-6 defeat and lost out on the bonus points.

Essex took a healthy 17-11 lead going into the last session. 

In the final session, substitute Peggy May stepped in to play with Reed and Debenham to come from behind to win 13-7.

The other triple Smith-Allen, Hayes and Wade got a good lead and held on to win 11-7 and overturn the shot difference to take the triples bonus points – to give Essex a 23-11.

In the fours, there was a real battle as Robinson, Clemants, High and Wade were beaten on the final end 17-16 by the Suffolk quartet.

The final game to finish, was a corker as Taylor, Addis, Goodchild and East won on the last end from 10-9 down to take the win 13-10 and secured the 27-13 victory.

Essex now look ahead to the return leg against Suffolk, at Stonyhills in two weeks time.

Current A Team Table as it stands:

Norfolk Pl 4 Points 111

Essex. Pl 4 Points 84

Suffolk Pl 5 Points 83

Cambs Pl 5 Points 76

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