Essex A won their opening home game of the Inter County Championship with a close 22-18 victory over Suffolk at Deanes School.
The hosts had a brilliant final session to take the win, with a substitution at half time made by County Manager David Chittock which paid dividends for the victory, despite without several key players also.
Suffolk took the advantage in singles with two big wins, as Pauline Childs and Roger Dover lost 20-4 and 14-9.
The pairs again performed well unchanged from the previous week, as Peggy May and Chittock won 16-9. With Paul Glenister and Andy Philbrick followed up with a 19-14 win to level the session at four a piece.
In the second session, there was once again little between the sides as Sylvia Ealham, Eileen Smith-Allen and Neil Paul won well 22-11. Whereas Shirley Banner, Peter Harris and Brenda Crowe were beaten 20-8.
In the fours Essex did not fared similar, as Carol Taylor, Colin Addis, Pat Goodchild and Jonathan East lost 12-5. Whereas the other four, Josie Robinson, Chrisie Le Rosenger, Rob Taylor and Peter Debenham managed a small victory 10-7. To replicate the second session with two games a piece with the match poised at 8-8.
After the break, Essex made a substitution switching Childs out the singles with Harris in the triples but were out muscled in the singles as Dover lost heavily 29-3 and Harris 20-9 to lose out on the bonus points by a whopping 58 shots.
Essex’s pairs tried to compensate for the singles, as Phibrick and Glenister stormed to a 22-7 victory but Chittock and May were well beaten 29-3. However, held on to the bonus point by just one shot as Essex fell behind 16-12.
In the final session, Essex fought back with both triples coming through as Ealham, Smith-Allen and Paul won 14-7 and Banner, Childs and Crowe won 20-14. To secure the bonus points by 12 shots and went in front overall 18-16.
The Essex quartet finished with mixed results, as Taylor, Addis, Goodchild and East were just edged out 13-11. Robinson, Le Rosenger, Taylor and Debenham won comfortably 16-8 and snatched the bonus points to take the victory 22-18.
Essex lost out on overall shots 191-234, but now take that win into the reverse fixture away to Suffolk in two weeks where they look to repeat their victory.