Month: December 2017
Essex Premier made the finals of the Inter County Rinks competition, after two victories over Wiltshire at Guildford Indoor Bowls Club.
Essex were due to play Northampton in their group of three but due to the weather conditions were unable to get to the venue.
This left both sides Essex and Wiltshire qualified by default but agreed to play for first and second place in a double header.
Essex got off to a flyer as Greg Wade, Alan Kay who stepped in for Jake Atrill with him unable to attend due to the weather, Mark Chittock and Mitchell Young rattled to a 18-5 victory.
Derek Coates, John Pye, Chris Coates and Craig Burgess had to stick to the task a take a narrow 12-9 win.
In the other fours, Matt Dillon, Paul Bax, Steve Killington and Antony Fautley won handy 17-4 – to give Essex a 29 shot lead.
Babs Morokutti, Nigel Reed, Keith Paxman and Dom Reed came through 13-5 winners to win overall by 37 shots.
Essex then went up a gear in the second round against Wiltshire as Coates, Pye, Coates and Burgess made light work this time around to win 16-7.
Dillon, Bax, Killington and Fautley blew the Wiltshire four away with a 28-5 victory – with Essex already 32 shots to the good.
Reeds’ quartet added to the light hearted atmosphere, as Morokutti, Reed and Paxman won 21-9 to extend Essex’s advantage.
The final four to finish was Wade, Ian Arthur, Chittock and Young who came home comfortably 17-7 – to take a whopping 53 shot victory and top the group.
Credit goes out to the Essex and Wiltshire players that attended in such bad weather conditions.
Essex now look to the New Year for the finals of the rinks competition at the end of January.
Leyton Orient grab their first win since the start of September with a 4-1 victory over high-flying Sutton United at The Matchroom Stadium.
Orient took an early first half lead from the spot, as Macauley Bonne struck home.
The O’s doubled their advantage early in the second half, after a Matt Harrold header.
Bonne got his brace later in the half with a fierce strike from close range, Tommy Wright scored Sutton’s consolation as James Dayton restored their advantage with a long range deflected strike.
Justin Edinburgh oversaw his first home game for the O’s and made one change to his side that lost 1-0 away at Solihull Moors, as Alex Lawless started ahead of Henry Ochieng.
Orient started brightly and four minutes in a corner by Jobi McAnuff came to Dan Happe at the far post but his shot was well-stopped on the line.
The O’s were given a gift just five minutes in, as Dayton raced into the box and was brought down by Simon Walton which gave the referee no option but to point to the spot. Bonne stepped up and despite Jamie Butlers attempt to put off Bonne fired the ball into the top corner.
Sutton had an opportunity to respond, as Ross Lafayette found room inside the box but his shot was palmed away by Dean Brill.
The away side again pressured the Orient defence, as a long ball up field was flicked on for Craig Dundas to guide on goal but Brill stopped the shot.
Bonne was given another chance for his second goal, as a high ball was not collected by Butler to spill in front of Bonne who lifted the ball goalwards but was cleared off the line.
A great move by the host almost doubled their lead, as Matt Harrold played the ball out to McAnuff who burst into the box clipped the ball across the six-yard box and Bonnes’ header went just wide of the target.
In the second half, Sutton pounced on a poor clearance and Craig Eastmond’s shot was held by Brill.
Orient grabbed their second of the afternoon, through McAnuff’s quality set piece delivery Harrold guided in.
The hosts grabbed their third with ten minutes remaining, as Dayton slipped in substitute David Mooney whose shot was blocked only for Bonne to fire in the follow-up from close range.
Sutton denied Orient’s clean sheet, as substitute Tommy Wright struck from inside the box for Sutton to beat Brill at his near post.
Dayton restored Orient’s three goal cushion shortly after, with a long-range strike which deflected into the far corner to claim all three points for the O’s.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 20 Dean Brill, 3 Joe Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless, 7 Jobi McAnuff, 9 Macauley Bonne (94), 14 Myles Judd, 23 Craig Clay, 24 Matt Harrold (78), 25 Dan Happe, 27 James Dayton, 33 Bondz N’Gala
Substitutes: 1 Charlie Grainger, 10 David Mooney (78), 15 Aron Pollock, 19 Josh Koroma (94), 31 Zain Westbrooke
Sutton United Lineup: 26 Jamie Butler, 6 Jamie Collins,9 Ross Lafayette, 11 Kieran Cadogan, 14 Craig Dundas (69), 15 Craig Eastmond (65), 16 Nicky Bailey, 17 Dan Spence, 22 Simon Walton, 27 Simon Downer, 30 Tom Bolarinwa
Substitutes: 4 Dean Beckwith, 5 Louis John, 20 Tommy Wright (58), 23 Josh Taylor (65), 32 Ross Stearn (69)
Attendance: 4,180 (443)
Essex A confirm qualification to the knockout stages of the Inter County Championship after a 22-18 victory over Cambridge at Deanes School.
The hosts needed 17 points to consolidate their place into the later stages of the tournament after overturning a 16-12 deficit in the final session to land the spoils over Cambridge.
Essex missed out on first place in the group by a single point, after Norfolk A came through 29-11 winners over local rivals Suffolk.
Essex got off to a good start in the singles, as Pauline Childs won 15-7 and Shirley Walker followed suit as she held on to win 13-11.
In the pairs Essex did not fare so well, as Cambridge evened up proceedings with County Manager David Chittock and Carol Taylor going down 18-7. The other pair Phil Glenister and Peggy May went down 17-10 to level the session 4-4.
Essex kicked on in the second session, as the triples followed on from where the singles left off, as Eileen Smith-Allen, Andy Philbrick and Rob Wade won comfortably 17-7. Shirley Banner, Pat Goodchild and Tony Ealham were 18-8 victors.
In the fours Essex continued the momentum, as Jodie Robinson, Rob Taylor, Alan High and John Wade came through 10-7 winners in a tight battle against the Cambridge quartet. Colin Addis, Brenda Crowe, Roger Dover and Peter Debenham edged out Cambridge with a 13-12 thriller to lead 12-4 at the break.
After the break Essex struggled to maintain their high level of performances, as Cambridge took full advantage as Childs lost 20-8 and Walker was well beaten 28-4 – which gave Cambridge the bonus points in the singles.
The pairs suffered a similar fate, as Chittock and Taylor were defeated 21-8 and Glenister and May also lost 19-7 as Cambridge swept up the session to take the pairs bonus points – to take the overall lead for the first time with the game poised 16-12.
But Essex were not going to just give up with qualification four points away, as Smith-Allen, Philbrick and Wade cruised to victory 22-8 with Banner, Goodchild and Ealham also won handy 15-6 to take the bonus points in the triples, secure their place in the knockout stages and regain the lead 18-16.
Essex finished strong, as Robinson, Taylor, High and Wade won a thriller at the death 16-15. Cambridge denied the clean sweep in the last session as Addis, Crowe, Dover and Debenham lost 14-11 but held on to the bonus points by two shots to complete the 22-18.
Essex now look ahead to the rinks which takes place at the weekend, as Essex head to Surrey to face Kent, Herefordshire and Surrey with two sides qualifying for the finals in January.