Month: January 2018
Essex A were denied a place in the Inter County Rinks final, after they went out on the head-to-head rule at the round robin stage at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.
Essex won their first two games against Dorset and Surrey before they were narrowly beaten by Somerset who progressed.
Essex kicked off the rinks finals against Dorset with Eileen Smith-Allan, Shirely Banner, David Chittock and Phil Banner who took a 9-7 victory.
Josie Robinson, Bob Taylor, Alan High and Pat Goodchild heaped the pressure on Dorset, as they came through 15-5 winners.
Essex then game managed the rest of the tie, as Pat High, Brenda Crowe, Roger Dover and Peter Debenham were narrowly defeated 10-9.
Kay Debenham, Carol Taylor, Paul Glenister and Pauline Child were also edged out 8-7 but won the overall contest for Essex by 10 shots.
Essex then went on to face Surrey where they continued their momentum as Robinson, Taylor, High and Goodchild won handy 15-7.
High, Crowe, Dover and Debenham pressed Surrey to increase their overall lead with a 12-7 victory.
Essex extended their advantage as Debenham, Taylor, Glenister and Childs won 15-9 – to give Essex a 19 shot lead.
The final four were the only defeat in the session for Essex as Smith-Allan, Banner, Chittock and Banner went down 11-6 which concluded another comfortable victory by 14 shots.
In the deciding match after lunch, Essex faced Somerset and needed to avoid defeat to progress.
Smith-Allan, Banner, Chittock and Banner took a narrow 15-13 victory. Somerset then hit back as Robinson, Taylor, High and Goodchild were edged out by the same scoreline 15-13 to leave the scores all level.
Nothing separated the two sides even after Essex’s third rink had finished as High, Crowe, Dover and Debenham drew 10-10 with the Somerset four.
The tie went down to the wire with, Debenham, Taylor, Glenister and Child unfortunately were beaten 14-7 to lose out by seven shots.
Essex despite a strong shot difference were knocked out on the head-to-head rule which saw Somerset progress to the final to face eventual winners Devon.
Essex now look ahead to the weekend where they go into ICC action in the last-16 where they will face Stockport alongside the Premier team.
Essex Premier were denied a place in the final of the Inter County rinks finals, after they lost their last group game to go out in the round robin stage at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.
Essex won their opening two group games against Northampton and Herefordshire but lost out to West Midlands.
In the opener, Essex got off to a flyer as Babs Morokutti, Nigel Reed, Keith Paxman and Dom Reed won 14-5. Then Greg Wade, Mark Chittock, Mitchell Young and Barry Hedges won comfortably 21-4 against Chris Hopkins’ rink.
The other two rinks had a mixed bag with Ian Arthur, Steve Killington, Jake Atrill and Anthony Fautley won handy 19-8 to Chris Terry’s side.
Derek Coates, John Pye, Chris Coates and Craig Burgess were the only rink that lost 11-9 to Edward Sawbridge’s quartet but Essex came through comfortable winners by 35 shots.
Essex kicked on in their second group match against Herefordshire, with Wade, Chittock, Young and Hedges who won 12-7.
Arthur, Killington, Atrill and Fautley really put the pressure on Hereford as they coasted to a 16-2 victory.
Essex then controlled the tie, as Coates, Pye, Coates and Burgess were edged out late on 10-9. With Morokutti, Reed, Paxman and Reed took a 15-12 win to take a 22 shot overall victory – to set up the final group game decider against West Mids.
Essex got out the traps well to start off with in the deciding tie but West Mids supremacy came through in the latter stages to sweep Essex aside.
Morokutti, Reed, Paxman and Reed were defeated 14-6 against Ross Dunkley’s quartet.
Essex then fell further behind as Coates, Pye, Coates and Burgess went down 19-10 to Mitchell Harvey’s rink.
Wade, Chittock, Young and Hedges came back to lose 17-11 against Alan Jones’ side.
Essex finished on a high as Arthur, Killington, Atrill and Fautley finished with a 11-9 victory over Scott Follis’ rink to become Essex’ top rink without defeat for the day.
West Mids progressed to the final with a 21 shot overall victory to face Cornwall in the final.
Essex now look to next weekend back in ICC action, as they face Herefordshire in the last-16.