After Essex lose out narrowly to Suffolk 23-17 in Felixstowe on the 20 of October. The return visit was another close encounter but Essex got the better of Suffolk at home to nick the win 21-19.
In the first tie Essex got off to a good start with a split session after a convincing win from in-form Pauline Child to win 17-6. Although the other singles player for the away side Paul Caines lost 21-5 to Suffolk S Samson. The pairs also had one win and a lose to even up the side as Shirley Walker and Dave Amoss lost 12-8 but was cancelled out by Dave Chittock and Heather Amoss’s win of 16-11. The second session had another split session after the wins coming from the fours as Peggy May’s rink including Racheal Cordy, Frank Amoss and Danny Curl 9-7 and also Peter Debenham’s rink with Elieen Smith-Allen, Rose Hambelton and Paul Glennister 7-5. But loses in both triples including Rita Blackhall, Pat Goodchild and John Finn 12-6 and the other Peter Snelling, Stewart Blackhall and Brian Daley 15-5.
The third session swayed to the home side as Pauline lost out to Sawson in a tight game 10-7 and Paul again losing in a close game 14-11, with the bonus points also going to the home side. The pairs had the only win of the session for Shirley and Dave of 13-8 with Heather and Dave just losing out 12-11 after a well fought game and resulting in the bonus again going to the home side. The final session was finished strong by the hosts as the triples had the only win of the session as John, Rita and Pat won 10-9 with Brian, Peter and Stewart managing a draw 9-9 but losing out on the bonus points again. However the fours got a loss for Peter’s rink as they fell to a 9-4 defeat but with the final game remaining, a win for Essex would guarantee the bonus points and win 21-19 but unfortunately Peggy’s rink went down 12-7. Ensuring the bonus points for Suffolk and cementing a 23-17 win.
The return leg had another close fought match but Essex didn’t get off to a great start after losing the first session 6-2. With the only win coming from Pauline winning convincingly 18-3, as Roger Dover clawed back his slow start at 12-4 down to lose by only 5 finishing 15-10. Shirley and Dave A despite being 10-5 up on the last end 15-14, the other pair Phil Banner and Dave C after being level at the half way stage could hold on and lost 15-8. The second session was much tighter as both fours drew with Racheal, Stewart, Paul and Peggy finishing 8-8 after being one shot up on the last end. The other four Ian Arthur, Rose, Eileen and Peter came from one shot down to get the draw at 6 a piece. Whereas the triples include Maxine Horn, Alan and Brian being 11-5 up and losing managed to hold on and get the draw. With the other triple Rita, Pat and John unfortunately went down 11-6 and after the two sessions went into the break 11-5 down at half time.
The third session saw a great response from the home side as Roger won 13-8 to start off the comeback. Whereas Pauline went down 12-8 to S. Samson but with Roger shot difference was enough to hold on and win the bonus points. The pairs both responded well after two good win with Shirley and Dave also winning 13-8 and Dave and Phil winning comfortably with a 16-9 win and taking the bonus points, to bring the home side from 11-5 down to level the score at 13-13. Although the final session didn’t go according to plan for Essex as Maxine, Alan and Brian went down heavily 17-8 and the other triple involving Rita, Pat and John also lost 10-8. The fours however brought it home as Peter’s rink won well 11-3 to set up the final rink to bring it home. In the early stages Peggy’s rink: Racheal, Stewart and Paul were 4-1 down but turned it around and came home with a 9-6 win and claimed the bonus points to win 21-19 after a great match throughout.
Essex stay in second place with two games remaining, with Essex travelling to Cambridgeshire on December 1st.