Essex County Short Mat Bowls Association
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.
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
Essex Premier fail to qualify in the Inter County Rinks qualification at Tamworth Indoor bowls club.
Essex was denied sneaking through from Surrey’s Derek John’s final bowl to squash qualification for the finals.
Herefordshire and Surrey kicked off the first group game, in which Hereford blew Surrey away with a 16 shot victory.
Essex under new management in Dave Chittock, then faced buoyant Hereford who flew out the blocks which left Essex stunned.
Barry Hedges rink, including Matt Dillon, Pat Goodchild and Steve Killington had a torrid time as they were beaten 24-8 by the Hereford quartet.
Eileen Smith-Allen, Alan Kay, Mitchell Young and Craig Burgess clawed back the shot deficit to within four after a 18-6 win.
In the other rinks, Debbie Dillon, Pauline Childs, Mark Chittock and Tony Ealham pulled back from behind to gain a narrow victory on the last end 9-8.
In the final four to finish, Babs Morokutti, Linda Lambert, Phil Banner and Peter Fautley dropped the two shot overall lead on their final end to draw the opening tie.
After the break, Essex found themselves behind again this time against Surrey. Chittock’s side found themselves 19 shots behind with five ends to play overall on all rinks, but came back fighting.
With Dillon, Childs, Chittock and Ealham as they closed their defeat to only one shot with a big final end as they lost 11-12, to the Surrey rink.
Hedges’ quartet (Dillon, Goodchild and Killington) struggled again, as they lost their second match of the day 13-10.
Smith-Allen, Kay, Young and Burgess won their final match 10-7 to claim Essex’s top rink.
Fautley’s rink (Morokutti, Lambert and Banner) made a superb comeback from 13-2 down early on to pull it back to 13-13 on the final end.
The Essex rink were holding the two shots needed to take the overall victory, until John’s final bowl drew the shot to take the deserved win and qualify in second place for the second successive season.
Which sent last years finalists to crash out at the first stage and sent group winners Hereforshire through with Surrey.
Matt Dillon 6/10
Pat Goodchild 6/10
Steve Killington 6/10
Barry Hedges 5/10
Eileen Smith-Allen 7/10
Alan Kay 7/10
Mitchell Young 6/10
Craig Burgess 7/10
Debbie Dillon 6/10
Pauline Childs 7/10
Mark Chittock 5/10
Tony Ealham 6/10
Babs Morokutti 6/10
Linda Lambert 6/10
Phil Banner 6/10
Peter Fautley 7/10