Essex County Short Mat Bowls

Essex Premier denied in playoff

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Essex Premier were edged out of the Inter County quarter-final in a three end tie-break against Cornwall at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex came from 16-12 down in the final session to level the scoreline at 20-20. After the bonus points were taken off the scores remained the same, so headed to the tiebreak which Cornwall took all three points to progress.

Cornwall got off to a flyer in the first session, as British Open champion Nigel Nicholls just held off Dom Reed to take a 12-11 victory. Jake Atrill had better fortunes for Essex with him coming through 16-14 against Peter Hore.

In the pairs Cornwall took control, as Chris Coates and Del Coates were beaten well 21-6. Babs Morokutti and Alan Jones also had a tough time as they lost 14-8. Which gave the South West side a comfortable 6-2 lead.

Essex knocked on the door for a way back in but Cornwall held strong. Greg Wade, John Pye and Mark Chittock were denied at the death 11-10. The other triple had a similar outcome as Mo Binstead, Nigel Reed and Paul Bax lost 15-8.

In the fours, Essex regained their composure as Ian Arthur, Steve Killington, Keith Paxman and Anthony Fautley won 10-6. The other four Emily Poulter, Phil Banner, Linda Lambert and Barry Hedges won 10-6 to go in at the break 14-6 behind.

In the second half Essex pressured Cornwall but were still denied as Atrill was defeated narrowly 11-9 by Nicholls. Reed was able to surpass Hore with a 14-10 victory which in turn secured the singles bonus points by one shot – which was maybe a sign that fortunes were turning for Essex.

In the pairs Morokutti and Jones suffered their second defeat 14-11. Coates and Coates managed to come from behind to win at the death 13-12. Cornwall took the bonus points for a 16-12 overall lead to leave the match poised going into the final session.

Essex threw everything they had at Cornwall with the situation they were in. The fours gave Essex a shot at the comeback as Arthur Killington, Paxman and Fautley won 10-9. Poulter, Lambert, Banner and Hedges followed suit with a 15-8 victory to claim the bonus points in the fours.

Cornwall were not going to lie down and regained some composure in the triples as Wade, Pye and Chittock went down 13-7 to leave the tie 18-18 with a game to play.

In the final triple to finish the situation left Essex needing a win to force the playoff, as bonus points were safe for Cornwall. Binstead, Reed and Bax battled away and despite being two behind on the last end, found three shots to win 15-14 and force the tiebreak.

Essex sent out Reed, Atrill and Fautley for the one end playoff. Where Cornwall named in-form Nicholls, Hore and David Studdon.

Nicholls stepped up to face Reed once again and despatched the jack in the ditch to give Cornwall a dream start.

Atrill was next up and was out played on the final end by Studdon which gave Cornwall the victory. Fautley also lost out to Hore in his tiebreak for a 3-0 victory, as Cornwall progressed in an epic quarter-final.

That calls an end to the premier’s season, as Cornwall now go into the semi-final in two weeks which we wish them all the best in the next round.

Essex will regroup and support the A team in their semi-final clash in two weeks against Devon A.

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Essex A head to semi-finals

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The Essex A team stormed into the semi-finals of the Inter County Competition, after a 31-9 victory over Gloucestershire at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex proved too strong for Gloucester despite five enforced changes, with a grand second half performance to see them through to the next knockout stage.

The first half was tight between the two sides, as Jonathan East could not be separated by the Gloucester singles player as he drew 11-11. Pauline Childs was also fairly matched, as she was held 16-16.

In the pairs Essex had a mixed bag, as county manager Dave Chittock and Paul Glenister were beaten 18-10. Whereas Kay and Peter Debenham restored the deficit with a 21-11 victory to level the session 4-4.

The second session was much the same, as Andy Philbrick, Eileen Smith-Allan and county captain Rob Wade won narrowly 11-8. Unfortunately Pat High, Adrian Atkinson and Pat Goodchild went down 12-10.

In the fours Collin Addis, Rob Taylor, Alan High and John Wade won comfortably 16-3. The other quartet Peggy May, Josh Woods, Sandra Stanton and Brenda Crowe were edged out 12-8; to go in at the break 8-8.

Essex upped the tempo in the second half, as Childs won handy 18-7 and East came through 15-10 winners to snatch the bonus points in the singles.

In the pairs, Essex swept up again as Chittock and Glenister won 19-12.

The Debenhams’ made it two from two as they ran out 17-8 victors and took the bonus points for a clean sweep and a 20-8 lead with only a point needed in the final session for victory.

But Essex were not just going to fall asleep they then went for the jugular as Philbrick, Smith-Allan and Wade won 14-9. Essex trio High, Atkinson and Goodchild were held 11-11 as Essex took the bonus points in the triples.

The fours finished with a flurry as Addis, Taylor, High and Wade won 17-13. May, Woods, Stanton and Crowe completed Essex’s convincing win with a 10-4 victory and bonus points to complete the 31-9 win.

Essex will now look ahead to the semi-finals where they will face the Inter County Rink champions Devon.

Essex A pass Stockport to reach quarters-finals

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Essex A progressed to the quarter-finals of the ICC with a comfortable 26-14 victory over Stockport Metro at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex were level with Stockport at the break and were narrowly in front in the final session but kicked on late to secure victory in their first encounter with Stockport.

In the first session Jonathan East went down 16-10 to Peter Roberts.

Pauline Childs won convincingly 24-2 to give Essex a huge shot difference in the singles.

Essex manager David Chittock and Paul Glenister edged out the Stockport duo 14-11. Shirley Walker and Colin Addis lost out late on, as they lost 11-10 to D Lloyd and Mark Mchugh – to split the session 4-4.

In the second session, neither side could be separated as Eileen Smith-Allan, Andy Philbrick and A team captain Rob Wade were edged out 14-12.

Pat High, Pat Goodchild and Tony Ealham were also narrowly beaten 10-9.

The Essex fours were on top form as Josie Robinson, Bob Taylor, Alan High and John Wade won with ease 20-2. The other quartet Peggy May, Brenda Crowe, Roger Dover and Peter Debenham edged out the Stockport rink 12-11 – to level the overall score at 8-8.

In the second half, Essex turned the screw as East won 19-8 and Childs took a great 15-8 victory over Roberts to secure the bonus points.

Chittock and Glenister had a solid 16-12 win but Addis and Walker fell to a heavy defeat 20-4 which gave Stockport the bonus points in the pairs. With Essex leading 16-12 going into the final session.

Essex pressed Stockport for the victory as Smith-Allan, Philbrick and Wade strode to a 23-8 win. The other triple secured the overall win as High, Goodchild and Ealham won 17-9 to take the bonus points in the triples.

The fours then kept the scores tight as Robinson, Taylor, High and Wade were just beaten 9-8. Whereas May, Crowe, High and Debenham came through 12-9 winners and claimed the bonus points to take the overall victory 26-14.

Essex now look ahead to their quarter-final next weekend against Gloucestershire back at Daventry.

Essex Premier progress to quarter-finals

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Essex Premier qualified for the quarter-finals of the Inter County Competition with a 31-9 victory over Herefordshire at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex secured progression to the next round after the third session to face Cornwall in a fortnights time.

In the opening session Essex started strong, as Dom Reed raced to a 19-7 win.

Chris Coates and Del Coates came through to take a handy 16-10 victory. The other pair Babs Morokutti and Alan Jones managed to edge out the Herefordshire duo 12-11.

Essex were denied the clean sweep, after Jake Atrill was beaten 19-7 to give Essex a 6-2 lead.

In the second session, Essex pressed Herefordshire as Greg Wade, John Pye and Mark Chittock won 13-7 against Hereford captain Becci Cox. The other Essex trio Phil Banner, Nigel Reed and Paul Bax came through 9-6 winners.

In the fours Essex continued the winning momentum as Ian Arthur, Steve Killington, Keith Paxman and Anthony Fautley won handy 12-5.

In the other fours, Essex were denied the maximum points in the session as Alan Kay, Emily Poulter, Mitchell Young and Barry Hedges were held 9-9 by the Hereford quartet but extended their overall lead to 13-3.

After the break, Essex were put under some pressure by Hereford as Coates and Coates went down 19-11. Morokutti and Jones agin had a tight encounter with the Hereford duo but again came through 13-10 to maintain their 100% win percentage and hold on for the bonus points in the pairs by two shots.

In the singles, Reed did enough to come through 11-7. Atrill again had a tough time as he was edged out 11-10 but denied Hereford the bonus points on the final end to secure the victory for Essex as they lead 21-7.

Essex then relaxed with qualification confirmed, but still did not let up as Arthur, Killington, Paxman and Fautley won comfortably 15-4.

Kay, Poulter, Young and Hedges after a re-shuffle midway through defied defeat to take a 10-7 victory and take the bonus points in the fours.

The triples had a mixed bag to finish as Wade, Pye and Chittock were defeated at the death 13-12. Banner, Reed and Bax brought home another handy victory 15-4 against Cox’s triple. To secure the triples bonus points and knockout Hereford to complete the 31-9 victory.

Essex now look ahead to their quarter-final clash against Cornwall in two weeks time back at Daventry.

Essex A gain first home game victory

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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 Premier record narrow home victory

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Essex premier gained their first home victory after a slender 22-18 win over a resilient Kent side at Deanes School.

A brilliant second session from Essex was ultimately the difference between the sides as they swept the session and a took a commanding lead.

But a late surge from Tim Rycraft’s side in the second half put Essex on the back foot but managed to creep over the line with the bonus points.

Essex were again without key players as, Antony Fautley, Dave Wooler, Mo Binstead, Linda Lambert, Alan Kay and Dom Reed all unavailable.

In the first session, Kent took command of the singles as Rycraft beat Barry Hedges 16-10 and Matt Dillon lost heavily 23-9.

Essex had better fortune in the pairs, as Babs Morokutti and Chris Coates came from behind to snatch victory 16-14 over Nicky Bartlett’s duo. In the other pairing Del Coates and Paul Bax just got over the line to win 13-12 against the Kent pair – to split the session 4-4.

In the second session Essex took control of the tie, as Phil Banner, Nigel Reed and Alan Jones won comfortably 15-10.

The game of the session came in the other triple, as Greg Wade, Mark Chittock and John Pye came from 12-6 down to win late in the day 16-14 against Gary Allard’s trio.

In the fours, Essex has two debutants in the side Josh Woods and Jake Atrill alongside two veterans Ian Arthur and Mitchell Young who came through 12-5.

The other quartet, had yet another close match but Kay Debenham, Emily Poulter, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman edged out the Kent four to win 8-5. To take the clean sweep in the session, to lead overall 12-4.

After the break Kent came out and made it difficult for Essex, as they again cleaned up in the singles with Hedges and Dillon both being narrowly edged out 17-15 and 14-11. To bring the scores back to 12-8 as they picked up the bonus points.

But Essex found some points when needed, as Morokutti and Coates won with ease 20-10 and secured the bonus points. Despite Bax and Coates who lost 15-7, to leave Essex with a small advantage 16-12 going into the last session.

Essex’s reliable triples put the hosts close to victory, as Wade, Chittock and Pye won 15-13 against the Kent trio. The other triplet Banner, Reed and Jones lost on the final bowl as it agonisingly fell of the side of the mat after a pause for Allard’s triple to take an 8-7 win. Essex held on to the bonus points and got to the holy 20 points at that stage.

In the fours, Kent reversed the first round of fours, as Debenham, Poulter, Killington and Paxman lost out 10-8. The other quartet also came off worse, as Arthur, Woods, Atrill and Young lost 14-7 but despite defeat held on to the rink’s shots by one to take the 22-18 victory.

Essex lost overall on shots 198 to 189 but now take their opening win onto their travels, as they go to Kent 16 points behind them in third, for the reverse fixture in two weeks’ time where they look to repeat their victory.

Essex Premier back in the mix

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Essex Premier claimed a vital 25-15 home victory over Surrey in the Inter County group stages, at Stonyhills Indoor Bowls Centre.

Essex now move up to third in the group and sit just outside qualifying but put themselves right back into contention.

Dave Chittock’s side were without Alan Jones due to being unavailable and Babs Morokutti who withdrew through illness, as reserve Shirley Banner stepped in.

The hosts flew out the blocks in the pairs, as Chris Coates and Peter Fautley dug in deep to win comfortable in the end 17-9.

Shirley Walker and Greg Wade also worked well to win 19-9 to take maximum points out the session in the pairs.

The singles however, struggled as Mark Chittock fell short to lose 14-10.

Mitchell Young suffered the same, as he lost 14-10 to square the session 4-4.

In the second session, Surrey came back and edged the session as Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert and Dave Wooller could not sneak a result as they lost 9-8. 

Although the other triple had better fortune, as Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham won 10-5.

Both fours went down to the wire, as Derek Coates, Paul Glenister, Steve Killington and Keith Paxman were ahead but held on to draw 8-8.

In the other four, Shirley Banner, Emily Poulter, Phil Banner and John Pye battled throughout but came unstuck on the last end to Derek Johns’ quartet as they lost 9-7.

To give Surrey a 9-7 lead at the break.

In the second half, the singles had a spirited performance as Chittock came from 9-1 down to just lose out on the final end 13-12.

Young came through strong to win 16-6 and overturn the eight shot deficit to take the bonus points.

In the pairs, it was a mixed bag as Walker and Wade came through 14-12 winners. 

Essex’s other duo Coates (Junior) and Fautley were beaten in the latter stages, as they lost 13-9 but held on for the bonus points.

The home side went in to the final session with a slender 15-13 lead.

Essex then stamped their authority on the match, as Arthur, Lambert and Wooller won 14-6.

Although Binstead, Kay and Ealham lost 11-6 it did not stop Essex’ momentum, as they took the bonus points in the triples.

The fours continued to press Surrey for points, as Coates (Senior), Glenister, Killington and Paxman beat John’s side 14-5.

The final four to finish was Banner (Mrs), Poulter, Banner (Mrs) and Pye who came from 7-4 down to take the victory 11-9 and take the bonus points also and claim a 25-15 win overall. 

Essex now look ahead to their final match at home to Norfolk just before Christmas in hope to secure qualification.

Premier Table (as it stands)

Surrey Pl 6 Points 107

Norfolk Pl 4 Points 101

Essex Pl 5 Points 99

Northants Pl 5 Points 93

Player Ratings:

Mitchell Young 7.5/10

Mark Chittock 7/10

Chris Coates 7/10

Peter Fautley 7/10

Greg Wade 7/10

Shirley Walker 7.5/10

Mo Binstead 7/10

Alan Kay 7/10

Tony Ealham 7/10

Ian Arthur 7/10

Linda Lambert 7/10

Dave Wooller 7/10

Derek Coates 7.5/10

Paul Glenister 7/10

Steve Killington 7.5/10

Keith Paxman 7.5/10

Shirley Banner 8/10

Emily Poulter 7.5/10

Phil Banner 7/10

John Pye 7/10