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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 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 qualify for rinks finals in top spot

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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.

Essex topple Surrey to snatch qualification from Kent

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Essex Premier qualified for the knockout stages of the Inter County Championship after a 27-13 victory over Surrey Premier at Deans School.

Essex managed to secure second place after Kent lost 27-13 at home to Norfolk as Essex qualified by 12 points.

Dave Chittocks’ side were without some key players as Dom Reed, Nigel Reed, Jake Atrill and Alan Jones were all unavailable.

Essex had a positive opening session, as Mark Chittock come home strong to win 18-12.

Captain Mitchell Young could not follow suit, as he lost 15-13.

In the pairs Essex had better joy as Babs Morokutti and Chris Coates won handy 21-3. Whereas Del Coates and John Pye came back from 12-6 to settle for a point at 14-14 – to give Essex a 5-3 lead.

In the second session Essex turned the screw as Greg Wade, Phil Banner and Dave Wooler won 12-9.

The other triple, Kay Debenham, Emily Poulter and Paul Bax were victorious 16-6.

Essex fours produced much of the same as Mo Binstead, Ian Arthur, Steve Killington and Keith Paxman won 17-7.

The other Essex quartet Alan Kay, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Anthony Faultey were edged out 11-10 to go 11-5 in front at the break.

In the second half, Essex found some resistance from Surrey, as Chittock lost 17-9. But Young came through 19-7 to take the bonus points in the singles.

Peter and Jan Smith beat Morokutti and Coates for Surrey 15-7.

Coates and Pye were on hand to take a 16-11 win and the bonus points to extend Essex’s overall lead to 19-9.

In the final session Essex did not let up as Lambert, Kay, Dillon and Fautley won well 13-5 to set Essex on their way to the knockout stages.

The other four Binstead, Arthur, Killington and Paxman were well beaten 19-3 to snatch the bonus point at the death by one shot.

Essex’s trio Wade, Banner and Wooler fought back well late on but just lost out 11-10 on the last end.

The final triple Debenham, Poulter and Bax came through strong 16-7 to take the bonus points and Essex through to the knockouts.

Essex now look ahead to the rinks qualifiers in two weeks at Wey Valley where Essex will face Wilkshire and last years champions Northampton.

Where Essex will look to cap off a successful first half of the season.

Essex Premier edged out by Norfolk

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Essex Premier were narrowly defeated in the Inter County Championship 21-19 against Norfolk at Deanes School.

That now confirms Norfolk’s qualification into the knockout stages and top spot, with Essex now two points behind Kent after their 21-19 victory over Surrey yesterday.

Essex were without key players once again, Jake Atrill, Anthony Fautley and Paul Bax who were all unavailable ahead of the fixture.

The hosts flew out the traps, as Dom Reed and Jack Pye went head to head in the first singles match as they ended up unseparated at 13-13.

Mitchell Young had another battle with Gary Best and was just able to come through with a 15-13 victory.

The Essex pairs also applied the pressure, as Del Coates and Chris Coates held off Dave Lamb’s duo 14-11.

Babs Morokutti and Alan Jones followed suit with a 15-8 win over John Sparham and Simon Warnes. To give Essex a 7-1 lead.

Norfolk fought back in the second half, as Mark Chittock, Greg Wade and John Pye were beaten 13-7.

The other triple Phil Banner, Alan Kay and Nigel Reed also came off on the wrong end of a 19-7 defeat to Mark Linscell, Morgan Warnes and Simon Willies. 

In the fours Essex held their own with Mo Binstead, Ian Arthur, Steve Killington and Keith Paxman who won handy 16-5 against the Norfolk quartet. 

The other Essex four made up of Emily Poulter, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Dave Wooller were unlucky to fall to a narrow 9-6 defeat.

For Essex to hold on to a slender 9-7 advantage at the break.

Norfolk then asserted their authority, as Pye held off Young 15-10. Reed was also just beaten on the last end by Best 11-10 for Norfolk to take the bonus points.

In the pairs, Sparham and Warnes just did enough to hold off Coates and Coates 16-15. The other pair Morokutti and Jones were also involved in a tight match but got the victory 13-12 and claimed the bonus points – as Norfolk took the lead for the first time overall 15-13.

The game went to wire, with Norfolk edging closer to the victory as Poulter, Kay and Reed were beaten 20-12 by the Norfolk trio headed by Keith Cooke.

Essex did snatch a victory in the triples as Wade, Chittock and Pye who picked up a big last end to overturn a 10-7 scoreline to win 12-10 but lost out on the bonus points.

In the fours Norfolk sealed the victory, as Melvin Woods quartet won comfortably 17-8 over Binstead, Arthur, Killington and Paxman to get to the 21 points.

Essex were not done yet, as every point counted for them with Banner, Lambert, Dillon and Wooller who won 13-8 victory and held on to bonus points to end up with 19 points. 

Essex now took ahead to three weeks time for the final round of matches as they host Surrey. 

While Norfolk travel to Kent where it becomes a one game shootout for Essex and Kent in order to snatch that final qualification spot.

Essex Premier grab narrow victory

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Essex Premier held on to take a 21-19 away victory over Surrey in the Inter County Competition at Wey Valley Indoor Bowls Club.

Surrey battled back from 12-4 down to just get edged out by the split bonus points in the triples.

Essex stumbled over the line as they only took two wins in the second half. Despite that, Essex now go second in the group ahead of Kent by nine points who take on Norfolk tomorrow.

Essex were without Jake Atrill, Dave Wooler and Alan Jones.

In the first session, Essex got off to a flyer in the singles as Dom Reed won 13-9. Mitchell Young also held on to win 14-12.

The pairs also kept the momentum going as Alan Kay and Derek Coates gained a convincing 23-7 victory over Peter and Jan Smith. 

Whereas Chris Coates and Babs Morokutti were held on the last end to draw 18-18 to take a 7-1 lead.

In the second half, Essex found some residence from Surrey as Greg Wade, John Pye and Mark Chittock were well beaten 22-13.

Essex’s other triple, Emily Poulter, Phil Banner and Nigel Reed covered their loss as they won 14-7.

In the fours, Essex asserted the pressure as Mo Binstead, Jonathan East, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman held off Derek John’s quartet 12-8.

Essex other rink, Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Antony Fautley came from 11-1 down to snatch a draw 12-12. To give Essex a 12-4 lead overall.

After the break, Surrey fought back as they swooped the pairs to beat Morokutti and Coates 20-9 by the Smiths.

In the other pair, Coates and Kay were just held off as they lost 13-15 but held on to the bonus points.

Essex returnee Reed made it two from two as he won 12-9. Whereas Young was pipped on the last end as he lost 11-10 but held on to the bonus points to take a 18-10 advantage into the final session.

Surrey were not going down without a fight, as Poulter, Banner and Reed were defeated 15-9. The other Essex triple, Wade, Pye and Chittock won 15-7 to split the bonus points overall.

In the rinks, Essex were second best again as Binstead, East, Killington and Paxman lost 9-3 against the Surrey quartet.

Arthur, Lambert, Dillon and Fautley fell to a narrow 11-8 defeat to John’s four as Surrey took the bonus points in the fours for Essex to hold on 21-19.

Essex now leapfrog Kent into second in the group. They will now wait to see the result of Norfolk and Kent who both play on Sunday.