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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.

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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.

Essex A superb away victory sends them top

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Essex A now top their Inter County Championship group with a brilliant team performance to gain a comfortable 33-7 away victory over Cambridge.

Essex were six points behind Cambridge before the match but a strong first half performance was carried throughout the day to now lead the charge to qualify out the group.

In the first session Pauline Child went back into here natural singles position and set Essex of with a 19-8 win. Shirley Walker also followed suit, as she came through 15-9.

The pairs continued the momentum, as Carol Taylor and county manager David Chittock won convincingly 22-8. But Essex were denied the clean sweep, as Phil Glenister and Andy Philbrick were held at 13-13 to take a healthy 7-1 lead.

In the second session, Essex continued to push as Eileen Smith-Allen, Neil Paul and county captain Rob Wade edged out the Cambridge trio 13-12. Essex’s other triple Pat High, Pat Goodchild and Tony Ealham were held at 11-11 to take a well earned point.

In the rinks, Josie Robinson, Bob Taylor, Alan High and John Wade found enough to get over the line 12-11 winners. Essex’ other quartet, Peggy May, Colin Addis, Brenda Crowe and Paul Bax stormed to a 23-5 win. To take a 14-2 lead into the break.

After the break, Essex did not let up on the pressure as Childs held on to claim her second victory 14-13. Walker followed the pattern with a comfortable 22-7 win to take the bonus points – for maximum points in the singles.

In the pairs, Glenister and Philbrick were well beaten 21-8 for Essex’ first defeat of the day. However, Chittock and Taylor counteracted the loss with a 15-9 victory to also claim the bonus points in the pairs. To put Essex in a commanding 24-4 lead.

In the final session, Essex did not let up as Smith-Allen, Paul and Wade won 16-6. High, Goodchild and Ealham had another tight encounter as they drew 9-9 as the triples claimed their bonus points.

In the fours, May, Addis, Crowe and Bax lost 17-7 for only theor second loss of the day. Robinson, Taylor, High and Wade made it two from two with a 12-5 victory to claim all bonus points available

Essex now leapfrog Cambridge to stretch their lead to 20 points and now extend their unbeaten run to three back-to-back victories. They now look ahead to the visit of Norfolk in two weeks where Essex look to continue their push for qualification.

Essex close the gap on Kent

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Essex Premier claimed back to back victories in the Inter County Championship with a 22-18 away win at the New Line Learning Academy.

Essex made a dent in the deficit to Kent as their victory now leaves them just 12 points behind the hosts.

Dave Chittock’s side were without more key players as Dave Wooler, Alan Jones, Barry Hedges and Dom Reed were all unavailable.

In the first session Essex had a slow start, as Mitchell Young was edged out 13-11 to Kent’s singles player.

Essex’s transferee Jake Atrill was also narrowly beaten 13-12 to Kent’s team manager Tim Rycraft.

In the pairs, Essex found some joy as Babs Morokutti and Chris Coates won 16-9 against Nicky Bartlett’s duo. 

The other pair Alan Kay and Del Coates lost out 18-10 as Essex fell 6-2 behind after the first session.

In the second session, Essex hit back with strong results all round as Greg Wade, John Pye and Mark Chittock won well against the Gary Allard’s trio 18-9.

The other triple, Emily Poulter, Phil Banner and Nigel Reed got another comfortable victory 15-7. 

In the fours Essex kept their foot on the pedal, as Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Anthony Fautley won handy 16-6 against Tom Coles’ quartet.

The other rink, Mo Binstead, Jonathan East, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman also flew to victory 17-11 to take the clean sweep and surged into a 10-6 lead at the break to turn the tie on its head.

In the second half, Essex singles woke up and Atrill took a well earned 16-10 win.

Young also made hard work after coming from 14-9 down to take a shock 17-14 victory to swoop the bonus points by six shots.

Essex had a hard time in the pairs, as Coates and Morokutti lost 19-13 to the Kent duo.

Coates and Kay also came off on the wrong end of a defeat as they were edged out 14-13. Kent took the bonus points in the pairs with Essex remaining four points in front at 16-12.

In the final session Kent found their second wind similar to the reverse fixture, as Poulter, Banner and Reed lost 16-8.

Essex’s other trio Wade, Pye and Chittock got Essex over the line as they won 12-9 and claimed the bonus points.

The fours struggled, as Arthur, Linda, Dillon and Fautley lost heavily 18-8. 

Whereas Binstead, East, Killington and Paxman were narrowly beaten on the last bowl by Coles in a 10-9 thriller but held on to the bonus points to complete the 22-18 victory. 

Essex now continue on their travels, as they face Surrey in two weeks time where they look to close the gap further on Kent to hunt down a qualification spot.

The other game in the group, Kent will travel to Norfolk on 22nd of October.

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.