Suffolk Short Mat Bowls
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 lost their first game of the season narrowly to second place Suffolk 22-18 at Stonyhills as they remain top.
The overall game went down to the wire as the whole tie was determined by the final bowl of the triples as Suffolk came out on top.
Pauline Childs stormed to an emphatic 22-4 victory to get Essex off to a great start. Paul Cairns could not replicate that as he lost out 13-6.
Shirley Walker and Colin Addis were full of energy as they got an early lead and extended it as they won 15-5.
Despite a comeback from young pairing Mark Chittock and Sadie Young they almost got a draw as they were 13-10 down last end but only managed the two as they lost 13-12, to level the session.
Suffolk were stronger in the second session as Rita Blackhall, Michelle Squires and Tony Hayes were beaten 9-7.
The only win of the session for the home side came from Greg Wade, Pat Goodchild and Phil Banner as they won narrowly 13-12.
Peter Snelling, Eileen Smith-Alan, Frank Amoss and Peter Debenham went down heavily 13-1.
Racheal Cordy, Peggy May, Dave Chittock and Rob Wade put in a great performance but after they went in front on the final end let it slip as they lost 10-9, as Essex trailed 10-6 at the break.
Essex were determined to fight back and the consistency of Childs continued as she won 12-11 to give the hosts some momentum.
Cairns narrowed the gap in his second game but was unable to win as he lost 12-9 but still claimed the bonus points in the singles.
Walker and Addis were stunned as they could not repeat their first performance as they were beaten by a large margin 18-6.
Chittock (Junior) and Young got back to winning way as they saw off the Suffolk pairing 12-10 but narrowly lost out on the bonus points by one shot, as Essex went into the final session 16-12 down.
Snelling, Smith-Allen, Amoss and Debenham reversed their earlier defeat and won comfortably 11-3.
Cordy, May, Chittock (Senior) and Wade (Senior) this time edged out the other Suffolk four 9-8 but unfortunately lost out on the bonus points by three shots.
Wade (Junior), Goodchild and Banner managed to also win 14-9 to bring Essex into great contention with the final triple still playing.
Blackhall and Hayes had to part with the withdrawal of Squires who was replaced by Terry Matthews for unforeseen circumstances. Which saw them get edged out 11-8 and lost the bonus points by a single shot their final end to finish up 22-18.
Essex will now face Cambridgeshire in their final game at home in a few weeks and carry a 21 point lead over Suffolk despite their loss today.