Surrey Short Mat Bowls
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 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.
The finals of the new Premier Inter County (ICC) Rinks competition will take place on Saturday 5th March at Daventry Indoor Bowls Centre.
With the groups now drawn for the final, this years ICC finalists Essex have been placed in group two joined by West Sussex, Dorset and Somerset.
Somerset Premier will be looking to do the double in this new tournament by the English Short Mat Bowls Association, as their “A” team won the rinks event back in January.
Essex will go into the finals full of confidence, after they breezed through their qualifiers and secured a spot in the ICC final where they will battle it out with Norfolk on Sunday 6th March.
Somerset will go in favourites prior to start of play, with the highest qualification score but face a tough test in their group with a strong Essex side.
In group one, is Devon who will meet Surrey, Kent and Cornwall. All potential dark horses in the competition and will battle it out to get through into the knockout stages.
Kent and Devon were runaway winners in both their qualifiers and will want to carry on where they left off, despite facing each other in an interesting matchup ahead of the day.
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Essex Premier strode to a 33-7 victory in their Inter County Competition opener against Surrey Premier, at Stonyhills.
Essex lost just two games throughout the match and performed above Essex manager Adam Sultanas’ target of 32 points.
Although Surrey left with promise, having more points than their previous visit to Essex as they continue to improve.
In the first session, Essex went unbeaten as Barry Hedges opened his account by a huge margin with a 23-4 win.
New pairing Chris Coates and Peter Fautley followed suit with another solid performance as they won 16-5. Sultana also set by example, as he won 16-10 to give Essex the perfect start.
To complete the first session, Matt Dillion and Mitchell Young struggled out of the blocks and trailed 12-9 going into the last end but scraped a draw, to give Essex a 7-1 lead.
The second session was tight across all four mats as Mo Binstead, Paul Bax, Phil Banner, and Anthony Fautley won their close match on the final end against Surrey Captain Derek Johns 9-8.
Greg Wade, Tony Ealham and Matt Stifford were narrowly beaten despite the late comeback from 11-7 down, as they came up just short and lost 11-10.
The other Essex trio Debbie Dillon, Alan Kay and Linda Lambert fought back from behind to grab another worthy draw as they picked up a three on the final end to finish level at 9-9.
On the flip side, Babs Morokutti, Del Coates, Steve Killington and Craig Burgess held on for a draw as they lead 10-7 in the final end but had to settle for a three – to split the session 4-4 with Essex leading 11-5 at the break.
In the third session, Essex claimed the overall victory with a clean sweep, as Sultana raced to a 25-6 victory. Hedges responded to his counterparts’ success to claim a comfortable 18-8 win and secured the singles bonus points.
Fautley (Senior) and Coates (Junior) were the standout performers with an impressive 21-4 scoreline.
The other Essex duo, Dillon and Young found their feet and completed the full house with a 16-11 victory and the bonus points in the pairs, to lead 23-5 going into the final session.
In the last session, Essex continued their dominance as Wade, Ealham and Stifford lead from the off and held the Surrey triple at bay, as they won 13-7.
Dillon, Kay and Lambert could not repeat their earlier comeback as they fell to an 11-6 defeat, although gained the bonus points by one shot.
In the fours, Morokutti, Coates (Senior), Killington and Burgess made no mistake as they ended with a flourish, as they won 15-7.
To complete the rout Binstead, Bax, Banner and Fautley (Junior) kept their foot on the gas as they won 11-5, to claim the fours bonus points and an overall 33-7.
Barry Hedges- 8/10
Adam Sultana- 8/10
Peter Fautley- 8 ½ /10 *
Chris Coates- 8 ½ /10 *
Matt Dillon- 7/10
Mitchell Young- 5 ½ /10
Greg Wade- 7/10
Tony Ealham- 7/10
Matt Stifford- 7/10
Debbie Dillon- 7/10
Alan Kay- 7/10
Linda Lambert- 7/10
Mo Binstead- 7 ½ /10
Paul Bax- 7 ½ /10
Phil Banner- 7 ½ /10
Anthony Fautley- 7 ½ /10
Babs Morokutti- 7 ½ /10
Del Coates- 7/10
Steve Killington- 7 ½ /10
Craig Burgess- 7 ½ /10
Essex Premier breeze into the finals of the new Inter County Team Knockout Cup after victory in their regional qualifier, at the Regal Centre in Oxfordshire.
Newly elected Essex manager Adam Sultana brought back four former county players into the side with returns for Alan Jones, Dave Wooller, Chris Coates and Craig Burgess.
Surrey and Northampton got proceedings underway as they faced off in the first session, which saw Surrey defeat Northampton by 14 shots over the four rinks, to put them in the driving seat.
Essex then came up against former ICC group rivals Northampton after their surprising loss to Surrey.
Mo Bintead, Phil Banner, Alan Jones and Dave Wooller held the steady Northampton four at 10-10, on a tricky rink to keep the scores tight.
Sultana’s quartet – Del Coates, Linda Lambert, Mitchell Young had an up and down contest but just edged clear against tough backend opposition in Chris Hopkins and Lee Hall, with a 12-10 victory, to give Essex a two shot overall lead.
The Essex manager also gave a county premier debut to Greg Wade who joined Barry Hedges’ experienced rink with Peter Fautley and Chris Coates but lost narrowly 10-8 to Edward Sawbridges’ four.
The standout four of the session which was the difference between the sides was Babs Morokutti, Steve Killington, Anthony Fautley and Craig Burgess who strode to a 20-7 victory against a youthful Northants team.
Which secured the overall win for Essex by 13 shots, the two points and their place in the finals as Northampton had an early exit from the competition.
Essex then faced Surrey to decide the winner of the qualifier. Essex began slightly flat compared to the previous game but kicked on in the final quarter of the match as Coates (senior), Lambert, Young and Sultana finished first to open up an early nine shot lead with a 14-5 win.
Binstead, Banner, Jones and Wooller also found some fortune which turned into shots as they extended Essex’s advantage with a 13-7 victory.
Hedges’ quartet – Fautley (Senior), Racheal Cordy and Coates (Junior) continued the momentum with an 11-8 win, to almost guarantee the overall victory with an 18 shot lead.
The final rink to finish which took the sting out of their opening performance Morokutti, Killington, Fautley (Junior) and Burgess fell to a 13-7 loss, as Essex finished with an overall 12 shot victory.
Essex topped the qualifier with 4 points +25 shots, Surrey in second with 2 points +2 shots and Northampton in third with 0 points -27 shots.
Surrey will now join Essex in the final which will take place at the end of January with the other six counties from their regional qualifiers.
Mo Binstead, Phil Banner, Alan Jones, Dave Wooller – 8/10
Babs Morokutti, Steve Killington, Anthony Fautley, Craig Burgess – 7.5/10
Del Coates, Linda Lambert, Mitchell Young, Adam Sultana – 8.5/10
Peter Fautley, Greg Wade/Rachel Cordy, Chris Coates, Barry Hedges – 7/10