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Essex A Team Pipped at The Post

Essex A were narrowly beaten 22-18 away to Kent A in the Inter County group decider, as they had to settle for second spot three points behind group winners Kent.

Essex were a point ahead of Kent, one of the favorites to win the title prior to the match with both sides in the race to top the group and avoid the possibility of facing a preliminary knockout round.

In the first session singles regular Pauline Child raced into an early 9-1 lead and continued to a 14-7 victory. Mark Chittock had tighter encounter, with the scores level after eight ends but pulled away enough to take control to win 11-9.

The pairs had mixed fortunes, as Pat Goodchild and Roger Dover started slow which despite their spirited comeback was not enough as they lost 21-14. Eileen Smith-Allen and Dave Sifford were involved in a topsy-turvy game but won a string of ends at a vital moment – to win 11-9.

Kay Debenham, Peggy May and Emily Poulter lead 5-4 after seven ends but the Essex trio never score for the remainder of the match, as they lost 16-5. Dave Chittock, Greg Wade and Brenda Crowe were always a step behind Kent as they lost 12-8.

In the fours Josie Robinson, Colin Addis, Jonathan East and Rob Wade were in control, as they lead 8-4 after seven ends but disaster struck to drop a six. The Essex quartet did not let that spoil their momentum as they held on for a 12-11 victory. Peter Debenham’s four consisting of Peter Snelling, Paul Cairns and Paul Glenister paid the price for a mini collapse midway through the match, as Kent picked up three ends with no reply for the home side to win 12-8.

At the break the scores were eight a piece, with Essex only in front on the bonus points in the singles – as a tense second half awaited.

In the singles, Child’s continued her formidable form for Essex with a 15-7 victory - which secured the bonus points in the singles. Chittock (Junior) struggled from the start, with the middle spell in the match cost him dearly as he lost 18-11.

Goodchild and Dover got off to another slow start which meant they fell to a second defeat 17-9. The pairing of Smith-Allen and Sifford looked in control of their game until they dropped a succession of shots, as they lost 18-13 which also sealed the bonus points for Kent.

With the game now in Kent's hands, Essex needed all four mats in the final session and the majority of the bonus points – to top the group.

Poulter's triple with changes in order, as Snelling went lead did not have a change on the outcome as they fell to a 12-5 defeat. Chittock (Senior), Wade (Junior) and Crowe simply had no answer for the Kent triple to lose 19-4.

In the fours Robinson, Addis, East and Wade (Senior) maintained their earlier performance to win 9-6 which took the bonus points. Their counterparts Debenham, Cairns, Glenister and Debenham left it late to snatch the win with a four on the final end to win 10-8.

Kent won the match by four points, slipping Essex down to finish as runners up by 3 points in the completion of the group stages, awaiting their fate on the draw to see if this result makes their route a tougher task.


 Essex A Pile Pressure on Kent

The Essex A team mount the pressure on Kent A team in the race to top the ICC group with a superb 25-15 away win at London.

Essex have now opened up a 62 point lead over Kent in group 6, which leaves them needing 32 points in their two games in hand just to match Essex.

In the first session, Pauline Child attempted to keep her 100% win record this season with it all-level in the final end Child could not finish with the win as she lost 14-11. Mark Chittock had to battle for his victory as he claimed seven shots in four ends to put him in front to win 12-8.

A welcomed return for Dave Sifford as he partnered Pat Goodchild in the pairs, after a slow start showed a flourish of 12 shots in five ends to solidify their advantage and finish emphatic winners 17-8. Eileen Smith-Allen and Paul Reed, struggled from the start with the mat conditions were defeated 18-5.

In the triples Kay Debenham made her long awaited debut playing alongside Peggy May and Paul Bax, which remained tight until the London triple stepped up a gear to move in front - as it finished 16-8 to London. Brenda Crowe, Dave Chittock and Greg Wade all adapted to the conditions quickly and breezed to a 15-8 win.

In the fours, A team Captain Rob Wade lead by example with a brilliant last bowl to claim a vital three shots to draw 8-8 for his counterparts Josie Robinson, Colin Addis and Jonathan East and Essex. Peter Snelling, Paul Cairns, Paul Glenister and Peter Debenham left it late for a dramatic finish. As they raced into a 10-1 lead were level going into the last end until they released the sucker punch to take four shots and win 14-10, to gain Essex a slender 9-7 lead at the break.


 Child's soon returned back to winning ways, after she won three of the final four ends to secure a 12-10 win to avenge her earlier defeat. Chittock (Junior) held on for a 13-13 draw after a late comeback from the London singles player, but held onto the bonus point.

Goodchild and Sifford had a role reversal this time, being dominated by the London pair as they won 18-5 and snatched the bonus points for London in the pairs. Meanwhile, Paul Bax was brought in to replace Paul Reed in the pairs, to good effect - as Smith-Allen and Bax took three shots in the final two ends to take a 12-11 victory.

In the final session, Debenham, May and Reed went from 8-6 in front to 11-8 behind, until the final end where they claimed a maximum six shots to win 17-11, with the bonus points still in the balance. London must of thought that were on track to take the bonus points but Essex's Crowe, Chittock (Senior) and Wade (Junior) dug deep on the final end to pick up a late four to close the defeat to 16-12 and split the overall triples bonus points.


Robinson, Addis, East and Wade (Senior) got in front sustained it as they ran out 13-10 winners. Snelling, Cairns, Glenister and Debenham never let up this time round to finish the day with a massive 20-6 victory - to secure the bonus points in the fours and finish up with a 25-15 victory.

Essex now have a rest with the International break and will be raring to go in their final and all-important group match away to local rivals Kent on December 13th.                        

Report by Adam Sultana & Mitchell Young


                       Impressive Home Win For Essex A

Essex A team ground out a slender but important 21-19 home victory over group rivals Kent A in the Inter County preliminary stages, at Stonyhills IBC.

The singles were the standout discipline for Essex, only dropping one point from 12. With vital wins in the final session to counteract dropped bonus points, sealed the narrow victory against one of the favourites for the A team title.

In the opening session, singles regular Pauline Child continued her fine form as she won convincingly 20-5. Singles counterpart Mark Chittock found himself in a tighter affair, after he trailed by two shots in the last end but applied the pressure on the Kent singles player and picked up the vital two shots needed for a 12-12 draw.

Successful duo, Pat Goodchild and Roger Dover continue their unbeaten run as they finished up 18-9 winners. Unfortunately Eileen Smith-Allen and Paul Reed went down 14-9 but managed to keep the shot difference minimal for the bonus points’ aggregate, as Essex took an early 5-3 lead.

The triples had mixed fortunes, as Shirley Banner, Peggy May and Emily Poulter could not hold on to their two shot lead in the closing stages, as they drew 12-12. Brenda Crowe, Dave Chittock and Greg Wade started well but were unable to keep up with the Kent triple as they lost 20-8.

In the fours, Josie Robinson, Colin Addis, Jonathan East and county captain Rob Wade closed out their game strongly to win 12-5. In the other quartet welcomed back the return of Tony Orpin teamed with Peter Snelling, Paul Cairns and Peter Debenham to emerge 13-8 winners, to give Essex a strong 10-6 lead at the break.

Both Child and Chittock (Junior) continued their strong start, as both players run out 15-9 winners, to take the two bonus points and only drop one point in the singles. Smith-Allen and Reed were unable to reverse their morning defeat, as they went down 14-9. Goodchild and Dover fought hard to get the win but finally succumbed to a 14-14 draw, to lose out on the bonus points by one shot.

The triples had a brighter afternoon, as Banner, May and Poulter ran out 14-10 winners. Crowe, Chittock (Senior) and Wade (Junior) performed well as a trio to surpass the Kent triple 13-12 but could not recover the bonus points’ deficit. Kent overturned both fours to take the bonus points, with a 19-5 win over Snelling, Cairns, Orpin and Debenham. Despite all efforts from Robinson, Addis, East and Wade (Senior) the Kent four had an answer to every effort, as they edged out Essex 10-8 but held out, as overall winners 21-19.

Essex A's next match is a tricky away trip to London, where as many points as possible will only increase their chances of trying to pip rivals Kent to top spot in the ICC group.

Report by Adam Sultana

Essex A Team hammer home their advantage

Essex A kick started their Inter County Competition campaign, with a new look squad which took full advantage of their home venue as they had a resounding 35-5 victory against London. 

In the opening session, singles regular Pauline Childs dominated from the start to run out the 20-6 winner. Following her was Mark Chittock stepping into the singles role for the first time, he started strong and never looked back as he finished up with an 18-10 win.

Essex pairing Pat Goodchild and Roger Dover delivered an empathic 23-7 win. Eileen Smith-Allen and Paul Reed finished strong to see off the London duo 16-12. 

In the second session, Sultana gave a debut in the ICC for Emily Poulter accompanied by Shirley Banner and Rachel Cordy despite a tight start, finished strong in the final third as they won 17-11. In the other triple, Sultana gave another ICC debut for Brenda Crowe partnered with Michelle Squires and Dave Chittock which the London triple controlled in the final stages, as London picked up their first win of the day 13-7. 

‘A’ team captain Rob Wade skipped a four with Josie Robinson, Peggy May and Jonathan East lead from the start and continued the momentum to a comfortable 13-4 win. In the other four, Peter Snelling, Paul Cairns, Paul Glenister and Peter Debenham had a close encounter throughout with the London quartet but held on, as they won 10-9. 

Essex lead 12-4 at the break, as the singles and pairs extended Essex’s lead as Childs took a 16-11 victory and Chittock (Junior) held on for a 10-9 win, in the third session.

Goodchild and Dover fought for their win thanks to Dover’s final bowl to finish 14-12 and Smith-Allen and Reed drew 12-12 to seize the bonus points, with their previous performances. 

With the match now won, it was a case of how many Essex would win by, with more close games in the triples. Banner, Cordy and Poulter maintained their 100% record as they held off the London trio to claim a 10-8 victory. Crowe, Squires and Chittock (Senior) turned their form around to produce a thrilling 13-12 win.

In the fours both Essex sides’ dominated from the start with Robinson, May, East and Wade to make it two wins from two, as they won 16-6. Snelling, Cairns, Glenister and Debenham also got in on the action with a convincing 15-4 win, to seal the victory. 

The final scores were Essex A 229 shots with 35 points and London 147 shots with 5 points.

Report By Adam Sultana 

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