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Essex Secure Qualification with Game to Spare
Essex Premier secured qualification into the knockout stages of
the Inter County Competition with a game remaining, after a 29-11 away victory
to Surrey, at Guildford.
Essex are still to have their strongest lineup available this
season but have continued to win comfortably, qualifying with ease in their
group and are heading for top spot in the group.
In the opening session, singles regulars Adam Sultana and Barry
Hedges kicked off - with a convincing victory for Hedges after he took command early
on to finish with a 24-5 win. Sultana had a trickier match and found himself
one behind on the last end but a confident finish saw him pick up three, to win
The in-form duo, Peter Fautley and Chris Coates carried on their
impressive run with a 17-9 victory. Matt Dillon and Craig Burgess were 12-11
down with an end to play but overturned the scoreline with an important two
shots, as they won 13-12.
Before the break, the triples and fours had forced changes from the
previous match due to players being unavailable. Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony
Ealham had a tight game until the tenth end when they won three consecutive
ends to put them infront, as they won 10-7. Babs Morokutti, Del Coates and Phil
Banner made a slow start, which they were punished for by Surrey as they fell
to a 16-9 defeat.
In the fours, Emily Poulter, Linda Lambert, Keef Paxman and Steve
Killington fell behind early on and despite their order change could not find a
way back as they lost 13-5. Shirley Banner, Rachel Cordy, Tony Orpin and
Anthony Fautley took an early 5-0 lead after three ends. Surrey fought back with
guidance from England International Derek Johns to aid the Surrey four to their
8-7 victory, as Essex stumbled into the break 10-6.
The first session continued where it left off, as Sultana sealed
his win early on with a 22-8 victory. Whereas Hedges was behind until the ninth
end, where he then applied the pressure and kicked on as he won 17-11 to claim
the bonus points.
The duo Dillon and Burgess, had another tight match but maintained
their patience to win 12-10. Fautley (Senior) and Coates (Junior) did not give
an inch in their game only conceding two ends from 15, as they won 19-4 to pick
up the bonus points.
In the final session of the day, Binstead, Kay and Ealham made it
two wins from two, as they won 11-8. Unfortunately Morokutti, Coates (Senior)
and Banner came up short, to go down 16-8 and as a result lost out on the bonus
Poulter, Lambert, Paxman and Killington put their earlier defeat
behind them, as Killington played the decisive bowl to draw the shot and take
the victory 10-9. Fautley’s rink with Banner, Cordy and Orpin took early
control of the game once again but did not relinquish the lead as they won
13-5, which cancelled out their earlier loss to split the bonus points in the
fours - to claim and overall 29-11 win.
Essex can now sit back relax before their final match away to
Oxfordshire which will take place on the 13th December.
Report by Adam Sultana & Mitchell Young
Essex Premier Take Huge Step Towards Knockouts
Premier Second Game
Essex Premier claimed a resounding 33-7 victory over Oxfordshire
to extend their lead at the top of their ICC group to 37 points, at StonyHills.
Essex were without key players Craig Burgess, Mitchell Young and
Anthony Fautley due to absence, but recalled on former Essex players Dave
Woller and Alan Jones as well as Keith Paxman returned to the side.
In the opening session four current England Internationals went
head to head, as Adam Sultana took on AJ Brown and Barry Hedges faced Gareth
Davis. Both games went to the wire with Brown snatching a 12-11 win over
Sultana. Meanwhile Hedges was pushed to the end, with it ten-a-piece going into
the last end Hedges took advantage having first bowl and killed the jack in the
ditch to seal the win. Despite a valiant effort from Davis, Hedges won 13-10.
The pairs had a new partnership of Matt Dillon and Steve
Killington who unfortunately went down 13-7, after battling throughout. Peter
Fautley and Chris Coates continued their impressive form as they took control
early on, to finish up 16-6 winners.
The triples dominated from the start as Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and
Tony Ealham started strong and overcame the Oxford triple 18-3. Barbara
Morokutti, Paul Bax and Phil Banner used their home advantage with a resounding
Allan Jones and Dave Wooller returned in the rinks with Del Coates
and Rachel Cordy to come through 10-7 winners. Debbie Dillon, Linda Lambert,
Keef Paxman and Matt Siffords won 12-6 – to lead 14-2 at the break.
In the second half, Sultana was fortunate
throughout as he beat Davis 22-8 to seal the bonus points for the singles.
Hedges however, had to recover from a slow start as he won 13-11 against Brown.
The formidable pairing of Fautley and Coates (Junior) were
involved in a tough match, which they managed to surpass with a slender 11-9
win. Dillon and Killington were 11-8 behind going into the penultimate end but
managed to scrap an 11-11 draw and the bonus points.
Binstead, Kay and Ealham were caught up in a tight contest, with
the scores level at 9-9 going into the last end. The Oxford skip secured the
match for the visitors with an excellent shot to win 10-9. Morokutti, Bax and
Banner continued their form from their opening game and won 19-7, to take the
bonus points by a landslide.
The fours kept to their winning ways and won both games, as Coates
(Senior), Cordy, Jones and Wooller won 13-6 and Dillon, Lambert, Paxman and Sifford
completed the 33-7 win by claiming a 10-7 victory and the rinks bonus points.
Essex Premier now have a short turnaround, with a tricky away trip
to Surrey on Saturday 7th November.
Report by Mitchell Young
Essex Premier stamp authority in
Essex Premier strode to a 33-7
victory in their Inter County Competition opener against Surrey Premier, at
Essex lost just two games
throughout the match and performed above Essex manager Adam Sultanas’ target of
Although Surrey left with
promise, having more points than their previous visit to Essex as they continue
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.
Report by Mitchell Young