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Essex Premier Team Cruise through Rinks
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
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
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),
Rachel 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
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.
Report By Mitchell Young
Essex A Team stumble at
Essex A’s two early
defeats put them out of the new Inter County Rinks competition in their
regional qualifier at Wey Valley.
Essex did not leave
empty handed as they won their final round robin match with Kent.
First up for Essex
was West Sussex, who had the upper hand going into the game with the rink
With a new look A
team which consisted of two debuts for Josie Robinson and Jonathan East
partnered with Dave Chittock and team Captain Rob Wade. The new quartet got
Essex off to a flyer with a 9-0 lead after 4 ends and continued that form, to
finish off with a strong 14-8 win.
Essex county manager
Adam Sultana gave another debut to Emily Poulter, alongside her club teammate
Peter Debenham, with Peter Snelling and Alan Kay. The Essex rink were 10-6 up
after 8 ends and looked in control until one end cost them against an
experienced West Sussex four left them reeling as they succumbed to a 14-10
The comprised rink
of experience with Eileen Smith-Allen, Pat Goodchild, Pauline Child and Tony
Ealham, started a close game trailing 5-3 to West Sussex after 4 ends.
Unfortunately that's as close as it got as West Sussex went on to produce a
match winning performance to run out 17-7 winners.
Essex rink of Shirley Banner, Peggy May, Roger Dover and Mark Chittock fell
behind early on in the game. Despite a spirited fightback never manage to get
on the front foot with a close 13-12 win for West Sussex, as they proved
victors by an overall nine shots.
Essex then faced
Dorset who had been heavily beaten previously by Kent. Essex struggled
throughout with the mat pace and Dorset took advantage as Robinson, Chittock,
East and Wade went down 8-12.
Essex were unable to
keep the contest tight as Poulter, Snelling, Kay and Debenham lost 18-6.
Goodchild, Child and Ealham’s fortunes changed from their first game although
they lost narrowly 10-7.
Banner, May, Dover
and Chittock was to be Essex's only success as they lead throughout and won
10-9, as Essex fell to an 18 shot defeat.
coupled with a strong Kent side defeating West Sussex, left Essex out of
contention for qualification so with one eye on the first ICC game at home next
week, manager Sultana made wholesale changes to the rinks.
Shirley Banner, Jonathan East and Rob Wade beat the already qualified Kent side
with a 13-10 win.
Essex gave a fourth
debut to Brenda Crowe came in for teammate Robinson who had performed well.
Peter Debenham partnered backend combo of Pauline Child and Tony Ealham who all
put in a shift to win 13-7.
Essex looked to the
future as debutant Poulter was given a shot skipping backed up with experience
in Roger Dover, Alan Kay and Eileen Smith-Allen. After a slow start they was
unable to react to falling behind early and fell victim to the Kent four 10-18.
May and Goodchild
were then partnered with father and son combo Dave and Mark Chittock, as they
come on strong as they raced into a 10-3 lead after 8 ends and held on to win
12-8 – to beat the strong outfit of Kent by five shots.
West Sussex went on
to beat Dorset in the final session to join already qualified Kent into the
finals which will be held later in the season.
Report by Adam Sultana