|April 1st/2nd 2017
Derbyshire 16-20 Suffolk
Suffolk greatly enhanced their chances of survival in BICC Division Two with a 20-16 overall win away at bottom county Derbyshire.
The weekend started well for Suffolk as the Women’s B team enjoyed a fine 4-2 win.
Stacey Gooding (Bury – 15.90 ave) and Jayne Webb (Lowestoft – 14.24 ave) got Suffolk off to a good start, both with their first wins for the county – while at the other end of the scale, the experienced Nicky Doidge (Bury – 17.72 ave) took the Lady of the Match award and made it 3-0 with her 96th win for Suffolk!
Rossy Scriven (Smock – 15.34 ave) extended the lead, but the home side hit back to take the last two games with defeats for Jean Prewitt (Lowestoft – 14.82 ave) and Barbara Chenery (Stowmarket – 13.60 ave).
The Men’s B match was a tight affair, with half the games going to a deciding leg – with Suffolk just having the upper hand and grabbing a 7-5 win.
History was made in the opening game as Derbyshire gave a debut to 10 year-old Henry Coates, who became the youngest ever player in a Men’s BICC match. In a wonderful atmosphere, Suffolk’s Steve Hayward (Haverhill – 19.86 ave) held his nerve to beat Henry 3-2 and get the visitors off to a good start.
Liam Last (Leiston – 24.55 ave) and Andy Meikle (Leiston – 26.37 ave) both played well but lost in deciding legs, but John Attwater (Sudbury – 27.69 ave & 180) ave gave a Man of the Match performance to win 3-1.
A win for Richard Watson (Haverhill – 19.52 ave), followed by an excellent debut victory for Martin Weiss (Clapgate Lane – 27.63 ave) put Suffolk 4-2 ahead, before defeats for Duane Nessling (Saxmundham – 19.18 ave) and Ian Randles (Sudbury – 23.86 ave) pulled the home side level.
A win for Kevin Harris (Clapgate Lane – 21.14 ave) followed by defeat for Stuart Greenhalgh (Trimley – 20.12 ave) kept it all square at 5-5, but Suffolk took the last two games through Jason Stalker (Sudbury – 22.43 ave) and Craig Woodward (Smock – 23.68 ave) to clinch a 7-5 win in the Men’s B match.
With a four game lead going into Sunday’s A team matches, Suffolk were in a stronger position than in recent games – but the home side cut the overall deficit to two with a 4-2 win in the Women’s A match.
Suffolk lost the opening two games with defeats for Chrissy Stubbings (Smock – 14.07 ave) and Jo Locke (Smock – 19.62 ave), but a superb A team debut from Carly Chenery (Stowmarket – 21.78 ave) earned her the Lady of the Match award and got Suffolk on the board.
A win for Sarah Ceska (Smock – 19.84 ave) was between defeats for Sami Watson (Bury – 14.47 ave) and Mandy Reeves (Stowmarket – 16.87 ave) as Derbyshire took a narrow 4-2 win in the Women’s A match.
The weekend was rounded off by a remarkable Men’s A match that saw no fewer than nine of the 12 games go to a deciding seventh leg.
The early momentum was with Suffolk, as Man of the Match Wayne Hammond (Smock – 25.78 ave & two x 180s) took the opening game – followed by an amazing run of four successive 4-3 wins for Suffolk.
Promoted from the B team following his heroics a day earlier, John Attwater (Sudbury – 25.06 ave) won to make it a rare double point weekend, before Mark Walker (Smock – 23.48 ave) regained his composure to win having been clawed back from 3-0 ahead.
Wins for Dave Ballard-Flatt (Leiston – 24.51 ave) and Gary Butcher (Haverhill – 25.31 ave) extended Suffolk’s lead to 5-0, before Derbyshire pulled one back when Jason Elvin (Walsham – 26.03 ave) lost 4-3.
Tony Lincoln (Lake Lothing -24.62 ave) won 4-3 to make it 6-1 to Suffolk, and also reach the magical 19th point that secured the overall win – but the home side staged a dramatic revival in the last few games.
Rob Warman (Saxmundham – 25.97 ave) and Phil Reeve (Smock – 21.62 ave) both lost in the deciding leg, but a 4-0 win for Daren Wood (Smock – 24.14 ave) ensured a Men’s A match victory for Suffolk.
Defeats in the last two games for Rob Morling (Clapgate Lane – 23.45 ave) and Nick Bloom (Walsham – 23.76 ave) left the final Men’s A score 7-5 to Suffolk, and gave Suffolk an overall 20-16 win.
This result leaves Suffolk in seventh place, eleven points clear of the relegation zone, with just one match to go – with eighth placed Berkshire the visitors to Kesgrave Social Club on the weekend of 22nd/23rd April.
Derbyshire Men’s A 5-7 Suffolk Men’s A
Derbyshire Women’s A 4-2 Suffolk Women’s A
Derbyshire Men’s B 5-7 Suffolk Men’s B
Derbyshire Women’s B 2-4 Suffolk Women’s B