ESSEX COUNTY NEWS
Vs. Lincolnshire (Gainsborough):
Not the start Essex were hoping for going down 25-14 at the Blues Club. The Ladies ‘B’ started well enough with Tracey Newman (13.91) winning the opening set 3-2; however the lead was short-lived as Essex’s Ann Farmer, Sharon Wakeling and Lynn Kelly all lost out; prior to both Kelvedon’s Dawn Kennedy (15.29) and Springfield’s Leanne Peetoom (16.63) winning 3-1 to give the ladies a hard-earned draw.
The Men’s ‘B’ raced into a 4-1 lead with Rayleigh Rascal’s Michael Pinnington winning the opening set 4-3; Chelmsford’s Matthew Garrett (27.83) won the next set 4-0; before Lennie Holmes (Rayleigh Rascals) losing out 4-2. Next up was the first of two debutants, Clacton Railway’s Shaun Fox (32.30), won 4-1 with winning legs of 15, 16, 12 and 15; Shaun also winning the highest BICC ‘B’ average weekend award. Danny McIntyre (Kelvedon) checked out with 156 in the 4-leg to win 4-0; before Jakob Kelly (Brightlingsea) lost out 4-2. The second half did not go as well as Essex recorded only one victory; Brightlingsea’s Michael Hancocks and Alan Collins went down 4-3 and 4-0 respectively and Collier Row’s Joe Russel lost out 4-2. Chelmsford’s Craig Vickers (25.89) won the tenth set 4-1; but Kelvedon’s Steven Laybourn lost out 4-1 on his debut, and Chelmsford’s Simon Monk suffered defeat in the last set; therefore, the Men’s ‘B’ going down 7-5.
Going into Sunday 10-8 down, the Ladies ‘A’ started well going 3-1 up but ending up with a draw. Chelmsford’s Sue Baker (18.83) won the opening set 3-1; Pauline Donat (Chelmsford) lost out 3-0 before Kelvedon’s Stacey Ellis (19.84) lay claim to the match award with a 3-1 triumph, followed by a superb 3-2 victory from Colchester’s Karen Breen (18.52). The ladies lost the final two-sets from Wendy Collins (Chelmsford) and Donna Gleed (Springfield).
The Men’s ‘A’ pulled a set back with Cressing’s Steve Haggerty (30.10) winning the first set 4-2 and the man of the match award; Brightlingsea’s Wayne Bloomfield lost out 4-2 and Darren Peetoom (Collier Row) lost out 4-1, before Brentwood’s Steve Johnson (27.45) won 4-0 scoring a maximum and checking out on 121. Unfortunately, Essex lost the next five-set and the weekend with defeats for Brightlingsea’s Allan Mathieson and Tony Osborne; Kelvedon’s Phil Brewster, Collier Row’s Jamie Peetoom and Tilbury’s Wayne Gleed. Tilbury’s Richie Howson (27.08) won 4-0, however that was it as Southend’s John Costigan lost 4-0 and Canvey Starr’s Phil Halls lost out 4-2.
Vs. Lancashire (Chelmsford):
The Ladies ‘B’ got off to the worse possible start, losing the opening 3-sets with losses from Tracey Newman 3-0; Kerry Rudd (Braintree) 3-1 on her debut and Steph Hewson (Springfield) 3-2 on her return to the team. Lynn Kelly (14.99) got a-point on the board before Dawn Kennedy lost 3-1; Leanne Peetoom (18.83) lay claim to the match award with a 3-2 victory, therefore, the ladies losing 4-2. The Men’s ‘B’ fought well in a tough battle that would end in a 6-6 draw. Simon Monk was unlucky to lose the opening set 4-3; Wayne Gleed (27.08) and Allan Mathieson (29.47) both won 4-0 with Allan the man of the match. Lennie Holmes lost out 4-2 and Michael Pinnington lost out 4-1. Shaun Fox (25.88) won 4-2 which included a 170 checkout; Steve Laybourn lost out 4-0; then Craig Vickers (27.10) won 4-2. Essex lost the next 2-sets, Danny McIntyre losing 4-1 and Matt Garrett 4-2; before Alan Collins won 4-2 and Southend’s Ben Adams won 4-1 on his return after a 9-year break. Once again Essex went into Sunday 10-8 down and the Ladies ‘A’ started well with wins from Pauline Donat (20.04) and Stacey Ellis (18.35); Wendy Collins and Karen Breen lost out 3-1 and 3-0 respectively, before Sue Baker (22.79) secured a draw and the match award. Donna Gleed lost a close fought final set 3-2 after leading 2-0. The Men’s ‘A’ started with the manager Tony Osborne losing out 4-1 before putting together a run of five victories in the next 6-sets. Both Richie Howson (26.71) and Southend’s Paul Marsh (27.27) won 4-2; Jamie Peetoom lost a cracking match 4-3; followed by a 4-3 triumph from Phil Brewster against Essex old boy Steve Maish; then a man of the match performance from Phil Halls (27.74), winning 4-2, and then another brilliant game seeing Andrew Kateley come out a 4-3 winner. John Costigan had double trouble and lost out to Lancashire’s man of the match 4-1; Joe Russell promoted to the ‘A’ for the weekend run out a 4-0 victor. Another humdinger of a game saw Darren Peetoom loses out 4-1 before Steve Johnson (24.44) gave the ‘A’ team the much-deserved win; however, the weekend escaped us as Steve Haggerty suffered a 4-3 defeat in yet another superb match; therefore, an overall well-earned draw.
YOUTH COUNTY NEWS
Vs. Sussex (Witham) The Under 18’s was a player short and lost out 4-3; Jack Whitmore (15.82) won 3-0 and Joshua Henry (13.56) won 3-1; losing out was Freddie Francis 3-2, Cameron Byrne 3-0, Lauren Smith 3-1 and Shaun Hemsworth 3-2. The Under 21 Ladies won 2-1 with victories from Louise Mays (17.10) and Samantha Stock (15.80); Morgan Rumble losing out 3-0. A much-changed Under 21 Male team lost out 4-1 with Liam Willis (20.31) the only winner; other results was Nick Partis 0-3, Lewis Chapman 1-3, Hayden Acott 1-3 and Jakob Kelly 2-3. Next up is Kent away.
The Men’s super-league After 5 fixtures, Cressing have won all 5-games to top the ‘A’ league, with champions Brightlingsea, also unbeaten on 3-wins and 2-draws, in 2nd place but only a single point behind. Kelvedon are 3rd 8-points adrift, with Southend a further 3-points behind in 4th. The ‘B’ league is headed by Maldon who have a 7-point advantage over second-placed Cressing Templars and 10-points over Clacton Railway in 3rd spot. Darren Peetoom (Collier Row) sit’s on top of the Averages, Most Wins and Ton tables, with Steve Laybourn (Kelvedon) top of the Maximum’s table. In the ‘B’ league, Max Haley (Thorpe) is topping both the Averages and Tons, with Shaun Walsh (Laindon Q Ball) and Shaun Fox (Clacton Railway) heading the Most Wins and Maximums tables respectively; and the highest checkout to date is 170 from Richard Marshall (Halstead).
The best averages in recent games have come from Rhys Hayden (Cressing) winning 3-0 against Adam Gwilliams (Kelvedon) with a 33.40 average; Steve Haggerty (Cressing) winning 3-0 against Phil Halls (Canvey Starr) with a 33.40 average; Simon Monk (Chelmsford) winning 3-0 against Robert Vallance (Brentwood) with a 31.98 average; Max Haley (Thorpe) winning 3-0 against Andrew Bacon (Clacton Railway) with a 31.31 average; Craig Vickers winning 3-0 against Robbie Turner (Collier Row) with a 31.31 average; Steve Johnson (Brentwood) winning 3-1 against Brendan Spinner (Canvey Starr) with a 31.24 average; Ryan Harrington (Cressing) winning 3-1 against Michael Pinnington (Rayleigh Rascals) with a 31.14 average; Andrew Kateley (Chelmsford) winning 3-1 against John Costigan (Southend) with a 30.30 average; Darren Peetoom winning 3-0 against Michael McCombe (Tilbury) with a 30.06 average.
In the Fours Competition, Southend ‘A’ (Ben Adams, Paul Barham, John Costigan & Paul Marsh) beat Brentwood (Steve Johnson, Shaun Lovett, Mark Banham & Dave Ball) 2-0 in the final. The losing semi-finalists were Cressing ‘B’ (Rob Caton, Stewart Thorogood, Sam Lepley & Tim Franklin) and Collier Row (Darren Peetoom, Jamie Peetoom, Bradley Halls & Joe Russell). The Ladies super-league After 5 fixtures, Kelvedon have a 1-point lead over champions Chelmsford with Springfield a further point behind in 3rd spot. Josie Paterson (Chelmsford) tops the D/Averages with 4-wins and 21.52 average; Sharon Wakeling (Eastwood) tops the Most Wins table with 5 out of 5; Pauline Donat (Chelmsford) tops the Tons table with 28-tons; Tracey Newman (Kelvedon) heads the 180’s table with two; and Leanne Peetoom (Springfield) has the highest checkout to date with 114. Stacey Ellis & Lynn Kelly (Kelvedon) won the Julie Vickers Memorial Trophy with victory over Josie Paterson & Wendy Collins (Chelmsford) in the final.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
Ingatestone Summer: Chelmsford Social Club completed the league and cup double with an 8-4 victory in the Bentley Cup final against the King’s Arms. Winning the Champion of Champions competition was Steve Haggerty (Gardeners) who beat Andrew Kateley (Chelmsford SC) 3-0. In the Invitational Knockout competition, Senan Corry (Chelmsford) beat his fellow team-mate, Martin Saunders, 4-3 in a close-fought contest on presentation night. In the annual presentation night, Blind Pairs competition, Craig Vickers (Gardeners) & Ben Joyce (Rose & Crown) beat Matt Doe (Chelmsford SC) & Alan Green (Galley Enders) 3-1 in the final.
Brentwood Summer: Jamie Manchester (Harold Hill FC) won the Courage Cup with a 4-2 victory over Steve Johnson (Rising Sun) in the final at the Bentley Club; the losing semi-finalists were Dave McGuinness (Bardswell) and Mark Banham (Rising Sun). Finally, in the Bullseye Knockout competition at the summer presentation night, Steve Johnson got revenge over Jamie Manchester, winning 4-2 in the final.
Article – Kevin J Stammers
Edits – DW Editorial Team.