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Champion of Champions 2019

This year's event was held over 1-2 June at the Stanley Indoor Bowling Centre, County Durham.

The early leaders were Northumberland, the only team to come through their first two games with two wins. Sunderland and Norfolk were unbeaten but had drawn with one another while the rest had lost at least once.

Leaders Northumberland lost to Suffolk but stayed third, allowing Sunderland to go go into the lead on 5 points after defeating Essex with Durham in second as they came from behind to beat Hertfordshire.

Sunderland picked up another win to finish Saturday on 7 points while Northumberland took a third win to sit second on 6 points, 2 clear of the next best teams.

Sunderland continued their winning run on Sunday, beating nearest rivals Northumberland to lift them 3 points clear of the team they had just beaten, Durham and Suffolk.

Sunderland needed a win to take the trophy with a game to spare and they did just that, meanwhile Suffolk and Cambridgeshire both won to lift themselves to 2nd and 3rd respectively.

With the title already decided Sunderland won their final game to finish undefeated on 13 points, second place was however still up for grabs as Suffolk and Cambridgeshire played one another. And it was Suffolk who took the win to finish runners-up with Northumberland finishing third.

Winners: Steve Wilson, Martin Campbell, Ryan Meldrum & Bill Liddle (Sunderland)

Right from the start this looked as if it was going to be the most closely contested event. With two games played Hertfordshire and Essex were leading the way with 2 wins each while Norfolk had dropped just one point.

Having picked up 4 on the penultimate end of their game against Durham, Hertfordshire looked set to extend their winning run, but they then proceeded to drop 4 on the last to lose the game 10-9. That meant that Norfolk moved into a one point lead over both Herts and Essex, who also lost.

Norfolk continued to lead as they picked up another win to finish Saturday on 7 points, Herts recovered from their loss in the previous round to go clear in second on 6 points while Sunderland sat in third on 5 points.

As Sunday’s play began it was all change, the top two teams both lost while Sunderland won to join Norfolk on 7 points while both Herts and Suffolk now stood on 6 points.

Norfolk won a crucial game against Hertfordshire to lift them back on top with 9 points, meanwhile Durham beat Sunderland which meant that the two of them were the closest contenders, 2 points adrift.

With Sunderland and Durham both winning their final games Norfolk needed at least a draw. But against Essex they were always chasing the game, however on the final end and with the final wood they picked up the two shots they needed to draw the game 7-7 and take the title with 10 points. Sunderland and Durham both finished on 9 points to come hom in second and third places respectively.

Winners: Stephen, Matt & Doris Frost (Norfolk)

The early running was being made by Suffolk and Cambridgeshire as they both won their opening two games.

The third round saw Suffolk win again but Cambridgeshire fell to Northumberland, making it a three way tie for second between Herts, Cambs and Northumberland while Suffolk moved 2 points clear at the top.

Suffolk stumbled a little as they just lost out to Cambridgeshire which meant that the two of them along with Hertfordshire were all tied on 6 points at the end of Saturday.

Having fallen 8-0 down to Sunderland Suffolk staged a remarkable comeback to win 9-8 to put them top on 8 points, meanwhile Hertfordshire played out a draw with Northumberland to leave them one point behind.

This one was going down to the wire. Hertfordshire beat Suffolk to move on to 9 points, while Essex and Cambridgeshire also won to put themselves and Suffolk just a point behind the leaders.

With only a single point lead Herts would need a win to be sure. Essex and Cambridgeshire both won to finish on 10 points but Hertfordshire just kept their noses in front of Durham, winning 7-5 to finish on 11 points.

Winners: Neil Tuckey & Stuart Palmer (Hertfordshire)

It was Suffolk and Hertfordshire who made the early running, both recorded wins in their opening pairs of games with everyone else having lost at least once.

It was the same story after the third game, Suffolk and Herts still on maximum points with Northumberland and Sunderland 2 behind.

Both Suffolk and Hertfordshire won yet again, both finishing the Saturday on 8 points while Northumberland picked up a third win to keep themselves in contention 2 points back from the leaders.

While Herts continued on their winning ways it was Suffolk who were first to crack, losing to Sunderland to create a 2 point gap at the top.

Hertfordshire played Suffolk in a game that would either settle the event or get Suffolk back in the running. Herts picked up an early lead and held on to win 8-7 and that meant that Hertfordshire had won the title with a game to spare.

Jack went on to win his final game and complete a clean sweep, the only one of the weekend, leaving the others to fight over second place, that went to Suffolk, on shots over Sunderland, both fully 4 points behind the winner.

Winner: Jack Smalley (Hertfordshire)

Five sessions in and everything was exceedingly close, Hertfordshire and Suffolk led on 12 points but four more teams were only 2 points behind and even Durham at the bottom were only 5 points away from the leaders.

With one session to go on Saturday it was still the same two counties on top, both on 20 points, with Sunderland on 18 and Northumberland on 16 points.

Saturday finished with Hertfordshire just edging out a 2 point lead over Suffolk. Herts finished the day on 24 points, Suffolk on 22 and Sunderland and Northumberland sharing third place on 18 points.

With everyone having played once on Sunday morning Suffolk had just edged ahead by a point over Herts with Sunderland 4 off the leaders.

With a couple of sessions to go Hertfordshire were now three points clear of the rest as Suffolk dropped off the pace and were now being caught by Sunderland.

In the end that lead held good although Suffolk chipped it back. Hertfordshire finished on 37 points, Suffolk on 36 (both identical to last year), with Sunderladn third on 34.

Winners: Hertfordshire

You can find all the weekend's results here.

And a full list of the past winners here.

updated 03/06/19