On Sunday 8th
April, Suffolk hosted the 2018 Six Counties Championship, at
Littleport Leisure Centre.
well by taking 10 of the 12 points on offer against Bedfordshire.
Cambridgeshire just edged Essex 7-5 while Norfolk and Hertfordshire
shared the points, 6 each.
It was another
10 points for Suffolk in the next round, this time against Norfolk.
And it was 7 points again for Cambridgeshire, although Bedfordshire
would have been the happier of the two with that result. Meanwhile
Essex had much the best of their encounter against Hertfordshire,
winning 4 of the 6 games.
With 2 rounds
of games down Suffolk led on 20 points with Cambridgeshire on
14 and Essex on 13. Hertfordshire lay in 4th place on 10 points,
Norfolk were next up on 8 and Bedfordshire on 7.
However the next
round saw Suffolk struggle against Hertfordshire and only able
to share the points 6-6. This still kept them in top spot with
26 points, but Cambridgeshire with 8 points against Norfolk closed
by 2 and better than that Essex took full advantage, taking all
12 points off Bedfordshire and moved to within a point of the
The next session
saw Suffolk struggle once again, as Cambridgeshire won 3 of the
4 games against them, putting both teams on 28 points. This gave
Essex a great opportunity to move into the lead but instead they
had a disaster, dropping all but one point to Norfolk, although
they were still only 2 points off the leaders. That result brought
Norfolk to within a point of Herts who won 2 and lost 2 against
In the penultimate
session Cambridgeshire shared the remaining 2 games with Suffolk,
taking a win each and won their 2 games against Hertfordshire.
Meanwhile Suffolk and Essex took one win each against each other
and Essex did the same against Norfolk who won both against Beds
who also lost 2 to Herts.
All of that meant
that Cambridgeshire were out in front on 34 points, Suffolk were
2 points behind and Essex 2 further back. Norfolk had now moved
on to 25 and were 1 ahead of Herts while Bedfordshire stayed
With a 2 point
and 23 shot advantage Cambridgeshire were only going to need
6 points from their remaining 4 games against Herts. But if Cambridgeshire
did slip, maximum points from either Suffolk or Essex could still
did slip, allowing Hertfordshire to take two of the four games,
even so either Essex or Suffolk would effectively need 7 points
to take the title. But neither of the teams did the other any
favours, the wins were split 2 each.
The overall win
therefore were to Cambridgeshire who finished on 38 points. Suffolk
were runners-up on 36, Essex third on 34, Norfolk finished strongly
on 30, Herts were on 28 and Bedfordshire ended up on 14 points.
While both Suffolk
and Essex were erratic, with some good but some poor sessions,
Cambridgeshire's greater consistency won out on the day.
A full copy of
all the day's results can be found here.