Suffolk County Team
 
5th November  Cambridge v Suffolk
 
The day began badly for Suffolk as Colin Sharp had to pull out of the game due to illness, Daphne Fane came in after a few quick phone calls to replace him. Again Suffolk started well winning the first season 5 - 3. Second session turned out to be a disaster for Suffolk as they lost all four games as Cambridge took control of the game. Third session was shared 4 points apiece with 3 of the 4 bonus points going to Cambridge. It was going to be a uphill battle of Suffolk to win the tie in the last session needing to win on all our mats and hope to overturn  the shot difference, but it was not to be with only one win coming Suffolk's way giving the host a health 28 - 12 win 199 shots to 158
 
SINGLES
M RICE  D 13 -13    L  8 - 17
M BAILEY W 11 - 6   W  16 -14
 
PAIRS
D FANE/D MILLER  L 5 - 21    L 11 - 12
D BAKER/B COUSINS   W 23 -7  W 12 - 11
 
TRIPLES
D MILLS/P TAYLOR/J WORNE   L 6 - 13   L  8 - 13
C GRABHAM/R HAYWARD/D ADAMS  L 9 - 12   L  9 - 16
 
FOURS
P FAYERS/M HASTINGS/V MILES/T MILES  L 6 - 12    W  10 - 9
G SCOTT/M PADDY/A LAMBERT/ J PADDY  L  8 - 12  L  3 - 11
 
Last group match of the season will see Suffolk entertain Norfolk at Meadlands IBC needing a massive win to have any chance of reaching the main A Team championship knock out stage on 26th November 
 
22nd October Norfolk v Suffolk
 
Suffolk gave debuts to Jim and Sally Goodrich for the trip to Norfolk. Once more Suffolk started off well with 5 points taken from the first session,Wins for Michael Rice in the singles and for Dennis Miller/Bob Cousins in the pairs and a draw for the debutants. It was the same score line in the second session as Suffolk took a 10 -  6 lead. Unfortunately that was about as good as it got for Suffolk as Norfolk won 7 out of the 8 remaining games. The only win coming from Miller/Cousins. Norfolk also took 6 of the 8 bonus points to end up winning 26 points to 14 and 217 shots to Suffolk's 168. 
 
SINGLES
M RICE           14 - 8     9 - 18
M BAILEY       9 - 18    3 -22
 
PAIRS
D MILLER/B COUSINS    15 - 7       16 - 8
S GOODRICH/J GOODRICH   14 - 14  8 - 22
 
TRIPLES
D MILLS/P TAYLOR/ J WORNE  15 - 15    10 - 13
D BAKER/R HAYWARD/D ADAMS   16 -11   10 -14
 
FOURS
G SCOTT/L SMITH/P COUSINS/J PADDY    8 - 6    6 - 13
P FAYERS/M HASTINGS/A LAMBERT/N THOMAS  6 - 14   6 - 13
 
Suffolk will be hoping to get back to winnings ways when they face Cambridge on 5th November ,who they beat at home in the first game of the season. Players are again asked to be at March Indoor Bowls Center, Robingoodfellows Road PE15 8HS at 9:30 for a 10:00 start.
8th October  Suffolk v Essex
 
The reserve fixture from 2 weeks ago saw Suffolk looking to get their own back for the 22  18 defeat suffered in Essex. Suffolk wish Joanne Clements a speedy recovery as her injury turned out to be a fractured fibula. It started well enough for Suffolk with a 5 - 3 lead from the first session, only for Essex to take  the next 6 - 2. The next 2 sessions were shared 4 points each giving Essex a 17 - 15 lead with the bonus points to be added. Suffolk again missed out on these again losing the singles by 1 shot and the pairs by 3. the fours won theirs by 11 shots. The Triples had a bad day as Essex swept the board and taking all points available. Result  Suffolk  17 pts  180 shots  Essex  23 pts  189 shots
 
SINGLES
M RICE        16 - 12    9 - 18
M BAILEY   12 - 12   12 - 8
 
PAIRS
B COUSINS/C SHARP     16 - 11     14 - 9
D MILLS/ J WORNE        7 - 17       12 - 15
 
TRIPLES
D BAKER/P TAYLOR/D ADAMS      11 - 12      10 - 14
C GRABHAM/H BROWN/P COUSINS   6 - 11   8 - 14
 
FOURS
G SCOTT/D MILLER/J PADDY/M HURRICKS   6 - 14     15 - 9
P FAYERS/L SMITH/A LAMBERT/N THOMAS  14 -4      12- 9
 
Suffolk's next match is away to Norfolk at Hingham Sports & Social Club  NR9 4HB on the 22nd October with a 10am start. Those selected are asked to be at the venue by 9 30 please. 
 
24th September  Essex v Suffolk 
 
It was a new venue for Essex as Suffolk travelled down to Thundersley for their first away game of the season. The opening session was shared 4 - 4 with Suffolk winning both singles and Essex both pairs. Triples and fours were also shared 4 points apiece. 8 all at the half way mark. The Triples of D Baker, P Taylor and Joanne Clements scored four on the first end but then lost Joanne due to an injury when she delivered her first wood of the second end. John Paddy came in to replace her. The singles completed a whitewash ,both winning comfortably and despite a massive win for B Cousins and C Sharp, Essex took the bonus points in the pairs by 1 shot. Final session and Essex came back to win 3 of the 4 games and taking both sets of bonus points. This turned out to be the difference between the two counties with each winning 8 games each and despite having more shots than Essex , Suffolk had only won one set of bonus points to Essex's 3. Match result Essex  22 pts 191 shots Suffolk 18 pts 234 shots.
SINGLES
M RICE          20 - 4      29 - 3
M BAILEY    14 - 9       20 - 9
 
PAIRS
B COUSINS/C SHARP     14 - 19       29 - 3
D MILLS/J WORNE          9 - 16         7 - 22
 
TRIPLES 
D BAKER/P TAYLOR/J CLEMENTS(J PADDY)      11 - 22      14 - 20
M PADDY/D MILLER/D ADAMS                              20 - 8          7 - 14
 
FOURS
G SCOTT/C GRABHAM/H BROWN/M HURRICKS     7 - 10       8 - 16
P FAYERS/M HASTINGS/A LAMBERT/N THOMAS   12 - 5      13 -11
 
Suffolk will entertain Essex in the return fixture on 8th October with a 10 am start. Would players please arrive at 9 -20 to set up. 
 

 17th September Suffolk v Cambridgeshire
 
 Suffolk opened up the new season with a home game against Cambridgeshire with Malcolm Bailey playing his first game for the county. The first session was very tight except for Michael Rice's singles game which he won 20 - 3. Malcolm lost by 1 shot to the very experienced Joe Peters,pairs saw Bob Cousins / David Baker win by 2 and John Worne/Donna Mills drawing. 5 - 3 to Suffolk. Second session was shared 4 - 4 with one win each in the triples and fours. Third session turned out to be very successful for the home side with only one defeat from the four games , Joe Peters again winning for Cambridge ,session 6 - 2 Suffolk. Again the last session ended in a win a apiece in each disciple resulting in a match win for Suffolk 23 points to Cambridgeshires 17  205 shots to 178. This is only Suffolk's second home win in ten attempts at home since the move to Stowmarket. Next week see's Suffolk off to play Essex at their new venue in Thundersley (Deanes Academy, Daws Heath Road SS7 2TD) for a 10am start. Players are asked to be at the venue for 9-30 please.
SINGLES
M RICE            20 - 3        7 - 14
M BAILEY       11 - 12     18 - 8
 
PAIRS
D BAKER/B COUSINS    11 - 9     15 - 11
D MILLS/J WORNE         14 - 14    24 - 2
 
TRIPLES
P FAYERS/M PADDY/J PADDY              6 - 16      5 - 18 
S THOMPSON/P TAYLOR/D ADAMS   20 - 9     14 -9
 
FOURS
G SCOTT/R HAYWARD/H BROWN/M HURRICKS   13 - 8    10 - 18
D FANE/L SMITH/D MILLER/N THOMAS                  3 - 14    14 - 13 
   
                                     
The Practise and information day for those who have expressed an interest in playing for the County this season is at The Meadlands  on September 10th 10am to 1pm