Essex County Squad

 

Essex v Norfolk - Eastern Counties League Match Report - 18/2/2024

The Essex Team played Norfolk at their Gt Saling Home venue on Sunday 18th February 2024

It proved to be an outstanding day for the Team, recording their largest win for many a year by 27 - 9. All of the Rinks were on top form from the very start and contributed to an excellent day

The Essex Team was

Essex 1 - Val Kidd/Sarah Richards/Maxine Poulter/Helen Tucker

Essex 2 - Terry Marsh/Rob Myall/Andrew (Ginge) Searle/Diane Orrin

Essex 3 -  Ashley Perkins/David Wallis/Lin Hill/Peter Orrin

Essex 4 - Darren Wrenn/Graham Evans/Greg King/Mervyn Bushe

Essex 5 - Peter Marchant/Sandra Strange/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord

Essex 6 - Trevor Kidd/Sue Parrish/Trevor Holbrow/Don Poulter

Session 1 could not have started better with E1 E3 & E5 all recording large wins to give the team a flying 6 - 0 start. This was consolidated in Session 2 with  E2 winning a close match and E4 having a comfortable win. Although E6 lost out the Team was looking good with a 10 - 2 lead

Session 3 was a repeat of the second session with E3 having another convincing win and E5 winning a close match on the last end. E1 struggled to get into their game and lost out but at the half way Essex were in a good position leading 14 - 4. Session 4 saw another excellent performance with E2 E4 & E6 all winning close matches with the Team moving into a 20 - 4 

Session 5 looked to be another clean sweep after a third comfortable win by E3 and a large win from E1. E5 looked until the last two ends if they were to win their third match of the day but some good bowling by the Norfolk Rink in the last two ends saw this match drawn giving Essex a 25 - 5 lead going into the last session. Session 6 saw three close matches but with only E6 winning the final result was a most pleasing 27 - 9 win for the Essex Team

The team should all be proud of the way they competed on the day with Rinks E1 E2 E4 & E6 all winning two of their three games played. Rink E5 won two and drew one game and E3 won all three of their games

Essex now move into 2nd place in the league with 77 points and 4 points ahead of third placed Hertfordshire. Essex play Hertfordshire away on Sunday 17th March 2024 in a match which will decide the runners up spot. Good luck to the team and whatever happens it has been a really good season for Essex

 

 

Essex v Bedfordshire - Eastern Counties League Match Report - 21/1/2024

The Essex team visited Barton Le Clay to play their match against Bedfordshire

The Team were without two Regular Skips and one Regular Lead but put in an excellent performance to win by 25 - 11

The Team was

Essex 1 - Trevor Kidd/Sue Parrish/Paul Young/Trevor Holbrow

Essex 2 - Jacky Brown/Sandra Strange/Peter Marchant/Paul Perkins

Essex 3 - Val Kidd/Sarah Richards/Maxine Poulter/Helen Tucker

Essex 4 - Sophie Tucker/Graham Evans/Greg King/Mervyn Bushe

Essex 5 - Martin Bennet/David Wallis/Lin Hill/Peter Orrin

Essex 6 - Terry Marsh/Rob Myall/Andrew(Ginge) Searle/Diane Orrin

The first session proved to be just the start that Essex needed with E1 & E3 winning comfortably. However E5 had started slowly and were 4 shots down going into the last end but some excellent bowling saw them  take 5 shots to win their match and give the team a 6 - 0 start

The second session was nearly as good with both E6 having a convincing win by 20 shots to three. E2 won a close match on the last end but E4 just lost out to see Essex at 10-2 after two sessions

The third session proved to be the worst of the day with only E3 winning, the other two losing by the odd shot, which reduced the Essex lead to 12-6

The fourth session got the team back to a good position with E6 & E4 winning the latter team by a big margin, but E2 suffered a defeat leaving Essex still in a good position with a 16-8 lead

The fifth session proved to be the best of the day with E3 E5 & E1 all comfortably winning by large margins to give the team 22-8 lead

The sixth and final session has in the past been poor for the Essex team this season but was a little better with a comfortable win for E4, a draw for E6 which perhaps should have been a win but for a lack of concentration on end eight and defeat for E2 leaving the team with a comfortable 25-11 win

All of the six rinks contributed well to the team score with E3 winning all three matches played and E 6 winning two and drawing one match

Teams E1 E4 & E5 all won two of their matches and E2 one match. It takes the Essex team into 4th place in the league but just a few points short of the second and third teams

A most satisfactory performance, great team spirit, well played to all

The next match is at home at Gt Saling on Sunday 18th February against Norfolk

 

Essex v Cambridgeshire - Eastern Counties League Match Report - 10/12/2023

The Essex Team played their second Eastern Counties League match on Sunday 10th December 2023 when they visited Cambridgeshire. The match was played at the Ross Peers Sports Centre, Soham as their normal venue at Littleport was not available.

It proved to be another tough match for Essex against a strong team, but Essex did much better and were leading into the last session, eventually losing 16-20

The Team selected was 

Essex 1 - Ashley Perkins/David Wallis/Lin Hill/Peter Orrin

Essex 2 - Sophie Tucker/Graham Evans/Greg King/Mervyn Bushe

Essex 3 - Val Kidd/Maxine Poulter/Trevor Holbrow/Helen Tucker

Essex 4 - Peter Marchant/Sandra Strange/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord

Essex 5 - Terry Marsh/Rob Myall/Andrew(Ginge) Searle/Diane Orrin

Essex 6 - Trevor Kidd/Sue Parrish/Paul Young/Don Poulter

The first session needed a good start and E1 provided a good comfortable win for the team. However E3 & E5 were involved in close matches but both losing out by just 2 shots leaving Essex 2-4 down

Session 2 saw a better result with E2 winning comfortably, well backed up by E4 winning by one shot on the last end, to leave the scores level at 6 - 6

Session 3 was another good one for Essex with E3 & E5 both winning well & E1 losing by one shot. The result took Essex to a 10 - 8 lead

Session 4 followed with another good result with E2 & E4 both winning close matches and E6 losing out by 2 shots. This saw Essex building a good 14 - 10 lead

Session 5 was not so good with two losses but E5 kept up their good day with a big win to take the Essex team going into the last session with a 16 - 14 lead

Session 6 proved a disappointment with all three losing and especially with two of the Essex teams leading into the last end.

However overall this proved a good competitive day for Essex only just losing out 16 - 20 to a strong team with many positives, especially Sophie Tucker making her League debut and contributing well to E2 who won two of their three games played

Essex next travel to Bedfordshire on 21st January 2024 and will be hopeful of further progress

 

Essex v Suffolk - Eastern Counties League Match Report - 26/11/23

The Essex Team played their first Eastern Counties League match of the season on Sunday 26th November 2023 at Gt Saling against a strong Suffolk team.

As expected it was a tough match and the Essex team eventually lost 9 - 27. However despite what looks on paper a heavy defeat the Team can take many positives from the match with most games close, several lost on the last end. It proved that against the best we can be competitive and the main difference was the game management towards the end of many of the games played. The Essex Team are in a transitional period with many newcomers involved and if progress can be maintained the results will improve.

Well done to all who took part and those who helped with the Teas & Coffees and to Anthea Bushe for doing the raffle which raised £130 for the Essex squad funds.

On the day all of the six Rinks played well and all had close matches which could so easily have been wins. Two of the Rinks had a outstanding day winning two of their three games played. Well done to the Rinks of Val Kidd/Maxine Poulter/Trevor Holbrow/Helen Tucker and Peter Marchant/Sandra Strange/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord. 

The Essex Team now play their second league match on Sunday 10th December when they visit Cambridgeshire at a 'new' venue, Ross Peers Sports Centre Soham. It will not be easy BUT if they show the team spirit as displayed against Suffolk they should be involved in a much closer match.

 

National County Championship at Potters Resort Hopton on Sea - 4th & 5th November 2023

The Essex Team took part in the above event, a long weekend of Bowls with seven other Counties taking part from the Eastern Counties and from the North.

With six rinks (24 players) all playing seven games of nine ends over the two days

Essex finished in their normal mid table position of 5th just 2 points below fourth placed Durham and 1 point ahead of sixth place Sunderland. Despite some close games and no heavy defeats over the two days they could not match the points of the three leading counties Suffolk/Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire but were comfortably ahead of Norfolk & Northumberland.

The overall results saw some good outcomes especially against the eventual winners Suffolk when they drew 6-6

Essex won 10-2 against Northumberland Won 8-4 against Norfolk Drew 6-6 against Suffolk Lost 5-7 against Hertfordshire Lost 4-8 against Durham Lost 3-9 against Sunderland & Lost 3-9 against Cambridgeshire

All six Rinks made a good contribution to the Essex score, with the best Rink over the weekend being Terry Marsh/Glenyce King/Rob Myall/Diane Orrin closely followed by the rink of Val Kidd/Gordon Brown/Maxine Poulter/Helen Tucker. The other four Rinks were Trevor Kidd/Sue Parrish/Paul Young/Don Poulter + Anthea Bushe/Peter Marchant/Greg King/Mervyn Bushe + Jacky Brown/Sandra Strange/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord + Ashley Perkins/David Wallis/Graham Evans/Peter Orrin with Glenyce & Anthea standing in at the last moment following two late illnesses from the team originally available

Well done to all who took part

The Essex team now move onto to the start of the 'new' Eastern Counties league season when they entertain Suffolk at Gt Saling on Sunday 26th November 2023

 

Eastern Counties Teambowl played on Sunday 1st October 2023

The first event of the County calendar for the season 2023/4 took place on Sunday 1st October 2023 at Littleport Leisure Centre, Cambridgeshire

The Teambowl format consists of 4 Singles 4 Pairs & 4 Triples for each of the Six Counties who take part. The event was last played pre covid in September 2019.

The Essex team started off in fine form, against Bedfordshire winning overall 16-8. The Team followed up with an outstanding win by 17-7 against Norfolk and at that stage where the leading overall team. However some more difficult games were to follow and this proved to be the case when they next played Cambridgeshire. All disciplines were poor and Essex lost this session by 4-20 to drop down to third place. The 4th Session saw them take on the 'favourites' Suffolk and produce only a marginal better performance losing 6-18 to drop further down to fourth place just below their next and final opponent Hertfordshire. Thankfully the Essex team restored their performance level which resulted in a 13-11 victory. However this was not quite enough and saw them remain in 4th place overall just 3 points below Herts, with Suffolk the winners and Cambridgeshire the runners up.

Overall it was a good day for the Essex team with all players and disciplines contributing well especially with a number of the players 'new' to the County team

In the Singles 20 points (out of 40) were gained with Greg King (Highwoods) winning 3 of his 5 games. Colin Lord (Sewards End) also winning 3 of his 5 games. Mervyn Bushe (Langham) winning 2 of his 3 games & Trevor Holbrow (Dedham) also winning 2 of his 3 games

In the Pairs 16 points (out of 40) were recorded. Andrew Searle & Darren Wrenn (Helions Bumpstead) winning 3 of their 5 games. Val Kidd & Maxine Poulter (Hunters) winning 2 games & drawing 1. Cliff & Lynda Richardson (Helions Bumpstead) winning 1 game and drawing 1 and Sophie & Helen Tucker winning 1 game on the day.

The Triples scored 20 points (out of 40) with both the Triple of Sue Parrish (Sewards End) + Paul Young (Braintree RC) + Don Poulter (Hunters) & the Triple of Ashley Perkins (Leaden Roding) + David Wallis (Sewards End) + Peter Orrin (Highwoods) winning 3 of their 5 games. The Triple of Peter Marchant (High Easter) + Graham Evans (Paxman + Paul Perkins (Leaden Roding) winning 2 games & drawing 1 and the Triple of Terry Marsh (Paxman) + Rob Myall (Sewards End) + Diane Orrin (Highwoods) winning 1 game and drawing 1 game

Well done to all who took part with the next event being the National County Championship at Potters Resort which takes place over the weekend starting on 3rd November 2023

 

Eastern Counties Championship played on Sunday 16th April 2023

The final Eastern Counties event of the 2022/3 season was held at Littleport Leisure Centre, Cambs. on the above date with all Six Counties taking part.

It proved an extremely good day for the Essex team who performed better than many years past, to finally finish in third place, having led for most of the day and with just the last session against Cambridgeshire a disappointment. The team were missing 6 more experienced players who had played most of the season but this allowed the newer team members to have more game time and included Sophie Tucker & Andrew (Ginge) Searle both making their debuts for the County. All of those should be proud of how they played throughout a long day and with most at a younger age it looks good for the future of the team in the seasons to come.

In addition to having just 24 players available it was also the turn of Essex to Host the competition throughout the day and thanks go to all the squad who chipped in to make sure that all these duties were covered through a long and tiring day.

The competition itself sees the six rinks from each County all playing five games of nine ends including some consecutive matches.

It started well against Bedfordshire with the Essex team winning 4 of the six matches winning 8 - 4 on points

This was followed up by a further 8 - 4 win against Hertfordshire and took the Essex team into 2nd place

It was the third match against Norfolk that really set the team up with an outstanding result winning all six matches to record a 12 -0 win and took Essex four points clear at the top of the league.

It was expected that the next game against Suffolk would be the hardest of the day and would prove if Essex could win this event having only done so once back in 2011. It proved to be a close match with 3 matches lost on the last end and two matches only won, to lose by a respectful 4 - 8. It allowed Suffolk to take over in top place on shots scored.

What was needed was a good result against Cambridgeshire to at least consolidate a runners up place but it was not to be. The tiredness crept into the team who had the extra burden of extra duties and no time to rest and a poor overall performance from all six rinks saw a 0 - 12 defeat which allowed Cambrideshire to overtake with Essex having to accept a very respectful third place.

All of the Rinks contributed and it was a great day all round despite the last session.

Four of the Rinks won 3 of their 5 matches played - The Rinks of Sophie Tucker/Rob Myall/Peter Marchant/Helen Tucker + Ashley Perkins/David Wallis/Lin Hill/Peter Orrin + Graham Evans/Sue Parrish/Trevor Kidd/Don Poulter + Val Kidd/Maxine Poulter/Ron Hill/Trevor Holbrow

The other two Rinks won 2 of their 5 matches played - Terry Marsh/Sarah Richards/Darren Wrenn/Diane Orrin + Andrew Searle/Sandra Strange/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord  

Well done to all who took part throughout the season, with the Essex team still sitting second in the Eastern Counties League with one outstanding game still to be played which will likely move the Essex team down to a respectful third place. It has been a transitional period for the team but the future looks quite exciting with the blend of 'younger' new players mixed in with the 'more experienced' players the most likely way forward.

 

Eastern Counties League Match - Sunday 19th March 2023

The Essex team played their fourth & final match of the Eastern Counties League season away at Wortwell against Norfolk on Sunday 19th March 2023. It proved to be a highly competitive and close match with the Essex team finally losing out by 16 - 20 after many close games.

With some regular players not available, it meant that two 'newcomers' to the Essex squad, Sue Parrish & Rob Myall were making their debuts for the County team and they both played well throughout the day.

The first session started slowly for the Essex team with just 1 win (2 points) from the three games played but the second session brought the teams level with two wins recorded. Session three saw a further two wins and at the halfway stage the Essex team was leading 10 - 8. However session four was the worst of the day for the Essex team with just one draw and 1 point added and Essex losing overall by 11 - 13 after all Rinks had played two games each. Session five saw a win and a draw and another 3 points added for the team to go into the last session trailing 14 - 16. Some close games in the last session saw Essex winning just one game and finally losing by 16 - 20 after a hard fought match.

All six Rinks were able to record points for the Essex team; 

The Rink of Ashley Perkins/David Wallis/Lin Hill/Peter Orrin were the best on the day with 2 wins and four points

The Rinks of Peter Marchant/Ron Hill/Greg King/Mervyn Bushe & Val Kidd/Maxine Poulter/Helen Tucker/Trevor Holbrow had 2 win and 1 draw each and three points each for the team.

The Rinks of Sarah Richards/Rob Myall/Terry Marsh/Diane Orrin & Jacky Brown/Sandra Strange/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord & Trevor Kidd/Sue Parrish/Paul Young/Don Poulter each had 1 win and two points each for the team

It has been a good season for the Essex team with 5 'new' players introduced, all proving that they are able to play at this level which must look good for the future. Well done and thank you to all players who took part.

Essex are currently in 2nd place in the league but with two outstanding games still to be played involving three of the other Counties, realistically it is likely to be the mid table spot for the Essex team in this season of change, after a long spell off following the 'covid' shutdown period.

However the Essex team go to the final Eastern Counties Championship event at Littleport, Cambs. on Sunday 16th April 2023 with expectations of a good result and also to give a further debut to a 'new' player for the Essex team - Sophie Tucker (the sixth debut this season)

  

Eastern Counties League Match - Sunday 15th January 2023

The Essex Team played their third league match of the season on Sunday 15th January 2023 at Home at their Gt Saling venue against Cambridgeshire. It proved to be a good day for the team and they were back to winning ways with a 20 - 16 victory. Well done to the team and the many supporters who turned up. Special thanks to Anthea Bushe for doing the Raffle and raising nearly £100 for County funds.

The first two sessions were good for Essex winning two of the three matches played in each session and even better in the third session when all three matches were won. There were many close matches but Essex got the better in most, and were leading 14 - 4 at the mid way point. However a strong Cambridgeshire side came back well in the second half once they had the feel of the carpets and the Essex team were only able to win one match in each session. It was a disappointing finish but still a very good overall victory for the team leaving them in third place, just one point behind 2nd place Cambridgeshire with one match each to play.

All six Essex Rinks played well (some better than others) in what was a very close and competitive match

The Rink of Val Kidd/Maxine Poulter/Helen Tucker/Trevor Holbrow won all three matches to record 6 points for the team

The Rink of Ashley Perkins/David Wallis/Lin Hill/Peter Orrin & the Rink of Jacky Brown/Sandra Strange/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord & the Rink of Trevor Kidd/Cliff Richardson/Paul Young/Don Poulter all won two of their three matches to contribute 4 points each for the team

The Rink of Sarah Richards/Ron Hill/Terry Marsh/Darren Wrenn won one match to record 2 points for the team and the Rink of Peter Marchant/Lynda Richardson/Greg King/Mervyn Bushe were involved in close matches but just lost out in each match.

The Essex team now have a free February month with the drop out of Bedfordshire, and then travel to Wortwell on 19th March 2023 for their final game against Norfolk.

Eastern Counties League Match - Sunday 11th December 2022

The Essex Team played their second league match of the season on Sunday 11th December away at Needham Market against Suffolk. The Essex team had good preparation after their excellent first match win and went full of hope for a good result. The first four sessions were meeting expectations against a strong team and Essex managed to win one out of three matches in each of these sessions and although 8 -16 down  were still hopeful of a good result. However the final two sessions was poor for the team despite some close matches and Essex were unable to gain any more points and lost 8 - 28

It was a disappointing end to the day and as a result Essex drop to 4th in the League

The next match is on Sunday 15th January 2023 when the Essex team will be at Home to Cambridgeshire at their Gt Saling venue.

Eastern Counties Championship - Sunday 25th September 2022

Essex took part in the Eastern Counties Championship at Littleport on Sunday 25th September 2022.It was the first competition for the Essex team since February 2022.          Only five Counties took part with Bedfordshire having problems in raising a team. Despite some last minute changes the Essex team put up a good performance throughout the day and finished fourth. Well done to all who took part.

Eastern Counties League Match - Sunday 27th November 2022

After a 2 1/2 year break the Essex Team were back in action on Sunday 27th November 2022 with a Home League match against Hertfordshire.It proved to be a good day for the Essex Team after a close match winning by the narrow margin of 19 - 17

The first two sessions started slowly for the Essex team winning 1 of the 3 games played each session and trailing by 4 - 8. However session 3 saw the Team take the lead after winning all 3 games to lead at the half way stage by 10 - 8. Session 4 saw the Essex team again only winning the 1 game with the scores then level at 12 - 12. A further win and a draw in session 5 saw the two teams going into the final session still level at 15 - 15. The final session 6 saw close and exciting games with the Essex team coming out with 2 good wins to record a 19 - 17 victory. It was a great start to the new season with all playing well and sees Essex in 2nd place just 3 points behind Cambridgeshire.

The four of Trevor Kidd/Cliff Richardson/Paul Young/Don Poulter won 2 & drew 1 game to record 5 points for the Team. The fours of Ashley Perkins/David Wallis/Lin Hill/Peter Orrin + Tony Bareham/Lynda Richardson/Greg King/Mervyn Bushe + Jacky Brown/Peter Marchant/Paul Perkins/Colin Lord all won 2 games  to record 4 points each for the Essex Team. The four of Terry Marsh/Sarah Richards/Darren Wrenn/Diane Orrin won 1 game to record 2 points for the Team and although the four of Val Kidd/Sandra Strange/Maxine Poulter/Helen Tucker were not able to win a game they played well despite missing their normal skip

Congratulations also go to Ashley & Paul Perkins & Sandra Strange whom were making their League debuts for the Essex Team

Essex visit Suffolk in two weeks time, which will be a difficult match but the Essex players are ready for the challenge