The 32 teams playing in week
1 competed in 8 groups of 4, from which the top 2 would qualify
for the Knockout Rounds. The 16 qualifiers would then play down
to the last 4 who would go through to Finals Day.
Both Burstall A and Gt Blakenham A picked up 12 shots in their
first games. And when the two teams met it was Blakenham who
won to virtually assure themselves of winning the group, which
they did with a third comfortable win.
The remaining teams all won
1 and lost 2 so it came down to shots which meant that Burstall
A with 19 shots went through ahead of Knodishall C (15 shots).
With one team having withdrawn only one of the remaining teams
would miss out on qualification. Barking C won their two opening
games and since the last would be a walkover they were through.
Second place in the group was
therefore to be decided in the game between Knodishall B and
Claydon E and it was Claydon, who had roared away to an early
lead, who made it through.
Withersfield B and Cockfield D began with wins and then drew
with one another. Those two were on 3 points with Belstead 1
Withersfield won their final
game to qualify while Cockfield and Belstead played off for the
other spot. A draw for Cockfield would be enough, but despite
grabbing an early lead Belstead came back to win on the last
end to take second place.
Withsfield A and Barking D both came from behind to finish with
one shot victories in their first games and then when they met
in the next game drew 7-7.
Withersfield finished with
another win to qualify while Kelsale B would need to beat Barking,
who would only need a draw. It was nip and tuck all the way but
Kelsale just hang on for the win to secure qualification.
Hoggards Green D and Nayland both started with wins. Nayland
won again but Hoggards lost to Hundon, leaving them both on 2
points. Nayland won again to top the group while a second win
for Hundon also saw them through.
Hoggards Green C and Lavenham both won their opening games 8-3.
Lavenham followed up with another win while Hundon A beat Hoggards
to leave those two tied for second.
The final two games saw the
group end up as the tightest of the day. Hundon won to finish
on 4 points and 16 shots. Hoggards beat Lavenham to go to 4 points
and 19 shots, winning the group, but although Lavenham lost they
finished on 4 points and 18 shots to qualify.
Burstall B and Claydon C won their first games. Claydon won again
but Burstall lost to Hundon B which mean that those two were
both now on 2 points.
Claydon won for a third time
to finish top of the group while Hundon won again to finish second.
Hoggards Green B and Cockfield E started with wins and then played
one another with Hoggards coming out on top. That left Cockfield
and Knodishall A tied for second place.
Hoggards made it three out
of three to win the group and a second win for Cockfield saw
them also qualify.
From 3-1 ahead after 5 ends Barking C ran away at the
end to beat Lavenham 10-1.
All square at 4 ends, Hundon
B finished well to beat Withersfield B 8-2.
2-2 after 4 ends, Withersfield
A won each of the last 3 ends against Cockfield E to
There was not much in it in
the early running between Gt Blakenham A and Hundon
C but Hundon took the last 5 ends to win 8-1.
Claydon E came from behind twice and led 6-5
with 2 ends to go, but Hoggards Green C came through for
a 10-6 win.
Belstead led 6-0 after 2 ends but allowed Claydon
C to level the score on the next. After that the lead swung
back and forth with Claydon taking the last end to win 10-9.
Hoggards Green B were ahead from the very start against
Kelsale B and ran out 11-3 winners.
Burstall A almost squandered a good lead, they
were 6-1 up against Nacton with 2 ends to go and just
managed to hold on for a 6-5 win.
Hoggards Green B dominated
the early part of their game against Burstall A and took
a resounding 14-1 victory.
Withersfield A took an early lead against Claydon
C but it was all square after 4 ends. However the next was
crucial as Withersfield grabbed 4, coming home 9-5 winners.
It took Barking C 6
ends to draw level with Hundon C only for Hundon to take
the last end and win the game.
Hundon B were nicely ahead 5-1 after 3 ends
against Hoggards Green C, but Hoggards chipped away, finally
taking 2 on the last to sneak a 6-5 win.
Hoggards Green B - Geoff & Margaret Holland
Hoggards Green C - Chris Nunn & Sheila Cocksedge
Hundon C - Anne Hathaway & Nick Wood
Withersfield A - Lin Cooke & Peter Pethybridge