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S.C.B.A. Summer League Finals Day 2011

On Sunday 28 August the Summer League Finals day was held at Needham Market Community Centre.

At the beginning of May thirty four teams were divided into five geographical leagues, with the league winners qualifying for finals day.

After four months of competitive but friendly bowling, the five league winners were:


Disappointingly Belstead were unable to field a team at Finals day, requiring the SCBA to amend their usual playing format. A random draw was carried out for both the four rinks games (first session) and the four triples games (second session). It remained two points for a win and one for a draw, the team with the most points at the end of the day would be the Summer League champions.

The day started with the rinks games:

Nayland v Barking: The Nayland rink got off to a great start, scoring four shots on the first end. However by the seventh end Barking had edged their way back to 5-5. Nayland then hit back with another four shot end and protected that lead to win the game 11-6.

Barking v Claydon: In this game the Barking rink started better, scoring three shots on the first end. However like the first game that lead was reduced, with the score level at 5-5 by the sixth end. Then Barking took control again, losing only one more end to ease away to a 17-6 win.

Brockley v Claydon: Claydon started better in this game and sneaked an early lead. Then the Brockley rink began to dominate and with only three ends to play they held a comfortable 10-3 lead. However Claydon hit back, finishing with a three shot count on both of the last two ends, the game finished as a 10-10 draw.

Brockley v Nayland: Just like their other rink, Nayland got off to another good start, but by the sixth end they only held a two shot lead at 5-3. From there though they stretched away, not losing another end on their way to an 11-3 win.

So after the rinks games it was Nayland leading with four points and Barking behind them with two points.
In the second session were the triples games:

Brockley v Claydon: It was a close and low scoring start to this game, with Brockley holding an early advantage. Claydon drew the game level at 4-4 after six ends, but were then only able to win one more end. The Brockley triple took control of the game to secure a 12-5 win.

Nayland v Barking: Barking started well and after three ends looked very comfortable at 6-0 up. Nayland stayed in the game though and reduced the deficit to 7-4. However they couldn't get any closer as Barking won all of the remaining ends to win 14-4.

Barking v Claydon: This was a game that the Claydon triple just couldn't get a foothold in. For the first six ends it was single shots all the way as Barking built a 6-0 lead. Things then got worse for Claydon as Barking increased their advantage to win the game 17-0.

Nayland v Brockley: It was Nayland who earned an early lead at 3-0, which they had maintained at 6-3 by the fifth end. Then began the Brockley fightback, they were level at 7-7 by the eighth end and three ends later they had won the game 13-9.

With all games finished the final scores were:

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After an excellent day's bowling it was Barking who were crowned 2011 Summer League champions. On the day their experienced team had been the most consistent and fully deserved their win.

Neil Jolly