Surrey and Cheshire retain Inter-County titles


MEN 7/8 Play Off
Nottinghamshire v Cheshire
Josh Taylor put Notts 1 up at 3rd string, beating Gavin Hitchenor 3-1. Cheshire levelled through Robbie Wiiliamson at 5th string who won 11-7 in the 5th against Adam TalbotJonathan Underhill put Notts ahead beating Matt Lowery 3-0. Chris Longman then leveled the tie at 2-2 beating Jason Walsh 3-2 at third string. As there were no 5th string players the match went to games countback, meaning that Notts got 7th place by 10 games to 7
Result: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 2 CHESHIRE 2 Notts win 10-7

5/6 Play Off
Kent v Oxfordshire
Scott Handley at 1st string for Oxfordshire overcame Kent’s Chris Tomlinson 3-0 and 5th string Alex Noakes doubled their advantage beating Kieran Wardman by the same margin. John Geekie sealed 5th spot for Oxon beating Sam Henley 3-0, in the 4th string match. James Evans won at 3rd string for Kent .

Although a dead rubber the 2nd string match between Josh Masters and Will John was the longest of the tie, with Masters eventually triumphing 11/8 in the 5th after 48 minutes

3/4 Play Off
Yorkshire v Sussex
Sussex started well with 3rd string Tim Garner beating Andrew Widdison 3-1 and 5th string Ben Hutton beating George Wileman by the same margin. 4th string Brandon Hanley gave Sussex 3rd place when he beatYorkshire’s Alex Hodgetts 11/8 in the 5th. Sussex also won at the top of the order with Olly Pett edging past James Earles 11/9 in the 5th.

The 2nd string match being a dead rubber was played as a best of three with Tim Vail winning 2-1

SH_917Surrey v Hertfordshire
5th strings Jamie Matthews and Keith Timms got the ball rolling in this season’s final. It looked like Timms was going to put Hertfordshire ahead when he went 2-1 up, but Matthews dug deep and came back to take the match 3-2 11/4 2/11 4/11 11/8 11/7 in 51 minutes.

The 3rd string match was equally tough, going one way then the next but James Simpson eventually came through for Surrey 10/12 11/9 11/13 11/6 11/9 in just under an hour, leaving them needing one more win to retain the title. However in the 4th string match Charlie Johnson beat Neil Frankland 11/8 6/11 11/2 12/10 to take the tie to 2-1.

The first string match between Joe Lee and Adrian Wallerwas always going to be tight and the first game couldn’t have been closer with Waller nicking it 14/12. In an equally close 2nd game Lee leveled winning it 12/10 , he then took the 3rd 11/9 to take Surrey to one game away from the title.

The 4th was tight at the start, but Lee pulled away to win it 11/5 and yet again the title went to Surrey for a remarkable 12 times in 14 years and 4 in a row. The dead rubber 2nd string match was played as a best of three with Chris Ryder beating Charles Sharpes 2-0

7/8 Play Off
Northumbria v Lancashire
No 5th strings in this match. Northumbria went 2 up with wins for Hannah Cliff and Sue Beecroft at 3rd and 4th strings, both 3-0. Amina Helal continued her fine form at 1st string pulling one back for Lancashire, beating Sam Ward 3-0, but Sarah Oswald sealed 7th place for Northumbria beating Mandy Warren 3-0

5/6 Play Off
Yorkshire v Leicestershire
Julie Field won her 3rd match of the weekend at 5th string to give Yorkshire the lead against LeicestershireFiona Scott then won 3-0 at 1st string v Rachel Calver and Andrea Santamaria gave Yorkshire a well deserved 5th place finish beating Tracey Sykes 3-0. Paula Arrowsmith won 3-1 at 4th string and Claire Walker completed the whitewash winning 3-0 at 2nd string.

3/4 Play Off
Warwickshire v Essex
3rd string Chole Pearson got the ball rolling for Warwickshire beating Keeley Taylor 3-1. Sophie Lemom squared the tie at 1-1beating Lucy Pallett 3-1 in the 5th string match. Warwickshire went 2-1 up as Emma Beddoes beat Lauren Selby 3-0. Elise Lazarus then completed a fine personal weekend when she beat Jemma Holt 3-0 just under half an hour to level the tie for Essex.

So the match rested on the result between the 2nd strings, which Warwickshire won when Leonie Holt beat Anna Kimberely 3-1 to give Warwickshire 3rd place

SH_918Surrey v Cheshire
Surrey won the first rubber in this final with captain Isabelle Tweedle beating Hilary Kenyon 3-1 11/8 10/12 11/2 11/3. Things now lay in the hands of the youngsters for Surrey and the more experienced Cheshire side. A really tight 3rd string match was won by Cheshire 3-1 as Kirsty West used her experience to edge out Alison Thomson, but as the 6/11 15/13 12/10 13/11 scoreline showed it was a close run thing! Sarah Kippax put the Champions 2-1 up comfortably beating Nada El Kalaaway 3-0, 11/6 11/2 11/4 but Katie Wilson ensured the final went to the wire when she beat Annie Openshaw Blower 11/7 11/13 11/5 11/8.

The deciding 2nd string match between Jane Allman and Olivia Howell was extremely tight going the distance: 2-2 after 4 games 11/8 3/11 9/11 11/4, butHowell seemed the fitter player in the last game, using her drop shot to great effect, winning it 11/1 to ensure thatCheshire retained their crown

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