8 September 2002 - Cambridgeshire v Suffolk

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8 September 2002 - Cambridgeshire v Suffolk



Suffolk Menís A wanted to maintain their lead in the region.  A win today should be another step towards qualifying for the national finals next March.  The first session went well with Suffolk taking 7 of the 11 frames, the situation was looking good with our team in good form.  Alas, the second session was a complete reversal with Cambridgeshire fighting back even stronger to finish the session ahead of Suffolk by two frames!  By the end of the third session, Cambridgeshire were leading Suffolk 18 frames to 15.  Suffolk really needed to pull something out in the final session.  They managed to pull back one frame to finally lose to Cambridgeshire 23:21.

Meanwhile, close rivals Norfolk had had a good win against Hertfordshire 27:17 which now makes the top of the table very close.  Suffolk leading on 200 points closely followed by Norfolk on 196.  All still to play for in the next three matches.  Excellent results from Sam Bemment winning all four frames.  Phil Dyer and Paul Keeble each won three out of four.


After last months defeat, Suffolk B team needed some excellent results to improve their position.  The first session went very well ending with Suffolk leading by 8 frames to 3.  Suffolk maintained the pressure in the second session so that into the third session, Suffolk led by 15 frames to 7.  Suddenly, Cambridgeshire appeared to have had a wake-up call, only allowing Suffolk to take 1 frame in the next 11.  Suffolk now trailed 17:16, time for Suffolk to get back into gear!  The fourth session started with Pete Cohen bringing the scores level at 17 all.  Cambridgeshire took the next two to gain a two frame lead only requiring four more frames for an overall win.  Suffolk dug in and only dropped 2 of the last 8 frames to secure an overall victory 23 frames to 21.

Suffolk are now 42 points behind leaders Norfolk.  With only three matches left it will be very difficult to close the gap.  It may still be possible to achieve a respectable second place and gain valuable experience for next year.

Excellent results from Jamie Jinkerson winning all four frames.  Pete Cohen, Sean Clements and Julian Adams each won three out of four.


Suffolk ladies are having an excellent season so far and didnít want this match to change that.  In the first session Suffolk looked as confident as ever taking the first session 8-3.  The second session was much of the same and by the end of it Suffolk ladies were leading Cambridgeshire by 17 frames to 5.  Suffolk only needed 6 out of the next 22 frames, they took 14 and won the match with a convincing 31-13 score line.  Excellent performances saw K Andrews and T Acton both win four out of four frames.  Also good performances saw Z Archer, V Adams, D Creasey, K OíBrien, D Pullen and R Osborne all win three out of four frames.


Suffolk youths knew that they needed a good result if they were to maintain their challenge for the regional title.  In the first session they started well by winning the first 2 frames only to see Cambridgeshire pull back to level at 4 frames each.  Suffolk took the remaining 3 frames to lead at the end of the first session by 7 frames to 4.  In the second session, Suffolk again took the first 2 frames and gradually stamped their authority on the match to end the second session leading by 14 frames to 8.  However, in the third session, Cambridgeshire took the first 3 frames to close the gap to only 3 frames before Suffolk rattled in the last 5 frames of the session to lead 20 frames to 13.  In the final session Cambridgeshire took 3 of the first 5 frames only to see Suffolk rattle in the remaining 6 frames in a row to secure an overall 28 frames to 16 frames victory.

Special mention must go to both Dylan Thomas and Karl Sutton who each won 4 frames out of 4.  Others of note Sam Jeffrey, Richard Twomey and Shayne Baldry for 3 frames out of 4.  Overall a good performance against a young spirited Cambridgeshire team.

NEXT MATCH - home to Bedfordshire, 6 October.



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