County Championships archive

2007/2008

Once again the cream of the County teams gathered at Moat College, Leicester. This increasingly popular venue, with its ease of access and spacious playing hall, is ideally suited to this event and we are very grateful for the continuing support of the school which is gaining an excellent reputation as a science college.

Lancashire thought they were lucky to defeat Surrey in the semis, and faced Middlesex with trepidation. The closeness of the match was reflected in the number of times that controllers were asked as to the status of the board count. Eventually, the holders triumphed over Middlesex by 9-7.

The Minor Counties final saw Norfolk trying to go one better than their runners-up spot last year against the Midlands Minor Champions, Shropshire. Here the result was never in doubt after Norfolk gained an early lead eventually winning 10-6.

Essex’s match against Surrey saw the swan song as a county captain after 102 matches of John Philpott. This match was always very close with Surrey ending John’s dream of a winning exit by 8½ – 7½. An Essex player allowing a mate in one did not help.

Yorkshire, regular visitors to this event played Hertfordshire in the U150s in another match which was not as easy as it looked with Yorkshire running out 10-6. Applause for the venue was also shared with the appreciation for the controllers, headed by John Shaw assisted by Adrian Elwin. Dave Welch and Cyril Johnson with administrative assistance from Liz Gist and Tarek Rahman.

Open Final
Lancashire 9 – 7 Middlesex
Semi Finals
Lancashire 9½ – 6½ Surrey; Herts 7½ – 8½ Middlesex
Quarter Finals
Lancashire 9½ – 6½ Staffordshire; Surrey 10½ – 5½ Warwickshire; Manchester (defaulted) Middlesex; Bye: Hertfordshire

Minor Counties Final
Norfolk 10 – 6 Shropshire
Semi Finals
Norfolk 9 – 7 Hampshire; Shropshire 8* – 8 Cambridgeshire
Quarter Finals
Norfolk 9 – 7 Leicestershire; Byes: Hampshire, Shropshire, Cambridgeshire

U175 Final
Essex 7½ – 8½ Surrey
Semi Finals
Yorkshire 6 – 10 Surrey; Devon 7 – 9 Essex
Quarter Finals
Suffolk (defaulted) Surrey; Manchester 5 – 11 Devon; Byes: Yorkshire, Essex

U150 Final
Hertfordshire 6 – 10 Yorkshire
Semi Finals
Hertfordshire 9½ – 6½ Cambridgeshire; Yorkshire 9 – 7 Nottinghamshire
Quarter Finals
Warwickshire 7 – 9 Hertfordshire; Lancashire 4½ – 11½ Cambridgeshire; Essex 5½ – 10½ Nottinghamshire; Norfolk 7 – 9 Yorkshire

U125 Final
Norfolk 9½ – 6½ Sussex
Semi Finals
Norfolk 8½ – 7½ Hampshire; Worcestershire 6 – 10 Sussex
Quarter Finals
Warwickshire 8 – 8* Sussex; Middlesex 8 – 8* Hampshire; Cleveland (defaulted) Worcestershire; Norfolk 9 – 7 Leicestershire
Preliminary
Lancashire 5 – 11 Leicestershire

U100 Final
Hertfordshire 7 – 5 Nottinghamshire
Semi Finals
Hertfordshire 7½ – 4½ Suffolk; Surrey 5½ – 6½ Nottinghamshire
Quarter Finals
Warwickshire 4½ – 7½ Hertfordshire; Lancashire 4 – 8 Nottinghamshire; Surrey 10½ – 1½ Norfolk; Suffolk 7 – 5 Staffordshire