County Championships Results 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

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