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Norfolk retain the Anderson Shield for 2012

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Under glorious weather conditions the E.A.C.F. 9th Annual Anderson Shield was staged at the Colchester Club over the weekend of 26th/27th May with five of the Region's counties taking part. The lawns were in excellent condition but rather slow due to a generous covering of grass. However, this was compensated for by the setting of the hoops which to say the least were rather challenging. This proved to be a problem for the players, and the Referees were kept rather busy adjudicating many hampered shot following hoops that had only just been run.


Anderson Shield winners Norfolk, L-R:
Terrey Sparks, Ian Thompson,
Neil Chalmers, Timothy Race

Jeremy Scott (Herts) in the
winning Naff Little Trophy shoot-out

At the end of day 1 three counties were showing early promise: Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Suffolk each with one match win. However, Cambridgeshire were slightly favoured by picking up four game wins to the others' three. Norfolk and Essex were both struggling to find some form, although Norfolk were showing some spirit with two game wins mainly due to the efforts of their second string.

Day 2 provided a complete turn-around with the Norfolk team finding their form, coming out all guns blazing and managing to pick up wins in all of their remaining four games, giving them two match wins and two draws. Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire could only manage one game win each, and with Suffolk failing to register, it left all three teams on one match win each. However Essex showed a revival with two games wins, one against Cambridgeshire halting any chance they had, and thereby letting Norfolk through to an unexpected overall win for the second year running.

As there is an uneven number of entries for those sitting out a subsidiary competition, the 'Naff-Little Trophy', comprising handicap singles is run alongside the main event. This year there was a tie between Essex, who seemed to be the permanent holders of this trophy, and Hertfordshire who for some reason wanted to stake a claim. Under the watchful eye of Colin Hemming, who once again had managed the tournament in his usual efficient manner, a shoot-out was arranged in which Hertfordshire become the new owners of this rather small cup.

Report and photos by Terrey Sparks

Venue Colchester, Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 May 2012  
Manager Colin Hemming
R.O.T. Jim Potter
Format Each county is represented by a team of four, and plays each of the other five counties over the two days. Three matches on Saturday starting at 9:30 am, two on Sunday starting at 10:00 am. Play is Advanced Doubles to a 3-hour time-limit, with double-banking for all matches. The winner is the team which wins the most matches, with the 'who beat whom' rule applying in the case of a tie. If a winner is still undecided then the winner is the team with the most games won within the time-limit.

Substitutes are allowed if someone is unable to play on both days.
Eligibility By birth, residence or membership of a club within the county, and
Handicap 1 or above, and team aggregate handicap of 10 or above.
(In addition, Northampton players with handicap 1+ are eligible to play for Beds.)

If you are eligible and want to play, please contact the relevant team captain!
Anderson Shield
The Anderson Shield
Team captains
Herts: Mark Homan (Watford)
Cambs: Jim Potter (Newport)
Essex: Colin Hemming (Colchester)
Norfolk: Terrey Sparks (Hunstanton)
Suffolk: Celia Pearce (Ipswich)
Beds: No participation  
Entry fees £50 per county

Anderson Shield results
by year:

Facilities tba
Previous winners Norfolk
Regulations PDF (PDF, 15kb)

 

Anderson Shield results
Level Advanced doubles

result vs:

Norfolk Cambs Herts Suffolk Essex Matches
won
Games
won
Games
won
within
time
Position
Norfolk   -14
+2T
Draw
-16
+5T
Draw
+1T
+25
Win
+9
+2T
Win
2 6 4 1
Cambridgeshire +14
-2T
Draw
  +2
-8T
Draw
+11T
+16
Win
-18
+17
Draw
1 5 4 2
Hertfordshire +16
-5T
Draw
-2
+8T
Draw
  -2T
-10T
Loss
+10
+4T
Win
1 4 2 3
Suffolk -1T
-25
Loss
-11T
-16
Loss
+2T
+10T
Win
  +8
-3T
Draw
1 3 1 4
Essex -9
-2T
Loss
+18
-17
Draw
-10
-4T
Loss
-8
+3T
Draw
  0 2 1 5
Naff-Little Trophy results
Handicap singles

result vs: 

Herts2 Essex2 Cambs2 Suffolk2 Norfolk2 Games
won

Games
won
within
time

Position
Herts1 Essex1 Cambs1 Suffolk1 Norfolk1

Hertfordshire

1

2

      +20

+9

+15

-6

3 3 1*

Essex

1

2

    +16

-10

3 +22

+14

3 3 2

Cambridgeshire

1

2

  -16

+10

  -20

+22

  2 2 3

Suffolk

1

2

-20

-9

  +20

-22

    1 1 4=

Norfolk

1

2

-15

+6

-22

-14

      1 1 4=

*Hertfordshire win on a shoot-out.

Teams

Norfolk: Terrey Sparks, Neil Chalmers, Jonathan Toye, Timothy Race, Ian Thompson
Cambs: Jim Potter, Chris van Essen, Bryan Saddington, Adrian Kirby
Herts: Mark Homan, Terry Mahoney, Jeremy Scott, Ian Mantle
Suffolk: Celia Pearce, Mike Percival, Peter Allnutt, John Robinette, Georgeen Hemming, Jill Andrews
Essex: Colin Hemming, Peter Kenward, Keith Saunders, Cheryl Stephenson
Beds: No participation.

 

See also:

GC the EACF Ken Wheeler Shield
AC the national Inter-Counties Championship
AC Anderson Shield winners summary.