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NATIONAL INTERCOUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tournament Report 2000

Report from Mike Perkins (Tournament Director)

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All 31 teams arrived safely at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, and play started on time on Saturday morning, and the first big shock came in the Mens 'A' where reigning champions Devon were beaten 23-13 by Surrey, who have some good players but not household names like Jason Twist and Sean McGougan in the Devon Team. Near neighbours Somerset were soundly beaten by ex champions, Staffordshire 23-5. In group 2 Northants beat Lancashire 23-19, and hosts Norfolk overcame Cleveland after a sticky start, 23-17. Staffordshire and Norfolk won their second games to go through to the semi finals, Somerset and Lancashire were eliminated after their second match and it was left for Devon to beat Surrey and Northants to beat Cleveland to progress to the semi's.

In the semi Sunday morning Staffordshire took on Northants, and this turned into the best match of the weekend with each team winning two legs 6-5 we had a 22-22 result, and went to a three player playoff in which Mick Mullins beat Lee Kendall, and Davyd Evans beat Nick Woller to put Northants into the final. In the other semi Devon stormed into an 8-0 lead, and were never troubled before winning 23-15 to book their second consecutive final, where Northants started well taking the first two frames through Aiden Stalley and Steve Evans, but Jezz Graham and Danny Calvert levelled for Devon, however Northants took the first leg 7-4 and when they clinched the second 6-5, to lead 13-9 they looked on the way to the title, but the champions had other ideas and came back in the third leg to take it 8-3, and lead 17-16 into the final leg. They then took the first four frames before Northants took the next three to trail 21-19 with four frames left, but Sean McGougan and Dave Williams took the next two for the champions to retain their title.

In the Mens 'B' Kent beat Norfolk 23-18, and Lancashire, last year's champions beat Northants 23-21. In group two East Yorkshire went down 23-15 to Devon, but in the other match Staffordshire and G.M.C. drew 22-22, so we had our first playoff. Karl Alcock and Kristian Oakes won for Staffordshire and Graham Oswald won for G.M.C.

Kent and Staffordshire won their second matches to book a semi final place, while Norfolk beat 23-21 and G.M.C. beat Devon 23-21 to book their semi places.

Kent beat G.M.C. 23-18 and Staffordshire beat Norfolk 23-17 to go into the final, where it was even down the first leg, but Staffordshire took the second 9-2 for a 15-7 lead, and although Kent won the third leg 6-5 could not stop Staffordshire winning 23-13.

In the Ladies section, which is usually the slowest, West Yorkshire, had an easy 23-10 win over Oxfordshire, and champions London beat Cleveland 23-15. In group two Suffolk had a big win over Shropshire 23-13 but the other match ended all square, and Emma Seal and Sally Pike both won for Devon to beat Hampshire 24-22, Suffolk beat Devon 23-18 and West Yorkshire beat London23-20 to go into the semi's. London beat Oxford 23-14 and Devon had a second playoff against Hampshire to book their places in the semi's. West Yorkshire made a terrific start and went 10-1 ahead against Devon and never looked back, running out 23-10 winners. But the biggest upset in all came in the other match when Suffolk ladies humiliated the nine times champions from London when they recorded a 23-8 victory. In the final West Yorkshire shaded each leg 6-5 to lead 18-15, and Suffolk then won two frames before their opponents took five in a row to lift the title 23-17.

In the Youth section emotions always run high and the competition is tense from the outset. Last years champions Cambridgeshire beat Merseyside 23-21, and a good looking Kent side won 23-18 against Essex. In group two Gloucestershire beat Staffordshire 23-18, and Staffordshire then beat Somerset 23-15, as there were only three teams in this group. Gloucestershire then beat Somerset 23-18 for them and Staffordshire to go through to the semi's. Cambridgeshire beat Kent 23-19 to bank their place, Merseyside beat 23-14 to face Kent in the group playoff which Kent won 23-14. In the semi Kent were in top form and despatched Gloucestershire 23-12 the other semi went to Cambridgeshire 23-17. The final started even until Jordan Church, Paul Rogers and Tony Marshall took the last three games in the first leg to put Kent 7-4 up. Cambridgeshire then took five of the next six to edge in front 9-8, but again at the end of the leg Kent won five in a row to lead 13-9, and Cambridgeshire could not get in front again, and Russell March and Dave, and Martin Regan chalked up three in a row for Kent to win 23-16.

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