Manager: Terrey Sparks
|Area League||2016 winners||2016 Play-off winners||
The Chairman's Cup
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AC League play-off results by year:
Previous AC league winners - all years
In a day that started in fine weather but promised rain later, the three area league winners Colchester, St. Albans and Norwich met on the excellent Colchester lawn to determine who would be the Eastern Region's Representative in next year's Secretary Shield.
The morning's play consisted of 3 doubles and the St. Albans doubles pairing of Heather Bennett and Andrew Apps, playing consistently well, recorded an early victory over Norwich pair John Reddish and Sarah Barley. As predicted with lunch approaching the heavens opened and for 20 minutes due to the deluge the remaining players had to leave the lawn as playing conditions quickly deteriorated. However, the lawns quickly dried out and the remaining two games both went the distance finishing on time, leaving St Albans on 2 wins, Colchester on 1 and Norwich yet to register.
The afternoon's play consisting of singles games was played under brilliant sunshine as the unexpected temperature rose to late summer levels. Norwich, upping their game, racked up 3 wins putting them in a challenging position provided they won their last game against St. Albans, which would have meant a 2-way draw giving the manager food for thought. It was not to be, and the day's play finished with St. Albans on 5 wins, Norwich 3 and Colchester 1.
|St. Albans||Heather Bennett, Chris Frost, Andrew Apps & Geoff Morrison|
|Norwich||Nick Harris, John Reddish, Neil Chalmers & Sarah Barley|
|Colchester||Peter Kenward, Georgeen Hemming, Susan Fulford & Lydia Vaux|
Area League Play-Off for the Chairman's Cup
The format will be normal handicap games of 26pts, doubles in the morning and single games in the afternoon. Singles games will be double-banked and the duration of each game will be 3¼ hours.
|am:||A1,A3 v B2,B4||B1,B3 v C2,C4||C1,C3 v A2,A4|
|pm:||A1 v C2
A3 v C4
|B1 v A2
B3 v A4
|C1 v B2
C3 v B4
A draw will take place in the morning to determine which teams will be designated A, B or C.