Ken Wheeler Shield results
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Cambridgeshire winners L-R:
Robert Skeen, Colin Carr, Terrey Sparks, Peter Ross

A Win for Cambridgeshire

Again hosted at Hunstanton on 2nd June 2018, the EACF Inter-Counties GC tournament was won by the Cambridge team for the first time using a slightly revised format as the entry received this year was reduced to four teams.

The day started in a light drizzle of rain but became drier later. There was plenty of very competitive play from the teams Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk battling it out over three rounds of doubles and three rounds of singles, followed by a Gold Medal Round of two pairs for the top three teams.

Report by Terrey Sparks,
photo by David Thirtle-Watts

Venue Saturday 2 June, Hunstanton
The Ken Wheeler Shield
Entry fees tba
Team captains
Beds: (Leighton Linslade)
Cambridge: (Peterborough)
Essex: (Chelmsford)
Herts: (Watford)
Norfolk: (Hunstanton)
Suffolk: (Unity)
Previous winners Herts

revised for 2018
because only 4
counties entered
Block Phase

Each team plays a match against each other team (i.e. an American Block), played over 6 rounds. A 'match' comprises two doubles and four singles games. The leading teams will be decided on Game Wins with any tie being resolved by a 3-hoop doubles play-off. On completion of this Block Phase the three leading teams qualify for the seventh "Gold Medal Round".

"Gold Medal Round" Format

Each team will carry forward games won (each game scoring a single point). Each team will now comprise two Doubles pairs. The pairings may differ from the Block Phase. Pairs will be drawn to play a single game in the following format:

X1 v Y1 X2 v Z1 Y2 v Z2

A game win will score three points and be added to the aggregate carried forward. The winning team will be the one with the most points, with any tie being resolved by a 3-hoop doubles play-off.

See the 2018 Regulations for more details.

Eligibility To qualify for a county the team member must either be born, reside or be registered with a club within that county. (For this tournament the county of Bedfordshire includes the clubs of Northampton and Stony Stratford).

If you are eligible and want to play, please contact the relevant team captain!
Regulations PDF (PDF, 52 kb)


Block phase results

result vs:

Cambs Norfolk Essex Beds GAME
Cambridgeshire   3-3
[hoops: 31-34]
[hoops: 42-23]
[hoops: 33-29]
Norfolk 3-3
[hoops: 34-31]
[hoops: 31-36]
[hoops: 35-29]
Essex 0-6
[hoops: 23-42]
[hoops: 36-31]
[hoops: 41-31]
Bedfordshire 3-3
[hoops: 29-33]
[hoops: 29-35]
[hoops: 31-41]
"Gold Medal Round" results

result vs:

Cambs Essex Norfolk GAME
carried forward TOTAL
Cambridgeshire   7-5 7-2 6 12 18 1
Essex 5-7   7-4 3 8 11 2
Norfolk 2-7 4-7   0 9 9 3
Bedfordshire: John Cundell (3)(C), David Ball (4), Roger Stroud (4), Judith Pengelly (4)
Cambridgeshire: Terrey Sparks (1)(C), Peter Ross (2), Robert Skeen (5), Colin Carr (6)
Essex: John Skuse (3), Judith Hand (4)(C), Karen Jones (5), John Mariner (5)
Hertfordshire: [did not participate]
Norfolk: David Thirtle-Watts (2)(C), Tony Lee (4), Noel Gill (5), David Boxell (6)
Suffolk: [did not participate]

See also:

AC the national Inter-Counties Tournament