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Jamie Burch Won the South of England Championship

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pictureHilary Smith presents the trophy to Jamie

by Roger Wood at Compton
21st September 2014 (AC - Championships)

Jamie Burch

Jamie Burch
+17tp -7 +16tp

Jamie Burch
+17tp +19

Jamie Burch
+26tp -12 +10tpo

Jamie Burch
+21tp -26tp +25tp

Jamie Burch
-9otp -15 +26qp +17 +7otp

Christian Carter
Matt Holmes

Matt Holmes
+17 +3

Sam Murray
  Duncan Reeve

Gabrielle Higgins
+6 +17

 
  Gabrielle Higgins
 
  Jack Wicks

Jack Wicks
+19tp +7tp

Alain Giraud
+26tp +11

 
  Mark Ormerod
 
  Andrew Gregory

Alain Giraud
+10 +4

 
  Alain Giraud
 
  Ed Duckworth

Ed Duckworth
+26tp -26tp +25

Gavin Carter
+25tp +23

Gavin Carter
+10tpo +5

 
  Dominic Nunns
 
  Dave Kibble

Gavin Carter
+20tp +10tp

 
  Gavin Carter
 
  Richard H Smith

Richard H Smith
+5tp -17tp +19

David Maugham
+12 +26tp

 
  Keith Aiton
 
Nigel Polhill

Nigel Polhill
+14 +10

David Maugham
+15tp +26tp

Luc Berthouze
Nick Parish

David Maugham
+8 +9

David Maugham

A strong field of 20 featured three winners of this year's invitation Eights and the runner-up in the fourth - a first for this event. It was good to see a quartet of newcomers: Christian Carter, Alain Giraud, Matt Holmes and Dominic Nunns; plus Duncan Reeve returning after a gap of 24 years. The weather was kind by day - only the occasional chilly breeze - but overnight rain on Friday was preceded by several hours of the most spectacular, continuous lightning display out to sea.

Gavin Carter (winner in 2012) was the in form player of the weekend remaining unbeaten until Sunday lunchtime and the third game of the best-of-5 final. Defending champion Jamie Burch impressed with his consistent shooting but conceded a game to each of Christian Carter, Gabrielle Higgins and Alain Giraud on his way to the final where, having lost the first two closely contested games, he came back strongly with a fifth turn quadruple peel in the third. Having won the fourth to level the match Jamie was first to 4-back in the decider only to be TPOed by Gavin who then uncharacteristically failed 2-back with his other ball allowing Jamie to finish and retain his title.

Jack Wicks dominated the Swiss, as he did last year, winning all seven games and throwing in two quadruple peels for good measure. Only Jamie had more peeling finishes, but Ed Duckworth sneaked the peeling prize with two triples and a fine sextuple against Alain Giraud. Matt Holmes's sextuple attempt faded after 4 peels, but he did achieve a (losing) QPO and later a QP.

Consolation Swiss (for the Sussex Union Cup)

Winner: Jack Wicks 9 wins from 11 games (82%)
7/11 (64%) Ed Duckworth, Alain Giraud
5/9 (56%) Nick Parish, Duncan Reeve
5/10 (50%) Luc Berthouze
4/9 (44%) Dominic Nunns, Mark Ormerod
3/7 (43%) Gabrielle Higgins
4/10 (40%) Matt Holmes
3/8 (38%) Christian Carter
4/11 (36%) Nigel Polhill
3/9 (33%) Dave Kibble, Sam Murray
2/7 (29%) Andrew Gregory
3/11 (27%) Richard H Smith

Peeling Prize: Ed Duckworth (3 x 26tp, 1 x 26sxp)



 

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