Hertfordshire pushed Kent all the way, leading throughout until the last few ends. The scene was set from the very start as Herts leapt out to a 9-3 lead after just one end.
On Mat 1, the rink of Peter Griffiths, Margaret Regan, Tony Gayler and Jeanette Gayler were just 1 shot behind at the half way stage (6 ends) before dropping a 4. They clawed their way back into the game, winning four ends and drawing level with just one end to play. They couldn't quite finish the comeback ending the game at 9-11.
Adrianne West, Clive Mark, Mary Chadd and Michael West got off to a flyer, scoring a 6 shot count on the opening end. Kent responded well, winning four ends out of the next five to sit just a single shot behind after 6 ends. The two sides exchanged 3s in the next two ends before the Hertfordshire quartet went on to win the last 4 ends and score the only win for Hertfordshire at 15-9.
Jill Oakes, Liz Bradley, Brian McGivern and Darren Stanford were the only Herts rink to lose their first end. They dropped a 3 but got it straight back on the next end. A four end streak saw them take an 11-3 lead. Kent bounced back with a clean sweep of the last 6 ends and the final score was 11-15.
In the final game, Audrey Fowler, John Taylor, Sam Salmon and Alan Hare opened with two winning ends. Kent took the next three before a 2 shot count for Herts and the score was 4-6 at the halfway point. The four of Herts pushed on and went ahead at 8-7 with two ends to play. Unfortunately, Kent showed why they are so successful with a 4 and a 6 to squash the hopes of a surprise win for Hertfordshire.
Suffolk beat Kent by 46-32. This set up the opportunity for Hertfordshire to take one of the group qualifying slots if they could beat Suffolk by 3 shots. But, despite another strong opening, Herts were never really in the match and fell some way short.
Jill Oakes, Liz Bradley, Brian McGivern and Darren Stanford dropped a 5 shot count on the 3rd end which proved to be decisive. After falling 8 shots behind after 4 ends, the Herts four outscored their opponents for the remainder of the game but ended at 10-15.
Audrey Fowler, John Taylor, Sam Salmon and Alan Hare won 7 of their 12 ends. However, they could only manage a single shot on each of those ends. Dropping two 3s, they fell to a 7-10 loss.
Adrianne and Michael West, together with Mary Chadd and Clive Mark put in another strong performance. In a close match, they maintain a narrow lead until the last end, dropping a 3 and drawing their game 10-10.
In the remaining game, Peter Griffiths, Margaret Regan, Tony Gayler and Jeanette Gayler were on the wrong end of a 7-21 scoreline which would have been much more respectable without a dropped 6 on the last end.