HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY

SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015-2016

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English Short Mat Bowling Association
Inter County Championship
2015-2016
Season Summary

2015-2016 SEASON SUMMARY

For the 2015-2016 season the number of teams in each qualifying group was reduced to three to accommodate the new Rinks Competition. The first two teams in each group would progress to the main knockout competition and the other team to the consolation plate.

Hertfordshire's opening game was a home tie against group favourites Buckinghamshire. This proved to be a very close affair. To show how close, the two teams were separated by only a single shot; 194-195.

The second qualifying game resulted in a thumping 32-8 win for Hertfordshire over traditional rivals Northamptonshire.

Buckinghamshire are very difficult to beat in the mat-on-mat arena at High Wycombe and the home team got the better of Hertfordshire by 27-13.

Hertfordshire completed their programme of qualifying games away at Northamptonshire. Already all but mathematically qualified for the main knockout stage, the visitors didn't disappoint. The developing strength in depth of the county squad was clear as all players contributed points to the final 23-17 score.

Finishing a strong second in the group, Hertfordshire avoided a preliminary game in the main competition but meant a tie against a group winner. Cambridgeshire proved too strong and Hertfordshire's ICC season ended at Brentwood. Despite the convincing overall points score line, Hertfordshire took the bonus points in two of the four disciplines.

In 5 Inter County Championship matches, Hertfordshire used 27 players. The county continues to show that it can compete at this level, scoring 99 out of a possible 200 points and outscoring their opponents on shots by 958-942.

Knockout Phase
MAIN COMPETITION KNOCKOUT
FIRST ROUND
6/7 February 2016
Cambridgeshire 27 - 13 Hertfordshire
Qualifying Group Table
QUALIFYING GROUP TABLE
Team P W D L F A SD Pts
Buckinghamshire 4 4 0 0 872 671 +201 111
Hertfordshire 4 2 0 2 789 731 +58 86
Northamptonshire 4 0 0 4 625 884 -259 43
Qualifying Phase Results
FIXTURES AND RESULTS
QUALIFYING GROUP STAGE
3/4 October 2015
Buckinghamshire 28 - 12 Northamptonshire
18 October 2015
Hertfordshire 18 - 22 Buckinghamshire
31 October 2015
Hertfordshire 32 - 8 Northamptonshire
8 November 2015
Buckinghamshire 27 - 13 Hertfordshire
21/11 November 2015
Northamptonshire 6 - 34 Buckinghamshire
13 December 2015
Northamptonshire 17 - 23 Hertfordshire