HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY

SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION

COUNTY CHAMPIONS 2020

INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2017-2018

English Short Mat Bowling Association
Inter County Championship
2017-2018
Season Summary

2017-2018 SEASON SUMMARY

Hertfordshire qualified for the ICC Division A Main Knockout competition and made it to the quarter final stage, beating a strong Hampshire side before coming up against the Somerset juggernaut. Somerset went on to lose in the final to Devon.

Winning all three home matches, Hertfordshire came very close to topping the qualifying group, missing out by just 3 points.

The opening match of the campaign was an away fixture against Buckinghamshire. The Bucks are always tough to beat at home but Herts came very close with a 19-21 final score.

Another away match followed at Daventry and resulted in a 20-20 draw against Northamptonshire.

The first home match at Elm Court was with group newcomers Oxfordshire. Hertfordshire made home advantage pay with a 29-11 win.

The return fixture against Northamptonshire was won by 25-15.

The penultimate group match was a visit to Oxford and Hertfordshire came away with 18 points to set up a top spot decider against Buckinghamshire.

Bucks carried a points advantage into the final match at Elm Court, with Herts needing to score 25 points to finish as group leaders. Herts missed out by only one game win.

To qualify for the main phase is a major achievement for Hertfordshire and all players should feel proud to have borne the green shirt through to the senior competition.

Style Sheet
Knockout Stage
MAIN COMPETITION KNOCKOUT
PRELIMINARY ROUND
4 February 2018
Hertfordshire 23 - 17 Hampshire
QUARTER FINAL
11 February 2018
Hertfordshire 6 - 34 Somerset
Group Table
QUALIFYING GROUP TABLE
Team P W D L F A SD Pts
Buckinghamshire 6 4 0 2 1166 1084 +82 137
Hertfordshire 6 3 1 2 1232 1110 +122 134
Oxfordshire 6 3 0 3 1096 1169 -73 113
Northamptonshire 6 1 1 4 1081 1212 -131 96
Qualifying Group Results
FIXTURES AND RESULTS
QUALIFYING GROUP STAGE
17 September 2017
Buckinghamshire 25 - 15 Northamptonshire
24 September 2017
Oxfordshire 18 - 22 Northamptonshire
Buckinghamshire 21 - 19 Hertfordshire
1 October 2017
Buckinghamshire 19   21 Oxfordshire
8 October 2017
Northamptonshire 20 - 20 Hertfordshire
22 October 2017
Hertfordshire 29 - 11 Northamptonshire
4/5 November 2017
Oxfordshire 15 - 25 Buckinghamshire
Hertfordshire 25 - 15 Northamptonshire
11/12 November 2017
Northamptonshire 10 - 30 Buckinghamshire
Oxfordshire 22 - 18 Hertfordshire
25/26 November 2017
Hertfordshire 23 - 17 Buckinghamshire
Northamptonshire 14 - 26 Oxfordshire