Suffolk v Norfolk17-Sep-2017

The third Eastern Counties League match of the new season was away to Norfolk. Suffolk lost all three matches; the 'A' Team narrowly, 9-11 VPs (-9 IMPs), the 'B' match 7-13 (-21) and the 'C' Team, 4-16 (-52).

See the board-by-board results.

Suffolk Men's and Ladies' Pairs13-Sep-2017

Bim Wilson & Trissa Orange won the Ladies' Pairs by the narrowest of margins from the title holders, Jane Moore & Elizabeth Tora, while Andrew Moore & David Price won the Men's Pairs by a distance.

Ladies' Pairs
1.Bim Wilson & Trissa Orange66.37%
2.Jane Moore & Elizabeth Tora65.92%
3.Helen Mason & Joan Watson52.83%
Men's Pairs
1.Andrew Moore & David Price67.36%
2.Ralph Parish & Paul Whetton57.89%
3.Paul Flavell & Conor Bignell57.14%

See the full results: Men's and Ladies'.

Winter League 2017-201821-Aug-2017

The Winter League is Suffolk's premier arrange-and-play teams event – and one of the best ways to play bridge in Suffolk.

It is competitive but friendly bridge with matches played in players' homes on dates agreed between captains. There are promotions and relegations between the divisions at the end of each season. The competition runs between October and April inclusive with each team typically playing one 24-board match a month. Squads of up to six are allowed, with (usually) only four at each match.

Contact league Secretary to register interest or ask any questions by Sunday 10th September.

Not played the Winter League before?

New teams are very welcome at all levels. If you are new to teams bridge and find the idea attractive but are somewhat fazed by facing experienced opponents the League Secretary would still like to hear from you. If there is sufficient interest new divisions can easily be created.

See Full rules and regulations.

Suffolk Championship Teams Final14-Aug-2017

In the delayed final of the Suffolk Championship Teams Hanley (Rick Hanley, Chris Chambers, Peter Gemmell, Graham Beeton, Andre Gray) retained their title with a victory by 57 IMPs over Sherer (Michael Sherer, Eric Newman, Din Gudka, Cathy Rowland, David Morran, Julian Lang).

See details of the semi-finals and earlier rounds.

Eastbourne Winners13-Aug-2017

Suffolk's Malcolm and Karen Pryor enjoyed success at the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne, winning the 'B' final of the Four Stars.

At the end of ten matches of Swiss teams over Friday and Saturday, the top 16 teams are scooped off to contest two all-play-all finals while the remainder of the field play on. With teammates from London and Essex they qualified for the second eight from the large and strong field and went on to win by half a match.

Eastbourne 'B' Final Winners

Left to right: Rob Cliffe, Malcom Pryor, Karen Pryor, Alan Mayo

Full results are available through the EBU Summer Meeting Hub.

Suffolk v Hertfordshire16-Jul-2017

The second Eastern Counties League match of the new season was at home to Hertfordshire. Suffolk emerged with a 'half point' from the encounter; the 'A' Team lost 5-15 VPs (-40 IMPs), the 'B' lost 7-13 (-19) but the 'C' team drew, 10-10 (-2).

See the board-by-board results.

Suffolk Senior Pairs12-Jul-2017

Congratulations to Dinesh Gudka and Cathy Rowland who won Senior pairs, putting new names on the trophy. Fifth-placed Paul and Christine Rickard took the Veterans' prize.

1.Dinesh Gudka & Cathy Rowland64.36%
2.Barry McLoughlin & Trish McLoughlin60.57%
3.Andrew Moore & Jane Moore59.52%
4.David Price & Jenny Price59.04%
5.Paul Rickard & Christine Rickard58.93%

See the full results.

Suffolk v Bedfordshire25-Jun-2017

The 2017-18 Eastern Counties League season – under new captain Rick Hanley – began away to Bedfordshire. Suffolk improved on last year's encounter, winning two of the three matches: the 'A' Team were defeated 7-13 VPs (-20 IMPs) but both the 'B' and the 'C' teams won, 14-6 (+27) and 15-15 (+36) respectively.

See the board-by-board results.

Mixed Pairs21-Jun-2017

It was déjà vu at the Mixed Pairs event held at the excellent Lavenham Village Hall; just as in 2016, Jane and Andrew Moore were the overall winners and retained the Ringer Cup and John Gan and May Li won the Lang Cup which goes to the top married pair who are not overall winners.

Just 23 pairs contested the event which was played in a warm (in every sense) and sociable atmosphere! By its nature this is a very enjoyable event which deserves more entries next year.

1.Andrew Moore & Jane Moore65.28%
2.Eric Newman & Basia Malinowska60.65%
3.Michael O'Reilly & Patsi Barnes55.13%
4.Christine Cooke & Roger Bacon53.63%
5.May Li & John Gan53.47%

See the full results.

Suffolk AGM26-May-2017

Committee changes

Last Sunday's AGM left the SCBA committee broadly unchanged; all incumbent county officers and committee members were re-elected. There was one vacancy and Malcolm Pryor joins the committee as a member. Malcolm was also elected as an EBU Shareholder (with Malcolm Carey).

County Captain

Rick Hanley takes over as county captain from David Price. In his Chairman's address, Jeff Orton thanked David for his tenure as captain during which Suffolk qualified for the Tollemache Final for the first time (and three times in four years). Under his captaincy the Suffolk 'A' team also twice finished top of the Eastern Counties League first division.

The new captain has a hard act to follow; writes:

Rick hanley Posing at Abbey Road!

My initial goal will be to ensure that we field the strongest possible pairs in all three of our ECL teams. I also think it is important to select players who are willing to participate in both home and away fixtures. Consequently, I will attempt to ensure that all players who represent the county in away matches will be selected to play in an equivalent number of home matches. I will also endeavour to give players as much notice as possible when they have been selected to represent the county.

I am grateful to Jill Tattersfield who will continue to help with fixtures and team admin. I have also asked to recruit players for the 'C' team. I would encourage any Suffolk player who would like to be considered for selection to contact me or Richard by email (via links to our names).

AGM Business

The Chairman Jeff Orton announced that there would be no East Anglian Bridge Weekend (Green-Point events run in conjunction with Norfolk and Cambs and Hunts held on Ipswich Waterfront) in 2018 due to calendar congestion.

The Treasurer, Roger Tattersfield, reported that financially 2016-17 has been a very successful year for the SCBA with a satisfactory surplus of income over expenditure, and almost all areas of the accounts showing an improvement relative to the previous year.

The meeting ratified without dissent the county P2P rate and club subscription for 2016-17 (unchanged at 7p and nil respectively.

Prize Winners

2017 Trophy Winners

The AGM was completed by the presentation of trophies.

Bridge With Lunch24-May-2017

Suffolk's second 'Bridge with Lunch' held in Somersham attracted players of all experiences from across the county. They all enjoyed a splendid lunch with wine, prepared by restaurateur Gerry Ford (who also played), to whom many thanks are due.

Lunch was followed by the bridge, which was won by Pauline Hanson and Barbara Barker from Ipswich.

1.Pauline Hanson & Barbara Barker67.64%
2.Phillip Edwards & Anne Edwards59.23%
3.Will Pavry & Angela Pavry56.04%

See the full results.

AGM Pairs21-May-2017

After an efficient AGM the first event of the 2017-18 season was promptly under way. Tony Shearman and Robert Green began the new season as they finished the old; their previous county outing was to win the Championship Pairs and they had another fine score to take the AGM event.

1.Tony Shearman & Robert Green66.28%
2.Jan Havard-Davies & Rosemarie Mascall61.03%
3.Jeff Orton & Peter Bushby55.41%

See the full results.

Earlier entries…


Leagues & Knock-Outs

Eastern Counties League

Forthcoming Matches

  • Sun 18-Feb-2018 2:00pm Cambs and Hunts – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 11-Mar-2018 2:00pm Cambridge University – Away
  • Sun 22-Apr-2018 2:00pm Bedfordshire – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 15-Jul-2018 2:00pm Hertfordshire – Away
  • Sun 16-Sep-2018 2:00pm Northants – Away - Stamford BC, PE9 2RN
  • Sun 16-Dec-2018 2:00pm Essex – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 6-Jan-2019 2:00pm Cambs & Hunts – Away

Recent Results

League Cross-Table

Eastern Counties League 2017-2018
Updated 7-Jul-2017

Calendars & Brochures

'Year at a view' PDFs.

Competitions Brochure PDFs.

Forthcoming Events

  • Sun 18-Feb-2018 2:00pm ECL: Cambs and Hunts – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 25-Feb-2018 2:00pm Jyl Marsh Individual – Framlingham
  • Sun 4-Mar-2018 2:00pm Club Teams of Four & – Elmswell
  • Open Pairs Fri 9-Mar-2018 Norfolk Congress – Taverham
  • Sun 11-Mar-2018 2:00pm ECL: Cambridge University – Away
  • Sun 18-Mar-2018 1:00pm National Pairs Regional Final – Various
  • Sun 25-Mar-2018 12:00 noon Portland Pairs – TBA
  • Sun 8-Apr-2018 2:00pm Championship Pairs Final – Nayland Village Hall

Table Talk

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