Essex v. Cambridge - Longbow Double Portsmouth Match

1st April 2012 at Shenfield School, Brentwood.

On Sunday, the 1st April, eight of Essex's longbow archers assembled to compete with Cambridgeshire in the double Portsmouth inter-county match. Since its inception this match has been plagued by weather problems, twice it has been cancelled due to snow and now the spectre of fuel shortages threatened this attempt to shoot the double round. However the stalwarts from Cambs braved the pump queues to arrive at Shenfield School, Brentwood for the match. This was the first time any match had been held at the indoor venue for Burntwood Archers, and despite a few jitters from myself it proceeded without problem.

The double round evolved from the first match where more time was spent travelling than shooting a single Portsmouth. The speed of the longbow archers was again demonstrated by a match that seemed to take hardly any time at all, despite a short break between rounds.

At the halfway point, the Essex archers trailed Cambs by 27 points, so there was everything to play for when the second round started. The Essex team this time included two new débutante’s – Larry Hawkins and Colin Westrop, as well as experienced county archers. At the end of the second round, a recount showed that Essex had won by 36 points – a good turnaround and a great result for all involved. Cambridgeshire took the highest score of the day – David Ash scored a very creditable 899 points.

My thanks go to all archers for the wonderful atmosphere the match was shot in, the judge Mick Pearce had very little to do in either session. Thanks to Mick for being our judge and to Jackie Stanley for presenting the trophy as Lady P. Thanks to those Burntwood archers who helped set up and the Essex team for helping to put away.

Congratulations to Essex for winning the match, and we look forward to a return match either later this year or early next year.

Individual scores ;

Essex - Charlie Barnes 651, Larry Hawkins 834, Tony Maher 849, Tom Major 585, Terry Riddick 799, Bob Riley 825, Max Room 815 and Colin Westrop 719.

Cambs - David Ash 899, Alex Fletcher 497, James Fletcher 693, Shaun Jacobs 655, Phillipe Masters 855, Mark Skinns 770, Dave Slack 885, Dave Williams 787.

The winning Essex team with trophy

Peter Walker (Team Manager)