The Curry Cup competition is starting to gather momentum with some further advanced in terms of matches played than others. Group A, which on paper looks one of the toughest groups is the most advanced in terms of fixtures played and it will be an interesting battle to see who progresses from the group of Benton Hall, Stowmarket, Three Rivers, Stapleford Abbotts and The Essex. Three Rivers have now completed their four fixtures and have set a very respectable target of 40 points. Benton Hall lie currently 2nd having played two fixtures which have amassed 21 points from victories at home to Three Rivers (11 v 7) and The Essex (10 v 8). Two tough away fixtures follow for the Witham based team at Stableford Abbotts and Stowmarket who as current Curry Cup holders will look to bounce from a disappointing opening match defeat at Three Rivers (6 ½ v 11 ½). Stapleford Abbotts have completed a single fixture with an 11 v 7 defeat at Three Rivers. The Essex have collected 15 ½ points from a home defeat to Three Rivers (7 ½ v 10 ½) and away to Benton Hall (7 v 11)
Not much action in group B with just last year’s finalists, Colne Valley gaining a very good victory at home to Epping (13 v 5). Up and coming fixtures will see Colne visit Five Lakes on 17th June whilst Felixstowe get their campaign under way with a visit to Epping the day before.
Group C also has a club that has completed its fixtures as Seckford have totalled 33 points from their four matches and I suspect will not be enough to progress given that Colchester have amassed 24 points from their opening two matches which resulted in a 11 ½ v 6 ½ win at home to Seckford and another home win 13 v 5 against Haverhill. Tough away fixtures at Stoke by Nayland and Playgolf Colchester await for the Braiswick club. In fact Stoke have already set the bar in group c with the biggest winning margin to date in the 2018 Curry Cup defeating visiting Seckford 14 ½ v 3 ½ and it will be an interesting battle when Stoke host Colchester on the 23rd June. Haverhill will need to make home advantage count for their last matches with two defeats at Colchester and Seckford bringing in a total of 11 points to date. Playgolf have completed just the one match so far with an away defeat to Seckford 7 v 11.