Last evening, Manningtree A swept aside a depleted Ipswich B, to become Champions of Division 1 of the Suffolk League. They are now six points clear of Ipswich C, who still have one match to play.
This result denies Ipswich C a hat-trick of Championship titles, and restores Manningtree to the title they last won in the 2013-14 season. Manningtree’s only loss this season was … to Ipswich C.
Key to Manningtree’s success (as well as having two players graded over 200) is their ability to field the same team. Apart from their first two matches, when Board 1 Adam Taylor was unavailable, their team (Adam, Andy Lewis, Leon Burnett, Phil Hutchings – see photo above) has been unchanged throughout the season.
In addition to the title, Manningtree’s Phil Hutchings is Division 1 Player of the Year, having scored 10/12 (four draws and no losses).
Ipswich B‘s defeat consigns them to Division 2 next season.