The two Essex teams in the ECF Online County Championships still have their destiny in their own hands after Essex Minor Open defeated Cumbria 9-3 and Essex U1800 lost to Northumberland 7½-4½ in a three-cornered contest. For details and all the games, follow the links below.
The Essex teams face Gloucestershire and Leicestershire respectively in the final round of the group stages on 21 August. The winners of each match will progress to the Championships Finals on 18 September, where Northumberland await once more. Northumberland have also qualified their Open team. While the juggernaut from the north-east has carried all before them, they will need to field three teams simultaneously in the Finals which would stretch the resources of any county.
First, we have to get there, which requires good representation from our online playing force on 21 August; dates in diaries guys!