Hertfordshire Youth returned home with their tails between their legs as they were thumped 11-4 by Suffolk.
The result came as something of a shock after the Herts U18s made a blistering start to the match.
Daniel Varney was first to take to the oche for Herts and he played exceptionally well to claim a 2-0 win and take the match award with a 26.37 average.
Nathan Banks was next up and he also triumphed 2-0, with a 20.83 average, to put Herts firmly in the driving seat.
When Herbie Sibley picked up yet another 2-0 win for Herts, it looked as though there was no way back for Suffolk, but a dramatic turnaround saw the hosts dig deep to take a 4-3 win.
It was then the turn of the U21 ladies and Herts started well as debutante Demi Pickering won 2-1 to claim the match award.
Again, though, Herts could not capitalise on their advantage and Suffolk edged to a 2-1 win.
With the score now 6-4 to Suffolk it was left to Herts’ U21 men to redeem the situation.
Going into the match in good form, hopes were high for the Herts representatives, but they put in their worst performance in a long time to go down 5-0.
Next up for Herts is a home game against Norfolk, and the side will need to up their game around the doubles if they are to come away with the win.