"I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so." Horatio Nelson

Norfolk teams exit I.C.C at semi-finals stage

After a great season that had seen Norfolk Premier & Norfolk “A” storm through to the I.C.C semi-finals both teams suffered defeat in Daventry. I.C.C defending champions Norfolk Premier knew they were in for a tough match against the powerful West Mids team but were hoping for a flying start in the first session. Bob Carter’s Gary Best won his singles match by 16-11 and Wymondham’s Jon Sparham & Hempnall’s Neil Davidson won their pairs game 15-11. But with Chris Mann losing his singles game and Morgan Warnes & Jack Pye losing by just one shot in the pairs it was all square going into session two. Rob Cranston, Bob Oatway, Jamie Forster & David Lamb then produced a 12-7 rinks win but both triples went down as well as Melvin Woods’ rink and Norfolk found themselves trailing 10-6 on points. The third session was all important if Norfolk were to stage a recovery but it was West Mids who took control winning three of the four games to move further ahead. Gary Best was again in great form winning 16-7 but defeats for both pairs and Chris Mann in the singles left Norfolk needing to perform miracles in the last session if they were to remain in the competition. But again Norfolk could only produce one win from four games courtesy of Jack Marshall of Connaught, Debbie Sparham of Wymondham & Keith Cooke of Halvergate who won by 13-12 leaving West Mids winners by 28-12. Norfolk “A” faced Cheshire “A” in their semi-final tie and suffered a terrible start losing the first session 8-0 on points as both singles and both pairs games went Cheshire’s way. Trevor Pinchen of Thorpe Marriott, Graham Tweed of Hingham & John Jarvis of Thorpe Marriott pulled off a 13-10 win in the triples in session two but again it was Cheshire who won the other three games to take a 14-2 lead at the interval. Norfolk’s pairs came out fighting after the break with Janet Pinchen of Thorpe Marriott and Lesley Crowe of First Bus winning 12-10 and Wymondham’s John Jeffery and Deaf Sports bowler Robin Amos winning 16-11. Halvergate’s Robbie Lamb enjoyed an impressive 24-5 win in the singles which also earned the bonus points in the discipline. This left Norfolk “A” with a chance of winning the game in the last session but only Halvergate’s Donna, Ray & Steven Lamb tasted victory winning by 14-9. Both rinks were narrowly defeated with Terry Newby’s four going down by just one shot and Peter Walker’s rink losing by two shots. This left Cheshire celebrating a 26-14 win and a place in the final next Sunday.

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