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Norwich Cup semi-final latest

The first legs of the Norwich Cup semi-finals have been played and although Framingham Earl went down 11-5 at Hempnall they have kept their hopes alive of reaching the final for the first time. Bernie Cudden, Joan Cann & Lewis Cranston gave Hempnall a good start beating Debbie Bunn’s triple 12-3 but Rob Cranston’s Hempnall triple were held to a 7-7 draw by Glenda Adcock’s triple. The first pairs session was then shared with Hempnall’s Roger Parker & Neil Davidson winning 10-1 while Framingham’s Margaret & Malcolm Reynolds won 9-7. Another shared session followed as Chris Musk, Ty Musk & Debbie Bunn won 10-6 for the visitors and Lewis Cranston’s triple won again for Hempnall. With the home side leading by just 7-5 going into the last session they finally made home advantage count as Chris East & Paul Baker won 9-3 and Roger Parker & Neil Davidson won 7-5. Overcoming a six point deficit is not an impossible task for Framingham Earl on their own mats in the second leg but it will not be an easy task. In the other semi-final tie Bob Carter inflicted a 12-4 home defeat on Hevingham and are hot favourites to reach the final. Hevingham’s only wins were a 13-3 victory for Gill Bunn, Alan Bunn & Aleck Haynes against Jean Woods, Rob Howlett & John Turner and an 11-5 win for Eddie Hayward & David Sharpe against England internationals Jamie Forster & Gary Best. Picking up maximum points for Bob Carter on the night were Nigel Willard, Steve Bridge & Melvin Woods, with wins of 10-4 & 11-5, and Jason Woods & Simon Willies who won by 15-5 & 9-6.