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

Carter take formidable lead in first leg final

The first leg of the challenge cup final saw Bob Carter make home advantage count as they won six of the eight games on the night against 2014/15 winners Wymondham. The first session of singles saw Jamie Forster comfortably beat Jack Pye 11-4 but Chris Mann replied for Wymondham as he ditched the jack on the last end to beat Gary Best 11-9 in an entertaining match. The fours went Carters way as Elaine Willies, Steve Bridge, Rob Howlett and Melly Woods beat Pat Saunders, Melvyn Barker, Mark Linsdell and Debbie Sparham 7-2 and Nigel Willard, John Turner, Jason Woods and Simon Willies beat Billie Barker, Roger Steele, John Jeffrey and Jon Sparham 11-7 which sealed an 8-2 first session win with the shots 38-24 for the hosts. The second session saw Pye's second defeat of the night to Gary Best with another sizeable defeat by 15-6. Chris Mann was again in strong form and had to produce moments of brilliance to beat Jamie Forster 9-7, as both players were in top form which spectators even commented on how good the match was to watch. The fours came back on and although both Wymondham blocks lead early on, Carter pulled off another two wins as Melly Woods four came from 2-6 down to win 10-9 with a six on end six proving the deciding factor. Simon Willies four eased to a 11-4 win in the end over Jon Sparham's block to claim the shots and a 16-4 win overall to put them in command of the final with the return leg in a couple of weeks time at Wymondham. 

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