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

Carter win thrilling cup final with last end bowl

Bob Carter went into the Norfolk challenge cup second leg at Wymondham protecting a 16-4 win from their first leg at their Drayton venue and were favourites for the cup but Wymondham put up a stern test taking the match to the last end of the last session. The first session of singles saw Chris Mann beat Jamie Forster 11-10 but a dropped four on the last end by Mann took the shine off the result. A poor start by Jack Pye saw him trail 1-5 against Gary Best after three ends and although he picked up four shots on end eight still saw him 6-8 down and eventually lost 7-9. The fours saw Pat Saunders, Melvyn Barker, Debbie Sparham and Mark Linsdell slip to a 3-7 defeat against Nigel Willard, Steve Bridge, Rob Howlett and Melly Woods but a a great 10-1 win for Hayley Stratton, Roger Steele, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham against Jean Woods, John Turner, Jason Woods and Simon Willies meant that Wymondham got the bonus points for shots but it now meant that they could drop no more points in order to force the first tie break in the competitions three year history. The singles did their bit as Jack Pye beat Jamie Forster 10-8 while Chris Mann was again in supreme form beating Gary Best 12-7. Both fours match's were tightly contested in the second half but Hayley Stratton, Roger Steele, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham were again in top form to beat Nigel Willard, Steve Bridge, Rob Howlett and Melvin Woods 6-5 which meant a win for Pat Saunders, Melvyn Barker, Debbie Sparham and Mark Linsdell would force the tie break but it was not to be as Simon Willies produced the bowl on the last end to take three shots and win 6-8 for his four. Chris Mann who is competition secretary presented the challenge cup trophy to Bob Carter who are the now the third different team to have won the competiton. 

 carter cup 2017

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