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

Title race on a knife edge

The Summer League title race is now on a knife edge as defending champions Wymondham dropped vital points. Wymondham played three games in five days which began with a tricky away match at Halvergate. A tenacious home performance saw Halvergate restrict their illustrious visitors to a 5-3 away win as three of the four games all finished in draws. The question that Wymondham will be asking themselves is just how they let a maximum victory slip through their hands. Wymondham’s Mark Linsdell, Debbie Sparham & Jack Pye opened with a 17-12 win against Keith Cooke’s triple although the game was less comfortable than it should have been after they stormed into a 12-0 lead after six ends. On the other mat Wymondham’s John Jeffery, Jon Sparham & Chris Mann saw a five shot lead evaporate against Ray Lamb, Steven Lamb & Simon Warnes and the Halvergate triple scored two shots on the final end to grab a 14-14 draw. The same pattern continued in the second half as Jack Pye’s triple saw a solid 9-3 lead against Simon Warnes disappear resulting in an 11-11 draw. Chris Mann’s triple also led against Keith Cooke but yet again Halvergate staged a late surge winning six of the last eight ends to clinch a 10-10 draw. In Wymondham’s next match they entertained relegation threatened Diss and having dropped only two points at home all season this one had 8-0 written all over it. Unfortunately for the Div One leaders the Diss skip Terry Newby had not read the script and produced a great first half display to deprive them of two more valuable points. With Graham Atter at lead and Russell Davidson at number two the Diss triple pulled off a memorable 15-13 win against Neil Davidson, John Jeffery & Jon Sparham. Wymondham did not make any mistakes in the other three games though as they recorded a 6-2 home win. Mark Linsdell, Debbie Sparham & Jack Pye won their games by 22-5 & 16-7 and Sparham’s triple found their rhythm in their second game beating Graham Mobbs’ triple 28-2. In their next match Wymondham visited Thorpe Marriott and this time there were no slip-ups as they collected an 8-0 win. Jack Pye’s triple won by 19-8 & 16-13 and Chris Mann’s triple won by 20-11 & 24-9. Second placed Bob Carter entertained Halvergate and Nigel Willard, Jamie Forster & Gary Best enjoyed a trouble free evening with wins of 18-6 against Simon Warnes’ triple and 27-9 against Keith Cooke’s triple. John Turner, Jason Woods & David Lamb though found they had a game on their hands against Kerry Greenacre, Steven Lamb & Keith Cooke and had to settle for a 13-13 draw in their opening game. After the break David Lamb’s triple beat Roy Walker, Simon Warnes & Robbie Lamb 17-7 to earn Carter a 7-1 home win. These results will mean that Wymondham’s last game of the season away to Bob Carter will almost certainly be the title decider. Carter have two games in hand over Wymondham and if they pick up maximum wins in those games they will go into the last match one point ahead of Wymondham. Carter will be eager to avenge the cup defeat they suffered at home to Wymondham earlier in the season but equally Wymondham will be aware they have the players with the talent to match Carter on their fast Drayton mats. The match is scheduled to be played on the 29th August at the Bob Carter Centre, the place to be if you want to see how the drama unfolds. Halvergate increased the pressure on Diss beating them 8-0. David Knights, Robbie Lamb & Keith Cooke beat Trish Taylor’s triple 24-6 and Terry Newby’s triple by 21-8. Roy Walker, Steven lamb & Simon Warnes beat Terry Newby’s triple 13-11 and Trish Taylor’s triple by 15-8. When Diss entertained Kirby Bedon they were the only two sides in Division One yet to register a win this season and this match was definitely a relegation dogfight. Kirby Bedon emerged victorious with a 6-2 away win as Jimmy Dye, Joe Brown & John Aggas beat Graham Mobbs’ triple 13-4, and with Gerald Chilvers subbing for Jimmy Dye, beat Terry Newby’s triple 21-11 after the break. Phil Watson’s triple added a 14-11 win against Mobbs to ensure the Kirby win while Terry Newby’s 13-12 win against Phil Watson earned the home side’s two points. Diss have now completed all their fixtures and are currently above both Kirby Bedon and Thorpe Marriott in the table. Crucially though both teams have games in hand over Diss so their fate is still in their own hands.  In Division Two Horsford entertained Hingham. Both teams feature in the promotion race which comprises of four teams with little between them. Horsford came out on top in this match beating Hingham 6-2 with Jane James’ triple winning their games by 19-6 & 16-13 and Peter Fox adding a 10-7 win.    

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