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

Defending Bure Pairs Champions eliminated

The four Bure Pairs Championship heats took place this week and the big surprise was at Horsford BC where defending champions John Turner & Melvin Woods of East Tuddenham were eliminated. Halvergate’s David Lamb & Jason Woods had put in a faultless performance winning all their games to finish first but Turner & Woods went into their last game against Woodbastwick’s Derek Sheldrake & David Brawn just needing a win to earn the second qualifying spot. Sheldrake & Brawn though had other ideas and inflicted a 5-1 defeat on the Tuddenham pairing to book their place on finals night. East Tuddenham’s Simon Willies & Gary Best won the heat at Hevingham winning three games out of four. Halvergate’s David Knights & Simon Warnes earned the second qualifying place with a vital 5-3 win against Willies & Best. Josh Baxter & Keith Cooke of Halvergate took maximum points in the Windows heat with Kath Frost & Richard Perkins of Thorpe Marriott securing their place on finals night by finishing second. There was a fierce battle at Halvergate where three pairs all finished level on points and the issue was decided on shot difference. Steve Hall & David Sharpe of Hevingham had beaten the Horsford BC pair 14-1 and this big win left them heat winners with six points and +19 on shots. Mandy Marshall & Ted Redwood of Thorpe Marriott finished second with six points and +13 shots. Their 10-2 win against the other pair who finished on six points, Linda & Les Chadwick of East Tuddenham, proved vital.