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

Norwich Cup favourites through

Norwich Cup favourites Bob Carter are through to this season’s quarter-final stage after proving far too strong for Bradwell despite being away from home at an unfamiliar venue. The visitors reeled off a 14-2 points win only dropping one game in the second half. Elaine Willies, John Turner & Melvin Woods won their games by 12-2 & 7-2 while in the pairs Jason Woods & Simon Willies won 15-4 & 10-4 and Trevor Brown & Jamie Forster won 19-2 & 7-5. Robert Howlett’s triple opened with a 6-3 win but lost by 16-7 to Sandra Tungate, Mike Tate & Jackie Fortescue. Harling are also through after a close match at home to Hevingham was decided in the final session of pairs. Harling enjoyed a great start with Val Easter, George Hume & Steve Easter winning 10-4 and Val Hester, Edward Jones & Matt Cunningham winning 7-3. Hevingham levelled the match in the pairs session with Pat Williamson & Steve Hall winning 6-5 and David Bunn & David Sharpe winning 13-4. The triples returned to the mats for session three and both games were drawn leaving the score tied at 6-6 on points with just the last session of pairs to play. This time the scores were reversed with both Harling pairs winning as Mo Tarrant & Mike Tarrant beat Bunn & Sharpe 15-3 and Jill & Colin Hayman beat Williamson & Hall 5-4. The Bure Triples Championship heats were played with the winners & runners-up of the four heats qualifying for the Finals Night. At Thorpe Marriott Betty Cox, David Sharpe & Steve Hall of Hevingham won with maximum points while Ray Lamb, Morgan Warnes & Simon Warnes of Halvergate came second. At the Woodbastwick heat Sheila Redwood, Richard Perkins & John Jarvis of Thorpe Marriott won ahead of Jason Woods, Keith Cooke & Robbie Lamb of Halvergate. John Turner, Simon Willies & Melly Woods of East Tuddenham won at Horsford Heroes with Brenda Sizer, Di Boswell & Mike Boswell finishing second. Maximum points were earned by Woodbastwick’s Peter Jablonowski, Norma Jablonowski & Willie Jefferies at East Tuddenham with Tony Turner, Sylvia Turner & Kath Frost finishing as runners-up. The British Isles Championships were held in Belfast at the weekend with three Norfolk Squad players selected for England. Gary Best represented England in the Premier Team International event while David Lamb & Simon Willies were in the England “A” Team International side. In the Premier section Ireland won the Team Championship title as well as the Singles, Pairs & Triples titles with Wales winning the Premier Fours. In the “A” Team Championships Ireland won the Team Championship title as well as the Singles, Triples & Fours titles. Wales won the “A” Team Triples title. It will certainly prove disappointing for England that they failed to win a single title over the weekend.