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

Bob Carter see off Wymondham to claim second challenge cup

Bob Carter and Wymondham met in the fourth challenge cup final at Woodbastwick, with a venue that is known for it's strange lines with both clubs knowing the challenge that awaited. The first singles match's saw Jack Pye take control of his game against Jason Woods picking up a four and three over the first two ends to eventually win 15-4. Gary Best responded for Carter beating Chris Mann in a close match 8-12 with a dropped brace on the last end sealing Mann's fate. The fours then came out which saw Wymondham's Pat Saunders, Melvyn Barker, Debbie Sparham and Mark Linsdell come from dropping a five on the first end to trailing by just 7-8 with an end remaining against Nigel Willard, Steve Bridge, Rob Howlett and Jamie Forster. Mark Linsdell's last bowl saw him faced with a tricky position with him four down on the mat and with two touchers in the ditch he elected to attack with the draw not guarenteed but having missed saw his four lose 7-12. Bob Carter's Elaine Willies, John Turner, Simon Willies and Melvin Wood's were involved in a tight match against Roger Steele, Brian Saunders, John Jeffery and Jon Sparham but a dropped four by Wymondham on end five was the difference and eventually saw them beaten 5-8. This result meant Carter had claimed the shots by just one at 35-36 and were now 2-8 up at the interval. The mat's where then moved for the secong half with the cup system meaning the away team stay on the same mats. The singles this time saw Carter take the initiative with Chris Mann in poor form against Jason Woods and although the score was at 6-6 Woods drew a great bowl to the ditch line to claim a brace and win 8-6. Gary Best was again involved in a tight match against Jack Pye and had to produce two braces over the last two ends to win 7-9, much to Pye's frustration, meaning that Bob Carter had won the cup with them on twelve points. With the time already nearing ten o clock the last fours session was not played. 

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Two time challenge cup winners Bob Carter