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

Disappointment for Norfolk Fours after bright start

The first day of the ESMBA National Championships saw the Mixed Fours event played at Tamworth IBC where two Norfolk rinks were taking part. Both rinks made a great start winning all their games in their respective groups. Laura Hawksworth of Deaf Sports and Wymondham bowlers Debbie Sparham, Chris Mann & Jon Sparham were drawn in a tough group. They reeled off three wins though beating Steve Killington’s Essex rink 8-7, Emily Thomas’ Dorset rink 11-4 and Joe Newsome’s North Yorks rink 11-2. The draw was kinder to Norfolk’s other rink which comprised of Haddiscoe’s Mike & Kerry Greenacre, Lesley Crowe of First Bus and John Jarvis of Thorpe Marriott. They took full advantage producing three straight wins beating Santo Orlando’s Oxfordshire rink 10-6, Surrey’s Nigel Goss 10-9 and Robert Proctor’s Humberside rink 5-3. In the first knock-out round Jon Sparham’s rink faced Suffolk’s Margaret Hastings, Cheryl Grabham, Derek Adams & Michael Rice but suffered a shock 9-1 defeat. Norfolk’s other rink did not fare any better as they went down by a heavy 14-3 margin against Shirley Cox’s Herefordshire rink. Devon’s Eric Pavey, Malcolm Sheen, Kim Wright & Carol Osborne beat Hampshire’s Alister McCrea, Steve Buckett, Wendy Ford & Sophie McFiggins in the final by 8-7 after an extra end.