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

All Cheshire National Pairs Final

Two of Norfolk’s pairs qualified from the group stages of the National Pairs Championships but were unlucky to find themselves meeting in the first knock-out round. Owen Cranston of County Council & Wymondham’s Chris Mann qualified from group 5 after beating Cornwall’s Martin Boraston & Gary Davey 18-3 and Ed Law & Jeremy Leach of East Sussex 17-2 despite losing 12-3 to group winners Brian & Rob Elmore of Cambridgeshire. Hempnall’s Neil Davidson & Wymondham’s Jack Pye won group 12 with a 17-3 win against Val & Barry Thorogood of Hertfordshire and an 11-5 win against Herefordshire’s Ian Roe & Ian Park. Unfortunately the two Wymondham skips found themselves up against each other in round two with Davidson & Pye emerging winners by 10-4. Round three saw Davidson & Pye’s journey come to end as they were beaten by the eventual champions Ben Holbrook & Mike Clancy of Cheshire. Tony Ottewell & Mike Smail of Forncett were eliminated in a strong group but did beat Somerset’s James Scoins & Dan Winmill 11-7. Defeats against Barry Hedges & Jake Attrill and Worcestershire’s Richard Payne & Jonathon Smith ended their title hopes. The vastly experienced Bob Carter pairing of  Nigel Willard & Melly Woods will be disappointed with their third place in group 13 after losing 15-3 to North Yorks’ Danny Langdon & Lee Toleman and 15-6 to Gloucestershire’s Ryan Knight & Ollie Hipkiss. Their only win was a 12-7 result against Alex Gingel & Peter Winter of East Sussex. An all Cheshire final saw Ben Holbrook & Mike Clancy beat Matty Wordon & Paul Clegg 12-7.