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

Early Norfolk exits in National Triples

Any hopes that the National Triples would prove more productive for Norfolk than the other events held at Melton Mowbray were dashed on a disappointing day. East Tuddenham’s John Turner and Bob Carter’s Nigel Willard & Melly Woods qualified from the group stage after 9-4 wins against both Peter Winter’s East Sussex triple and Barry Thorogood’s Hertfordshire triple. But in the first knock-out round they were beaten 14-4 by Nigel Reed, Don Reed & Dave Sifford of Essex. Jack Marshall of Connaught, Morgan Warnes of Horsford BC & Jack Pye of Wymondham won just one game and lost two in their group but with a shot difference of just one found themselves through in second place. The first knock-out round saw them facing North Yorkshire’s Bronagh Toleman, Lee Toleman & Lawrence Moffat in a game that they lost 11-6. Norfolk’s other two triples failed to make it past the group stage. The all England triple of David Lamb of Halvergate and Carter’s Jamie Forster & Gary Best beat Dennis Mack’s Hertfordshire triple 12-6 but defeats against Gloucestershire and Hampshire triples spelled an end to their involvement. Thorpe Marriott’s Jenny Walker, Peter Walker & John Jarvis beat Cambridgeshire’s Mary Fox, Geoff Ward & Barry Fox 11-3 in their group but defeats against Tony Ealham’s Essex triple and David White’s Hampshire triple saw them eliminated. The National Triples champions were Gloucestershire's Ryan Knight, Tom Clough & Steve Holdsworth who beat Dorset's Emily Thomas, Alex Kley & Sam Harvey 13-1 in the final.