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Horsford Heroes and Hevingham into semi-finals

Bure Cup action saw Thorpe Marriott take a narrow 13-11 points lead into the second leg away to Horsford Heroes. Marriott would have been happier if their first leg lead had been larger but they put up a tenacious performance in what turned out a classic cup encounter. In the opening games Marriott’s Mandy Marshall, Ted Redwood & John Jarvis beat Roger Frank’s triple 8-1 while Les Chadwick’s Horsford triple won by just one shot on the other mat against Richard Perkins’ triple. The second session was also shared as Marriott’s Sheila Redwood, Andy George & Tony Turner won a tight game 6-4 against John Aggas and his triple while Richard Hart, Chris Woodhouse & Vic Webster replied for the home side with a 6-4 win against George Clarke’s triple. The stalemate continued in the third session which was once again shared. Lynn Frank, Carol Kemp & Roger Frank beat Richard Perkins’ Marriott triple 5-3 while John Jarvis replied by beating Les Chadwick 8-5. This left the aggregate score at halftime 19-17 to Thorpe Marriott, the visitors still holding on to the two point advantage they had arrived with. And so it continued in the fourth session as Vic Webster’s triple beat Tony Turner 7-1 but Marriott gaining their two points courtesy of a 7-3 win for Sylvia Turner, Mick Harris & George Clarke against Carol Aggas, Richard Dix & John Aggas. But finally Horsford Heroes made the vital breakthrough in the penultimate session. On mat one Linda Chadwick, David Claxton & Les Chadwick produced a 6-2 win against George Clarke’s triple while on mat two Vic Webster’s triple inflicted a third defeat on the night for Marriott’s Margaret McPherson, Val Perkins & Richard Perkins, also by 6-2. Going into the final session Horsford Heroes now led on points by 23-21 on aggregate although Marriott were 111-108 up on shots which would have proved the deciding factor if the visitors could have won on one mat and drawn on the other. This did not prove to be the case though as another drawn session was enough to see Horsford Heroes clinch a semi-final place after a great two leg cup battle between two solid teams. Carol Aggas, Richard Dix & John Aggas gained the vital win for Horsford beating John Jarvis 5-2 while Marriott’s Tony Turner beat Roger Frank 8-6. The aggregate score was Horsford Heroes 25 (119 shots) against Thorpe Marriott’s 23 (121 shots). Horsford Heroes will face the winners of the Woodbastwick v East Tuddenham game in the semi-finals. Woodbastwick take an 18-6 first leg lead into the second leg away to cup holders East Tuddenham but know that early points on the board will be important if they are to complete a shock quarter-final result against a side that will be hungry to erase the memory of a heavy first leg defeat. Hevingham took a 20-4 points lead into the second leg of their Bure Cup clash at Horsford BC so needed just five points to claim a semi-final place. Two of the required points were earned in session one as Janet Kemp, Chris Brooks & Maurice Kemp won 7-3 and another two points were gained in session two as Richard Moore, Joyce Vincent & Aleck Haynes won 7-4. The tie was clinched in the third session with a big 15-0 win for Gill Bunn, John Wade & David Sharpe. All the four Hevingham triples won two out of three games while for Horsford Malcolm Makins and Piero Cognetti skipped their triples to two wins apiece. A more daunting task awaits in the semi-finals though where Hevingham will face Halvergate.