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League updates from across Norfolk

South Norfolk League

In the South Norfolk League Hingham’s difficult season continued as they went down 7-3 at home to Harling which leaves them with just two wins from eleven games. A tight first half saw Hingham’s Will Townsend, Mike Groombridge & Pat Groombridge held to an 11-11 draw by Gwen Messent, June Kendall & Steve Easter while Harling’s Mo Tarrant, Val Easter & Mike Tarrant edged a 14-11 win against John Hunter’s triple. Wendy Tweed, Colin Harris & Keith Thomas produced an 11-7 win for Hingham after the break but the match was decided on the other mat as Harling’s Linda Chilvers, Keith Messent & Nigel Battley scored the biggest win of the match by 17-7.

Breckland League

In the Breckland League it was a top of the table clash with leaders Wymondham visiting second placed Carleton Rode. Wymondham duly racked up their thirteenth straight win of the season to move nineteen points clear despite having two key players missing. Pat Saunders, Jack Marshall & Debbie Sparham won 21-15, Brian Saunders, Steve Easter & Melvyn Barker won 22-13 and Chris Mann’s triple drew as they carved out a 7-3 win. Carleton Rode fared much better away to Connaught “B” where they won 10-0. Their top results were a 28-11 win for Keith Buck, Graham Atter & Graham Mobbs and a 22-12 win for Jill Davidson, David Blundell & Russell Davidson. Third placed Connaught “A” won 7-3 at Hingham where Bill Adcock, Sylvia Parsons & Lee Fallows won 25-12 and Annabelle Sopp, Richard Harrison & Derek Liles won by 20-9. Bottom of the table Shropham are still without a win after suffering an 8-2 home defeat at the hands of Forncett. Bryan Preece, Terry Thorpe & Tony Ottewell won 27-7 while Peter Lock’s triple won 22-9 and Rebecca Humphreys’ triple won 17-8. Harling Griffins were awarded a 10-0 home win against Banham, the away team failed to fulfil the fixture.  

City of Norwich League

It has turned into a great battle for the title in the City of Norwich League where Horsford Gold and Horsford Heroes are giving little away. Both teams have now won eleven games each, and lost two each, and only four points separate them. Horsford Heroes kept the pressure on with a 14-0 home win against third placed Costessey while Horsford Gold won 12-2 at Taverham. Other results saw Thorpe Marriott win 11-3 at home to Windows while First Bus won 10-4 at home to Framingham Earl.

Bure League

The leadership of the Bure League changed again as East Tuddenham brushed Horsford BC aside for a 10-0 win. Valuable points indeed in a season that has seen the two favourites, East Tuddenham and Halvergate, drop unexpected points while other teams have remained in contention. Jean Woods, Melvyn Barker & Chris Mann opened with a 20-12 win while Elaine Willies, Rob Howlett & Melly Woods won 16-11. The second half saw more of the same as Albert Palgrave, John Turner & Simon Willies won 25-9 and Gillian Amos, Gerald Potter & Robin Amos won 21-6 to put Tuddenham in the driving seat with five games to play. Woodbastwick remain in the mix after an 8-2 home win against Thorpe Marriott. Brian Bunting, Dennis Lynes & Peter Jablonowski were in cracking from winning 19-4 while Lianne Mills’ triple won 13-9 and Margaret Harman’s triple won 15-13. Horsford Heroes made home advantage count in a match between two sides in the bottom half of the table. They won 8-2 at home to Windows with David Davitt, David Claxton & Vic Webster recording the biggest win of 23-5. Chris Woodhouse’s triple added a 14-12 win while Les Chadwick’s triple won 12-11.

Waveney League

Waveney League leaders Broome were held to draw at Ilketshall but still remain clear at the top having only lost one match all season while second placed Wortwell won 5-4 at Kessingland. Bradwell went down 5-4 at Carlton which leaves both teams tied on 48 points, the same total as Earsham who won 6-3 at Haddiscoe which leaves Haddiscoe without a win after ten games.

Coastal Cup

With just two wins from six matches in the Coastal Cup Woodbastwick Eagles have hardly set the table alight so far but this week scored a massive 18-0 away win at Martham. Bradwell Acorns are currently at the foot of the table but they too collected a big win, 14-4 at home to Martham as well.

Winter Afternoon League

Thetford have come close to achieving a maximum 10-0 win at home on more than one occasion this season but finally achieved it at the expense of Harling. Leading the way were Connor Townsend, David Bourne & Peter Harvey with a 22-6 win. The other wins were Linda Dixon, Sue Colledge & Jason Martin with a 14-9 win, Peter Harvey, Chloe Suffolk & Kieran Suffolk with a 14-5 win and Andy Leith, Mick Colledge & Peter Scarborough with an 11-9 win. Watton won 6-4 at Harling with Janet Smith, Rose McQuoid & Norma Gower winning 24-9.