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

Norfolk "A" suffer Quarter-Final defeat

Norfolk “A” travelled to Daventry IBC to play West Mids “A” in the I.C.C Quarter-Finals where a 24-16 defeat ended their involvement in this season’s competition. Norfolk bowlers are acutely aware that the first session is always vital in knock-out rounds to put your opposition under pressure but it was West Mids who made a flying start winning all four games. In the singles Robin Amos of Deaf Sports went down 16-6 while Wymondham’s John Jeffrey lost 17-14. The pairs suffered a similar fate as Kerry Greenacre & Lewis Cranston were beaten 20-10 and Jenny Walker & John Jarvis of Thorpe Marriott lost 15-11. Out came the triples and fours to try and rescue the situation but while both Norfolk rinks won the Norfolk triples lost two close games leaving Norfolk 12-4 behind on points at the interval. Angela Bond, Jill Hayman, Steven Lamb & Bob Oatway were in excellent form winning 19-4 while Billie Barker, David Sharpe, Steve Easter & Graham Mobbs won 11-9. In the triples Jean Woods, Ray Lamb & David Blundell lost by just one shot while Joan Costello, Melvyn Barker & Mike Smail lost by 15-10. Back came the singles and pairs to try to gain revenge for the first session but their only win was by John Jeffrey who won his singles game by 17-13. Robin Amos lost by 13-9 while Jenny Walker & John Jarvis went down 15-11 and Kerry Greenacre & Lewis Cranston lost 15-7. That left West Mids “A” certain of a place in the semi-finals and Norfolk won a low key last session 6-2 on points. Mike Smail’s triple won 15-10, David Blundell’s triple won 16-10, Graham Mobbs' rink won 8-7 while Bob Oatway's rink lost 10-7. Norfolk “A” have enjoyed an excellent season, winning all their group games as well as their preliminary round match, so will be disappointed to have been slow out of the blocks on this occasion but can be proud of their performances during this campaign.