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

Norfolk Premier reach I.C.C Final

Norfolk Premier are through to the I.C.C Final after another great comeback saw them defeat Cornwall Premier 22-18 in Daventry with Owen Cranston & Keith Cooke in the pairs, and Elaine Willies, Debbie Sparham & Jon Sparham in the triples, leading the way. Only Owen Cranston & Keith Cooke won for Norfolk in the opening session recording a solid 18-11 win. Jason Woods, in for Gary Best who was unavailable, lost 21-10 while Neil Davidson went down 13-7. In the remaining game the pairing of Jamie Forster & Simon Willies lost by 15-8. This left Norfolk trailing 6-2 going into the second session. This session was shared as Elaine Willies, Debs Sparham & Jon Sparham won 16-7 in the triples while Donna Lamb, Robbie Lamb, Rob Howlett & Melly Woods won 11-8 in the rinks. Jack Marshall, Simon Warnes & Morgan Warnes lost 16-11 and Karl Newby, Ryan Fox, John Turner & David Lamb lost by 9-4. The third session saw Norfolk hit back as Neil Davidson won 19-7, Jamie Forster & Simon Willies won 16-8 and Cranston & Cooke won again by 14-9 while Jason Woods lost by 15-11. This left the score tied at 14-14 going into the final session as Norfolk had collected the pairs bonus points and Cornwall the singles bonus points. Norfolk’s experience then showed as Jon Sparham’s triple produced a superb 24-5 win and Jack Marshall, Simon Warnes & Morgan Warnes won by one shot leaving Norfolk collecting the triples bonus points. In the fours Karl Newby, Ryan Fox, John Turner & David Lamb won 9-6 while Melly Woods’ rink lost 15-11 but that was enough to leave Norfolk celebrating an excellent win. In the other semi-final the defending champions West Mids beat Dorset with a session to spare and will face Norfolk at Daventry on 17th March. Pictured are the five Norfolk bowlers who won both their games - Keith Cooke, Owen Cranston, Jon Sparham, Debbie Sparham & Elaine Willies - their points proving to be a vital difference between the sides.

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Owen Cranston RS15

jon sparham 9 18 RS15

debbie sparham 9 18 RS15

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