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

Hat-trick for West Mids in National Fours

A last 16 place for Ray Lamb, Steven Lamb, Robbie Lamb & Karl Newby proved to be the best Norfolk performance in the National Fours despite a stunning start by Chris Mann, Debbie Sparham, Simon Warnes & Jon Sparham in the group stages. Sparham’s rink stunned the rated Robert Ivings’ Devon rink in the opening game by scorching to an 18-2 win to heighten expectations. But a surprise 12-10 defeat to Val Latham’s Bucks rink followed by a low scoring 5-5 draw against Colin Muland’s East Sussex four left them third in the group and failing to qualify for the knock-out stages. Billie Barker, Val Easter, Steve Easter & Melvyn Barker were the surprise packets in the Norfolk County Fours Championships as they gained the runners-up spot but three straight defeats against rinks from Oxfordshire, Worcestershire & Suffolk left them bottom of Group 10. Rob Howlett, Ryan Fox, Jason Woods & Steve Bridge opened their Group 2 account with an 8-7 win against David Newsome’s North Yorks four and then beat Steve Collins’ Devon rink 8-4. A 13-2 defeat in their final group game against David Redfern’s Dorset rink was not too costly as they had already done enough to qualify for the knock-outs as runners-up in the group. But their last 32 game against Robert Edwards’ rink went against them and they were defeated by 11-7. Ray Lamb, Steven Lamb, Robbie Lamb & Karl Newby were in Group 5 and opened with a great 16-2 win against Rob Proctor’s Humberside four. They then lost their second game by 8-3 against Ellen Lunn’s Derbyshire rink but secured top spot in the group by beating Peggy May’s Essex rink 12-5. An excellent 15-3 win against Peter Rogers’ Oxfordshire rink in the last 32 knock-out round left them as the last Norfolk rink standing in the competition. They then faced the strong Hampshire rink of Nadine Bailey, Mike Wright, Mark Hollis and Steve Puttock in the last 16 round but lost out by losing 9-6 and Norfolk’s interest in the National Fours was over for another season. For the third year in a row West Mids finished the day as champions yet again as Adam Easthope, Allan Williams, Craig Strong & Ross Dunkley overpowered a Dorset rink in the final.