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

Norfolk Over 60's fight back earns draw in Chelmsford

The first leg of the annual Friends of Essex v Norfolk Over 60’s took place in Chelmsford where a great comeback by the visitors earned them a 64-64 points draw in an exciting and enjoyable encounter. The home side got out of the blocks fast with the first triples session played on eight mats returning an 11-5 points win for Essex. The second session of pairs saw the lead increase to 22-10 with yet another 11-5 points win for Essex. Back came the triples for session three and the visitors cut the deficit slightly with a 9-7 points win. Session four saw Norfolk’s pairs inflicting a 10-6 points win but Friends of Essex were good value for a 35-29 halftime lead. The fifth session was drawn 8-8 but the Norfolk pairs came out on top in session six with a 10-6 win to leave them just two points behind with two sessions to play. The seventh session saw Essex increase their lead again with a 12-4 win for their triples to leave them up by 61-51 with just one session of pairs left to play. But Norfolk then produced the biggest session win of the day by 13-3 to tie the match at 64-64 and earn a 534-512 shots lead. Morris Taylor and Terry Newby returned four wins of 10-4, 10-9, 17-5 & 16-8 in the pairs while Kerry Greenacre & Selwyn Goldsmith were also unbeaten with three wins of 10-7, 10-6 & 15-8 and a 7-7 draw. Also in the pairs Wendy Tweed & Keith Thomas won three games out of four as did Sue Fox & Mike Boswell. In the triples Sheila Redwood, Jill Hayman & Trish Taylor won three games as did Mick Colledge, David Quadling & Tony Oram. The second leg will be played at Hingham in August.

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Line-up prior to the match

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Friends of Essex players ready for action

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Teresa Goldsmith of Norfolk and Tony Ealham of Essex

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Measuring for shots 

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Norfolk Over 60's Graham Tweed in action

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Debbie working hard on the raffle table!