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

Late Kent rally succumbs Norfolk to first home defeat in 5 years

For the first time both Kent Premier and A teams visited Norfolk at Hingham Sports and Social Club and both came away with historic wins. The first session in the premier went in favour of Norfolk who lead 6-2. Jason Woods stormed back being 9-3 down after 6 ends to win 20-12 against Tim Rycraft. Kerry Greenacre and Keith Cooke took the last four ends to win 19-13 and Tony Ottewell, who made the step up from the A team, paired up with David Lamb to also win 15-10. The second session was shared with Norfolk taking both triples games with John Jeffery, Ryan Fox and Simon Willies winning 12-9 and Robin Amos, Robbie Lamb and Karl Newby edging out an 11-10 win. Kent however hit back winning both the fours and at half time Norfolk led 10-6. The second half started well for Kent winning the session 5-3 as only Jason Woods won again in the singles, however Norfolk held on to take both sets of bonus points in the singles and pairs. The last session saw Norfolk in a strong position leading 17-11 however Kent had other ideas taking the session 6-2 and taking both sets of bonus points. Norfolk’s triple of John Jeffrey, Ryan Fox and Simon Willies were the only winners for the home side as Norfolk couldn't hold on  and saw a miserable day in the fours disipline with no points. This ultimately cost them with going down 19-21. 

It was the first time Norfolk A had played Kent A with the first session shared and each team winning a single and a pair. Norfolk’s best score came from Will Townsend and Mike Smail in the pairs winning 16-8. Steve Easter, making his debut in the singles, struggled and succumbed to Cliff Henry by 18-8. The second session went slightly in favour of Kent by 5-3 with Kent easing to two wins in the triples and drawing one fours but Billie Barker, Kieran Suffolk, Peter Harvey and Steve Lamb won 10-5 for Norfolk in the other fours game. At half time Kent were leading 9-7. The second half started well for the visitors winning both pairs and drawing a singles match. David Blundell winning 15-9 in his singles game. This left Norfolk facing an uphill battle in the last session. The last session was shared with Kent taking both triples and Norfolk taking both fours with Billie Barker, Kieran Suffolk, Peter Harvey and Steve Lamb winning again by 16-5 while Mick Tate, Mick Colledge, Glen Hume and Melvyn Barker won by 16-12. The overall score meant a victory for Kent by 17-23.