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

Tough games for Tens League contenders

Connaught may be bottom of the Tens League, and without a point, but when they travelled to title chasing Halvergate they certainly gave them some problems. With one end to go Connaught’s Bill Adcock and Tony Ottewell were level at 12-12 with Ryan Fox and David Lamb but the home side saved their best for the last end as they picked up a maximum six shots to win 18-12. The other pairs game was equally tight as Jackie Smith and Keith Cooke were tied at 13-13 with Mike Smail and Mike Minshull with one end remaining. This time it was the visitors who came out on top scoring a single to win by 14-13. In the triples Di Quadling, John Winup and Joe LiRocchi led from the second end onwards to eventually beat Keith Baker, David Knights and Simon Warnes by 14-11 to record another win for Connaught. The other triples game finally saw Halvergate secure a hard earned home win as Mike Tate, Ray Lamb and Robbie Lamb beat Bob Oatway’s triple 21-8 to present the home side with a 3-0 points victory. Halvergate’s title rivals Bob Carter travelled to Hevingham and also had to battle hard for a 3-0 win. In the first half Carter’s Jason Woods and Jamie Forster were put under early pressure by Hevingham’s Teresa and Selwyn Goldsmith but came back to force an 11-11 draw with the result in doubt until the final wood of an excellent game. On the other mat Hevingham’s Joan Costello, Pat Hall and Marjorie Hall stunned former England internationals Nigel Willard, John Turner and Melly Woods when they scored five shots on the opening end. For a while a real shock looked to be on the cards but the Carter triple worked their way back into the game and recorded a 20-13 win. In the second half Hevingham’s Pat Williamson and Steve Hall faced Norfolk County Pairs champions Morgan Warnes and Gary Best and achieved an excellent 13-10 win. But the possibility of a Hevingham win slipped away in the final triples game as Elaine Willies, Robert Howlett and Simon Willies beat David Sharpe’s triple 18-11. Hempnall won 4-0 at home to Connaught with Charlie Archer’s triple winning 19-12 and David Blundell’s triple winning 17-16. In the pairs Lewis and Owen Cranston won 19-14 while Jack Gray and Paul Baker won 19-12.

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Bill Adcock of Connaught