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

Mann through to defend Bure title

Chris Mann of East Tuddenham began his defence of the Bure Singles Championship at the preliminary heat held at Kirby Bedon. With four venues hosting the rounds, and the first two in each heat qualifying for final’s night later in the season, former England players Chris Mann and Halvergate’s Keith Cooke began the heat as firm favourites to go through. Cooke won all his games to win on the night and Mann finished as runner-up with his only defeat a narrow 8-7 loss to Cooke with the game going to the wire. Keith Cooke was one of three Halvergate bowlers to successfully negotiate the heats. Last year’s runner-up David Lamb of Halvergate & England won the heat hosted by Windows SMBC on shot difference. He opened in style with a 14-1 win against Terry Raisbury of Horsford BC but lost his second game by one shot to Joe Brown of Kirby Bedon. He then beat a former champion, East Tuddenham’s John Turner, by 20-5 before winning his last game by two shots against Mick Dale of Horsford Heroes. Dale won his other three games though and that was easily enough to secure second place. Robbie Lamb of Halvergate will join his brother on final’s night after winning the Thorpe Marriott heat with maximum points. After opening with a 14-7 win against Keith Halford of Windows he never looked back reeling off four straight wins. Halford and Paul Isgate of Horsford BC finished level on four points but the Windows player earned the other qualifying spot on shot difference. Two players finished on six points at the Halvergate heat to claim their finals night places. John Jarvis of Thorpe Marriott finished first with a +21 shot difference and Melvyn Barker of Kirby Bedon was second with a +10 shot difference.

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