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

Jamie Forster tops Norfolk Rankings

The NCSMBA have announced their Ranking Points table for 2016/17 and just seven points separate the first seven players. After a season that saw him lift both the Norfolk Pairs & Norfolk Triples titles Jamie Forster of Bob Carter has taken over the top spot in the table. It has been an excellent season for the England player whose game has improved so much over the last couple of years. Kerry Greenacre of Haddiscoe becomes the highest ranked lady bowler at number two, just two points behind Forster, after she added the Fours title to the Pairs & Mixed Fours that she won last season. The next three players all finished on 84 points with this season’s tally deciding their place in the table. After winning both Norfolk Fours & Mixed Fours Keith Cooke of Haddiscoe has shot up the rankings from number 17 to number 3. Chris Mann of Wymondham suffered the disappointment of finishing runner-up in the Norfolk Singles, the Norfolk Pairs and the Norfolk Fours but the ranking points he accumulated takes him up from number 10 to number 4. Carter’s Jason Woods moves up one place to number 5 with the same points as Cooke & Mann. Wymondham’s Jack Pye drops from number 2 to number 6 in the rankings with his runner-up spot in the Norfolk Triples his best result this season. Another Wymondham bowler to drop a few places is Jon Sparham with last year’s number 2 falling to number 7 while Hempnall’s Neil Davidson drops three places to number 8 despite winning the Fours. Debbie Sparham of Wymondham drops from number 4 to number 9 but a player on the way up is Carter’s Nigel Willard who fills the final place in the top ten after moving up from number 18. Halvergate & England international David Lamb’s win in the Norfolk Mixed Fours was the vital factor in his rise from 13 to 11 to end his lean spell in Norfolk’s County Competitions. Kirby Bedon’s Selwyn Goldsmith was last season’s highest points scorer but his decision not to defend his two titles this season, and not enter any event, saw him fall from number 7 to number 12. John Turner of East Tuddenham was third in both the triples & fours but he fell from number 9 to 13. The same results for Melvin Woods of Carter resulted in a drop from number 3 to number 14. Simon Warnes of Horsford BC and Jenny Walker of Thorpe Marriott remain at numbers 15 & 16 respectively. Morgan Warnes of Horsford BC drops from number 12 to 17 but Halvergate’s Donna Lamb moves up from number 22 to 18. In his first year since his move from Kent Gary Best of Bob Carter enters the rankings at 19 after lifting both the Norfolk Singles & Norfolk Fours titles. Completing the top twenty is County Council’s Owen Cranston who moves up from number 36. The remainder of the Top 30, who all automatically earn a County Squad invitation for 2017/18, are Simon Willies of Bob Carter, Peter Walker of Thorpe Marriott, Mervyn Barker of Wymondham, Roger Steele of Wymondham, Robert Cranston of County Council, Robbie Lamb of Halvergate, Billie Barker of Wymondham, Debbie Pye of Wymondham, Lewis Cranston of County Council and Hayley Stratton of Wymondham. Just slipping out of the Top 30 this time are Terry Newby at 32, Mikey George at 33 and Janet Pinchen at 35. Other players missing from last time are Robert Howlett, Peter Smart, Ollie Allen & Ted Redwood.