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


Busy weekend of short mat bowls

With the SMPT British Open being played at York & District IBC over the weekend and Sunday seeing Norfolk Premier entertain Kent Premier in a vital Inter-County Championship clash at Hingham there is plenty to interest followers of the sport in Norfolk. John Jeffries of Wymondham and David Blundell of Wortwell are the only two Norfolk based bowlers competing in the British Open and played their first two games in the 9am session this morning. Jeffries was up against Edward Sawbridge, ranked number 5 in the SMPT World Rankings, and did remarkably well going down by just 14-9 in a game that threatened to produce a shock result at one stage. Blundell also faced tough opposition in the shape of England’s James Trott and was certainly not outgunned despite losing his 9am game by 13-8. World ranked number one Mark Beattie of Ireland opened with a 21-3 win against Kyle Bainbridge of Wales. Two of Kent’s top bowlers are also in action in the British Open and both won their opening games. Glenn Harvey beat Susan Banfield 17-6 and Thomas Coles beat David Hacker 12-7. This means of course that both players will not appear for Kent Premier at Hingham on Sunday which is good news for Norfolk Premier who will be looking to pick up every available point they can in this fixture.   

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