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


County Teams leave Manager Jack Pye a happy man

It proved to be a good day for both of Norfolk’s county teams on Sunday at Hingham Sports & Social Club. After their massive wins against Suffolk on away mats Norfolk Premier entertained Cambridgeshire and once again it was almost one-way traffic as Norfolk Premier strolled to a 34-6 points win, 268-137 on shots. Maximum points were gained in both the pairs and triples games. Neil Davidson & Gary Best won their pairs games by 17-8 & 23-5 while Debbie Sparham & Player-Manager Jack Pye returned to winning ways with wins of 20-11 & 15-9. In the triples Jack Marshall, Morgan Warnes & AJ Brown won by 17-6 & 14-13 and Kerry Greenacre, Karl Newby & Chris Willies won by huge margins of 23-5 & 24-3. In the fours Ryan Fox, Robbie Lamb, Keith Cooke & Jason Woods had a good day with wins of 19-2 & 13-6. Simon Warnes, Jack Gray, Simon Willies & David Lamb were involved in two tight games losing their first one by 11-12 against D Bignall’s rink and drawing their second game 10-10 with R Spry’s rink. This left the fours collecting seven out of the ten points available. The singles also saw Norfolk collecting seven out of ten points. Trevor Brown of Wymondham was unbeaten with a 14-14 draw in his opening game and an excellent 23-8 win in his second. Chris Mann, also of Wymondham, won his opening game by 15-9 but slipped to a 10-16 defeat in his second outing. Norfolk Premier are in a great position in their I.C.C group and will be looking forward with confidence to next Sunday’s trip to Northants for a double header. Due to Essex “A” withdrawing from their group, and Worcestershire unable to field a team for their scheduled match in October, Norfolk “A” had found themselves without a match until they faced West Mids “A” yesterday. They were always going to find their task much harder than their Premier team colleagues and trailed West Mids “A” by 12-16 going into the last session. But as they say when the going gets tough the tough get going and Norfolk’s triples & fours won all their final games to earn Norfolk “A” a 24-16 points win, 190-179 on shots. The triples finished with nine points out of ten with Clive Eke, Robert Howlett & Melvin Woods winning 12-9 & 14-11 and Billie Barker, Syd Burton & George Hume drawing 10-10 and winning their second game by 13-4. Eight out of ten points were earned in the Fours with Elaine Willies, Joy Townsend, Steven Lamb & Ray Lamb winning by 12-9 & 14-11 and Hayley Osborne, Chloe Suffolk, Terry Newby & Melvyn Barker winning their second game by 14-6 after a 7-15 loss in their opener. The pairs were shared with both teams picking up five points each. Jenny Walker & Robin Amos won their first game 17-14 but lost their second 8-14 while Kacy Suffolk & Jason Martin narrowly lost their first game 10-12 but won their second game by 14-9. West Mids got the advantage in the singles taking eight of the ten points. The opening session saw John Jeffery of Wymondham winning 15-13 but Wortwell’s David Blundell losing 9-12. In the final two singles games the away team won on both mats as P Shingler beat John Jeffery 17-11 and B Wallis beat David Blundell by 16-9. Next Sunday Norfolk “A” travel to West Mids for the return match.   

J Pye

Jack Pye - a happy manager at the weekend


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