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League & Cup news across Nelson's County

With November now with us all the various Norfolk based leagues and cup competitions are now in full swing. Diss moved top of the South Norfolk League on shots after an 8-2 home win against Harling, a 17-9 win for Morris Taylor, a 16-8 win for Terry Newby and a 10-8 win for Ann Biddulph earned them top spot ahead of Horsford Heroes. It’s now five straight wins for Halvergate in the Bure League as the defending champions continue to pile the pressure on other title contenders. Hevingham entertained Halvergate with both teams winning two games apiece but a 21-3 win for Jackie Bridge, David Knights & Keith Cooke (pictured) against Maurice Kemp’s triple earned the away side the bonus points and a 6-4 win. John Norfolk, Ray Lamb & Robbie Lamb were also on form for Halvergate winning 18-6 against Marjorie Hall’s triple. Hevingham’s Pat Williamson, Pat Hall & Steve Hall beat Jason Woods’ triple 18-6 while Chris Brooks, John Wade & David Sharpe beat David Lamb’s triple 14-13. Halvergate collected a maximum 10-0 win at Horsford BC where David Knights, Ray Lamb & Robbie Lamb won 25-7 against Ray Ayers and John Norfolk, Jacky Smith & David Lamb won 23-5 against Dennis Seaton. Halvergate earned another 10-0 away win at Windows where David Knights, Simon Warnes & Ryan Fox led the way beating Maureen Dease 28-5. Woodbastwick were held to a 5-5 draw by visitors Hevingham despite the home side winning on two mats and drawing on one mat. A big 25-11 win for Pat Williamson, Pat Hall & Steve Hall against Tony Wright’s triple earned the bonus points and a draw for Hevingham. Peter Jablonowski’s triple drew 11-11 against Maurice Kemp’s triple while Woodbastwick’s wins came from Willie Jefferies, who beat Marjorie Hall 16-8, and Margaret Harman who beat David Sharpe 15-13. Horsford Heroes won 8-2 at home to Windows with Richard Hart, Richard Dix & Chris Woodhouse storming to a 30-2 win against Mally Woodhouse. Brenda Sizer, Di Boswell & Mick Harris were the only Windows triple to win beating Mick Dale’s triple 14-6. Thorpe Marriott eased to a comfortable 8-2 home win against Hevingham. Former Woodbastwick bowler Derek Sheldrake skipped his Thorpe Marriott triple to a 21-11 win against Maurice Kemp’s triple while John Jarvis beat Aleck Haynes 21-7. Marriott’s third win was earned by Kath Frost’s triple who beat David Sharpe 15-11 while Selwyn Goldsmith’s triple scored Hevingham’s only win beating Tony Turner’s triple 11-8. Forncett’s perfect start to the Breckland League season continued with their fourth maximum 10-0 win in a row. Visitors Banham were their latest victims as Peter Lock, Jan Smail & Mike Smail led the way with a 26-9 win against Peggy Bertram’s triple. Defending champions Wymondham beat Harling 10-0 with Pat Saunders, Steve Easter & team captain Debbie Sparham winning by 40-2. Connaught “A” also won their fourth match in a row beating Harling Griffins 10-0 with Pat Benefer, Sylvia Parsons & Lee Fallows winning 27-5 and Di Quadling, Richard Harrison & Sheila Bragg winning by 26-5. Carleton Rode won 8-2 at Banham with Keith Buck, Graham Atter & David Blundell winning 28-9. City of Norwich League leaders Horsford Heroes went down 10-4 at Thorpe Marriott but won 8-6 at Deaf Sports. Defending champions Horsford Gold are second in the table and eight points behind Heroes but they have two games in hand and are the only team in the league to remain unbeaten. Third placed Deaf Sports are a tough team to beat on their own mats as First Bus found out as they were beaten 14-0. First Bus fared better at home to Framingham Earl as they won that match by 12-2. Horsford Blue are the only team yet to register a win as they lost 12-2 at home to mid table Costessey. Taverham’s good start to the season continued as they won 10-4 at home to Jarrolds. Wortwell are top of the Waveney League following their 7-2 home win against Broome. Earsham’s win away to Kessingland, by 5.5 to 2.5, leaves them in second place with 19 points just one point behind the leaders while Broome are third. Hemsby Beachcombers tremendous start to the Coastal League season continued as they racked up their fifth straight win beating Martham 14-4 away. Bradwell Dynamos 18-0 home win, also against Martham, means they are just two points behind leaders Hemsby Beachcombers. Woodbastwick Owls are third after winning their local derby by 13-5 at Woodbastwick Eagles. Defending Tens League champions Bob Carter have taken maximum points from their opening games. At home to rivals Halvergate a thumping 22-2 win for Rob Howlett, John Turner & Melly Woods against David Knights, Keith Baker & Simon Warnes made sure of all the four league points at stake. In the other triples game Simon Willies’ triple beat Karl Newby 17-10. The pairs games saw Morgan Warnes & Gary Best beat Ryan Fox & David Lamb 13-10 and Nigel Willard & Jason Woods beat Robbie Lamb & Keith Cooke 15-11. Bob Carter repeated the feat against Hevingham with another 4-0 points win. In the triples Simon Willies beat Betty Cox 18-7 and Melly Woods beat Rex Cox 15-9. The pairs games produced two hard fought clashes with Morgan Warnes & Gary Best coming from behind to beat Teresa & Selwyn Goldsmith 14-12 and Nigel Willard & Jason Woods beating David Sharpe & Lesley Crowe 17-13. An 8-2 away win at Thetford took Harling Eagles to the top of the Winter Afternoon League with Jenny Galliford, Keith Messent & Len Deathridge winning 16-12 in a match where all four games were close. An overall 46-42 shots win earned the Eagles the two bonus points. Eagles also earned a 5-5 draw at Watton who are in second place. Shropham are third after winning 8-2 at home to Harling Hawks where David Brown, Pat Godbold & Dennis Green won 15-6. Norwich Cup action saw Thorpe Marriott achieve a 14-2 away win at Framingham Earl. Sheila Redwood, Trevor Pinchen & Derek Sheldrake scored two wins beating Ty Musk 10-4 and David Dewing 14-6. In the pairs Janet Pinchen & George Clarke beat Ronny Copland & Karl Bunn 10-4 and Margaret Reynolds & Debbie Bunn by 9-6. Halvergate did not drop a single point at Connaught “B” where they stormed to a 12-0 points win with the final session left unplayed after the home side conceded. John Norfolk, Keith Baker & Robbie Lamb beat Steve Judd’s triple 11-1 and Peter King’s triple by 11-7.    

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