Leading pair pick up wins

Martin Braybrook
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
8:19 AM

The two title contenders in the Premier Division of the Norfolk SRA League both won this week with favourites Diss having a convincing 19-3 victory over bottom of the table Bob Carter Centre while their nearest challengers, East Anglia won 17-5 away to Broadland.

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For Diss, Dan Calver, James Ramm, Tom Bobbins and Martin Levens all won their matches in straight games while the only casualty was Steve Maitland who lost the first string match 3-2 to Liam Nolan.

At Fleggburgh, Katie Lawrence had a good win for Broadland, beating Ed Hancock in straight games and Paul Atterton took Hadleigh Farrer to five games before losing 13-10 in the fifth. But Ian Douglass, Ashley Briggs and Dave Gouldby all won in straight games to keep East Anglia’s title hopes alive.

In the one other match in this division relegation-threatened East Anglia II won 15-10 at Bannatyne’s with Mark Rolfe beating Kevin Harvey 3-1 and David Youngs winning the first string match against Chris Reeve 3-2. Earlier Matt Green had won in straight games for Bannatyne’s and Max Dawson beat Gary Snelling 3-1, but Ali Dawson was forced to retire in his second string match against Andrew Woods when leading 1-0 and that possibly proved decisive.

Either North Walsham or Barnham Broom will finish top of Division One and after winning 19-4 away to Diss II last week Walsham went one better with a 20-0 maximum away to Bannatyne’s II. Matthew Bolt, Tom Smith, Shaun Wight, Matthew Sumner and Roger Hannant all won their matches in straight games. At the other end of the table East Anglia IV picked up a much-needed victory as they beat Barnham Broom II 17-6. For Barnham, Wes Hicks won 3-1 and Adie Martin won 3-2, but at the top of the order the East Anglia team picked up three straight game victories to wrap up the bonus points.

In the bottom of the table clash in Division Two Potters II won 16-7 at Fleggburgh against Broadland III. For Potters Richard Soanes and Dave Lee both won in straight games while, in the first string match, David Cook beat young Will Henden 3-1. Broadland’s two victories came from Mark Woolner who beat Graham Fackman 3-0 and veteran Geoff Roper who had a good 3-2 win over Darren Green. In the middle of the table Rossi Rebels picked up a maximum as they beat UEA 20-5.Nick Dunnett, Alex Foster and Richard Keeble all won 3-1, captain Henri Paul won in straight games and Ben Herrieven beat Luke Grindle 3-2.

There was a full complement of results in Division Three where the top three teams all won. Bannatyne’s II remain well clear after beating UEA II 19-8 as Giles Hart won 3-2 and Gareth Jones, Lukas Korluck and Christian Oliveri all won 3-1. Andy Keel who won 3-2 was the students’ one winner.

Barnham Broom II are in second place after their 17-7 victory over Cromer. Cromer picked up two victories at the bottom of the order where John Chandler beat Dean Goodrum 3-2 and Martin Sanville won 3-1 against Paul English but Barnham made sure of the bonus points as both Stuart Bowes and Lee Frappell won in straight games while Ian Osmond won the first string match against Alex Oliver 12-15 15-7 16-14 19-17.

Bob Carter Centre II also won 17-7 beating bottom of the table Oasis. Graham Woodford came from 1-2 down to win 3-2, Steve Cunningham won in straight games and both Marco Valori and Ian Pearson won 3-1. Former Norfolk player, Richard Hatch, who won 3-0, was the one Oasis winner. Finally Broadland Hunter beat Fakenham II 16-9 as Elliott Barker won 3-0, Phil Magem won 3-1 and Andrew Magem recovered from the loss of the first two games to beat Jason Smith 10-15 12-15 15-10 16-14 15-11. Lleyton James and Connor Doy both won 3-1 for the beaten Fakenham team.

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