Norfolk unable to build on solid start to second league fixture
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Norfolk suffered a frustrating 7-5 defeat in their second Anglian League match of the season against Cambridgeshire - after looking well set for victory at one stage.
Simon Clark's side, who won their opener against Lincolnshire to end a long losing streak in the competition, were all square after the morning foursomes and then took the opening two singles through Warren Bates and Ben Rawsthorne.
But that was as good as it got at Gog Magog's Wandlebury course, with Clark the only other visiting player to win as the tables were turned.
Bates and Clark both contributed maximums after teaming up to win in the foursomes while Rawsthorne and George Morris got the other point.
Norfolk host Northamptonshire at Royal Cromer in their next match on July 7.
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It was a better day for Norfolk's seconds who beat Cambridgeshire 8-4 at Royal West Norfolk to make it successive wins. The pairings of Richard Wilson and James Hazel and Shaun Larkins and Aiden Tanner got the wins in the morning, with Iain Yule and Kale Heath contributing a half, while the hosts took over after lunch. There were wins for Jamie Smith, Wilson, Hazel and Yule and halves from Heath, Mason Bernstein and Tanner.
Foursomes: Ben Rawsthorne and George Morris won 3/2, Jon Baker Odlin and Tom Carding lost 2/1, Simon Clark and Warren Bates won 2/1, Thomas Nudd and Carl Green lost to 4/3. Singles: Bates won 5/3, Rawsthorne won 2up, Morris lost 4/3, Carding lost 7/6, Nudd lost 3/2, Clark won 3/1, Green lost 3&2, Baker-Odlin lost 4&3.
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Norfolk youngsters made their mark at the South East of England Schools' Championships at Flackwell Heath, with Eve Neild (Thorpe St Andrew/Royal Norwich) producing the best individual display.
She finished third in the girls' competition, three shots behind winner Eleanor Farwell from Hertfordshire, after recording rounds of 75 and 74.
That was good enough to secure a place in the regional team at the National Championships at Sherwood Forest on June 24. Her sister Hope finished sixth with scores of 75 and 79 and will be first reserve.
After a disappointing first round Chloe Gibbs shot 74 in the afternoon to help the Norfolk girls win the team trophy for the fourth time in five years.
Liam Cossey (Easton College/ Royal Norwich) finished 12th in the boys' event and is second reserve for the regional team. Essex player Teddy Papple won with scores of 65 and 72.
Other members of the Norfolk team were Mason Bernstein, Conal Downing, Casey Patterson, Harry Bradfield, Ewan Marshall and Maisie Farrelly.
Warren Bates will be back to defend his title when the two day Norfolk Amateur Championship tees off at King's Lynn on Saturday.
The youngster from nearby Heacham came through a three-man play-off to win for the first time at Royal Norwich last year and has gone on to test himself in various national level competitions.
Bates provided a taste of what he is capable of in his latest event, the Lagonda Trophy at Gog Magog, when he opened up with a brilliant 63 before finishing tied fourth with a 277 total.
Bates will start as one of the favourites in a 45-strong field. Fellow 2018 play-off contender Giles Evans misses out having turned professional but Bawburgh's Jack Cullington has an opportunity to put the near miss behind him.
Sheringham's Ben Rawsthorne, who recently returned to the amateur ranks, should be another strong contender as should county captain Simon Clark and the rest of his team.
The action gets under way at 7.45am on Saturday.
The Norfolk Ladies and County Boys fought out a hard-fought draw in a warm-up game played in a Greensomes Foursomes Myhill format.
Ladies' County Captain Sue Heeles fielded most of the team that will be representing Norfolk at County Match Week later this month. County Boys' Under-18 manager Sammy Martin reciprocated with a mix of players and officials who will be competing in the SE League and Anglian Leagues.
Meanwhile a fresh faced Norfolk Under-14 team captained by Daniel Leggett were beaten by Suffolk at Stowmarket. Romer Heywood was the youngest member of the team at just nine years of age while it also featured Quinlan Monaghan, Haydon Bradley and Sullivan Goddard (all 10) and Luke Johnson and George Veal (both 11). The other players were Ed Featherstone and Alex Blake.