Awards dished out as Bob Carter triumph once more

The Norfolk Summer League held its Presentation Evening at Thorpe Marriott following the close of a summer season, which saw Bob Carter successfully defend the Division One title finishing sixteen points clear of second placed Wymondham.

Thurton were crowned Division Two champions, finishing just three points ahead of Horsford B who will join them in the top flight next summer.

Division Three champions were Horsford A, who finished four points ahead of Watton Green.

Bob Carter were also presented with the Summer Cup and Kirby Bedon A received the runners-up trophies.

Cambridgeshire have dramatically withdrawn from the Inter-County Championships on the eve of the new season.

The unexpected move will leave Norfolk A in a group of just three teams.

The news was received just minutes before a Norfolk Management Committee meeting took place at Lyng.

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Norfolk manager Lianne Mills announced that she hopes to be able to arrange a friendly match for Norfolk A to replace their previously arranged ICC game against Cambs on September 18, at Lakeside.

A decision to implement a new rule affecting the opening bowls on the last end, or extra end, of matches has caused much comment from leading bowlers in England.

The new ruling in Ireland will mean that if either of the two opening bowls from either side touches the jack and finishes in the ditch they will be removed and declared dead.

The rule change is seen as a way to combat the growing practice of running the jack into the ditch with a lead bowl when a game goes to an extra end in a sudden death situation, or on a last end when a game is level on shots.

The rule will cover all licensed and National Competitions in Ireland for the coming winter season and it remains to be seen if there is any attempt to introduce a similar rule in England.

In another rule change introduced in Ireland any substitutes used will be barred from playing in the skip's position.

Chris Mann of Wymondham and England will be the only Norfolk player taking part in the International Open Singles to be played at Wye Valley IBC in Guildford on the 1st October.

His opening game will be against Ben Haulkham of England and the other players he will meet in his group on the Saturday will be Nigel Nicholls of England and Robert Kidd of Northern Ireland.

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