Bannatyne’s victory opens up league title race

The race for the Norfolk SRA Super League title has been thrown wide open by Bannatyne's excellent 17-7 victory over previously unbeaten Broadland.

Simon Piper won the fifth-string match for Bannatyne's, beating Paul Atterton 13-8 in the fifth, while Max Dawson beat Mark Thomas in straight games and Kevin Harvey was also credited with a 3-0 win when Steve Moxey was forced to retire with a calf injury.

Ali Dawson had an outstanding 13-11 5-13 13-7 8-13 13-10 win over eight-times former Norfolk champion Richard Millman before another former Norfolk champion, Ian Cox, recorded Broadland's one win as he was too strong and too experienced for current Norfolk junior champion Jordan Creed, who was not able to add to his fine victory against East Anglia II, winning in straight games.

Reigning champions East Anglia have moved back to the top of the league with a 19-6 victory over Barnham Broom. Seven-times former Norfolk champion John Cordeaux and Richard Hunt both won their matches in straight games, Ian Thompson won 3-1 and Andrew Woods came from behind to beat Jonathan Pearson 3-2. Broom's one winner was another former county champion, Matthew Bolt, who beat Dave Gouldby 13-8 11-13 9-13 13-10 13-6.

Broom, who earlier lost 15-10 at home to Diss, are now the only team in the top flight still without a win. In this match Jack Bell beat Luke Plumridge in straight games while Mike Hegarty won a marathon fifth-string match against Ian Thompson 19-17 12-14 13-10 12-14 14-12 and Neil Cross had an excellent victory in the decisive first-string match, beating Matthew Bolt 13-11 8-13 13-7 7-13 13-10. For Broom, Simon Howling won 3-1 and Craig Aldred won his match in straight games.

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East Anglia II beat Potters 17-5, Mark Rolfe and Ashley Briggs both winning 3-0 and Steve Mooney and current Norfolk champion David Youngs winning 3-1. Yet another former Norfolk champion, Jamie Goodrich, was Potters' one winner.

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