Bloomfield helps Norfolk beat relegation

Norfolk's men finished their County Week campaign in fine style at Hunstanton yesterday to avoid relegation from Group Four.Tony Spurgeon's team started with three straight defeats, before getting off the mark on indoor courts on Thursday.

Norfolk's men finished their County Week campaign in fine style at Hunstanton yesterday to avoid relegation from Group Four.

Tony Spurgeon's team started with three straight defeats, before getting off the mark on indoor courts on Thursday.

And they completed their great escape on grass, beating Berkshire 6-0, with British No. 4 Richard Bloomfield leading the way.

With the benefit of Bloomfield in the team, and Daniel Wynne back from injury, Norfolk were far too strong for their opponents, with the final three rubbers being unplayed as they raced into an unassailable lead. Bloomfield had other committments during the early part of the week, and Norfolk would surely have been challenging for promotion had he been available throughout.

Also featuring in yesterday's impressive win were Bert Jenner, Nick Crawley, Matthew Green and Chris Parker.

The two teams promoted to Group Three were Nottinghamshire and East of Scotland while Durham and Cleveland and Berkshire were relegated.

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Norfolk's women had already secured promotion from Group Five of their summer competition in Worthing, after reeling off four straight victories.

But they still wanted to finish off on a high by completing a 100pc record and topping their section - and this they did.

They played Staffordshire and once they had built up a 5-2 lead the day was won so no further matches were played.