Bob Carter have one foot in the final after big win over Wymondham

Simon Willies helped Bob Carter to victory over Wymondham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Simon Willies helped Bob Carter to victory over Wymondham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

Bob Carter will take a commanding 16-4 points lead into the second leg of the Challenge Cup Final at Wymondham.

Elaine Willies was part of the Bob Carter side that beat Wymondham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Elaine Willies was part of the Bob Carter side that beat Wymondham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

Carter made home advantage count as they won six of the eight games against Wymondham and must surely now be favourites to win.

The first session of singles were shared as four players of international standard took to the mats. Wymondham's former European Open Champion Chris Mann ditched the jack on the last end of his game against current England international Gary Best to clinch an 11-9 win but England's Jamie Forster hit back for the home side comfortably beating Jack Pye 11-4. The rinks games followed and Carter established an 8-2 points lead as Elaine Willies, Steve Bridge, Rob Howlett & Melvin Woods beat Debbie Sparham's rink 7-2 and Nigel Willard, John Turner, Jason Woods & Simon Willies beat Jon Sparham's rink 11-7. Chris Mann then scored Wymondham's second win of the match in a brilliant display against Jamie Forster which he won 9-7.

Jack Pye though was unable to help Wymondham's cause and avoid a second defeat of the night as he lost heavily against Gary Best 15-6. In the night's final session of fours the visitors led on both mats early on but it was Bob Carter who finished strongly with Simon Willies' block beating Jon Sparham 11-4 and Melvin Woods' rink coming back from 6-2 down to beat Debbie Sparham's block 10-9 mainly due to a terrific count of six on the sixth end.

Deaf Sports pulled off a superb 8-0 away win at Halvergate in their Summer League Division One match. It was a bad night for Halvergate who started with a player short which left Steven Lamb & Keith Cooke at a great disadvantage. Cooke's pair slipped to a 20-13 defeat against Lesley Crowe, Rob Cranston & Laura Hawksworth in their first game while David Knights, Ray Lamb & Robbie Lamb were also beaten after dropping three shots on the last end against Gillian Amos, Colin Coman & Robin Amos to lose 17-15.

In the second half Lamb & Cooke looked set to overcome playing with a missing bowler when they led Robin Amos' triple 7-3 after nine ends but then managed to lose four of the last five ends to slip to a 12-11 defeat. Halvergate's misery was compounded in the remaining game when Laura Hawksworth's triple beat Robbie Lamb 16-11.

In another Division One clash Kirby Bedon let a 4-0 first half lead at Thorpe Marriott slip as the home side fought back to draw the match 4-4. Jimmy Dye, Shirley Brown & Joe Brown opened with a 12-9 win against John Jarvis while Jill Watson, Phil Watson & John Aggas beat Kath Frost 12-11 to make it a perfect first half for Kirby Bedon. Thorpe Marriott came out fighting after the interval though with Sheila Redwood, Richard Perkins & Kath Frost beating Gerald Chilvers 15-12 and Marjorie Hall, Mandy Marshall & John Jarvis beating John Aggas 13-9.

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