Bob Carter still team to beat

Defending Summer League champions Bob Carter maintained their unbeaten run with a maximum 8-0 home win against bottom of the table First Bus.

Nigel Willard, Jason Woods & George Clarke opened with a 21-9 win against Colin Coman, George Munford and Gordon Crowe while Frank Edy, Trevor Brown and Melvin Woods piled on the agony beating Bob Oatway's triple 20-4.

Melvin Woods' triple kept up the pace after the break with a 21-6 win while Clarke's triple beat Oatway 13-9.

A close match at Sprowston saw the home side recover for a 4-4 draw against Kirby Bedon B. Chris East, Bernie Cudden and Gerald Chilvers beat John Poynter's triple 20-12 and Shirley Brown, Jimmy Dye and Joe Brown beat Terry Fletcher's triple 14-13 as Kirby won both opening games. After the break it was Sprowston's turn to shine as Colin Thornton, David Fuller and Terry Fletcher won 14-11 and Margaret Poynter, P Smart and John Poynter won by 12-11.

In Division Two Thurton lead Horsford B by one point after winning 6-2 at Framingham Earl. Jenny Walker, Jan McClintock and Peter Walker romped to a massive 30-2 win against Ray Lumley's triple while Trevor Howard's triple won 11-9 against Karl Bunn. Howard's triple won 14-13 after the break but Karl Bunn's triple earned the home side their only win beating Jenny Walker 11-10.


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Bottom side Watton Yellow lost 6-2 at home against Anglian Windows. Brenda Sizer, Diane Boswell and Mike Boswell were on form for the visitors beating Margaret Hunter 23-6 and John Hunter 12-6. David Quadling, Bryan Dibble and John Hunter scored Watton's sole win beating Ken Dease 22-2 but Dease enjoyed a second half 20-5 win against Margaret Hunter.

Division Three leaders Horsford A remain unbeaten after a 6-2 win at Hingham Yellow where David Woodrow's triple won by 14-8 & 18-8 and Vic Webster's triple added a 27-8 win. Mary Potter, Bob Lister and Pat Groombridge earned the two points for Hingham Yellow beating Vic Webster 22-10.

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Thorpe Marriott B are still without a win after an 8-0 pounding at Hingham Green. Jan Higgs' triple won by 23-10 and 15-9 while Gordon Wilcox won by 20-8 and 13-11.

The English Short Mat Bowls Association Annual General Meeting was held in Northants at the weekend. A surprise move by Essex and Norfolk to lower the annual affiliation fees led to a long debate over whether the proposal could be accepted on the day. Several delegates complained that the move by Essex and Norfolk had not given them the opportunity to discuss the issue at county level.

The chairman, Chris Hopkins of Northants, finally ruled that a vote on the issue could take place but the proposal was defeated by 18 votes to 12 as 11 delegates abstained from the vote.

Another surprise was the news that Craig Burgess had withdrawn his name from the election for the posts of I.C.C Secretary & National Organiser.

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