Bowls glory hopes dashed

Norfolk's hopes of progressing to the finals of the EBF inter-county bowls competitions melted away in the hot sun on Saturday against Northamptonshire.

Norfolk's hopes of progressing to the finals of the EBF inter-county bowls competitions melted away in the hot sun on Saturday against Northamptonshire. The Adams Trophy team lost 149-172 at Whittlesey Manor BC, taking only four of the 22 points at stake. The Newton Trophy side lost 159-161 (six points) in a close encounter at Peterborough Parkway, where had led by 17 shots at 20 ends.

Adams Trophy individual rink scores: S Reynolds, R Greef and I Whiley lost 22-30; W Burrage, M Reynolds and C Lawrence lost 28-34; D Wiseman, J Morrison and M Chapman won 30-28; T Mant, S Elliott and A Manson lost 16-33; D Webb, N Browne and D Curtis won 33-21; A Sayer, C woodcock and G Todhunter lost 20-26.

Newton Trophy individual rink scores: B Nurse, R Booth and P Grimes won 29-27; F Ray, D Cole and N Blyth lost 22-30; C Carter, M Bird and P Randall on 33-28; R Bunton, D Sherman and N Raven won 30-21; S Bunton, B Meeks and D Brawn lost 21-26; M Elliott, D Filby and G Mayhew lost 24-29.

Norfolk's last games of the season are on Saturday (2pm) against Suffolk, with the Adams team at Cawston BC and the Newton side at Lakeside BC.


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Costessey Private are eight points clear in the Premier Division of the NCBC County League after retaining their unbeaten record with a 40-shot win over Reepham Private.

Cawston overcame bottom team Stalham by 35 shots to stay top of Area A, where Suffield Park A are second after beating Holt by nine shots. Melton Constable, the Sub Area A leaders, claimed the maximum nine points from a 25-shot win at Bacton.

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Blofield Heath beat Ormesby Reds by 22 shots to go top of Area B by one point from Hickling, who won by 28 shots against Acle St Edmunds.

Winterton beat Caister Centurions by 25 shots to edge to the top of Sub Area B above Gaymers, who lost to South Walsham Mallards by four shots.

Heartsease St Francis lead Area C by only two points after they beat Hethersett Social by five shots for seven points, while second-placed Woodbastwick Woodpeckers won by 54 shots at Lakeside for all nine points.

Marham head Area D by three points from Bircham, who lost to Gaywood Park A by four shots, while the top two in Sub Area D both won, Gaywood Park B beating House on the Green B and Docking overcoming River Lane B. Cawston A went top of Sub Area E with a 27-shot victory in their match against Costessey Private B.

Cromer Marrams Bowls Club celebrated their 70th anniversary with a match against local rivals Suffield Park, who celebrated their 70th birthday last year. Captain David Russell awarded best rink prizes after the match, which Marrams won.

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