Bradwell take charge of final piece of silverware
Bradwell won the final piece of silverware in the County programme after beating Upwell in the final of the Hansells Cup at Wymondham Dell on Saturday, by 70 shots to 47.
Having overcome Shipdham in a tight encounter in the morning semi-final, Bradwell were always in control of the final, taking an 11-shot lead at five ends and then storming to victory by 23 shots, with K Cooke's rink taking the honours with a 30-8 win.
The other two rinks were much closer affairs, with R Beardall's rink securing a last-end victory and D Pratt's rink scoring heavily over the closing ends to tie.
Bradwell reached the final by beating Shipdham by nine shots, while Upwell overcame Lakeside by 25 shots.
Bradwell's winning captain, Ken Saward, said: 'Winning means a lot. The team have been looking forward to getting here. We played a couple of years ago in the Hansells Cup final, so to win this time is a great difference. I have kept the same side near enough all the way through the season. They were all up for it today.'
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Upwell were beaten finalists for the second time in seven years. Captain Nigel Carter said the result had hinged on the scores of one rink.
'They won handsomely in the semi-final – but went down heavily in the final. Otherwise the final was all very close,' he said.
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George Hunter, President of the Norfolk EBA, who watched the full afternoon's sport, added: 'Sometimes you get contests which are very tight and others where teams find the rink and get a runaway score. The spirit has been very good and that's what I like about bowls – the friendliness of the players to each other.'