By George, he’s gone and won a fourth Fours title

Lakeside was the venue for the Norfolk County Fours Championships – and it proved to be a day when experience counted as veterans Shirley Brown and Joe Brown of Costessey, Gerald Chilvers of Kirby Bedon and George Clarke of Hevingham combined to lift the title.

In an absorbing final they beat Sheila Redwood, Ted Redwood and Trevor Pinchen of Thorpe Marriott, who were playing with Sprowston's Peter Smart. Clarke's rink took control early on to lead 4-0 after two ends, but Smart's rink took two shots on the third to cut the deficit to 4-2. The next three ends saw Clarke score three singles to lead 7-2 with one end to play. Smart's rink then pulled out their best end of the final, scoring three shots, but it was too little too late as Clarke's rink were left celebrating a 7-5 win.

It was George Clarke's fourth Norfolk Fours title and Gerald Chilvers' second.

In the play-off for third place, Sue Hunt of Bob Carter, Neil Davidson of Hempnall and Phil Watson and Selwyn Goldsmith of Kirby Bedon stormed into a 22-0 lead after five ends against Maureen Munford, George Munford, Elaine Oatway and Bob Oatway of First Bus before Oatway's rink conceded.

George Clarke's rink beat Bob Oatway 6-5 in the semi-finals while Peter Smart's rink beat Goldsmith's rink 8-5. Chris Mann of Wymondham had won the title for the last two years, but this season combined with England team-mates David Lamb of Halvergate and Melvin Woods of Bob Carter and former England star Trevor Brown to put together a new-look rink. They qualified through the group stages as a runner-up, despite losing to Clarke's rink, but were then beaten by Goldsmith's rink in the quarter-finals to deny Mann the opportunity of a hat-trick of Norfolk Fours titles.

Norwich Cup action saw Framingham Earl win 13-7 at home to Old Bonds with Mervyn Blaza's triple winning all their three games. Anglian Windows were comfortable 18-6 winners at home to Woodbastwick with Avril Walker's triple winning 5-4, 8-2 and 9-4 and Alan Williamson's triple winning by 7-3, 9-3 and 7-5. Connaught B progressed after a 15-9 home win against Horsford C.