Carter confirmed as bowls cup kings after quick double
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What a week of cup glory it was for Bob Carter as they reaffirmed their position as the top club side in Norfolk by winning both the County Cup and the Norwich Cup.
Carter won the County Cup for the third year in a row after they proved too hot to handle for a Connaught A side that faded away after finding themselves 4-0 down on points at the interval.
First Bus hosted the final at their Aylsham Road venue and their mats can be difficult to play but not for a Carter triple skipped by Trevor Brown in his own emphatic style.
With Margaret Reynolds at lead and Kim Bridge at number two Trevor Brown dominated the game as they stormed into a 14-3 lead after eight ends against Chris Musk, Alison Rush and Sylvia Parsons. The final score of 20-7 did not flatter the Carter triple.
Peter King's Connaught triple threatened to spoil the party for Carter in the other first half game as they scored a full house of six on the second end and led 13-4 after six ends against Malcolm Reynolds, Jamie Forster and Nigel Willard. But Carter never know when they are beaten these days and with Forster switching to skip they launched a remarkable recovery to win 17-15 as the Breckland League triple crumbled under intense pressure. The second half failed to entertain as Carter strolled to an easy 8-0 win with Frank Edy, Jason Woods and Melvin Woods winning 17-7 and Glynis Willard, Jean Woods and Robert Howlett winning 14-5.
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The Cup Presentation was made by NCSMBA Vice-President Bob Oatway.
The next night saw Bob Carter entertain Coltishall in the second leg of the Norwich Cup final. After earning a draw at Coltishall in the first leg Bob Carter were eager to make home advantage count and put this tie to bed early on but with four former Carter stars in their line-up Coltishall had other ideas.
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Brian Bunting, Roly Sargent and Peter Barnett gave Coltishall a great start beating Nigel Willard's triple 9-6 but Robert Howlett's Carter triple beat Les Harman's triple 8-7 to keep the teams level on aggregate. Carter's pairs made the breakthrough in the second session with Kim Bridge and Trevor Brown beating Carol and John Aggas 9-6 while Jason and Melly Woods drew 6-6 with Coltishall's Sid and Margaret Harman.
Carter needed to win both games in the next triples session to clinch their eighth Norwich Cup success in 24 years and duly obliged as Frank Edy, Nigel Willard and Jamie Forster beat Les Harman's triple 4-3 and Margaret Reynolds, Jean Woods and Robert Howlett beat Peter Barnett's triple 8-7.
With the aggregate score now 17-11 in Carter's favour the Drayton side could now relax and celebrate a superb double but not before the final session of pairs was played which Coltishall won 4-0 but to no avail.
An 8-2 home win for Halvergate against Bradwell has earned them the Thurne League title as they finished five points ahead of Woodbastwick. An 8-2 away defeat at Bradwell in their last match cost Woodbastwick dearly. A huge 10-0 away win for South Norfolk League champions Hempnall at Horsford means that Connaught are confirmed as runners-up.
Horsford needed to take at least two points to keep the the battle for second place alive but Hempnall scored 80 shots against Horsford's 25 and took maximum points.
Hempnall also won at home to Wreningham with the only surprise being the two points the visitors collected, that's two more than most teams have scored at Hempnall this season. Wreningham won 8-2 at home to Thurton. A sad day for the sport as this was Thurton's last league match.
With a shortage of members they have decided to call it a day after many years playing short mat bowls. Wymondham and Norfolk star Andrew Stratton started his league career at Thurton and won his first county title as a young lad with J Pidgen and R English in the Norfolk County Triples in 1988/89.