Champions seek another perfect term

SHORT MAT BOWLS: Defending South Norfolk champions Hempnall finished last season with 14 wins from 14 games – and in an enlarged South Norfolk League they are again aiming for perfection.

A maximum 10-0 home win against Watton made it 11 straight wins as Roger Parker's triple won 26-6 and Paul Baker's triple won 23-9. Watton then lost 6-4 at bottom of the table Mulbarton, where the home triple of Norma Mickleburgh, John Dean and Stephen Denning won 17-6. Thurton consolidated second place by beating Connaught 8-2 with Margaret Newcome, Margaret Howlett and John Pidgen winning 25-5. Kirby Bedon held on to top spot in the Bure League after Peter Johnson, Jimmy Dye and Alistair Hunter beat Woodbastwick's Norma Jablonowski 14-13 to grab a 6-4 away win. Trailing 13-9 after 10 ends Norma Jablonowski's triple had scored four singles in a row to level with one end remaining, but Hunter's triple won the vital last end. This gave Kirby a 50-49 win on total shots to earn the match points.

Despite a 22-3 win for Mervyn Williamson, Ian MacLean and Vic Woods Hevingham had to settle for a 6-4 points win at Anglian Windows. Coltishall beat Woodbastwick 8-2. St Faiths are still without a win following an 8-2 home defeat against East Tuddenham.

Defending a 15-9 lead against Hevingham from their Bure Cup semi-final first leg, Coltishall finished the job on their own mats, captain Willie Jefferies showing the way with wins of 4-3 and 9-5. Coltishall will face East Tuddenham in the final.

Tens League leaders Bob Carter suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Horsford Heroes while Hevingham continued their push up the table with a 4-0 home win against Kirby Bedon. Bradwell consolidated their place at the top of the Thurne League by beating Hemsby 9-1.