Connaught to face Carter in bowls’ Norfolk County Cup final

Connaught A have reached the final of the Norfolk County Cup after winning 6-2 at home to Cromer.

Connaught's Diana Adcock, Joe Li-Rocchi and Peter King stormed into a 15-0 lead after just five ends and finished with a 25-8 win. The other first half game saw Aleck Haynes' Cromer triple winning 13-8 after eleven ends but Sylvia Parsons came back to snatch a win on the final end by 15-14.

Lee Fallows made sure of a Connaught victory after the break with a 21-7 win while Richard Airs' triple earned a consolation 17-12 win for Cromer. Connaught will face holders Bob Carter in the final at First Bus on April 15.

The Bure League title race began to heat up as Halvergate entertained East Tuddenham and a fiercely competitive match ended with East Tuddenham picking up a 6-4 away win. In the first half Peter Smart's triple collected a 18-11 win against Robbie Lamb's triple and a second half 17-8 win for Robert Howlett's triple against Josh Baxter's triple secured the points.

Defending champions Coltishall recorded three big wins in their 8-2 home victory against Horsford Heroes as Les Harman won 28-4, Margaret Harman won 25-5 and Willie Jefferies won 18-6.

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Coltishall's title hopes took a knock at Kirby Bedon, where they lost 8-2. The first half was shared as Kirby's Selwyn Goldsmith won 17-12 while John Aggas won 10-8 for Coltishall. Both games after the break went Kirby's way as Brian Saunders won 24-7 and Joe Brown's triple won 10-8. Kirby suffered a 9-1 defeat at Thorpe Marriott where Tony Turner won 12-11, Bob McPherson won 16-11 and Richard Perkins won 15-7. Kirby bounced back with a 9-1 win at Hevingham where Phil Watson's triple won 23-4 and Brian Saunders' triple won 22-7.

On the same night, champions Coltishall crashed 8-2 at Halvergate where Robbie Lamb's triple kept his team in the driving seat for the title with a 21-6 win.

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Cromer continued to find points hard to come by away as they lost 10-0 at Woodbastwick where Trevor Hallett's triple led the way with a big 22-3 win. Three nights later Cromer suffered another 10-0 defeat, at Horsford Heroes, where Mark Tuttle won 25-4.

In the Tens League champions Bob Carter beat Hevingham 4-0 with Sue Hunt, Jamie Forster and Jason Woods winning 30-8 against David Sharpe.

Thurne League leaders Woodbastwick lost for the first time this season at second placed Halvergate. Bradwell are still third after winning 8-2 at Hemsby.

South Norfolk League giants Hempnall kept their unbeaten record intact with an 8-2 victory at Hingham. Neil Davidson's triple led the way with a big 26-2 win. Hempnall also won 10-0 at Watton and by 10-0 at home to Saxlingham to keep on course for another title.

Saxlingham will feel unlucky to have lost 9-1 at home to Connaught, where only six shots separated the teams. Connaught's Sylvia Parsons was 10-2 up before a comeback saw Alan Banham's triple take a 12-10 lead with three ends left. Parsons' triple recovered their composure just in time to win 15-12. Sheila Bragg's triple also let a lead slip away but just like Parsons recovered to win the last three ends and grab a 14-13 win against Geoff Payne. Joe Li-Rocchi's triple held on to win by a narrow 13-11 margin while the remaining game was drawn 12-12. Connaught were held to a 5-5 draw at Hingham where home skip Steve Hall played well to produce an 18-9 win to earn the match points.

Other results saw Watton beat Mulbarton 10-0 and Hingham win 6-4 at Thurton. Horsford won 7-3 at Hingham and also won their home match against Thurton 8-2.

Bradwell Red lead the Coastal Cup table after a 16-2 win at Stalham and a 14-4 home win against Woodbastwick Eagles. Woodbastwick Owls are second.

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