Cup hopes hit by double blow

Norfolk will have to overcome a double blow if they are to continue on the national glory trail. The county's EBA team booked their place in the Middleton Cup quarter-finals with a 143-98 win over Suffolk at Felixstowe.

Norfolk will have to overcome a double blow if they are to continue on the national glory trail. The county's EBA team booked their place in the Middleton Cup quarter-finals with a 143-98 win over Suffolk at Felixstowe. But they will be without star players Mervyn King and Jamie Chestney for their July 22 clash with Northants at Newmarket BC. The England internationals are both unavailable and will respectively be replaced by Jason Roope and Roger Guy.

King's rink were 24-14 winners against Suffolk, while Chestney's rink fought back from 11-19 down to draw 20-20.

Rink details: J Ottaway, P Webb, P Day and R Thacker 24; A Barnes (skip) 12. S Adcock, C Boon, G Potter and P Barr 28; C Rumsey 15. G Tubby, M Turner, A Siely and D Rowsell 20; M Royal 16. D Page, P Harlow, M Riches and J Chestney 20; B Andrews 20. R Aves, C Ward, T Webb and B Taylor 27; A Catchpole 20. G Mallett, M Brown, J Roope and M King 24; C Webb 15.

Norfolk's Federation county bowlers suffered double disappointment in their final games of the season, against Suffolk.


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The Adams Trophy team lost 139-173 at Cawston BC, while the Newton Trophy side lost 154-157 at Lakeside.

Adams Trophy rink scores: D Wiseman, J Morrison and M Chapman lost 13-37; W Burrage, M Reynolds and C Lawrence lost 22-27; T Mant, S Elliott and A Manson lost 18-33; A Sayer, G Todhunter and C Woodcock lost 27-28; D Webb, N Browne and D Curtis won 29-27; S Reynolds, R Greef and I Whiley won 30-23.

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Newton Trophy rink scores: N Allsop, B Booth and P Grimes lost 23-25; C Carter, M Bird and P Randall lost 25-34; M Elliott, N Coverdale and G Mayhew won 21-19; K Hammond, D Sherman and N Raven won 36-27; S Bunton, B Meeks and D Brawn lost 22-28; F Ray, D Cole and M Leverett won 27-24.

The semi-finals of the Norfolk County (EBA) singles competition ares being played tonight at Thorpe Rec BC, where the line-up is P Barr (County Arts) v G Oakley (Wymondham Dell) and J Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) v J Colcombe (Yarmouth).

The under-25 singles semi-finals are also tonight, at Wymondham Dell, with the line-up M Willgress (Castle Acre BC) v A Watts (Dereham St Nicholas) and W Willgress (Norfolk BC) v J Adcock (Swardeston).

Triples semi-finals tomorrow at RG Carter BC are G Creed (Castle Acre, skip) v J Roope (North Walsham) and C Ward (North Walsham) v P Shackcloth (Hunstanton).

Pairs semi-finals on Thursday are W Willgress (Norfolk BC) v I Wynter (Downham Market BC) and B Perrett (Honingham) v B Hunt (N Walsham).

The Bales Cup semi-finals are on Friday, July 28 (6.15pm) at Hingham, with the line-up North Walsham v Swardeston Social and Shouldham v County Arts.

A charity match at Cromer Marrams BC, in memory of past Cromer president David Stevens, raised £330 for Papworth Hospital. The match was between a Marrams/Norfolk County (EBA) Association team and the touring Essex Vice-Presidents side.

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