Doubles woe for East Anglia

East Anglia lost their unbeaten record in the Anaco Norfolk Summer League when they lost their Premier Division match against Bannatyne's 10-9.

Gareth Joubert and John Cordeaux both won in straight games for East Anglia but Jake Bond beat Nick Stringer 3-1 and Max Dawson came from 1-2 down to beat Paul Gretton 3-2 which left the match finely balanced at 2-2.

The Premier Division have adopted an unusual scoring system for this summer which means that if a match finishes 2-2, irrespective of the games won, the team who wins the solitary game of doubles takes the bonus points and this is what happened here, leaving Bannatyne's the winners despite East Anglia taking nine games to their opponents' six.

Another team to benefit from this scoring system were second in the table Broadland who beat Diss 10-7. For Broadland Jon Bird beat Daniel Betts 3-1and Rob Hambrook won in straight games against Dan Calver while Diss replied through Jack Bell who beat Eric Plane 3-0 and Neil Cross who had an excellent 3-0 win over the former Norfolk champion Ian Cox. Despite Diss taking seven games to Broadland's six, Broadland went on to win the doubles which gave them the four bonus points and a 10-7 victory.

More conventionally East Anglia beat Barnham Broom 16-2 as Jack Pearse won 3-1 and Andrew Woods, Ashley Briggs and Liam Nolan all won in straight games. Barnham picked up another consolation point by winning the doubles. The Barnham team fared better against bottom of the table Oasis returning home with a 17-0 maximum thanks to 3-0 victories from Matthew Bolt, Simon Howling, Ian Thompson and Vince Somers.

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In Division One Barnham Broom II, who are still unbeaten, shared the points for the second time this summer, this time against third in the table Cromer as the match finished 9-9. For Barnham Adie Martin beat Henri Paul 3-1 and Adam Goodson won 3-0 against Ben Herrieven but Cromer replied through Alec Burrows and Richard Keeble.

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