East Anglia can make it five Norfolk SRA Summer League titles
East Anglia took another big step towards retaining their Anaco-sponsored Norfolk SRA Summer League title this week when they visited Barnham Broom and returned home with a 14-9 victory.
The four times summer league champions are now odds on favourites to win their fifth title of the new millennium as they are three points ahead of their nearest challengers Broadland and also have a game in hand.
They had to work hard at Barnham for their victory, however, as Jack Pearse beat Jonathan Pearson 3-1 and Andrew Woods came from 2-0 down to beat Peter Hubbard 13-11 in the fifth. For Barnham Craig Aldred came from 2-1 down to beat Ian Douglas 13-11 in the fifth and Matthew Bolt also won a five game thriller beating Ashley Briggs 7-13 13-8 13-4 13-15 13-11.
Fakenham are now favourites to win the Division One title after beating their nearest challengers Barnham Broom II 13-4. Liam Sullivan and Adam Sinkins both won their matches in straight games beating Craig Mattless and Peter Hubbard respectively while Martin Jolley had a good 3-1 win over the experienced Adie Martin. Barnham's one victory came from their captain, Adam Goodson, who beat Liam Brett in straight games.
In Division Two North Walsham maintained their unbeaten record but were held to a 9-9 draw by Broadland II. For Walsham Phil Slack beat Roly Gosai 3-1 and club coach Tom Smith beat Rob Hambrook in straight games. Broadland replied through veteran Terry Mayes who won 3-0 against Matt Purling and Jon Bird who was a 3-1 winner against James Gair. Wensum Lodge put any fears of relegation behind them as they beat Potters 14-6. For Potters Darren Green beat Ian Pearson 3-1 but this was their only victory as Graham Woodford, Steve Cunningham and Tim Allenden all won for Wensum.
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In the top of the table match in Division Three Cromer II just beat Broadland IV 12-6. For Broadland young Sam Henden beat Nick Dunnett 3-0 and Kevin Cooke came from 0-2 down to beat Ben Herrieven 3-2. Cromer had two straight game victories, however, and wins for John Chandler and Matt Copeman were enough to give the team the bonus points. Finally Fakenham II and Broadland Hunters shared the points in a 10-10 draw.
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