England stars cruise to Norfolk Memorial Pairs victory at Lakeside

The inaugural Norfolk Memorial Pairs took place at Lakeside in Lyng with an entry of 42 pairs from various clubs across the county from Barroway Drove in the Fens to Cromer on the coast.

The event is to remember the many short mat bowlers who the sport has lost over the years and to raise money for charity in their memory.

England stars David Lamb of Halvergate and Chris Mann of Wymondham started as favourites and did not disappoint reeling off five straight wins for ten points and a shot difference of +40 to become the first holders of the shield.

Pushing them all the way were Thorpe Marriott's Jenny and Peter Walker who also won all their games but finished in second place with +36 shots. The future of Norfolk short mat bowls looks bright after an unbeaten performance by young bowlers Jack Barrett of Costessey and Josh Baxter of Halvergate who won four games and drew their other one to score nine points.

Norfolk President Brian Saunders presented the trophies and the winning pair elected to donate the profits of over �200 to an arthritis charity.

Connaught A went to Coltishall for the second leg of their Norwich Cup Final clash protecting a big lead from the first leg and wasted little time in delivering the killer punches. In the first session Bill Adcock's triple beat John Aggas 7-3 and Sylvia Parsons beat Margaret Harman 10-2.

The second session brought the night to an early end as Owen Secker's triple beat Willie Jefferies 5-4 and Sheila Bragg drew 5-5 with Les Harman and Coltishall conceded.

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Connaught A have achieved success in recent years in the Norwich Cup, this being their fourth appearance in the final in the last six years. They beat Hempnall in the 2006/07 final, lost to Hempnall in 2008/09 and to Bob Carter in 2010/11 but can now celebrate victory once again. South Norfolk League champions Hempnall wrapped up their successful campaign with a 6-4 away win at Wreningham. Neil Davidson's triple made sure that Hempnall made it sixteen wins from sixteen games with a 20-7 win.

Wreningham completed their season with a 7-3 home win against Framingham Earl with J Canham's triple leading the way with a 13-6 win against K Bunn. Mulbarton were forced to concede their home match against Framingham Earl after venue booking problems.

The 10-0 win awarded to Framingham made no difference to finishing positions in the league. Norfolk O60 play their final Eastern England League match at home to Cambridgeshire this Thursday at Lyng.