Federation teams on target for nationals

Norfolk's two Federation teams were both celebrating at the weekend after victories at Huntingdonshire in the latest round of the EBF Inter County competitions.

Norfolk's two Federation teams were both celebrating at the weekend after victories at Huntingdonshire in the latest round of the EBF Inter County competitions.

The Adams team continued their unbeaten run with a 189 shots to 124 win at Sawtry for 18 of the available 22 points - a result which leaves them in a good position for the final two games against Northants at Cawston on Saturday (2pm start) and away to Suffolk on July 7.

Norfolk's Newton team, meanwhile, got their season back on track by ending the home county's perfect four-game winning streak.

Their 174 shots to 146 success gave them 18 points, potentially leaving them two good results from qualifying for the national final.

At Sawtry the Adams team started strongly, leading 31-12 after five ends with all their rinks in front. That was increased to 72-27 after 10 ends and to 103-54 after 15. At 20 ends Norfolk led by 64 shots and still held the lead on all six rinks.

Though Hunts produced a spirited finale to win on two rinks the final overall deficit was a thumping 65 shots.

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Adams rink scores: A Sayer, G Todhunter, C Woodcock 22-30, D Webb, N Browne, V Hudson 39-13, K Kemp, M Chapman, W Burrage 24-26, S Reynolds, R Greef, I Whiley 32-19, M Elliott, S Elliott, A Manson 29- 20, C Carter, M Reynolds, C Lawrence 43-16.

By contrast, at Huntingdon BC the Newton team got off to a slow start and were losing 19-30 after five ends.

The next five ends proved pivotal as the Norfolk players got to grips with the green and moved into a 53-44 lead, which grew to 26 shots after 15 ends and 33 after 20.

Norfolk led 145-112 after 25 ends and although Hunts clawed back five shots in the last six ends the visitors ran out winners by 174 shots to 146 and took 18 points. Their next game is against Northants at Lakeside BC on Saturday (2pm start).

Newton rink scores: T Baker, B Meeks, G Mayhew 35-16, F Ray, R Nurse, M Bird 30-21, R Bunton, P Clutterbuck, P Randell 21-35, K Hammond, D Cole, D Sherman 29-22, S Bunton, M Wilkinson, N Raven 21-34, A Platten, K Howlwtt, N Blyth 38-18.

t Norfolk Bowling Association warmed up for their crucial Middleton Cup tussle with Huntingdonshire next week with an Eastern Counties League win over Cambridgeshire.

Brian Taylor's team, which included nine young players among the more familiar senior names, won 120-100 at the Norfolk Bowling Club for an 18 points to four success.

Eyes now turn to the Middleton Cup game at County Arts on July 7, which will decide who goes forward to the quarter- finals. Norfolk must not only win the game but win on five rinks to collect enough points. That will be a difficult task as Hunts are unbeaten and scoring freely.

Saturday's rink scores (Norfolk names first): A Watts, J Hunter, W Willgress,W Graver 17, P Human 22; J Howlett, J Willgress, N Patrick, G Potter 19, K Baine 24; R Atkins, D Cousins, S Allcock, W Windsor 21, C Frederick 16; R Bunting, K Rayner, C Clifton, P Boldero 17, H Wilmott 14; J Colcombe, L Fellows, R Summers, C Willgress 22, G Sadler 19; J Tufts, M Flatman, P Webb, P Barr 24, A Pollard 15.