Halvergate and Thorpe Marriott A clinch promotion
The battle for the two promotion spots in Summer League Division Two – that had been fought all season between no fewer than six teams – has finally ended after crucial wins for Halvergate left them and Thorpe Marriott A clinching promotion.
Diss entertained Halvergate knowing they needed a big win to keep their hopes alive, but found the visitors in tenacious form as Halvergate snatched a 5-3 points win with just one shot separating the teams.
The first half was shared as Colin Smith, Keith Buck and Graham Mobbs of Diss beat Ray Lamb, Robbie Lamb and Josh Baxter 21-9 while Halvergate's Kevin Watson, Steven Lamb and Keith Cooke hit back, beating Will Hogan's triple 23-13.
After the break Hogan's triple drew 11-11 with Baxter's triple while the match was decided by a 16-13 win by Halvergate's Keith Cooke against Graham Mobbs. In their next match Halvergate visited third-placed Horsford Heroes who also had their sights set on promotion.
Unfortunately for Horsford they suffered a fatal 8-0 home defeat as Halvergate hit top form. An unchanged Halvergate team saw Keith Cooke's triple beat Mark Tuttle 15-13 before beating Vic Webster 20-9.
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Josh Baxter's triple also had a good night, beating Webster 15-10 and then Tuttle 19-5.
In Division Three, Thorpe Marriott B continued their excellent season by winning 6-2 at County Council. They had already made certain of the title and promotion, but maintained their unbeaten record in style. Dorothy Muttitt, Morgan Warnes and Simon Warnes opened with a 19-14 win against John Gosling's triple, but David Blythe, Sylvia Roe and Malcolm Roe hit back by beating Richard Perkins' triple 15-14. The second half was all Marriott, though, as Morgan Warnes, David Knights and Simon Warnes romped to a 24-5 win against Malcolm Roe's triple and John Jarvis, Margaret McPherson and Richard Perkins beat Gosling's triple 17-9.
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Norfolk will again have players appearing on the international stage in the 2013/14 season. David Lamb of Halvergate has retained his position in the squad while Melvin Woods of Bob Carter has regained the place he lost last season.