Horsford Heroes safely through in Summer Cup after Watton victory

Sue Fox helped Norfolk Over 60s to victory over Kent Invicta. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Sue Fox helped Norfolk Over 60s to victory over Kent Invicta. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

The first NCSMBA Summer Cup matches were played this week with Horsford Heroes romping to a massive home win against Watton winning the match by 8-0 on points and 100-32 on shots.

Russell Hubbard, Sue Fox and Jane James started the onslaught by beating Malcolm Southgate's triple 37-9 and Lyn Frank, Carol Kemp and Roger Frank beat Will Hogan's triple 15-8.

After the break Richard Hart, Mally Kemp and Chris Woodhouse inflicted a 27-7 defeat on Will Hogan while Nigel James, Vic Webster and Peter Fox beat Southgate 21-8 to complete a brilliant home performance by Heroes.

Division Two side Windows entertained top flight opposition in the guise of Kirby Bedon. Jill Watson, Phil Watson and John Aggas started the match well for the visitors beating Mick Boswell's triple 17-9 but the Division Two side hit back with Brenda Sizer, Pam Daynes and Diane Boswell beating Jimmy Dye, Gerald Chilvers and Joe Brown 16-7 to gain a one shot lead.

In the second half Kirby's Carol Aggas, Phil Watson and John Aggas earned a valuable 23-9 win against Keith Halford's triple and despite Mick Boswell's triple winning their second game by 13-5 against Joe Brown's triple they were beaten on shots and it is Kirby Bedon who progress into the next round.

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Norfolk Over 60s held out to record a 38-34 points win away to Kent Invicta in an entertaining challenge match at Snodland.

Norfolk took a narrow 7-5 first session lead with Gillian Amos, Russell Davidson and Robin Amos leading the way with a 10-2 win. The visitors then maintained their two-point lead in a drawn second session where Norfolk's best result was a 12-4 win for David Neal, Janet Pinchen and John Jarvis. The third session saw Norfolk stretch their lead to 22-14 with the Robin Amos triple winning 16-5 and Melly Woodhouse, Sue Fox and Mike Boswell winning 10-4.

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After the lunch break Kent reduced the deficit to 26-22 with John Jarvis and John Poynter skipping Norfolk's only winning triples. A tight fifth session followed that was drawn with Kerry Greenacre, Mike Greenacre and Selwyn Goldsmith winning 8-1, Nigel James, Tony Oram and Peter Fox winning 10-5 and the Robin Amos and Jane James skipped triples both drawing 7-7.

In the last session Kent launched a fierce offensive in an attempt to snatch victory. Gill Coleman, Trish Taylor and Lesley Crowe's 17-1 kept Norfolk's spirit upbeat with a 17-1 win but the last match still in play looked like costing Norfolk a win.

Anne Bidulph, Mick Harris and Keith Thomas went into their last end level at 5-5 but when Keith Thomas stepped up to play his final bowl the Kent triple were holding shot which would have levelled the match at 36-36. Thomas though produced a peach of a backhand draw to take shot and pile the pressure on the Kent skip who had one bowl left to play. To the relief of the Norfolk team, and the disappointment of Kent, the Kent Invicta skip played his final bowl too tight and Norfolk had held on to win.

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