Horsford top City Of Norwich Short Mat Bowls League for the first time but Sprowston are favourites

The City Of Norwich Short Mat Bowls League has new leaders. Horsford Heroes are top for the first time this season, one point clear of Sprowston having played four games more.

Heroes beat Framingham Earl 12-2 at home. Then, at Jarrolds it was one game all at the break. J McClintock won 22-7 for Jarrolds to give them a 12 shot lead but after the break K Chapman won 22-3 for Heroes to turn the game their way. With C.Woodhouse winning 14-8 Heroes completed a 12-2 13 shot win.

RG Carter found things a bit harder as they struggled to beat Deaf Sports, only winning 8-6 having won one game and lost three. Their next game was away to County Council where a 12-2 scoreline seems clear cut. In fact, there were only four shots between the teams. Sprowston continued on their way, winning 12-2 at home to Taverham D,Ramsey and his golden girls winning 21-3.

Thorpe Marriott are going flat out at the minute. They beat early season league leaders British Rail 12-2, followed up with a 10-4 home win over Costessey with R McPherson's triple top-scoring 18-4, and at home to Anglian Windows they won 14-0 (R Mcpherson 10-8, G Clarke 12-10, S Turner 17-5 & T Turner 21-5).

Old Bonds beat bottom team Taverham 10-4 at home, R Jones setting the tone with a 20-1 win.

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Horsford BC beat Anglian Windows 12-2 at home with S Warnes winning 21-3. Costessey won 10-4 away at Felthorpe, where C Mann's triple won 21-7. Then it was at home to Deaf Sports and another 12-2 win. This time B Herman won 22-4. First Bus are slowly coming back to form. They beat Jarrolds 12-2 at home with T Gray winning 24-4 and G Crowe 24-7 .

The closest game of the week was between Anglian Windows and County Council. At the interval it was one game all with a one shot lead for Council. After the interval it was again one game all, this time with Windows one shot to the good.

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This meant the game finishing two games each and 42 shots each – an honourable draw.

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