Impressive Jamie stakes Games claim

There were mixed fortunes for Norfolk's hopefuls in the England trials at Worthing, where, in the Sussex sunshine, Jamie Chestney fairly burned up the greens in the juniors, but was pretty well held in check in the senior games.

There were mixed fortunes for Norfolk's hopefuls in the England trials at Worthing, where, in the Sussex sunshine, Jamie Chestney fairly burned up the greens in the juniors, but was pretty well held in check in the senior games.

In the under-25 games, Chestney scorched to a 33-3 win in 15 ends over a rink skipped by Cambridgeshire's Liam Botten in the morning session, and added a 17-10 win over Northants star Jamie Walker in the afternoon.

His Norfolk colleague Wayne Willgress, who was also skipping a rink, opened with a 16-9 defeat, but made up for it by winning 18-8 in the afternoon.

Chestney, with his mentor Mervyn King playing second, found life tougher in the senior trial, but managed to hold his own, winning 15-12 against Mark Walton's rink, and 13-12 against a rink skipped by Norfolk's third representative, Darren Rowsell.


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Norfolk had just one trialist in the women's senior category, and the vastly experienced Jayne Roylance did her bit at second for Huntingdonshire's Pat Reynolds, who lost 14-10 in the morning, but triumphed 28-8 after lunch.

Rebecca Carter, who was named as reserve for the under-25 women's trial, was delighted to be called off the bench for the second session, and did her best to impress the selectors, helping Jamie-Lea Winch to a fine 18-7 win.

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With King, a member of England's six-man Commonwealth Games team, assured of his place, Chestney and Roylance are hotly tipped to be selected for the men's and women's senior teams.

Rowsell, who skipped his rink to a shock win over Stephen Farish, and did well to hold Chestney's star-studded quartet to a single shot, is also in with a shout, while the talented Willgress should claim his place along with Chestney in the junior side.

But the Norfolk six will have to wait patiently for an announcement from the sport's headquarters in Worthing before they know their fate.

Meanwhile England's leading bowlers descend on Clevedon this weekend, when they can expect a strong challenge from the 'best in the west', as part of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October.

Norfolk hero King will be in the England team and will be required to play four games against some up-and-coming youngsters from Somerset, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Cornwall.

'We are using this special challenge match as a vital part of our preparation,' said England's performance director John Bell. 'We've obviously picked our team for New Delhi, but there's still some fine tuning to be done.'

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