Impressive win for Ladies

Lyndsey HewisonNorfolk Ladies staged a confident performance on the second day of East Region County Match Week at West Herts to beat Cambs & Hunts 6-3 yesterday. 'It was a very good day,' said county captain Nickie Clarke.Lyndsey Hewison

Norfolk Ladies staged a confident performance on the second day of East Region County Match Week at West Herts to beat Cambs & Hunts 6-3 yesterday.

'It was a very good day,' said county captain Nickie Clarke. 'Everyone is up for our next match against Bedfordshire. I think it will be tough but we are looking forward to the challenge.'

Norfolk are among six teams competing for a place in September's final of the English Counties' Championship and their win puts them on the points table.

They are tied with Bedfordshire with one point each, while Hertfordshire and Essex lead the way with two points apiece. Suffolk and Cambs & Hunts have yet to win a match.


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Yesterday's match went Norfolk's way from the start. They won two of the three morning foursomes and maintained the momentum in the singles.

Teenagers Amber Ratcliffe, 14, and Rebecca Heeles, 17, both produced quick wins. Ratcliffe maintained her 100 pc winning record when she closed out her singles on the 15th; Heeles polished off her opponent on the 13th.

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'I thought they would relish playing at the top and they came in with two excellent early wins,' said Clarke.

Norfolk's point was sealed by 2009 county champion Sammy Martin, shortly before Amy Skoulding produced the most delicate of chips on to the 16th green to claim another success.

Both Heeles and Martin contributed the maximum two points, with wins in both their foursomes and singles.

County champion Jennifer Hide, 16, suffered from an upset stomach but played bravely alongside Martin to win their foursomes point.

She was rested in the afternoon but will be playing again today.

'Jenny did very well to win when she wasn't feeling 100 pc,' said Clarke.

In the day's other matches Hertfordshire beat Bedfordshire 7-2 and Essex beat Suffolk 5 �-3 �.

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