Pye leads the way as Norfolk Premier ease to victory against Surrey
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Norfolk Premier moved top of their I.C.C group table after a convincing 32-8 win at home to Surrey Premier.
Wymondham's Jack Pye proved too hot to handle in the singles as he won his first game 23-5 and added a 19-9 win in the second half.
With Carter's Gary Best weighing in with an 18-14 win and a 12-12 draw, Norfolk took nine from 10 points in the singles. Another eight points came in the pairs as Jason Woods & David Lamb won 19-12 and 18-11 and Simon Warnes & Jon Sparham won their opening game 14-10.
Surrey's miserable day continued in the triples as Neil Davidson, Debs Sparham & Keith Cooke won 10-8 and 17-9 and Mark Linsdell, Morgan Warnes & Simon Willies added a 15-7 win for another eight points. Lesley Crowe, John Jarvis, Nigel Willard & Bob Oatway won their rinks games 14-9 and 17-2 and an 11-11 draw for Melly Woods' four made it seven points from 10 in that discipline.
Norfolk A trailed after a poor opening session at home to Cambridgeshire but recovered well and looked on track for a narrow home win. Unfortunately Cambs finished well in the final session of fours and triples leaving Norfolk A slipping to a 21-19 points defeat. Carleton Rode's Karl & Terry Newby performed well in the pairs with wins of 13-11 and 19-8. Also impressive was the form of young Ryan Fox of Halvergate who played number two in Graham Tweed's triple, who won their first game 17-10. Another squad newcomer who attracted praise was Hevingham's Steve Hall who skipped his rink to a 15-3 win in their first game.
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Thorpe Marriott, in their Bure Cup first leg match at home to Windows, built up a 16-8 points lead to take into the second leg away from home. It was a real team performance by the home side with all four triples scoring four points apiece. Richard Perkins' triple won games 9-3 and 5-4, George Clarke's triple won 8-2 and 7-5, Tony Turner's triple won two games 12-0 and John Jarvis and his triple won games 5-1 and 10-4.
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Connaught B entertained Bob Carter in the first round of the Norwich Cup and as expected the Drayton side emerged victorious. Both opening triples games went Carter's way with Trevor Brown returning to action in Norfolk by skipping his triple to a 14-1 win against Mike Minshull's triple while Melvin Woods beat John Winup 9-4. The second session saw the pairing of Jason Woods & Gary Best win 7-5 but Connaught B scored a win as Moira Eades & Joan Knox beat Steve Bridge & Simon Willies 8-3.
It only took one more session for Carter to bring the match to a premature end as both their triples won again for an unassailable 10-2 lead and Connaught conceded. Also in the first round Sprowston entertained Horsford BC. The opening session was shared with Sprowston's Liz Mason, Peter Johnson & George Munford beating Tim Flack's triple by a huge 17-1 margin while Horsford's Barbara Russell, Tim Blackman & Ted Griffin replied by beating Les Chadwick's triple 10-3.
The teams remained level on points after the pairs session was also tied with Sprowston's Les & Margaret Harman winning 14-2 and Horsford's Ernie Mills & Paul Isgate winning 7-5. The home side finally made a breakthrough in the third session as George Munford's triple won 6-4 and Les Chadwick's triple won 12-2. The Harmans clinched the tie in the last session with a 9-7 win while Horsford's Mills & Isgate won their second game of the night by 10-5 leaving Sprowston 10-6 winners on points.