Lambs spearhead London slaughter

Norfolk Premier enjoyed their best result of the season at home to London finishing winners by 29-11 on points, 149 on shots.

Maximum points were gained by David Lamb in the singles with wins of 12-10 and 20-8 and Mark Linsdell, Nigel Willard and Chris Mann did likewise with triples wins of 14-12 and 10-6. Donna Lamb, Jon Sparham, Kim Bridge and Melvin Woods dominated the fours beating London rinks by 9-6 and 9-3.

As long as Norfolk avoid a total disaster in their last group game in London, the result will see them safely through to the Consolation quarter-finals and a match against either Shropshire, Worcestershire or Avon.

The three Norwich Cup quarter-final games played over the last few days all produced convincing home wins. Hevingham swept to an 18-6 win against Thorpe Marriott with Ian McLean, Pat Williamson and Vic Woods winning 11-3, 8-4 and 9-1 and Gill Bunn, Alan Bunn and George Clarke winning 7-5, 11-2 and 6-3. Connaught A beat fellow Breckland League side Watton 13-3 with the visitors conceding with two sessions remaining. Ray Wells' triple won twice as did Bill Adcock's triple.

The highly-anticipated clash between Wymondham and Hempnall failed to produce the classic hoped for as Wymondham reached the semi-finals with a 13-3 win. Brian Saunders' triple won by 8-5 and 7-2 and Debbie Phillips' triple won by 5-2 and 13-0 before Hempnall conceded. Connaught A continue to pursue Wymondham in what now looks a two horse race for the Breckland League title. They brushed aside visitors Watton by 10-0 with G Wilcox, Bob Oatway and Ollie Allen winning 32-4. Banham won 7-3 at Harling.


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T Ottewell's Forncett triple won 30-9 as they won 7-3 at home to Carleton Rode. Runaway leaders Hempnall predictably won 10-0 at Wreningham with Jon Sparham's triple winning 31-1 but at least Wreningham kept things tighter on the other three mats with Paul Baker's triple winning by just three shots against Gloria Grimes.

Hempnall repeated their 10-0 scoreline at Mulbarton where Neil Davidson's triple won 25-5. Thurton leapfrogged Watton into second place with a 10-0 home win against their rivals for the runner-up spot with Albert Reynolds' triple winning 23-5.

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Saxlingham looked set to halt their poor run of form at home to Framingham Earl as they won both first half games but it all went pear-shaped after the break as Framingham's Karl Bunn won 20-5 to help his side snatch victory.

Kirby Bedon held on to the top spot in the Bure League but they were put under extreme pressure by a strong Coltishall side. A late rally helped Kirby achieve an 8-2 win that at one stage looked unlikely. East Tuddenham established a 17-7 lead in the first leg of their Bure Cup semi-final match at home to Kirby Bedon.

A depleted Kirby side went into the match with a player short and struggled with two regular skips missing. Russell Flint, Madge Meachen and Russell Harris took full advantage with wins of 8-4, 6-2 and 9-4 while Linda Chadwick, Les Chadwick and Robin Amos won two games each as did Geraldine Potter, Denny Cross and Gerald Potter. The St Faiths heat of the Bure Singles saw Woodbastwick's Jim Couling recover from losing his opening game 9-8 against Kirby Bedon's Gerald Chilvers to reel off three straight wins to finish in first place. Chilvers qualified in second place with five points while the seeded player Trevor Hallett of Woodbastwick failed to progress after finishing third.

The full Finals Night line-up is Jim Couling of Woodbastwick, David Bunn, Vic Woods and George Clarke of Hevingham, Jimmy Dye and Gerald Chilvers of Kirby Bedon, Margaret Harman of Coltishall and John Turner of East Tuddenham.

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