Maximum on opening night for champions
Defending Norfolk Summer League Division One champions Bob Carter began their title defence against Kirby Bedon A and will be delighted with a maximum 8-0 home win.
In the first half, Carter's trio of former and present England internationals, Nigel Willard, David Lamb and Trevor Brown, left it late to snatch victory against Phil Watson, Alistair Hunter and John Aggas of Kirby Bedon A. The game was tied at 11-11 with one end remaining but a stunning count of four snatched victory.
Carter reached the interval 4-0 up on points after an excellent showing by Frank Edy, Jason Woods and Melvin Woods who buried Carol Aggas, Jim Couling and Selwyn Goldsmith 21-6. Kirby made the home side fight for points after the break as former England Singles champ Trevor Brown's final bowl grabbed a 13-12 win against Selwyn Goldsmith. Kirby's John Aggas was drawing 9-9 with Melvin Woods after 11 ends until a flurry of shots saw Woods win 16-9.
Hevingham sent out a signal that they intend to be in the thick of the title race with an 8-0 win at Sprowston. The night's biggest win was a 14-7 result for Pat Bunn, Alan Bunn and David Sharpe against Les Chadwick's triple. Sharpe followed it up with a 15-12 second half win. Ian MacLean, Pat Williamson and Vic Woods pulled off wins of 12-11 and 14-12 to make sure of maximum points.
Kirby B opened their campaign against Kirby Bedon A well as Peter Johnson, Bernie Cudden and Gerald Chilvers beat Jill Watson, John Aggas and Phil Watson 15-11 and Shirley Brown, Jimmy Dye and Joe Brown beat Leonora Chilman, Teresa Goldsmith and Selwyn Goldsmith 20-9.
With Leonora Chilman failing to find any form and Teresa Goldsmith struggling through the pain barrier with knee problems, Kirby A substituted both players at half-time with Carol Aggas coming in at lead and Jim Couling making his Kirby A debut at number two with Selwyn Goldsmith remaining at skip. The new-look triple immediately put Gerald Chilvers' triple under pressure to score the evening's biggest win of 24-7 to avoid a whitewash.
Joe Brown's triple ensured a 6-2 home win for Kirby Bedon B, beating Phil Watson's triple 15-11. Kirby A got revenge in the return match, beating Kirby B 6-2. Carol Aggas, Jim Couling and Selwyn Goldsmith beat Carol Johnson, Chris East and Bernie Cudden 21-6 and went on to beat Shirley Brown, Jimmy Dye and Joe Brown 11-9. Leonora Chilman, John Aggas and Phil Watson earned the other two points for Kirby A, winning 15-14 against Bernie Cudden.
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In Division Two, Framingham Earl were held to a 4-4 draw on their own mats by Thorpe Marriott A. R Jennings, Mervyn Blaza and C Bunn got the home side off to a good start with a 13-7 win against Janet Pinchen, Trevor Pinchen and Tony Turner but Sheila Redwood, D Knights and S Warnes hit back, beating Colin Emms' triple 16-10. After the break Tony Turner's triple, with Ted Redwood subbing at number two, inflicted another defeat on Colin Emms but C Bunn's win against D Knights made it honours even on the night.
Anglian Windows won 6-2 at home to Diss Yellow.