Norfolk BC complete historic county treble

Norfolk BC have become only the second club in history, after Cromer in 1989, to achieve the treble of Hansells League Championship, Club Championship (Bales Cup) and County Two Fours Championship (Lord Fermoy Cup).

Having beaten Acle in the final of the Bales Cup last week, they repeated the dose in the final of the Lord Fermoy Cup with a 55-47 victory.

Then, in the final round of league matches, leaders Acle were surprisingly beaten 4-1 at home by Downham Market, allowing Norfolk BC to retain the title with a similar margin of victory at Wymondham Dell.

The winners of the regional zones of the league are Hingham, Upwell, Freethorpe, RG Carter and Gissing, who now play off for a place in the Premier League to replace relegated Hunstanton. The preliminary round sees Upwell play Hingham at Swaffham on Wednesday, with the semi-finals and finals at Thorpe Rec BC on Sunday, August 4.

The winners of the lower leagues play-off for the Hansells Cup. In the preliminary round at Great Plumstead, also on Wednesday, Martham play Scole with the winners joining going through to the semi- finals and final at Wymondham Dell on Saturday, August 31.

n The Bowls England national competitions have reached the area final stage with several Norfolk bowlers successful in their quest to reach Worthing and Leamington Spa.

In the Over-55 singles Acle's John Colcombe beat King's Lynn's Nigel Blyth 21-9 to qualify for the national finals. Brothers Jake and Wayne Willgress have qualified in the Family Pairs by beating Martin Geary's duo from Roade (Northants) 25-16.

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Finally, in the Inter Area play-off in the Inter Club Mixed Two Fours, Norfolk BC travelled to St Neots to play Norgren BC from Warwickshire and came through to win by a single shot on an extra end, 37-36.

n Norfolk's young bowlers have been crowned champions of the Eastern Counties U30 League following victories over Essex and Cambs at Sawston BC. The match against Essex resulted in straightforward victory with big wins for the rinks skipped by Daniel Noble and Sam King.

n After a good start against a strong Cambridgeshire side, Norfolk went on to another comfortable victory, winning on all three rinks.

Rink scores. v Essex: Finlay Smith, Dean Rudling, Tom Baker & Daniel Noble 22, R. Harman 12; Tom Cooper, Alfie Smith, Matt Flatman & Wayne Willgress 14, D Curl 28; Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Jack Adcock & Sam King 31, R Mann 4. v Cambs: Finlay Smith, Dean Rudling, Tom Baker & Daniel Noble 30, R Drew 17; Tom Cooper, Alfie Smith, Matt Flatman & Wayne Willgress 18, S Gaight 14; Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Jack Adcock & Sam King 30, M Emery 16.

n In their penultimate match in the Senior Eastern Counties League, Norfolk beat Beds 127-99 at RG Carter, winning on three rinks to take 16 points. Norfolk are second in the table, nine points behind leaders Herts, and play their final match against Suffolk at Halesworth Angel on Saturday (10.30am).