Norfolk pipped by neighbours in Liberty Trophy semi-finals

Norfolk were pipped by Lincolnshire. Picture: Archant

Norfolk were pipped by Lincolnshire. Picture: Archant - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Norfolk were beaten by neighbours Lincolnshire 124-118 in the semi-finals of the Liberty Trophy.

The national men's inter-county championship semis had been snowed off in March, and were re-arranged for indoor finals in Nottingham at the weekend.

It was a clash which was always impossible to predict – rarely if ever did more than six shots separate the two counties.

Three rinks – the Lincolnshire rinks skipped by England stars Graham Smith and Matt Orrey, and the Norfolk rink skipped by George Tubby – topped the 30 mark, while another Norfolk rink comprising four bowlers from the Norfolk Bowls Club, skipped by Wayne Willgress, won 27-15.

Willgress was in direct opposition to his father-in-law-to-be, Adrian Field – father of Bex Field – from Boston, who was playing lead for Jordan Philpott.

Two big counts swayed the balance of power, a six from the Willgress rink giving Norfolk a distinct advantage mid-game, and a magnificent seven from Matt Orrey's men against Mervyn King's quartet turning a 117-112 lead for Norfolk into a 119-117 lead for Lincolnshire Imps. In the final, Lincs beat Kent 120-107.

Lincolnshire 124 Norfolk (Lincs names first - Kevin Rands, Richard Ashton, Danny Brown, Billy Jackson 22 Aaron Johnson (Norfolk), Dan Seabourne (Gallow), Richard Summers (Norfolk), Sam King (Gallow) 16; Adrian Field, Alan Watts, Kevin Ekins, Jordan Philpott 15 Jake Leslie, Matt Flatman, Tom Segolo, Wayne Willgress (all Norfolk) 27; Steve Harris, Terry Berridge, Ashley Caress, Graham Smith 34 Adam Watts, Max Turner, Peter Wilkinson, Philip Barr (all County Arts) 12; Scott Dunham, Ron Flowers, Simon Law, Martin Spencer 9 Lee Holden (Diss), Danny Ramsbottom (Acle), James Segolo (Norfolk), George Tubby (Acle) 31; Matt Whyers, Richard Vinter, Martin Pulling, Matt Orrey 32 Dan Cawthorne, Mark Riches (both Gallow), Ian Wones (Acle), Mervyn King (Gallow) 15; Ian Clark, Rod West, Andy Dunham, Jonathan West 12 Dean Rudling (Gallow), Aaron Stimson (Diss), Bernie Perrett (Norfolk), Steve Winter (Lynnsport) 17.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter