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Norfolk come out on top in East Anglian derby clash

PUBLISHED: 14:23 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 07 November 2017

Norfolk U14s, back row, from left, George, Adithya, Naraen, Harry. Front: Katie, Freya, Rhianna and Kajol. Picture: Jeremy Wakefield

Norfolk U14s, back row, from left, George, Adithya, Naraen, Harry. Front: Katie, Freya, Rhianna and Kajol. Picture: Jeremy Wakefield

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It was a bonfire night to remember as the Norfolk U14 junior badminton team took on Suffolk in the East Anglian derby.

Suffolk took an early lead by gaining the upper hand in the mixed doubles, winning three of the four games, but it was short-lived as the Norfolk boys clawed ahead, winning all four of their singles games.

Suffolk regained their composure, winning three of the four girls’ singles, and moved ahead by winning three of the four girls’ doubles games.

This left Norfolk 9-7 down and the result in the hands of the boys’ doubles. All four matches were closely fought, but the Norfolk boys held their nerve to take all games, leaving Norfolk with an 11-9 win.

In the spirit of friendship between the two counties, a match was held between the second teams, a friendly to allow other players to gain experience on the county circuit. Norfolk won the game 13-7.

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