Norfolk cruise to easy victory

Norfolk Premier won 25-15 away to London in the Inter-County Championships to boost hopes of qualifying from the group stages.

London appear to be in disarray and rumours of a proposal to disband as a county association were circulating prior to the match.

Norfolk dominated in the triples with Robin Amos, George Clarke and John Turner winning by 18-7 and 12-6 and Chris Mann's triple winning their first game by 16-8. The singles also picked up eight points from ten with Trevor Brown winning his games 14-12 and 16-10 and David Lamb adding a 16-13 win.

Melly Woods' rink won their opening game 8-4 and drew their second 11-11 with Brian Saunders' rink weighing in with a 13-7 win in the second half. London did better in the pairs with Norfolk's only win a 10-8 victory for Sue Hunt and Sheila Bragg. Essex Premier beat Northants 26-14 in the other game in Norfolk's group. Bure League defending champions Kirby Bedon won 8-2 at Horsford BC where they enjoyed a good first half.

Defending Breckland League champions Wymondham began their defence of the title with an 8-2 win at Connaught B but the home side surprised the visitors as they put up unexpected stout resistance. The only clear cut win was by Chris 'Blazer' Mann's triple who recorded a 19-12 win but Debbie Phillips' triple won by just one shot and Mark Linsdell's triple by just two.

Wymondham looked a different side in their second match as they romped to a maximum 10-0 win at Banham scoring 98 shots against just 33. Connaught B were obviously encouraged by the way they pushed Wymondham and the following night pulled off a rare away win at Forncett by 6-4.

Watton opened with an 8-2 home win against Carleton Rode as Roger Braham's triple won 23-6 and Daphne Braham's triple won 22-6.

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Coltishall are through to the second round after a 14-10 home win against Thorpe Marriott.

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