Norfolk four reach final at nationals
A great run of results saw Selwyn Goldsmith of Kirby Bedon, Debbie Phillips of Wymondham, David Lamb of Halvergate and Chris Mann of Wymondham reach the final of the National Fours Championship at Kempston.
After two days of dashed hopes in the national singles and pairs, Norfolk finally had a share of the silverware, but sadly it was the runners-up trophies as Roger Wiggins' Oxfordshire rink proved to be in brilliant form on the day.
For Wiggins it was a day of glory as he lifted the title for the third time. After winning through from the group stages, Mann's rink defeated fours from Shropshire, Essex, Hampshire and North Yorkshire to claim their place in the final.
For Lamb it was his third national final appearance having won the mixed fours a week earlier and finishing runner-up in the same event in 2009. It was Goldsmith's second final having previously finished runner-up in the singles in 2000.
The combination of Lamb, Phillips and Mann has proved potent in the last two years as they have built a reputation at national level in various events. In the singles Bradwell's Keith Cooke was Norfolk's most successful bowler, reaching the last 16 before losing to Worcestershire's Ian Davis after superb wins against Hampshire's James Bucknell and Humberside's Paul Hutchinson.
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Three Norfolk reached the last 16 of the national pairs but that proved as good as it got as Andrew Stratton and Chris Mann, Kim Bridge and Robert Howlett and Jason Woods and Robbie Lamb were all eliminated at that stage. The triples never got going for Norfolk's qualifiers, all failing to make it through the group stages.
Bob Carter are Norwich Cup winners yet again after a brilliant performance at Connaught in the second leg against the Breckland League side. Carter took a 17-7 lead into the return where their four triples completed a whitewash in the first four games to move 25-7 up, at which point Connaught conceded.
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Coltishall are Bure Cup winners after their two leg final clash against East Tuddenham. Coltishall had raced to a 20-4 win in the first leg on their own mats and the second leg at East Tuddenham ended early as Coltishall increased their lead to 27-9 after three sessions and Tuddenham conceded.
Bradwell Red are Coastal Cup champions after finishing one point ahead of Woodbastwick Eagles. Bob Carter had won the Wensum League title but Halvergate claimed the runner-up spot by winning at Woodbastwick.