Norfolk open Anglian League campaign with narrow defeat
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Norfolk's Anglian League campaign got off to a frustrating start at King's Lynn when they suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Northamptonshire in their opening fixture.
Kevin Webb's team were level after the foursomes and remained competitive in the singles, but in the end it was the visitors who prevailed 6½-5½.
Webb had a weekend to remember, winning both his matches, although it goes without saying that he would have preferred an overall success for his team.
'We got very close but just couldn't get over the line,' he said. 'All the players gave their all but in the end it wasn't quite enough.'
In a closely contested morning session Jamie Smith and Warren Bates, on his first team debut, won 2&1 and Richard Wilson and Webb triumphed one up, while there were defeats for Simon Clark and Iain Yule (one down) and Dylan Green and new boy James Flescher (7&6).
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It was a similar story after lunch, with tight matches the order of the day, before Northants got the better of four of them - with one encounter being halved - to claim the spoils.
Norfolk's winners were Flescher (1 up), Yule (3&2) and, bringing up the rear, Webb (3&2) while Clark contributed the half. The losing players were Green (3&2), Smith (3&2), Bates (3&2) and Wilson (1 down).
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Ian Rollett's first match in charge of the seconds was an encouraging one as Norfolk returned from Kingsthorpe in Northamptonshire with a 6-6 draw, with both the morning and afternoon sessions ending all square.
Josh Weeds and Jake Keeley (1up) and Jack Cullington and David Clarke (3&2) took the foursomes honours for Norfolk, while Shaun Larkins and Darren Abbs (3&2) and Craig Spurr and Rollett (3&2) went down. After lunch the winners were Weeds (5&3), Clarke (4&2) and Rollett (2&1) with Keeley and Larkins contributing halves. Cullington (5&3), Abbs (1 down) and Spurr (3&1) suffered defeats.
The Diss Seniors' Open attracted 88 competitors from 27 clubs.
Winners were David Roope and Tim Daniels from Haverhill with 41 points who won on countback from Steve Jacques of Diss and Harvey MacIntyre of Woodbridge.