Norfolk pair find Lakeside to their liking

Norfolk's Chris Mann & Trevor Brown.

Norfolk's Chris Mann & Trevor Brown. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk Premier and Norfolk A continued their impressive ICC form as they both celebrated victory at Lakeside.

Norfolk Premier made it four wins out of four as they hammered visitors Surrey Premier 35-5 on points, 212-144 on shots, with a revamped side turning on the style.

County captain Trevor Brown, of Carter, was in unstoppable form as he collected wins of 25-7 and 19-3 in the singles while recently-crowned European Open champion Chris Mann of Wymondham added wins of 14-11 and 13-8. Maximum points were also collected in the triples as George Clarke, John Turner and Melvin Woods won 13-8 and 11-9 and Kim Bridge, Debbie Phillips and Keith Cooke won 12-11 and 13-9. Not to be outdone, the fours also won all their games with Robbie Lamb, Andrew Stratton, Phil Watson and David Lamb winning 13-8 and 11-9 and Jean Woods, Brian Saunders, Bob Oatway and Jon Sparham winning 10-4 and 8-4.

Manager Selwyn Goldsmith handed 15-year-old Morgan Warnes and 18-year-old Josh Baxter a Premier team debut in the pairs and they impressed with an 11-11 draw and a 15-14 win – superb results for probably the youngest Premier team pairing in the country.

Nigel Willard and Jack Barrett opened with a 17-15 win, but suffered the only Premier defeat of the day, going down 7-16 in their last game.


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Norfolk A completed a double over neighbours Cambridgeshire with a heavy 27-13 win on points, 190-148 on shots, after a sticky start.

Hempnall's Neil Davidson was in fantastic form in the singles, beating Tony Kent 19-9 and ex-England player Joe Peters 18-3, while Connaught's Sheila Bragg added a 17-12 win against Tony Kent after losing her opener to Joe Peters.

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The opening pairs games were lost, but after the break Jenny Walker and Elaine Cole won 15-12 and Steven Lamb and Robin Amos won 14-8. Debbie Barrett, Melvyn Barker and David Dewing produced a win and a draw in the triples while Joan Costello, Gerald Chilvers and Colin Coman won 13-6 before losing their second game by just one shot.

Margaret Munford, John Poynter, Les Chadwick and George Munford won both their rink's games by 13-6 and 12-7 while Margaret Reynolds, Elaine Oatway, Elaine Cole and Malcolm Reynolds won their first game by 8-7.

Norfolk's next games are on Sunday, December 1 when Norfolk Premier entertain Northants and Norfolk A face Suffolk.

The qualifying heats of the Bure Pairs Championships saw the elimination of defending champions Maurice Kemp and George Clarke of Hevingham by Kirby Bedon's Janice Hewitt and Selwyn Goldsmith.

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