Norfolk prove too strong for Essex as Premier side preserve unbeaten start

PUBLISHED: 11:59 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:59 06 November 2017

Young Norfolk bowler Ryan Fox of Halvergate after a presentation to mark having played three times for Norfolk. Picture: Selwyn Goldsmith

Young Norfolk bowler Ryan Fox of Halvergate after a presentation to mark having played three times for Norfolk. Picture: Selwyn Goldsmith


It proved to be an excellent weekend for Norfolk as they won three games out of three against Essex.

Norfolk Premier are unbeaten in the I.C.C this season and a visit to Essex always proves to be a tough task but they recovered from a disappointing start to win 21-19.

In the triples Kerry Greenacre, Debbie Sparham & Keith Cooke opened with a 13-7 win and finished with a 20-12 win against Nigel Reed’s triple. Maximum points were also earned by Robin Amos, Andy Sindle, John Turner & Melvin Woods with wins of 9-6 & 17-8. Wymondham’s Jack Pye fought back to earn a 13-13 draw against Dom Reed in the singles before beating Mitchell Young 15-10.

Norfolk Premier have one game left to play in the group stages away to Kent and will travel with confidence after five straight wins.

Norfolk A had a poor start to the season but have pulled themselves back in contention after a solid 25-15 win away to Essex A. Halvergate’s Robbie Lamb put in another valuable shift in the singles with wins of 13-10 and 16-7 while young Ryan Fox & Colin Coman won their pairs games in brilliant style 17-5 and 20-8. Fox is playing with a maturity way beyond his years. In the fours Jean Woods, Steve Easter, Jack Marshall & Steve Hall also impressed with wins of 12-9 and 15-8. Norfolk A now go into their last group game away to Suffolk with a real chance of making it into the knock-out stages. On the previous day Norfolk entertained Essex B at Hingham and blew their opponents out of the water, winning by 37-3. Of the 20 triples games played Essex managed just a 7-6 win in the second session where they also drew a game 7-7. Aside from that it was one-way traffic. Angela Bond, Andy Sindle, Ryan Fox, Steve Hall, Elaine Willies & Steve Easter were all presented with their NCSMBA Squad plaques which are awarded to bowlers completing their third match for Norfolk.

A thumping 17-1 home win against Hemsby Harvesters leaves Bradwell Dynamos sitting pretty at the top of the Coastal League while it signalled five defeats in a row for the Hemsby side.

Second in the table are Hemsby Beachcombers who won 16-2 at Bradwell Robins. Woodbastwick Eagles are third after winning 13-5 at home to Martham.

It’s tight at the top of the Waveney League but Broome have their noses in front after a 7.5–1.5 home win against Bradwell. Wortwell are now the only unbeaten team after winning 7-2 at home to Carlton and have a game in hand over the top two. Kessingland finally won a game at the fourth attempt beating Earsham 6-3 while Haddiscoe did likewise beating Ilketshall 7-2.

In the Breckland League Carleton Rode beat league leaders Connaught A 7-3 but the dangerous spectre of Wymondham looms menacingly behind them both with a match in hand.

In the SNL life continues as normal with Hempnall collecting a 10-0 maximum win against Shropham. Kerry Greenacre, David Blundell & Rob Cranston won 37-5 with Colin Stevenson, Gerald Chilvers & Neil Davidson adding a 15-5 win.

Bure League action saw Thorpe Marriott win 8-2 at home to Horsford BC. George Clarke’s triple scored five shots on the last end of their game to snatch a 13-11 win. Halvergate beat Hevingham 8-2 with Keith Cooke’s triple winning 26-7.

Connaught A cruised into the next round of the Norwich Cup beating Sprowston 12-0 with a session to spare. Owen Secker’s triple won 11-3 and 12-4 while Sheila Bragg’s triple won 7-4 and 10-8.

In the City League Thorpe Marriott beat Taverham 14-0 while Deaf Sports beat Jarrolds 12-2.

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