Norfolk’s Middleton Cup hopes end in narrow loss to Hertfordshire

It was a close affair, but Norfolk are out of the Middleton Cup. Picture: Archant

It was a close affair, but Norfolk are out of the Middleton Cup. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant � 2006

Norfolk's hopes in the Middleton Cup ended in dramatic fashion at County Arts.

Needing to win to remain in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals they went down 128-129 to Hertfordshire.

Norfolk started well, opening a narrow lead which they maintained through most of the match, but they could never pull away and with two ends to play they were two shots ahead. But a loss of six shots on the penultimate end meant on the final end Norfolk required five shots for victory.

There was a chance to achieve this, but it was to no avail and a score of three shots on the end meant Norfolk went down by one shot. Norfolk took only four points from rink wins by George Tubby and Sam King.

On Sunday Norfolk lost heavily in the regional semi-final of the Balcomb Trophy to Essex, who then beat holders Leicestershire in the final to qualify for the National Championship semi-finals.

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