Norfolk set for Middleton Cup title defence

Norfolk begin their defence of the Middleton Cup on Saturday, June 1, when they travel to Parkway BC in Peterborough to play Huntingdonshire.

With Darren Rowsell and Philip Barr unavailable for this match and other players declaring themselves unavailable for the season there are several changes to the team that were successful at Worthing last August.

Norfolk team: Mark Elliott, Justin Hudson, George Tubby, Andy Siely; John Tufts, Neil Moulton, Mark Riches, Wayne Willgress; Max Harrison, Roger Guy, Chris Gaul, Peter Boldero; John Ottaway (captain), Robert Hadingham, Paul Shackcloth, Mervyn King; Sam King, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner, Ian Catchpole; John Colcombe, Peter Wilkinson, Jake Willgress, Stephen Winter; Reserves: Tom Baker, Simon Elliott, Charlie Boon, Philip Barr, Darren Rowsell

Norfolk's young bowlers were successful in their opening match in the National White Rose Trophy Under-25 Championship by beating Hertfordshire at Royston BC by 44 shots to 35. Both rinks returned wins with that skipped by Wayne Willgress putting in a strong finish to put the county through to the Regional Finals which will be held on Sunday, June 16.

Rink scores: Max Harrison, Ollie Allen, Liam Stevenson, Jake Willgress 21 Bradley Coles 20; John Tufts, Chris Wells, Ian Catchpole, Wayne Willgress 23 Matt Coppen 15

County President Peter Cottee led a successful county tour to Kent with the team winning all six matches.

Malcolm Nicholson (North Walsham) was the most successful bowler, winning the Tourist Trophy with Michael Green (Wymondham Dell) in second place.

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During the week there were various fund raising events which raised the sum of £650 for the president's charities, the East Anglian Children's Hospice and the Primary Club.

Results: Norfolk 101 Betteshanger BC 87, Norfolk 134 Hythe BC 78, Norfolk 114 Folkestone Park BC 85, Norfolk 94 Aylesham & Snowdown BC 59, Norfolk 146 Canterbury BC 62, Norfolk 122 Kent County Bowling Association 103