Shock win for Hevingham puts a dent in East Tuddenham’s hopes of pipping Halvergate to title

Steve Hall of Hevingham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Steve Hall of Hevingham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

Hevingham pulled off a shock 8-2 home win against East Tuddenham that could well have a huge impact on the Bure League title race between Tuddenham and Halvergate.

The home side shocked their visitors by winning both opening games, with Penny Jefferies, Pat Hall and Steve Hall beating Simon Willies' triple 18-12 and Aleck Haynes, Chris Brooks and Maurice Kemp beating Gary Best's triple 14-11.

The second half saw Betty Cox, Joyce Vincent and David Sharpe record Hevingham's third win of the night, beating Melvin Woods 17-6, leaving Gillian Amos, Gerald Potter and Robin Amos to score Tuddenham's only win of the night.

Halvergate continued their pursuit of the title with a comfortable 10-0 home win against Windows. Donna Lamb, Nigel Willard and Simon Warnes opened with a 22-8 win and Josh Baxter, Robbie Lamb and Jason Woods added a 20-7 win. Ray Lamb, Steven Lamb and Morgan Warnes won 20-11 and Mike Tate, Jackie Smith and David Lamb completed the whitewash with a 24-8 victory.

Woodbastwick will be more than happy with a 9-1 home win against Hevingham, while Horsford Heroes beat Woodbastwick 8-2.

Bob Carter are through to the Norwich Cup final after beating Wymondham in both legs of their semi-final clash. The first leg was at Wymondham where the home side were hoping to build themselves a lead to take to Drayton for the second leg, but it was not to be. It was Bob Carter who won on the night, 9-7 on points.

In the second leg the first session of triples was shared, but Carter then won both pairs games to move 15-9 ahead on aggregate. Carter then made sure of their place in the final against Connaught A by winning both second-half triples games, leaving them winners by 15-9 on aggregate.

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City of Norwich League leaders Horsford BC were without a match, but their massive lead at the top means they won't be looking over their shoulders with much anxiety. Second-placed Horsford Heroes won 10-4 at Framingham Earl, but are 29 points behind and have played three more games. It was a week of mixed results for Costessey who won 12-2 at home to Framingham Earl but lost 10-4 at First Bus. Joining them in that category were Sprowston who romped to a 14-0 home win against Windows but lost 10-4 at Thorpe Marriott.

The NCSMBA Management Committee met to appoint a new Norfolk County team manager following the earlier announcement that Selwyn Goldsmith will not re-stand for the position once his current two-year term finishes at the end of March.

The Committee unanimously voted to appoint Simon Willies of East Tuddenham from April 1, with Keith Cooke of Halvergate as assistant manager.

The snow caused all ESMBA ICC semi-finals to be cancelled at the weekend and Norfolk Premier will now play Dorset Premier this Sunday at Daventry instead.

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