Norfolk teams come up just short in ICC comp despite excellent season

Norfolk's Gary Best was in good form but he couldn't stop his team slipping to defeat. Picture: TERE

Norfolk's Gary Best was in good form but he couldn't stop his team slipping to defeat. Picture: TERESA GOLDSMITH - Credit: Archant

After a great season that had seen Norfolk Premier and Norfolk A storm through to the ICC semi-finals both teams suffered defeat in Daventry.

I.C.C defending champions Norfolk Premier knew they were in for a tough match against the powerful West Mids and they were second best in a 28-12 defeat.

Norfolk A came up against Cheshire A in their last four tie and went down to a 26-14 defeat.

Latest results from the Bure League show that title contenders Halvergate & East Tuddenham are now locked together on 82 points each after playing ten games apiece. Halvergate were in sparkling form at Horsford Heroes where they collected a maximum 10-0 away win.

Jackie Smith, Lewis Cranston and David Lamb swept aside Vic Webster's triple winning 25-6 while Ray Lamb, Nigel Willard and Jason Woods won 23-6 against Peter Fox.

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Halvergate also won 10-0 at home to Hevingham with Jackie Smith, Roy Walker and Keith Cooke winning 21-5 against Steve Hall's triple and Nigel Willard, Steven Lamb and Jason Woods beating Maurice Kemp's triple 21-6.

East Tuddenham will be somewhat relieved to have emerged from their away match at Hevingham with a 6-4 win after only winning on one mat. Gillian Amos, Robin Amos and Simon Willies saved the day with a 21-4 win against Aleck Haynes' triple.

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Hevingham are still finding points hard to come by in the Tens League. Their visit to Kirby Bedon ended in a 4-0 defeat with the home side winning on all mats. Melvyn Barker and Selwyn Goldsmith gave Kirby Bedon a great start beating Eddie Hayward and former Norfolk County Pairs champion David Sharpe by 22-3 and Jill Watson, Gerald Chilvers and Phil Watson's 16-13 win against Aleck Haynes' triple left Kirby 22 shots up at the break.

Four days later Hevingham entertained title chasing Hempnall and despite an improved performance still went down 3-0.

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