Norfolk under-18 tenpin bowlers retain inter-county title

Norfolk's under-18 boys have retained their Inter County title. Pictured, from left, are Tom Caldwel

Norfolk's under-18 boys have retained their Inter County title. Pictured, from left, are Tom Caldwell, Alex Pates, Patrick Gregory, Rob Cater and Karl Chown (team manager). - Credit: Submitted

Norfolk's under-18 boys retained their inter-county title thanks to a superb performance.

After qualifying the team consisting of Rob Cater, Alex Pates, Patrick Gregory and Tom Caldwell (making his U18s debut) finished in third place. The top eight qualified through to the knockout stages.

The quarter-final match was against Derbyshire which they won comfortably 664-567.

The semi-final was against Lincolnshire who put up some strong opposition with a 707 game but Norfolk were not to be denied with a 762 score. The final against Yorkshire was a lower scoring affair that went right down to the last frame with Norfolk coming from behind to claim the gold medal 656-640.

All four bowlers contributed throughout and it was a great team performance once again. Rob Cater also won the high game award for the tournament with his 277 game.

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Norfolk's under-18 girls had never previously won a medal at this level and with four of the six bowlers coming from the under-15s team it was always going to be a difficult task.

The team consisted of Abi Cater, Jasmin Pates, Jordann Dickinson, Kathryn Betts, Rebecca Denton and Nicola Betts. After a promising start they qualified for the finals in eighth place which was a great achievement.

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Few people gave Norfolk much chance of progressing further as they would now play number one seeds Lancashire in the quarter-finals. The match was close throughout and Norfolk were excellent in winning 632-628. The belief in the team was growing although they lost the semi-final to Essex 590-547. This left Norfolk with a bronze medal match with a strong Hampshire team. Norfolk saved their best game of the tournament for the right time. They bowled brilliantly to win 727-695.

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