Norfolk undone by second half revival
A superb second half comeback by Norfolk Premier could not stop ICC giants Cheshire Premier completing a 25-15 victory in Northants to end the county's interest in the competition.
Cheshire enjoyed a great first half to build up a 14-2 lead and the deficit proved too much for Norfolk to overcome.
It was a good day at the office for Norfolk's singles players as Trevor Brown won his games by 15-11 and 18-13 and David Lamb won his second game by 18-9 as they collected eight of the 10 points on offer.
Brown trailed former England singles champion Gareth Stanway 9-0 in his second match before storming back to win.
After the match Lianne Mills thanked the Norfolk players for their support and efforts during her two years as county team manager. She has already advised the NCSMBA that she has decided not to seek re-election to the post.
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Norfolk Over-60s romped to a 38-10 points win at Carlton Colville against Derek Barley's Suffolk Select in the return match of their two game challenge.
In their home match, at Lakeside, Norfolk had beaten Barley's Select by 31-17 and were expecting a much closer game in Suffolk but on the day Norfolk Over-60's hit a rich vein of form and ran away with the game winning all six sessions.
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Four triples earned maximum points with Ted Redwood's triple winning by 11-3, 6-5 and 11-5, Rex Cox's triple winning by 13-6, 10-8 and 10-9, Melvyn Barker's triple winning by 13-6, 9-4 and 12-5 and Mike Boswell's triple winning 13-4, 12-4 and 10-7.
Fifteen-year old Halvergate bowler Josh Baxter underlined his potential to be one of Norfolk's brightest stars as he won the Norfolk Under-18's National Qualifier at Woodbastwick. He beat Wymondham 17-year-old Mikey George, another excellent bowler, into second place.
Costessey's Jack Barrett, who the previous day made his county debut at Potters Bar against West Sussex A, aged 15, came in third while 14-year-old Lewis Cranston of County Council was fourth.
Norfolk have been awarded four places in the National Under-18 Championships, set to be played on March 18 at Kempston IBC.
Coltishall set up a Bure Cup Final showdown with Kirby Bedon after an excellent finish in their second leg semi-final match at Woodbastwick. Defending a 17-7 first leg lead, Coltishall suffered a poor first half losing five of the first six games.
This left Woodbastwick 19-17 behind on points and looking favourites, but a second half recovery saved the day for Coltishall as only Peter Jablonowski's triple were able to record a win after the break. Wins of 14-3 and 10-1 wins for Martin Edridge, Jean Barnett and Margaret Harman inspired the visitors and a 6-4 win for Willie Jefferies & a 9-2 win for John Aggas saw them over the line.
Connaught A beat Banham 8-2 to maintain their Breckland League title push. Chris Musk, Lee Fallows & Sylvia Parsons again led the way with a 28-5 win while Bill Adcock's triple won 22-10.
Bottom club Harling beat fellow strugglers Forncett 10-0 with Betty Murphy, Terry Murphy and Matt Cunningham winning 19-10.
Woodbastwick moved to the top of the Bure League after a 10-0 home win against Anglian Windows. Brian Frost, Norma Jablonowski and Peter Jablonowski inflicted a 25-4 defeat on Mike Boswell's triple while Roger Green, Elaine Cole and Trevor Hallett beat Alan Williamson's triple 26-11. A 21-11 win for Tony Wright and an 18-9 win for Jim Couling completed a great night for the home side.