Play-off dreams dashed

Norfolk's Federation bowls teams were involved in close games on Saturday when they travelled to take on near neighbours Suffolk.

Despite winning on three of the six rinks in both games the overall results went against the Norfolk bowlers. The Adams team lost by 166 shots to 154 and the Newton team by 179 shots to 161. These results end any hope of qualifying for the end of season championship play-offs.

In the Adams game played at Ipswich and District BC the scores were (Norfolk first): M Chapman, T Baker and D Toyn 23-39. S Peach, M Wilkinson and I Whiley 33-21. J Hudson, G Todhunter and J Cason 26-22. J Annis, R Greef and C Lawrence 16-39. A Sayer, N Browne and B Sadler 37-15. W Burrage, N Blyth and V Hudson 19-30.

The Newton game was played at Margaret Catchpole BC and the scores were: D Smith, E Clapham and K Breame 21-34, S Reynolds, J Hudson and P Randell 34-22, P Cox, G Hewitt and D Sherman 30-27, D Webb, P Clutterbuck and N Chilvers 20-34, R Bunton, M Bird and A Rowsell 21-35 and J Groves, J Cook and A Manson 35-27.

This Saturday Norfolk entertain Lincolnshire with the Adams game being played at North Walsham (Tungate) and the Newton game at R G Carter. Both games start at 2pm and spectators are welcome.

• Norfolk ladies played their final away game of the season when they took on North Cambs at Upwell Park in the Donald Steward Trophy and March Town in the Silver Jubilee Vase. The Steward team came away disappointed as despite winning on four rinks they only gained eight out of the 22 points available in a 124-127 defeat. There was better news for the Vase team as they won 153-114 for 18 points.

The next games are on July 14 when Norfolk play Suffolk at RG Carters and County Arts.

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