Play-offs to decide ups and downs

The new Norfolk League season is under way with 32 teams split into five divisions – seven in the top two divisions and six in the other three.

This means there will be far fewer matches played but also – the league committee hope – far fewer mis-matches.

In one of two other important changes there will no longer be automatic relegation for the team finishing next to bottom in a division and no automatic promotion for the team finishing second. Instead these teams will meet in a promotion/relegation play-off.

The other major change sees point a rally scoring introduced in the top division for the first time.

Potters, league runners-up last season, got their 'Super League' season off to a winning start as they beat Diss 18-6. Both Rob Hambrook and Paul Field won in straight games while David Hall beat Adam Gretton 3-2 in the fifth string match and former Norfolk champion Jamie Goodrich won 13-9 17-15 9-13 13-4 against Neil Cross at No 1. The one Diss winner was Jack Bell who beat veteran Eric Plane 3-1 at No 4.

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Broadland also got off to a winning start, beating visiting Barnham Broom 18-9. Former Oasis captain Paul Atterton has joined Broadland and he came from 1-2 down to beat Vince Somers 3-2 at No 5 while another new recruit, Mark Thomas, won 3-1 at No 4 against Alan Soame. Steve Moxey beat Luke Plumridge 3-1 and Ian Cox won the battle of the former Norfolk champions against Matthew Bolt 13-10 9-13 7-13 13-10 13-9. Barnham's Simon Howling inflicted a rare defeat on Richard Millman.

In the second division – now rebranded as Division One – North Norfolk beat newly-relegated East Anglia 14-9. Norfolk Over 50 stalwart Peter Scott, who has joined North Norfolk after the demise of King's Lynn, beat Nick Ross 3-1 while Martin Pearse belied his years with a 10-8 4-9 0-9 10-9 10-8 victory over Peter Dean.

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• Super League: Broadland 18, Barnham Broom 9; Potters 18, Diss 6; East Anglia II v East Anglia late result.

• Division One: North Norfolk 14, East Anglia III 9; North Walsham v East Anglia IV (late result), SportsPark v Barnham Broom II (late result).

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