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Cranston trio celebrate Potters Shield victory in memory of father, Rob

PUBLISHED: 12:39 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:39 24 September 2018

Potters Shield winners Owen, Lewis and Claire Cranston, who retained the title in memory of Rob Cranston. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Potters Shield winners Owen, Lewis and Claire Cranston, who retained the title in memory of Rob Cranston. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

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The annual Potters Cup weekend proved to be an emotional occasion as the Cranston trio took victory in the Potters Shield.

Potters Cup winners: John Jeffery, Debbie Sparham & Jon Sparham of Wymondham. Picture: Teresa GoldsmithPotters Cup winners: John Jeffery, Debbie Sparham & Jon Sparham of Wymondham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

The annual Potters Cup weekend proved to be an emotional occasion as the Cranston trio took victory in the Potters Shield.

Last year Lewis and Owen Cranston took victory in the competition alongside their father, Rob, who died earlier this year following a suspected explosion whilst working at Briar Chemicals on Sweet Briar Road, Norwich.

Rob’s widow, Clair, decided to play the event alongside her sons, wearing special tops in his memory, and they went on to retain the title.

The ran out convincing winners in the final as they beat Mike Boswell’s triple 8-4 after seeing off Pam Pearce, Jean Godfey and Geoff Ward 14-0 in the semi-finals.

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In the main Potters Cup event pre-tournament favourites John Jeffery, Debbie Sparham & Jon Sparham of Wymondham began in blistering form, inflicting a heavy 22-0 defeat on their unfortunate opponents in their first game. Their run of wins also included a 17-0 result as they swept all before them to reach the semi-finals where they brushed aside Carol Taylor, Bob Taylor & North York’s star Arthur Jackson by 15-4.

Pat & Alan High of Essex were playing with Wymondham’s Steve Easter and they recovered from an opening game defeat to secure their semi-final place with a +52 shot difference.

They earned their final place with a solid 11-0 win against Derek Barley’s Carlton Colville triple. Sparham’s Wymondham triple gained an early advantage in the final taking two shots on the opening end before Alan High’s triple scored a single on the second end.

But with all three Wymondham players in determined mood they took control of the game denying their opponents the chance to add another shot. The five shots they scored on the penultimate end moved them 13-1 up and the last end was not played.

The Potters Cash Pairs event on Sunday was won by Chris & Celia Jeans of Somerset who were undefeated.

Kerry Greenacre & Keith Cooke of Norfolk finished in second place with Wymondham’s Debbie & Jon Sparham third.

Popular Potters entertainer Mark Brewer conducted the presentation ceremony with event organiser Teresa Goldsmith.

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