Roper’s haul completes Broadland’s great escape
With just two results outstanding in this season's Norfolk SRA Leagues, neither of which will have any bearing on the top or bottom of the divisions, all the promotion and relegation issues have now been resolved.
The second relegation spot in Division Two was decided this week when Broadland II, despite losing 17-7 to Fakenham, got the points they needed to finish just five points ahead of Bannatyne's II who, together with Potters II will be relegated to Division Three.
Veteran Geoff Roper had a good straight game victory over young Connor Doy which ensured the Broadland side would get the points they needed while, for Fakenham, Oli Bacon-Hilton and Adam Sinkins both won 3-0. Captain Bruce Bushell beat Paul Banham 9-7 9-5 2-9 7-9 9-3 and Alex Oliver came from behind to beat Bob Sewell 5-9 9-5 8-10 9-4 9-4.
In Division One Barnham Broom had a convincing 20-3 maximum against East Anglia III, who were only able to raise four players, but they will have to settle for third place after Potters beat Broadland 20-6 and received a walk-over from East Anglia III.
Matthew Bolt and Simon Howling both won their matches 3-0 while Ian Thompson won 3-1 and veteran Vince Somers beat Paul Harvey 3-2.
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East Anglia, who were the first Norfolk League champions in 1972, were 19 points clear at the top of the division and they have now won the title 14 times with their second and third teams also having the title once each.
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Division One: East Anglia III 0, Potters 20 (walk-over); Bannatyne's 10, East Anglia II 14; Barnham Broom 20, East Anglia III 3; Potters 20, Broadland 6; Oasis 8, Diss 14.