Short Mat Bowls: Wymondham fight back against Horsford B

Newly-promoted Horsford B began their Summer League Division One campaign the hard way with a trip to Wymondham.

Roger Steele, Mark Linsdell and Debbie Phillips began in blistering form for Wymondham blowing away Lynn Frank, Carol Kemp and Roger Frank 27-5. At 17-0 up after just six ends the result was never in doubt.

Horsford though were still level on points at the interval after Mark Tuttle, with Mally Kemp at lead and Sue Fox at number two, stunned home favourites Mikey George, Jon Sparham and Chris Mann. With Mally Kemp in tremendous form the visiting triple surprised Wymondham by starting well to lead 7-6 after seven ends.

Tuttle drew a vital shot wood in on the penultimate end to give his triple a 13-11 lead and they added three shots on the final end to win by 16-11.

After the break Andrew Stratton replaced Chris Mann and the home triple redeemed themselves beating Roger Frank 12-9 in a tight match. Debbie Phillips' unchanged triple didn't have it quite so easy in the second half but still managed a 16-9 win against Mark Tuttle's triple which surprisingly substituted the on-form Mally Kemp to the relief of the Wymondham captain as his side completed a 6-2 home win.

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Wymondham's second match at Hevingham saw them up their game winning 8-0 to go top of the division. Roger Steele, John Sparham and Chris Mann won by 15-10 and 21-7 while Roger Steele, Jack Barrett and Debbie Phillips won by 15-9 and 21-6. Defending champions Bob Carter were held to a 4-4 draw at Hevingham with Maurice Kemp and David Sharpe skipping their Hevingham triples to one win apiece while Melvin Woods picked up two wins for Carter.

Norfolk Over 60's enjoyed a busy weekend of bowling but lost both matches they were involved in. They began with a fixture against Essex Friends at Stonyhill I.B.C in Essex on Friday and suffered a 54-36 defeat.

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Their chances were not helped by playing on very heavy mats at the county venue and the home side rolling up before hand while Norfolk went on cold. After the game the Norfolk side travelled to Folkestone to prepare for Saturday's match against Kent Friends. They were unable to repeat last season's success and lost 58-38.

Norfolk's top triple of the day were Alice Payne of Saxlingham, Kerry Greenacre of Haddiscoe and Selwyn Goldsmith of Kirby Bedon who won all their games by 12-6, 9-3 and 17-2. Russell Hales of Connaught appeared in three different Norfolk triples but also tasted success in all three games.

The Norfolk CSMBA Management Committee has voted unanimously in favour of Norfolk withdrawing from membership of the South-East Short Mat Bowls Association with immediate effect.

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