Selwyn Goldsmith set to stand down as Norfolk manager

Selwyn Goldsmith with the ICC Trophy. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Selwyn Goldsmith with the ICC Trophy. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

Norfolk County team manager Selwyn Goldsmith has announced that he does not intend to re-stand for the position when his current two year term ends on March 31.

He was appointed county manager in 2012 and led Norfolk Premier to their first Inter-County Championship triumph in 20 years when they defeated Essex Premier in the 2016 final following quarter-final and semi-final victories against defending champions Hampshire and eight time winners Cheshire.

He said that lifting the I.C.C trophy was one of his greatest experiences in his 30 years of short mat bowls.

His tenure has seen Norfolk switch to their now familiar yellow & green polo top style playing uniform and compete against the Irish & Welsh champions in Tenby in the 2016 British Isles Top Team Championships where they inflicted a rare International Rinks defeat on Mid Ulster on the opening day's play.

Under his management Norfolk Premier have reeled off six straight wins so far this season to finish top of their I.C.C group while Norfolk A have also finished as group winners in their section and both will compete in the knock-out stages in February.

SNL action saw Hempnall take maximum points at home to Horsford with Bernie Cudden, Debbie Sparham & Jon Sparham leading the way with a 21-9 win against Carol Aggas, Richard Dix & John Aggas.

In the Bure League Horsford BC always knew that their chances of success were limited at East Tuddenham and so it proved to be as they lost 10-0, Chris Mann's triple were in great form winning 27-4.

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Woodbastwick won 8-2 at home to Thorpe Marriott and the biggest win of the night was achieved by Woodbastwick's David Brawn, Tony Wright & Derek Sheldrake who beat Sylvia Turner, Bob McPherson & George Clarke 18-8.

Connaught ended their run of defeats in the Tens League with an excellent 2-0 away win at Hevingham. The home side surprisingly failed to win any of the four games at their venue with only Pat Williamson & Steve Hall avoiding defeat in a 14-14 draw against Diana Adcock & Sylvia Parsons. The other pairs game was won by Connaught's Elaine & Bob Oatway who beat Lesley Crowe & David Sharpe 13-12. Connaught's triples were Di Quadling, Dave Quadling & Joe LiRocchi who won 12-10 and Bill Adcock, Mike Parsons & Mike Minshull who won 16-12.

Breckland League leaders Wymondham reeled off yet another win beating Harling Unicorns 8-2. Roger Steele, Brian Saunders & Mark Linsdell led the way scorching to a 32-5 win assisted by Chris Mann's 25-10 win and Jon Sparham's 21-16 win. Mike Tarrent's triple scored a consolation 15-12 win for Harling against Debbie Sparham's triple.

The Norwich Cup semi-final draw has brought two of Norfolk's top club sides on a collision course with Breckland League giants Wymondham up against Tens League giants Bob Carter. The other two leg semi-final will see City of Norwich League side First Bus playing Connaught A of the Breckland League. Elaine Willies of East Tuddenham has agreed to take on the roles of Treasurer in the Bure League & Secretary/Treasurer of the Tens League. Both posts have been vacant since the mid-term resignation of Jill Watson.

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