Six-shooting Norfolk stun derby rivals

Norfolk travelled to the Borough of Eye BC to play Suffolk in their latest match in the Eastern Counties League – and came away with an emphatic victory by 144 shots to 89, winning on all six rinks and taking maximum points.

It was the home team that made the better start, taking a four-shot lead at five ends.

But by the 10th end Norfolk had taken control, building a 13-shot lead which they extended over the second half of the match to 43 shots at 15 ends before running out winners by 55 shots.

The win was built around the rink skipped by John Ottaway that included debutants Tony Goodson of the RG Carter club and Caister's Graeme Punchard as well as Tom Segolo of County Arts.

They were up against last year's National triples champion John Catchpole, and they built on an early 11-0 lead to win 35-10.

The rinks skipped by Don Whyatt, Andy Siely and Philip Barr also notched up comfortable victories, whilst George Tubby's rink came from behind to secure victory and Roger Guy's rink wrapped up their win on the last end.

Norfolk still have an outside chance of winning the League Championship, but they will need to win the last match against Cambridgeshire at RG Carters on September 10 – and then hope that other results go in their favour.

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Rink scores: Richard Church, Bob Hall, Alistair Stevenson, Andy Siely 21-12; Tom Hall, Derek Talbot, George Hunter, Don Whyatt 27-16; Tony Goodson, Tom Segolo, Graeme Punchard, John Ottaway 35-10; Robert Hadingham, James Segolo, Barney Wymer, Philip Barr 22-17; Gary Mallett, Chris Gaul, Richard Summers, George Tubby 21-17; Ollie Allen, Greg Guy, Kevin Guy, Roger Guy 18-17.

Meanwhile, the county's attention now switches to the high-profile and prestigious Bowls England National Championships, at Beach House Park, Worthing, which begin next Saturday.

At the end of the two-week championships, Norfolk are in action in the semi-finals of the Middleton Cup, in which they take on Devon.

Manager Brian Taylor has named the same team that overwhelmed Northumberland in the quarter-finals.

Team line-up: George Tubby, Michael Hunter, Andy Siely, Mark Turner; Gary Mallett, Rob Parker, Daniel Noble, Wayne Willgress; Sam King, Jake Willgress, Paul Shackcloth, Jamie Chestney; Steffan Adcock, John Hunter, Mark Riches, Philip Barr; John Colcombe, Chris Gaul, Danny Page, Peter Boldero; John Ottaway, Micky Brown, Brian Taylor, Chris Willgress. Reserves: Max Harrison, Neil Moulton, Roger Guy, Bernie Perrett.

Progress of the County's representatives can be followed on the Bowls England website which is at www.bowlsengland.com or on Twitter on @BowlsEng.