Sixth time lucky for Norfolk Over-60s as they get the better of Kent Invicta in Challenge Shield
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Norfolk Over 60s have finally lifted the Challenge Shield after completing a home and away double against Kent Invicta.
In 2012, the same two teams initiated the event which signalled the start of a five-year stranglehold on the shield by the mixed age Kent side.
When Norfolk established a 38-34 lead in the away leg it was on the cards that the Over 60s side might finally end that barren spell.
The second leg at Hingham, played on six mats, saw the first two sessions both drawn 6-6, but Norfolk increased their overall lead with a narrow 7-5 points win in the third session.
Kent Invicta were not prepared to let the shield slip away easily and came out fighting in the fourth session with their pairs taking an 8-4 points lead. But home advantage finally kicked in on the last two sessions with Norfolk's triples winning the fifth session 8-4 on points and the pairs repeating the feat in the final session to clinch a 77-67 aggregate points win.
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Top Norfolk performers were Gillian Amos, Tony Oram and Melvyn Barker, who won all their games by 9-7, 11-9 and 22-1.
In Summer League Division One action, Bob Carter moved top of the table with a 6-2 away win. Nigel Willard, John Turner and Melvin Woods won both their games at Deaf Sports, beating Robin Amos' triple 14-12 and Laura Hawksworth 22-8. Simon Willies' triple added a 15-12 win against Laura Hawksworth while Robin Amos scored Deaf Sports' only win, beating Simon Willies 12-10.
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Bob Carter collected a maximum 8-0 home win against Thorpe Marriott. John Turner, James Forster and Gary Best won 16-6 against Tony Turner and 19-7 against George Clarke while Jason Woods, Simon Willies and David Lamb beat George Clarke 18-6 and then beat John Jarvis 16-9.
Division Two leaders Horsford Heroes slipped to a surprise 6-2 home defeat against Watton, despite Nigel James, Carol Kemp and Vic Webster storming to a 24-3 win against Roger Braham. It proved to be the home side's only win, though, as Will Hoggan's triple won by 15-14 and 20-9 and Roger Braham won his other game 14-12. Forncett are second with two games in hand after an 8-0 home win against Shropham.