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Norfolk A pulled off an excellent 26-14 win in Felixstowe against Suffolk to give themselves a great chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Inter-County Championships.

Peter Smart's triple won both their games as did Chris Musk and Elaine Cole in the pairs. Josh Baxter, Gerald Chilvers, Joe Brown and Ty Musk produced wins of 10-6 and 12-10 in the rinks as Suffolk slumped to defeat. Norfolk's final group match is at home to runaway leaders Essex while third placed Suffolk travel to Cambs.

Alison Rush skipped her Connaught triple to a big 27-4 win against Thurton in the match of the week in the South Norfolk League that Connaught won 8-2. After four straight wins Horsford lost for the first time this season going down 6-4 at Saxlingham Nethergate despite scoring a total of 53 shots against the home team's 49. Framingham Earl have not had the best of seasons so far and things did not improve as they lost 8-2 at home to Thurton. Defending Tens League champions Bob Carter collected an easy 4-0 home win against Kirby Bedon with Kim Bridge and Trevor Brown winning 24-4 and Frank Edy, Malcolm Reynolds and Nigel Willard winning 23-4. Coltishall beat Hevingham 3-0 mainly due to a superb 27-4 win for Martin Edridge, Brian Bunting and Peter Barnett against David Sharpe's triple. Kirby Bedon completed a double over Connaught but had to fight all the way for a 2-0 home win despite Shirley and Joe Brown winning 23-6. Wymondham continued to pile up the points and the shots in the Breckland League as they blew away Forncett by 10-0 on points and 108-28 on shots. Forncett achieved better results in two other games.

At Hingham Yellow they collected a 9-1 away win and they drew at home to Banham. Connaught A made it six wins in a row beating Harling 10-0. Top-scoring triple were Rita Secker, Gordon Wilcox and Owen Secker who won by 22-10.

Carleton Rode also took maximum points beating Hingham Yellow 10-0 with Jill Davidson, Michael Newby and Russell Davidson winning 19-11. Woodbastwick Eagles are eleven points clear in the Coastal League after a 15-3 home win against Bradwell Red. Second placed Woodbastwick Owls won 14-4 at home to Bradwell Blue.

Bure League leaders Kirby Bedon completed their last game before Xmas with a 10-0 maximum win at home to Anglian Windows with Peter Johnson, Jimmy Dye and Alistair Hunter winning 23-4. Coltishall are through to the quarter-finals of the Norfolk County Cup after winning 7-1 at home to Hevingham.

Captain Willie Jefferies beat Vic Woods 18-12, Peter Barnett beat David Sharpe 22-9 and John Aggas won by 19-6 against Pat Williamson as Coltishall found the match surprisingly comfortable.

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The remaining game between Jean Barnett and George Clarke was drawn 15-15.

Coltishall now face a trip to Connaught A to face one of the Breckland League's big guns. Coltishall also took a step into the next round of the Norwich Cup with a 16-8 home win against Anglian Windows.

Coltishall's John Aggas gave nothing away all night winning his games by 8-1, 7-2 and 7-2 but Mike Boswell picked up maximum points for the visitors winning by 6-2, 6-1 and 7-4.

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