Thorpe Marriott safely through in Summer Cup after Horsford Heroes win

John Jarvis helped Thorpe Marriott to victory over Horsford heroes. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

John Jarvis helped Thorpe Marriott to victory over Horsford heroes. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

Thorpe Marriott are through to the next round of the Summer Cup after a 6-2 away win at Horsford Heroes.

Marjorie Hall, Kath Frost & Tony Turner opened with a 19-4 win against Jane James' triple while Jenny Walker, John Jarvis & George Clarke beat Vic Webster's triple 26-9. After the break George Clarke's triple added a 19-18 win against Peter Fox to clinch victory. Thorpe Marriott now face a trip to Kirby Bedon in the semi-finals.

Summer League Division One action saw Wymondham win 6-2 at home to Deaf Sports in a match they would have been hoping to collect maximum points from. In the first half Wymondham's Mark Linsdell, Debbie Sparham & Jack Pye led by just 11-10 with three ends to play against Lewis Cranston, Lesley Crowe & Laura Hawksworth but held on to win 16-14. Jon Sparham, John Jeffery & Chris Mann added Wymondham's second win by crushing Robin Amos and his triple 27-3. Laura Hawksworth and her triple again put Wymondham under pressure in the second half and this time emerged with a 14-13 win against Chris Mann's triple. Meanwhile Jack Pye's triple made sure of a Wymondham home win beating Robin Amos 20-8 but this result means that title chasing Wymondham have now dropped six points from their opening three games.

In another away match Deaf Sports held Diss to a 4-4 draw with Gillian Amos, Caroline Mohamad & Robin Amos doing the business beating Trish Taylor's triple 14-11 and Terry Newby's triple 15-11. The home side earned their share of the points with Bill Francis beating Laura Hawksworth 21-10 and Graham Mobbs beating Hawksworth 13-11. Halvergate won 5-3 at Diss with Kerry Greenacre, Roy Walker & Keith Cooke beating Terry Newby 15-7 and Graham Mobbs by 22-5. Steven Lamb's Halvergate triple held Terry Newby to a 14-14 draw to take the visitors over the finishing line.

In Division Two Windows are now without a win after four games. This time they suffered a painful 8-0 home defeat at the hands of mid table Watton. Roger Braham's triple won 14-13 & 17-9 and Will Hoggan's triple won by 22-4 & 22-13.

At their first meeting following the Norfolk AGM the NCSMBA Management Committee backed a proposal by Competition secretary Chris Mann to implement major changes to the county points system. The points system, which allows players to accumulate points in the joint Norfolk County Championships/National qualifier events, gives bowlers the opportunity to earn an automatic county squad place. Previously the identical number of points were awarded in all five disciplines, with the Mixed Fours winners receiving the same as the Singles Champion. That will all change from the coming season with a different scale of points awarded in each event with singles receiving the top number. The Singles Champion will receive 50 points with the runner-up earning 40, third place 30 and fourth place 20. Pairs winners will receive 40 points, runners-up 30 and 20 and 15 for third and fourth respectively. The Triples and Fours Champions will earn 30 points each, runners-up 20 points, third place 15 and fourth place 10 points. The Mixed Fours Champions will receive 15 points each, the runners-up 10 points, third place seven points and fourth place five points. Points will also be earned in each event for those qualifying for the quarter-finals, last 16 and knock-out places when applicable. At a previous meeting the committee had agreed that from the 2018/19 season the Top 15 in the Norfolk Points Table will receive automatic squad invites instead of the Top 30. The changes are the first major adjustments to the Norfolk Points System since its introduction many years ago.

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