Thrills and spills in Norfolk CIBA County Bowls League as top flight enjoys a weekend off

Beccles Indoor Bowls Club's Ben Harber. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Beccles Indoor Bowls Club's Ben Harber. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: EDP pics © 2007

With no games in the top division the focus of last weekend's fixtures in the Norfolk CIBA County Bowls League centred on the fight for promotion from Division Two.

Shotford A maintained their position at the top of the table with a win at home to Lakeside A by 90 shots to 75, Richard Brinded's rink top scoring 33-13. Acle B remain close on their heels following their win away at Pinewood Park A by 82 shots to 72, top rink honours being shared by their rinks skipped by John Harris (23-17) and Ivan Borrett (21-15). Hunstanton have moved up to third place after they won at home to Dereham A by 89 shots to 75, Colin Bix's rink winning 28-12.

In Division Three (North), Pinewood Park B lost the chance to close the gap on the leaders as they lost away to County Arts C by 83 shots to 74, Terry Yallop's rink winning 23-16. Despite losing away at Norfolk BC B by 80 shots to 62, Wymondham B moved to the top of Division Three (Central), the Norfolk rink skipped by Keith Potter winning 23-8. Previous leaders County Arts B slipped to second place after they lost away at Acle C by 91 shots to 61 with the home rink skipped by Bill Downie winning 33-10.

Beccles remain top of Division Three (South) after they won away at second-placed Great Yarmouth by 82 shots to 65, their rink skipped by B Harber winning 29-12. Wymondham C won at home to Browston B by 86 shots to 64, their rink skipped by Keith Warnes top scoring 31-19.

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The Bure League Singles Championship heats have produced a strong line-up for finals night.

The heat at Woodbastwick saw three Norfolk Premier regulars finish level on six points each with shot difference kicking in to decide qualification. John Turner finished as winner with Keith Cooke second and both qualify while George Clarke missed out.

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At Kirby Bedon Chris Mann of Halvergate was in excellent form scoring a maximum eight points to win the heat. The crunch match was against Coltishall's Vic Woods who Mann beat 7-6 but Woods also qualified.

The Horsford BC heat saw Halvergate and England player David Lamb win all his four games scoring 52 shots against 19. Maurice Kemp of Hevingham finished second with six points and plus nine to qualify as well.

Woodbastwick's former Norfolk star Peter Jablonowski won the Anglian Windows heat with three wins and a draw. David Knights of Thorpe Marriott was second with five points which was not enough to get him through.

The East Tuddenham heat saw another former Norfolk star, Coltishall's Les Harman, qualify with six points and plus-two after a last heat defeat for Kirby Bedon's Gerald Chilvers saw him miss out on a final place.

In the English Masters at Bromsgrove four Norfolk players, Chris Mann, Jack Barrett, David Lamb and Neil Davidson made it through the group stages before being defeated. Andrew Startton reached the Plate Knockouts and was beaten by Ireland's Paul Noble. Halvergate's Keith Cooke also played in the Plate Knockouts where he beat world number two Joseph Beattie of Ireland 10-9.

Title-chasing Halvergate are through to their first ever Bure Cup final after racing into a 27-11 aggregate lead before Cromer conceded. They will meet the winners of the East Tuddenham v Thorpe Marriott semi-final, Tuddenham will go into the second leg at Marriott protecting a 16-8 points lead.

In the Norwich Cup Thorpe Marriott are through to the semi-finals after a mightily impressive and emphatic 14-2 home win against First Bus.

In the Tens League Hempnall moved up to second place with a hard-fought 4-0 home win against Coltishall. A great first half for the home side saw Paul Baker and Joan Cann win 18-8 and Colin Stevenson, Bernie Cudden and Roger Parker win 21-6.

After the break, Chris East and Chris Mann won 13-9 while Jon Sparham's triple won a tight game against Margaret Harman's triple by 16-14.