Title delight for Norfolk

Norfolk's indoor bowlers enjoyed a memorable day at Newark IBC as they comfortably beat Durham to win the EBF Inter-County Championships for the Derbyshire Trophy.

The county team had won the competition only once before in its 27-year history, in the 2007-08 season when they also faced Durham in Sunday's final.

There was drama before the start of the game with Simon Elliott damaging his back during the trial ends and having to retire, to be replaced by Richard Bunton.

The game was very even over the first five ends with the score standing at 29 shots each.

At 10 ends the Norfolk players had moved into a 22-shot lead, 63 to 41. By the 15th end, things were looking good for Norfolk as the lead had been extended to 36 shots and by 20 ends, with the score standing at Norfolk 143, Durham 85, the game was as good as over.


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So it proved as Norfolk increased their lead over the last five ends to run out comfortable winners by 172 shots to 107, winning on five of the six rinks.

After the game the trophy was presented to the Norfolk team by EBF national president Stewart Milner, from Cleveland.

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Rink scores: D Seabourne, J Fruin and T Dunton 35-14; M Elliott, R Parker and J Dyball 35-15; J Colcombe, R Bunton and J Cason 14-36; S Winter, M Riches and I Wones 36-8; A Sayer, D Toyne and J Roope 23-17; P Winter, G Todhunter and I Whiley 29-17.

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