Winter warms Norfolk to a successful Nationals week

Norfolk's Federation bowlers had a very successful week at the EBF National Championships, which were held at Newark Indoor Bowls Club last week, returning home with five trophies.

Norfolk's Federation bowlers had a very successful week at the EBF National Championships, which were held at Newark Indoor Bowls Club last week, returning home with five trophies.

Pride of place must go to Steven Winter from King's Lynn who won the the men's singles.

He was in superb form all week and ran out winner by 21 shots to 9 against L Rowland from North Essex in the final. Steven was also involved in the Mixed Pairs with his partner A Royal, they reached the final, only to lose by one shot against a pair from Cleveland.

The second success was in the Mixed Rinks where Barbara Meeks, Rob Parker and Dennis Goodley from Acle were in fine form. They were comfortable winners in all their games, including the final where they took on local rivals from Suffolk. The final score was 21 shots to 10 in favour of the Norfolk trio.

Not to be outdone the Norfolk ladies were also successful in two competitions. Their team won the Harry Carver Trophy, winning all four of their games with a plus of 56 shots. The Ladies pairing of J Buxton and J Morrison from Pinewood Park produced some superb bowls on their way to winning the Joan Robinson Rose Bowls, beating a pair from Derbyshire 22 shots to 16 in the final.

These successes led to Norfolk winning the Stuart Waites Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most successful county.

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This competition bought to an end the indoor bowls season.

Players now switch their attention to the outdoor game and the county players will be gearing themselves up for the full programme of Inter County games, culminating with the National Finals at Skegness at the end of August.