Wymondham a force to be reckoned with in Norfolk short mat bowls

It's easy to forget that a short time ago Wymondham were a small- time Breckland League side that posed little threat to the big fish in Norfolk short mat bowls.

But under the captaincy of the young and gifted Chris Mann, Wymondham have become a force to be reckoned with as 10-times Summer League champions Kirby Bedon A discovered to their cost. Wymondham produced their third successive 8-0 win in Summer League Division One as Kirby side suffered their heaviest defeat on Wymondham mats.

Three of the games were hotly-contested until the closing ends when Wymondham dug deep to earn the points that put pressure on defending champions Bob Carter. Newly-promoted Horsford B collected their first win of the campaign beating Kirby Bedon B 6-2 with Mally Kemp, Sue Fox and Mark Tuttle winning 19-11 and 12-11. Horsford B continue to find life in the top flight tough away from home as they lost two more games. Thurton took all eight points against Horsford with Peter Walker's triple winning 16-9, J Pidgen's triple winning 12-11 and 16-7 and Jan McClintock adding a 15-13 win on the fast Thurton mats. Kirby Bedon A beat Horsford 6-2 with Selwyn Goldsmith's triple winning by 17-4 and 17-11 and Phil Watson winning 23-8. Mark Tuttle picked up two points for Horsford beating Watson's triple 17-11.

Hevingham were held to a 4-4 draw at home by a new-look Kirby Bedon B as Margaret Reynolds, Malcolm Reynolds and Gerald Chilvers beat David Sharpe's triple 15-10 and Shirley Brown, Jimmy Dye and Joe Brown beat Pat Williamson's triple 16-10. Hevingham hit back to earn a draw with Williamson winning 17-4 and Sharpe winning 21-12 in the second half.

In Division Two First Bus beat Sprowston 6-2 as last year's relegated sides met. Bob Oatway's triple won twice for First Bus with Lesley Crowe adding the third win of 21-6. Watton Green were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Thorpe Marriott A.

Halvergate visited Deaf Sports in Division Three and had to settle for a 4-4 draw. R M Lamb's triple won by 30-10 and 17-13 for the visitors while Robin Amos and John Jeffery won a game each for the home side. Hevingham are through to the next round of the Summer Cup after beating Kirby Bedon A 7-1. Mervyn Williamson, Alan Bunn and David Sharpe did the damage winning their games by 17-10 and 14-6. Bob Carter, holders of the Norfolk County Cup, face a difficult first round tie away to Coltishall. The draw for the competition, held at the annual meeting of the NCSMBA, also handed last year's beaten finalists Wymondham a potentially perilous trip to Thorpe Marriott.

The longest trip of the first round will be undertaken by West Norfolk side Watlington who are drawn away to Hevingham. There will be one preliminary round tie with Connaught B entertaining Halvergate. T

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Halvergate will also have to travel to Cromer if they overcome Connaught B. City League side First Bus are away to Watton while home advantage makes Sprowston SSC hot favourites to dispose of fellow City League side Felthorpe. An all Breckland League tie sees the strong Connaught A entertain Hingham. Bradwell are at home to Kirby Bedon. The ESMBA's Millenium Fours, scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 15, has been cancelled due to low entry numbers.