Wymondham through to semi-finals of Summer Cup after Shropham win

Norfolk fell just short in the final of the John's Trophy against Kent. Picture: Archant

Norfolk fell just short in the final of the John's Trophy against Kent. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant � 2010

Wymondham proved too hot to handle for Shropham in their Summer Cup quarter-final clash as the visitors collected an 8-0 maximum win to reach the semi-final stage.

Mary Fisher, Debbie Sparham & Jack Pye started well to move 8-0 up after just three ends against Richard Broad's triple in a game they eventually won by four shots. In the other first half game Jon Sparham, John Jeffery & Chris Mann romped to a 24-5 win against Terry Hewitson, Kathy Girling & Peggy Bertram to more or less put the tie to bed.

After the break, with Hayley Stratton subbing for Mary Fisher, Jack Pye's triple beat Peggy Bertram's triple 28-3 while Chris Mann's triple beat Richard Broad 26-11 with the home triple gaining some consolation from a count of five on the last end.

Wymondham, cup winners in 2014 and 2015, now face the prospect of a more challenging encounter when they visit the winners of the Halvergate v Bob Carter tie.

Summer League Division One action saw title chasing Bob Carter make it 22 points from a possible 24 with an 8-0 thumping of Diss at Drayton. The visitors endured a grim time of it as Carter turned on the style scoring 117 shots against just 14 in a one-sided encounter. The scores speak for themselves with Nigel Willard, Simon Willies & Gary Best beating Bill Francis' triple 42-2 and Graham Mobbs triple by 26-4. John Turner, David Lamb & Melvin Woods beat Graham Mobbs 21-5 and Bill Francis by 28-3 leaving Carter just four points behind defending champions Wymondham with a match in hand.


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Wymondham's 8-0 home win against Halvergate left their opponents rooted to the foot of the table. Jon Sparham, John Jeffery & Chris Mann fought off a strong challenge by Kerry Greenacre, Roy Walker & Keith Cooke to win 13-10 while Mark Linsdell, Debbie Sparham & Jack Pye beat Ray Lamb, Steven Lamb & Robbie Lamb 15-10. In the second half Keith Cooke's triple again pushed the home side hard but could not avoid a 15-11 defeat despite winning the last three ends. Halvergate's misery was completed as Chris Mann's triple completed the rout by beating Robbie Lamb's triple 18-8.

In Division Two Windows ended their run of defeats by earning a creditable 4-4 draw at the home of leaders Horsford Heroes. Di Boswell, Mally Woodhouse & Mike Boswell beat Chris Woodhouse's triple 16-13 and Brenda Sizer, Diane Halford & Keith Halford beat Vic Webster 15-14 to give Windows a surprise 4-0 half time lead.

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Promotion contenders Horsford hit back though to earn a draw with Mally Kemp, Sue Fox & Chris Woodhouse beating Halford 20-5 and Peter Fox, Carol Kemp & Vic Webster beating Boswell 22-9. Lesley Crowe of First Bus and Wortwell's David Blundell & Tony Oram won the Dave Durrant Memorial Triples at Thorpe Marriott beating Hingham's Wendy Tweed, Graham Tweed & Keith Thomas 9-2 in the final. The event raised £100 for the Quidenham Hospice.

Thetford SMBC going from strength to strength

Following on from a visit a couple months ago NCSMBA competition secretary Chris Mann returned to the recently formed Thetford SMBC to again offer help and advice to those who wanted it.

The club, formed by East Harling's Pauline Barsby, now has 29 members who bowl regularly every Wednesday and also play afternoon league matches against Diss, Harling and Watton among others.

In their most recent league match they managed a very credible draw against Watton. Their venue at Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford is big enough to take four mats with ease and there is adequate seating and storage. The hard floor, and ex county mats they use, give them good practice on a fairly fast playing surface which will benefit their game and the progress of the club.

Since Mann's last visit the club has been successful in recruiting another young member, giving the club has two members under the age of 18. Both players are keen and Chris Mann commented that on first impressions both have promising futures in the sport.

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