Youngster helps Norfolk fight back to win – but it’s not enough to retain County Week title at Hunstanton
- Credit: Ian Burt
Norfolk staged a remarkable comeback to secure victory on the final day of County Week but it wasn't enough to retain their East Region title.
The hosts went into final day of competition at Hunstanton knowing nothing less than victory would be enough to retain the title, with Suffolk on course for overall victory.
Two regulars, Amelia Williamson and Amy Taylor, had been unavailable as Norfolk suffered their first defeat of the week when they were beaten 5-4 by Bedfordshire, as the duo were competing in the prestigious Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nickels Golf Club in Kent.
Both had been important to Norfolk's excellent start to the week, beating Hertfordshire 5-4 and Essex 5½-3½ before drawing 4½-4½ with Suffolk.
Cambs & Hunts were the final opponents for Norfolk yesterday and they made a poor start, losing all three foursomes.
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Tracey Williamson and Abigail O'Riordan – the youngster making her senior county debut – lost by two, Barnham Broom team-mates Jo Ashmore and Ellie Brown were beaten 2&1 and Royal Norwich duo Jo Herd and Jasmine Campbell lost by one. So it wasn't looking good for Norfolk at 3-0 down, as Tiffany Mills and Imogen Leeder joined Williamson, Brown, O'Riordan and Campbell in the singles after lunch.
The hosts came roaring back though winning five of the afternoon matches and drawing the other, with Swaffham debutant O'Riordan securing a two-up success.
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Leeder – another youngster who also won on her debut on Wednesday – won 2&1, Brown was victorious 5&3, Mills edged her match 6&5 and Williamson enjoyed a 5&4 success, with Campbell finishing all square
With Suffolk winning against Hertfordshire it means they go through to the Women's County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club in September.
Norfolk captain, Sammy Morgan, said: 'We wish Suffolk well. We came in and the wind was very, very difficult to judge, it was three or four club's length, and in the morning things just didn't work out for us.
'But we had Abigail in her first singles match in the afternoon and she won with incredibly strong support so we showed some real spirit.'