Club take big lead to Halvergate in Norwich cup final

It was a hotly contested first leg Norwich cup final as expected against Halvergate in which all four pairs match's all went down to the final bowl to decide the outcome. Home advantage needed to be capitalised on and so it was after the home team gradually found their rhythm in the first two triples match's. Roger Steele, Steve Easter and Debbie Sparham had trailed 0-3 but went on to win 16-4. Hayley Osborne, Melvyn Barker and Jack Pye also had to come back from a three shot deficit at 1-4 to win 10-6. In the first pairs match's Owen Cranston did struggle with the lines of the mat on his backhand which left Chris Mann work to do against Josh Baxter and David Lamb with the scores 5-5 going into the last end. Josh by this time was playing as skip and managed to ditch the jack but his toucher and a Wymondham toucher were in the ditch but unsure as to who’s was shot. Chris had to draw within two feet of the ditch line and executed it to confirm the win. The other pairs match saw another last end shootout with the score again at 5-5. Jon Sparham’s second bowl had in avertedly pushed Halvergate’s toucher into the ditch with the jack dead which seemingly looked like to have lost him the match however his last bowl hit a short bowl which then went onto his intended plant pushing John Jeffery’s toucher only just past the Halvergate wood to send the home team into a dream 8-0 lead at half time.

The second half saw Halvergate get what was to be their only win of the night as Jackie Smith, Robin Amos and Ryan Fox beat Roger Steele, Steve Easter and Debbie Sparham 6-8 in another last end thriller which again saw the home triple trail early on by 0-7 to then be within one at 6-7 going into the last end which skip Ryan Fox managed to clinch shot by Robin Amos’ falling bowl which eventually took shot. Jack Pye’s triple ran out comfortable 18-7 winners with Pye playing some impressive shots throughout to rack up the shots. The pairs then played their second match’s and again Kerry Greenacre and Keith Cooke will have been gutted not to have taken any points from their two games as again they lost out to the last bowl of the match against Owen and Chris. Chris ditched the jack on end two to pick up five shots and back to back braces saw them lead 9-5 with two ends remaining. Going into the last end at 9-7 the Halvergate pair held two shots but Chris replied with his final wood to cut the count down to one to seal the win. John and Jon made a poor start to their second match trailing 0-5 but rallied back brilliantly to win five of the last six ends to snatch an 8-6 win against Josh and David.

By no means is the final over even with just a win and draw required at Halvergate the club knows it still has to perform well on the night to get over the line against a strong team.