Lady bowlers make it through

MORE SPORT: For their first match in this season's national inter-club events, the ladies of Ipswich & District IBC faced Turpins IBC of Saffron Walden in the first round of the Vivienne Trophy.

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FOR their first match in this season's national inter-club events, the ladies of Ipswich & District IBC faced Turpins IBC of Saffron Walden in the first round of the Vivienne Trophy.

This was a match of varying fortunes but with Ipswich overall always in the driving seat for a comfortable 19 shot victory.

At Ipswich, Ivy Butler's rink were never in trouble, and were 15 shots up after 18 ends. Edna Corcoran's team started well, and still led by three shots, but the visitors came back with seven shot to three in the last six ends.

At Turpins, Barbara Rushbrook's rink dominated from the start, and had a purple patch mid-game, scoring 13 shots to their opponents two.

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They continued that form to the end for a bumper 20 shot win. It was a different story in the other game. Ann Baxter-Smith's team were always struggling, 12 shots adrift at 15 ends and losing two more by the finish. Results:

At Ipswich (42-29): V Burton, E Wright, G Dowsing, R Corcoran 15, J Abbott 16. M Lloyd, I Bowry, I Pearce, I Butler 27, B Newsam 13.

At Turpins (45-39): M Halden, P Swift, J Love, B Rushbrook 34, V Martin 14. M Pearson, E Baker, B Chittock, A Baxter-Smith 11, N Cater 25.

Score at five ends 24-16, 10 ends 42-30, 15 ends 63-43, 18 ends 76-54.

Ipswich will now face Clacton in the second round on Thursday, November 14.

INDOOR CRICKET

ON Saturday, November 23, the Sports Stadium, Ipswich, hosts the opening round of the 2002-2003 National League indoor cricket season.

There is a different format this year to the traditional home and away style.

Every side will now travel to a single venue to play a round in what is being labelled as a 'carnival'.

Matches begin at noon with hosts and National League champions Medite Ipswich taking on Cradley Heath, who beat Stumps of Villa Park in the final match of last season to give the Suffolk side their first championship.

Also at noon, the South of England will take on the East in the ladies' league.

At 2pm Ipswich Warlocks Masters' side take on Wilford Wolves, before the big game of the day when Medite Ipswich take on last season's runners-up Stumps of Villa Park.

This should be as thrilling an encounter as last season's fixture when Stumps squeezed past the hosts to keep their own league hopes alive.

VOLLEYBALL

ORWELL Volleyball Club made a strong start to the new Suffolk League season with a home win over Newmarket.

Matches between these two sides are always closely fought and competitive, and this was no exception.

Orwell won the first set, but Newmarket came back and the lead changed hands several times before the hosts finally clinched a 3-2 win.

Orwell are based at Ipswich School in Henley Road, where they train from 8-10pm every Wednesday.

"Anyone, male or female, interested in playing would be welcome to join us," said chairman Julia Hicks.

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