Suffolk whip the old enemy

BOWLS: Suffolk made a dream start to this season's Middleton Cup campaign when they defeated Norfolk 125-98. Winning on 5 of the six rinks Suffolk scored 20 points to Norfolk's 2.

Suffolk made a dream start to this season's Middleton Cup campaign when they defeated Norfolk 125-98. Winning on 5 of the six rinks Suffolk scored 20 points to Norfolk's 2. a repeat of last season result.


It was a outstanding performance from all 24 players, Suffolk raced into a 13 shot lead after just 5 ends, although Norfolk pegged this back to 6 shots by the 10th end, Suffolk again went up a gear to lead by 25 at the three quarter stage. It was a lead they had no intention of relinquishing.


Suffolk's latest England International, Adrian Holden skipped his rink of Mark Addison, the recalled Brian Insley and David Wellington to a 8 shot victory 21-13. It was the Norfolk rink skipped by Brian Sadler made the better start and after 8 ends led 10-3. It was from this point the Suffolk rink took control restricting their opponents to just 3 more scoring end (all singles) while amassing 18 shots themselves for a well deserved victory.


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Neil Prentice, David Thompson, Andy Catchpole and Kelvyn Earthroll were involved in a topsy  turvy affair, they opened up a 6-0 lead after just 4 ends.From this point the Norfolk quartet took over and by the 9th end led 14-7. A spirited fight back  from the Suffolk rink saw them recover and take a 18-4 lead at 15 ends. It was then Norfolk who captured the next three ends to lead by one. A single by Suffolk on the next end tied the game at 19 apiece with just 2 ends to play. It was Norfolk who captured both ends with singles to snatch a 21-19 victory.


Richard Leeder, Steve Miller and Carl Finbow all made their Middleton cup debuts on rink three and they were skipped by Greg Nash who was making only his second appearance. All 4 players turned in excellent performance's as they had the previous week in the trial. Although they lost the opening two ends with counts of two's they were not to be overawed and went on to win the next 7 ends scoring 10 shots in the process to lead 10-4. It was a lead they never gave up as they went onto win 20-14.


John Rednall , Chris Love, Brian Andrews and Alan Barnes made a late charge to snatch victory from the Norfolk rink skipped by Bob Thacker. Trailing 17-13 after 16 ends, the Suffolk rink went on to win the remaining 5 ends scoring 9 shots to win 22-17. All four players played their part in this victory. After the match, Suffolk skip Alan Barnes felt his team never deserved to be in arrears and they always deserved the victory.


Gary Miller made his Middleton Cup debut as lead for Clive Webb.Calvern Kemp played at two while Andy Meikle played at three. Gary made a solid start to his Middleton Cup career and was well supported by his team mates all who have been regulars in the Middleton Cup team over the past few years. The Suffolk rink never found themselves behind throughout this tight match, they led by just 2 shots after 5ends 8-6 and 13-11 after 15 ends. The Suffolk rink finished much stronger to secure a 7 shot victory (22-15)


Mark Royal was in outstanding form as skip for Mark Todd, Duncan Snape and John Catchpole as they recorded a 21-18 victory. Suffolk led 12-3 after 5 ends against a Norfolk rink that included two players that have been selected to represent England at this years Commonwealth games, John Ottaway and Mervyn King. Going into the last end the Suffolk rink held a 5 shot advantage, but with just one bowl to come, Mark and his rink found themselves staring defeat in the facing with the Norfolk holding 6 shots, but Mark who had been in great form throughout produced another wonderful bowl to reduce the count to just two shots ensuring Suffolk another valuable two points.


John Osborn the Middleton Cup Manager and his selectors of John Rednall (Captain) and Doug Stephen were delighted with the teams performance. It had been a difficult time leading up to the season with five of last season squad unavailable for various reason's. Those players who came in proved to be more than capable replacements showing the depth of quality players Suffolk has at it's disposal. Since John and his fellow selectors took over team spirit has always been high in the camp, no more so than Saturday following the victory over Norfolk.


Although it was an outstanding performance from the Suffolk team, the players and management team are well aware there is still plenty to do to qualify for the knockout stages. Suffolk's next match takes place away to Hertfordshire next Saturday 15th June. Not surprisingly Suffolk have named an unchanged team.




Suffolk 125  (20pts)   Norfolk 98 (2pts)


M.Addison, B.Insley, D.Wellington & A.Holden        21

P.Webb, C.Boon, P.Wilson & B.Sadler                   13


N.Prentice, D.Thompson, A.Catchpole & K.Earthroll  19

R.Aves, G.Oakley, P.Boldero & P.Barr                     21


R.Leeder, S.Miller, C.Finbow & G.Nash                   20

J.Howlett, J.Bailey, G.Whiteside & C.Wilgress         14


J.Rednall, C.Love, B.Andrews & A.Barnes               22

G.Tubby, M.Elliott, D.Rowsell & R.Thacker              17


G.Miller, C.Kemp, A.Meikle & C.Webb                    22

N.Moulton, R.Haddincham, M.Riches & T.Webb       15


M.Todd, D.Snape, J.Catchpole & M.Royal               21

J.Ottaway, P.Harlow, T.Stone & M.King                  18


Scores at 5 ends  39-26  10 ends  60-54  15 ends  95-70  Final  125-98


Of the 126 ends played Suffolk won 72


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