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NORWICH CUP 2019/20

CONNAUGHT A

 

Norwich Cup

Connaught 'A' v Bob Carter. Norwich Cup Quarter Final. 3/12/2019

Connaught lost to Bob Carter 6-10pts, 46 -64 shots.

Triples
Jim Squire Paul McDonald Mike Minshull.     J Bridge. R Howlett. S Willies.
Dave Quadling. Owen Secker. Bob Oatway  N.Willard. J Turner. M Woods..

Pairs
Diane Quadling. Sheila Bragg M Warnes. G Best.
Derek Liles. Lee Fallows. J Forster.          Jason Woods

Having lost to Bob Carter in the final last year Connaught felt they had a good chance of revenge by having the home draw.
With 16 points up for grabs, all to play for. The first for four games produced some excellent bowling from both sides, taking them into the break sharing the points 4-4.
After the break the games were still pretty even, still some very tight heads and good bowling.
After six games both sides were sharing the points 6-6, although Carter had their nose in front with the better shot difference. With the pairs playing the last two games Connaught felt in with a chance. Sheila after 4 ends was down 0-6 and lee was tying 4-4 In the final four ends Sheila pulled back 4 shots to lose 4-7. Lee and Derek dropped five shots over the last four to lose 9-5. This had been a good team performance throught out by everybody.


I would like to thank our Tens team for allowing us to play on this date. Which made it easy to get this fixture completed by the dead line date. We wish Carter well in their semi-final.
For Connaught we can look to next year

CONNAUGHT B

 

Norwich Cup

CONNAUGHT 'B' v HALVERGATE

Connaught 'B' lost at home to Halvergate on Tuesday 29 October by 25-55 and 0-12 (last two matches conceded)

Triples

Peter King, Joyce Hazell and Peter Hambling lost 4-6 against K Newby, lost 7-11 against R Lamb
Steve Judd, Malcolm Southgate and Alison Rush lost 1-11 against R Lamb, lost 5-7 against K Newby

Pairs

Bill Adcock and John Winup lost 5-7 against D Lamb
David Flatt and Diana Adcock lost 3-13 against K Cooke

In essence this was a total mismatch with an under-strength Connaught 'B' facing a powerful side fielding several county players; even at fuller strength Connaught 'B' would have done no more than reduce the shots margin by a few. By agreement the two final pairs matches were not played; the result was evident and most Halvergate players had an extremely long drive home

In some of the matches Connaught did at least make a fight of it due to players able to draw consistently and force their opponents to really up their game. Bill Adcock and John Winup against David Lamb and partner was a case in point with the match going to the wire in a last end finish. Peter Hambling also drew very well in his two matches. At skip Peter King fought very hard and Steve Judd played well against Karl Newby in the second triple (Steve had to be shuffled up to skip as a result of a scratching). Sadly, in some other cases familiar Connaught 'B' failings under pressure were seen again. For example, too many woods were sent off the mat. At home and in 8-end matches? Unforgiveable

A result like this makes one ask the question. Is it worth Connaught 'B' entering cup competitions like this? The answer must be "yes", if only to experience the pressure and variety of shots which better players bring to matches. For example, Steve Judd in his first season played against Hempnall one night and Halvergate the next. A far cry from roll-ups and Connaught's internal leagues. The experience will make or break him, hopefully the former!

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