Good results in local junior derby
The County Under 13 & 15 teams secured a double victory over old rivals Suffolk in the Shires League. The Under 13s won an exciting and closely fought match 11-9, while the Under 15s had a more comfortable ride, winning 15-5.
The Under 13s got their match off to a flying start, winning three of their four mixed doubles and followed this by sharing the eight singles games. So, some very close level doubles were to prove decisive and the number 1 pairings of Holly Bowen and Rebecca Chapman and Mark Robinson and Luke Cox held their nerve to win all four of their games to give Norfolk a thoroughly deserved 11-9 victory. The other members of the team were Serena Verney, Annie Giles, Andrew Carrier and Joshua Ring The team still has an outside chance of reaching the Shires League finals for the second successive year.
Matthew and Daniel Farrow made their county debuts for the Under 15s and won three of their four games. With Lee Robinson and John Carrier also playing strongly, the boys gave the team a very solid start to the match. But the girls also played their part with Emma Davies and Stephanie Rowland winning three and Charlotte Crosby and Rebecca Heeles two of their games. Progress to the finals now depends upon the teams last match of the season against the favourites, Nottinghamshire.
* Over 40 youngsters entered the Under 12s moderates tournament, which was enthusiastically contested. Ben Coote won the boys singles, beating Chris Parrot 11-9 in the final, while Marcus Hawes won the consolation final, beating Matthew Croft 9-3. The final of the boys doubles was an excellent match, played in a very good but competitive spirit, with Adam Simmons and Michael Manson beating Sam Coleman and Gilbert Lamb 11-8.
The girls singles and doubles events were played on a round-robin format. Lauren Read won the singles with Kerry Crompton runner-up, but Kerry gained some consolation by partnering Poppy Everitt to victory in the doubles, with Sophie Piper and Jessica Carter in second place.