Hat Trick for Parrott at U15 Champs
Christopher Parrott was the hat trick hero of the County Under 13s Restricted Championships, winning the singles, level and mixed doubles titles.
Fifteen boys entered the singles event with Parrott, Tom Hinks, Jacob Marshall-Grint and James Bailey fighting their way through to the semi-finals, in which Parrott beat Hinks 21-12 and Bailey overcame Marshall-Grint 21-9. This set up the expected final between Parrott and Bailey which Parrott won 22-20, 21-13 to take his first title of the day.
The top two then paired up to win the level doubles crown, beating Nicholas Schilling and Ben Tozer 21-8 in the semis and Joshua Kent and Andrew Kitchen 21-11, 21-9 in the final. Kent and Kitchen had earlier knocked out Hanks and Marshall-Grint in the other semi-final.
Louise Thacker and Amy Bonham reached the final of the girls singles, having beaten Lauren Read 21-10 and Sophie Piper 21-17 respectively in the semis. The first game of the final was very close with Amy putting Louise under a lot of early pressure, but Louise managed to turn the match around to win the title 23-21, 21-9.
In the girls doubles semi-finals, Amy Bonham and Kelly Goodman beat Sophia France and Helen Baldwin 21-13 and Lauren Read and Amy Sharman came through a close game against Sophie Piper and Louise Thacker 21-19. With court time running out, the final was restricted to one game which Bonham and Goodman won 21-18 to become girls doubles champions.
In the mixed doubles, Christopher Parrott partnered Amy Sharman to win his third title of the day. The runners up were James Bailey and Louise Thacker.
* The County Over 40s had a heart breaking match against their main rivals, Notts, in the Veterans League. The match score resulted in a six all draw, with each side winning thirteen games, so the match had to be decided on the number of points won, with Notts scoring 484 and Norfolk 479 - just a 5 points difference. Needless to say, the team was gutted!
Eric Plane and Julian Ross and Eddie Simmons and Tony Cox could only win one of their four level doubles, obviously relying on the ladies to level things up, which they did when Ann Jenkins and Linda Sawyer won both their games and Lizzie Cubitt and Suzanne Benton picked up one. Cox and Cubitt and Ross and Sawyer won their mixed, leaving the whole team to think of points lost which should have been won.
The Over 60s are still very much "alive and kicking" and are playing a series of friendly matches. They recently lost 5-7 to Lincolnshire and drew with Suffolk 6-6. The team was Lois Ash, Ann Woodrow, Gillian Holman, Pam Mace, David Pennington, Gerald Cooke, Philip Marriage and Bob James
* The Under 17s continue to play with great spirit and determination, but are finding life in the Shires League very difficult against much stronger opposition, recently losing 4-16 to Leicestershire. The team was Sarah Lewin, Charlotte Crosby, Rebecca Heeles, Emma Davies, Ryan Minns, Daniel Leers, Lee Robinson and John Carrier.
The Under 13s entered the Team Challenge, played at Mildenhall, against teams from Essex, Northants, Suffolk and Herts and maintained a positive attitude throughout, showing great team spirit despite a string of adverse results. Essex displayed their strength by winning all their matches and the tournament. Playing for Norfolk were James Bailey, Tom Hinks, Andrew Kitchen, Sam Dismore, Amy Bonham, Amy Sharman, Sophie Piper and Lauren Read.