Norfolk win four in a row
The county first team chalked up their fourth consecutive victory in the Victor Sports Inter County Championships with a 15-0 whitewash over an outclassed Notts lll side. Such was Norfolks domination of the match that all fifteen games were won in two straight sets.
Having taken a maximum twelve points from their opening four matches, the team now has to wait until January for their next encounter, away to Cambridgeshire. But they will be determined to maintain the momentum which will guarantee them an early return to Division 1 of the ICC. Representing Norfolk were Ian Murphy, Grahame Wells, Justin Gerrard, Alex Wyett, Jonny Cooper, Julie Pike, Katherine Cooper, Toni Sturgeon and Helen Newstead.
The second team also had a fairly comfortable 11-4 victory over Essex lll. The singles games were shared, with Andy Piff and Lucy Curran winning for Norfolk, Piff needing three sets before coming out on top 21-18, 19-21, 21-19. Three of the four mens doubles went to Norfolk with Piff and Mike Philpott winning both their games and Christian Nielsen and James Ruthen sharing. Meanwhile, the ladies were proving too strong for the opposition, with Michelle Lewin and Charlotte Crosby and Amber Nielsen and Katie Price winning all four games
Norfolk then secured all three match points by taking two of the three mixed doubles through Ruthen and Amber Nielsen and Philpott and Curran, with Christian Nielsen and Lewin narrowly missing out in three.
* The county Under 13 team got their Shires League season off to winning ways by beating Suffolk 12-8. The young side played exceptionally well against strong opponents.. However, in their second match they had to face the might of Hertfordshire, who had several top players in the national rankings in their side. But Norfolk never gave up,pushing their opponents all the way with several games being very close, before going down 0-20.
The squad was: Devon Minnis, Lucy Eyers, Emma Vernier, Kathryn Adamson, Robert Fletcher, Ben Sharman, Sam Clarke, Olivier Widdowson and Jacob Marshall-Grint