Acle A lift Malta Cup after exciting win over Freethorpe

Malta Cup winners Acle A with Richard Keeler of sponsors Lovewell Blake. Picture: Brian Grint

Malta Cup winners Acle A with Richard Keeler of sponsors Lovewell Blake. Picture: Brian Grint - Credit: Archant

The Malta Cup finals, sponsored by Lovewell Blake, were held on the Britannia Greens on Sunday. Although the black clouds loomed and the greens were distinctly bumpy both the semi-finals and the final were fiercely-contested matches.

In the first semi-final Freethorpe A played Acle B. At 10 ends Freethorpe had raced to a 24-shot lead but Acle rallied and in the last five ends they scored 26 shots to Freethorpe’s seven. This was not enough however to overcome Freethorpe’s strong start and they won 75-65.

Freethorpe A: M Harris, M Patterson, T Seabourne 13; Acle B: T Izzard, P Evans, D Goodley 18, A Smith, N Lambert, G Tubby 21; A Sumpter, D Airey, J Glendenning 12. I Borrett, A Carter, T Dunton 15; R Hayton, N Rudling, K Cutmore 24. D Seabourne, R Church, D Smith 26; R Jay, B Coveley, P Smith 11.

The second semi-final was between Gorleston EBA and Acle A. At 10 ends the game was finely poised with Acle leading by just six shots and with four ends left to play Gorleston had narrowed this lead to only two shots. A late rally by Acle A gave them victory 72-64.

Acle A: J Annis, B Downie, D Mills 29; Gorleston EBA: Salty, R Littlechild, T Layton 12. M Sparrow, B Grint, S Elliott 14; J Twitchat, B Knights, S Knowles 16. J Colcombe, M Hayden, A Siely 14; C Warnes, P Brown, H Freeman 17. R Himpleman, W Willimott, J Sparrow 15; G Ellis, M Adams, P Ellis 19.

Acle A met Freethorpe A in a hard-fought final. At five ends it was Freethorpe who were leading by 15 shots but by 13 ends Acle had recovered and were only trailing by three. With three rinks finished and one rink left to play their final end, Acle led by four shots. However, Freethorpe were up by four shots on this final end when A Siely, with the final bowl of the match, sent a running wood into the head to reduce Freethorpe’s tally to three shots,it gave Acle victory by one shot.

Acle A: B Kirby, B Grint, S Elliott 21; Freethorpe: M Harris, M Patterson, M Carter 14. J Annis, B Downie, D Mills 24; A Smith, N Lambert, G Tubby 17. J Colcombe, M Hayden, A Siely 11; D Seabourne, R Church, D Smith 15. R Himpleman, W Willimott, J Sparrow 10; I Borrett, T Seabourne, T Dunton 19.

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