Gorleston BC beaten in semi-finals of county competition

Hansells Bowls Cup semi-finalists Gorleston BC are congratulated by Idal Denmar, Business Developmen

Hansells Bowls Cup semi-finalists Gorleston BC are congratulated by Idal Denmar, Business Development and Marketing Executive at Hansells Solicitors & Financial Advisers (front) and Norfolk League secretary Mark Elliott. Picture: Newsmakers - Credit: Archant

The showpiece finals of the Hansells Bowls Cup — the last piece of domestic silverware in the Men’s Section of the Norfolk Bowls Association — proved a step too far for Gorleston BC as they were knocked out in the semis.

“We have still had a fantastic day,” said captain Titch Leighton, who was proud of the way his team played. “It is the first time we have reached the finals and it was a treat to compete on Wymondham Bowls Club’s lovely green. Being here caps a tremendous season which has seen us promoted as champions of East Zone Division Two.”

Gorleston were beaten 61-44 by Hingham Rectory, who went on to lose the final 58-56 to King’s Lynn. Earlier King’s Lynn had beaten Scole & District 60-59.

All four teams were congratulated by Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers Partner Nick Sutherland who said each team had played their part in a wonderful day’s sport.

“We witnessed 48 players wearing their club shirts with great distinction,” said Sutherland. “It was tense, absorbing and kept spectators riveted right up to the last bowl of the final end.”

Scores (Hingham names first): Roy Bailey, Jake Kemp, Nathan Watson, Barry Moody 23; Steve Berry, Rick Austin, Richard Littlechild, Titch Leighton 10. Gerald Higgs, David Mylchreest, Robert Marshall, David Sherman 13; John Twitchett, Bob Boggis, Steve Knowles, Barry Knights 5; Colin Harris, David Bailey, Ken Jenkins and Michael Tufts 25. Totals 61-44.

Ludham BC’s final Yarmouth League match saw them win convincing against Repps to take a step closer to promotion.

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