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Middleton Cup - Match Report

Suffolk Edged In One Shot Thriller

Suffolk lost out by a single shot in a match where the tension built up over an absorbing game to reach a thrilling conclusion on the last end of the last rink.

Suffolk started the match with a team as per the published sheet with the exception of the injured Adrian Beecroft . Ryan Claxton moved across to take Adrian’s place in Danny Ramsbottom’s set and Andrew Drummond came in for Ryan on Dom Warren’s rink.

In a see-saw match that saw lead changes across most rinks, Suffolk were down by 13 shots (36-23) at the 5 end mark, up by 7 shots (51-58) after 10 ends and down by 4 shots (83-79) at the 15 end stage. After some vocal support by the large contingent of Suffolk supporters and some pressure shots by our boys we were up by 3 shots as the last rink played their final end.

Despite the best efforts of Elliot Last and his rink at head control, they couldn’t prevent Norfolk’s Ian Catchpole from taking a four with his final bowl to win the match 118-117. Final points score is Norfolk 17 points, Suffolk 5 points

Heartbreak for Suffolk, joy for Norfolk, and absorbing bowls of a high calibre for the spectators

Your usual reporter is unable to attend the full White Rose match (at Newmarket Avenue BC) or Balcomb Trophy game (at Maulden BC) on Sunday 11 June or the Middleton match against Essex (at Essex County BC) on Saturday 17 June.

If anybody wants to try their hand at writing a report, please contact Dave Dowman at

Many thanks to Paul Wildon for the team photograph


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