Connaught Bowls Club lose unbeaten record to Wymondham rivals

Connaught Bowls Club, Attleborough, had a dramatic week of short mat bowls highlighted by two close and tense matches against local rivals Wymondham Short Mat.

In the Breckland League, Connaught A lost their unbeaten record at league leaders Wymondham, by 55-64 (2-8): S Parsons 20 D Phillips 13, W Adcock 12 B Saunders 16, O Allen 9 M Lindsell 19, S Bragg 14 C Mann 16. All the games were hard fought, with Sylvia Parsons for Connaught and Mark Lindsell and Brian Saunders for Wymondham all having fine individual matches. Sheila Bragg's triple pulled up from a deficit of 1-8 to be 14-14 after 17 ends against Chris Mann, but just failed with a last wood draw to take the match on end 18.

Connaught A travelled to Wymondham the next day for a Norwich Cup quarter-final and this time emerged winners by 14-10 (58-67 on shots). Connaught A had a good start in the testing six-end format by winning the first four matches and managed to cling on; Owen Secker's triple clinched victory with a good win. Wymondham's Mark Lindsell suffered a bad knee injury during the match and a reserve was brought in – good luck to Mark for a speedy recovery.

Connaught A usually beat Coltishall at home, but disappointingly lost a close contest in a County Cup quarter-final by 2-6 (52-52 on shots). W Adcock 12-15, S Parsons 13-14, S Bragg 16-7, O Secker 11-16. Sylvia Parsons' triple led 13-8 after 10 ends, but lost the last five ends in what proved to be the decisive match.

Connaught's Tens League side lost disastrously by 48-64 (0-3) at Hevingham after being on top at halfway with a brilliant pairs win by Sylvia Parsons and Christine Musk (21-9) and a solid win by Peter King's triple (13-11). Connaught were then blown apart, losing the pairs 8-28 and the triples 6-16.

Connaught's South Norfolk League side had an emphatic win at home to Mulbarton by 78-34 (10-0). G Wilcox 14-11, A Marshall 24-7, J Hazell 19-9, A Rush 21-7.