Norfolk Bested by Cleveland in Battling Opener.

Norfolk travelled to the Thornaby sports club Cleveland for their first Inter counties division 3 game of the 2019/2020 season.

Mandy Gray has dropped us a summary from Norfolk’s perspective;

With Norfolk finishing off the previous season on a high, hopes were again resting on this weekend go get us off to a good start. Norfolk’s Ladies started the weekend off well with a 4-2 win, the Norfolk victors were; Kerry Mason, Claire Broom, Teresa Felgate and lady-of-the-match Sue Brittain.

Sadly the Norfolk men didn’t do so well coming up against a very strong Cleveland side, despite the 10-2 defeat most of the games could have gone Norfolk’s way, but with the doubles refusing to go in Cleveland stole the honours. Wins for Norfolk came from James Cole and Man of the match and making his return after being on the reserves for the most part of last season Trevor Pearce. New players Darren Youngs and Gary King settled in well to the Norfolk team and I’m sure their win for their new County will come sooner rather than later. Men’s captain Kevin Rudling described the Saturday Men’s side as “awesome and outstanding”.

Despite their efforts, Norfolk trailed 12-6 overnight. Yet, team hopes were high to turn this result around.

The Ladies fought well and  with Norfolk’s Mandy Gray on first found herself up against Welsh International Ann Marie Potts, Mandy took the first leg and played an outstanding game , but those doubles refused to go in and once again Ann Marie took her chance and won the game 3-1, Mandy’s average of 22,82 and Ann Marie’s 22.23 showed how well both ladies played. Lynsey Childs was next up for Norfolk but also went down 3-1, Marie Stopher lifted our spirits with a 3-2 win, Norfolk’s Welsh international Nikki Goldsmith was next on but went down 3-1, Sandra Page also lost 3-0, but Captain Steph Mudd won 3-1 and taking the lady of the Match award.

This left Norfolk the men with a bit of an uphill climb. They got off to the best of starts with Craig Venman winning 4-1 before men’s captain Kev Rudling went down 4-1. Young 15 yr old Nathan Potter was on next, showing so much composure took Scott Chatterson all the way to a deciding leg. Nathan held his nerve and took the game 4-3 to win his first senior A-game, with an outstanding 28.01 average to match. More wins for Norfolk also came from Hamish Varnon, Darren Goldsmith, Chris Earll, Olly King, Wayne Wall (who pipped Nathan to Man of the Match) and Steve Carrett winning 4-2 with a 28.28 average. This amazing comeback for Norfolk wasn’t quite enough and Cleveland held on to win the weekend 20-16.

Match awards were handed out and thanks go to all at the Thornaby Club and the Cleveland team for a fantastic weekend of darts.

All of Norfolk would like to offer our thoughts and prayers for our long-time player and great friend Peter Taylor and the Chairpersons partner, Phil Bacon, who are currently undergoing intensive treatment for cancer, we wish them both well in their treatment and recovery from this devastating illness.

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