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Wymondham’s Jack Pye crowned new English Masters champion

PUBLISHED: 12:26 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 12 February 2018

Jack Pye, centre, has been crowned English Masters champion. Picture: SMPT

Jack Pye, centre, has been crowned English Masters champion. Picture: SMPT

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Wymondham’s young star Jack Pye is the new SMPT English Masters champion after storming to a 15-5 win in the final against Northern Ireland’s Glenn Harvey in Chelmsford.

In recent major events Jack Pye has put together some great winning runs before slipping up in the latter stages but this time made no mistake as he finally lifted a major title on the short mat bowls circuit.

In the semi-finals he faced England’s Nigel Nicholls and won a tough game 10-9. This had followed a comfortable 13-6 win against Saul Featherstone in the quarter-finals which came after a tight 9-8 win against Jamie Stiles of Wales.

England’s Edward Sawbridge had offered little resistance in their last 32 game which Jack had won 14-5.

Hempnall’s Neil Davidson had looked another Norfolk player with the title in his sights after playing a superb last bowl to beat the brilliant Stephen McAlister by one shot in the knock-out rounds but then surprisingly lost 8-7 to Saul Featherstone in their last 16 clash.

McAlister, making a much publicised comeback after a long time out of the sport, had knocked out Wymondham’s Chris Mann in a sudden death extra end in the previous round.

Another Norfolk player to impress was Simon Warnes of Horsford BC who was in great form in the group stages but lost 12-7 to Mitchell Young in the first knockout round. John Jeffery of Wymondham made it as far as the second knock-out round in the Plate event before losing 11-6 to Norway’s Tone Boe.

Norfolk A travelled to Daventry where they faced a strong West Mids A side in the I.C.C A team quarter-finals.

A poor first half left Norfolk 14-2 adrift and although they improved significantly after the break they suffered a 29-11 defeat and were eliminated. SNL action saw Saxlingham win 6-4 against Connaught in a close encounter where just two shots decided the match points. The vital wins for the home side were earned by Geoff Briggs triple, who won 19-11, and Geoff Paynes’ triple who won by 15-10.

Defending champions Hempnall fielded a strong side for their visit to Wreningham where they racked up a 10-0 maximum win. Jack Pye’s triple led the way with a resounding 25-7 win, Paul Baker’s triple won 21-12, Chris Mann’s triple chalked up an 18-12 win and Neil Davidson’s triple won 16-14.

Horsford Heroes entertained Hingham and both sides won two games apiece. Heroes collected the match points though for a 6-4 home win courtesy of a 19-9 win for Mally Kemp, Sue Fox & Chris Woodhouse and a 16-6 win for Carol Aggas, Richard Dix & John Aggas.

In the Coastal Cup Bradwell Dynamos beat Martham 18-0 and stretched their lead at the top of the table to 21 points.

Second-placed Woodbastwick Eagles beat Bradwell Robins 15-3. East Tuddenham were in sparkling form away to Horsford BC in the Bure League where they won 10-0. Gillian Amos, Gerald Potter & Robin Amos won 24-9 while Gary Best’s triple won 16-7, Melvin Woods’ triple won 18-15 and Simon Willies’ triple won 13-12 to complete the rout.

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