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Pye is fast out the blocks but Trott shows England class to take victory

PUBLISHED: 11:40 15 January 2018

Jack Pye performed well at the SMPT British Open at York. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Jack Pye performed well at the SMPT British Open at York. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

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Jack Pye of Wymondham was Norfolk's only starter in the SMPT British Open at York and as expected he was fast out of the blocks to establish his credentials as a real contender for the title.

In the group stages he was in sparkling form, reeling off five straight wins including a 17-3 beating of Norwegian Gunnar Frantzen, a 25-3 win against Angela Roberts and a 14-9 win against England’s Nigel Nicholls. This took Jack Pye into the knock-out stages where he beat John Pye of Essex 13-8 for his sixth win in a row but disappointment was just around the corner.

He was unfortunate to find himself up against SMPT world ranked number three James Trott of England so early in the competition and slipped to a 15-9 defeat.

Winning three out of the four first half games set Connaught up for a Norwich Cup quarter-final victory against Horsford Heroes. The triples gave Connaught a perfect start with Mike Parsons, Derek Liles & Sheila Bragg beating Mick Dale’s triple 15-1 while Bill Adcock, Joe LiRocchi & Richard Harrison beat Peter Fox’s triple 7-3. Diana Adcock & Sylvia Parsons added a 7-5 win against Carol & John Aggas while Horsford got their first win of the night courtesy of Sue Fox & Roger Frank who beat Di Quadling & Lee Fallows 7-4.

The second triples session was drawn with Sheila Bragg’s threesome winning their second game of the night 9-3 against Peter Fox while Horsford’s Richard Hart, Richard Dix & Mick Dale beat Richard Harrison’s triple 6-5. Going into the final session of pairs Connaught led 8-4 on points and 47-25 on shots. This left Horsford Heroes with the difficult task of needing to win both games and make up a 22-shot deficit. This was not going to happen, Connaught won on both mats to complete a 12-4 home win as Di Quadling & Lee Fallows beat Carol & John Aggas 9-3 and Diana Adcock & Sylvia Parsons beat Sue Fox & Roger Frank 9-6.

In the Bure League leaders Thorpe Marriott went down 6-4 in a tight match at East Tuddenham. With both teams winning two games, the match points were earned for the home side with a massive 22-5 win for Kim Bridge, Gerald Potter & Trevor Brown against Richard Perkins’ triple.

Sheila Redwood, Mandy Marshall & Tony Turner achieved a terrific 20-8 win against Melvin Woods’ triple.

City League action saw leaders Horsford BC win 14-0 at home to Jarrolds and 12-2 away to British Rail. In the first leg of their Bure Cup semi-final match Halvergate beat East Tuddenham 14-10 with Nigel Willard, Simon Warnes & Morgan Warnes winning all their three games.

Waveney League leaders Broome went down 5-4 at Ilketshall while second-placed Wortwell failed to take advantage losing 6-3 at Earsham. Carlton Colville moved closer to the top two with a 7-2 home win against Kessingland.

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