Duthie and Bearman in fine form in county quarter-final

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Newton Green’s lethal pairing of Mark Duthie and Simon Bearman slaughtered their morning and afternoon opponents by 13 holes to set up victory over Gorleston.

It put Newton into the semi-finals of the Suffolk Hambro Cup — the inter-club handicap championship they have not won in half a century — where they will play Waldringfield on August 17.

The overall victory margin was 10 holes for the home team, who were six holes up after the four morning foursomes.

The early matches were tight, with two halved, and Max Hemson and Ryan Talbot one up.

However, Duthie (handicap two) and Bearman (five) put the icing on the cake by finishing five up against Darren Hellary and Danny Perring.

One of the halved matches included a fightback from four down by Russell Oakey and Lee Hebditch, the latter a former Newton junior who has recently returned to the club from Stoke-by-Nayland.

The Oakey and Hebditch partnership kept Newton in front as they won their afternoon outing by two holes, but with a five-hole defeat inflicted in the second match involving Hemson and Talbot, it was comforting the Duthie and Bearman duo were again calling the shots in the third match.

The pairing has been a banker in recent seasons and their eight-hole win ensured Newton kept Gorleston’s hopes at bay, despite the visitors achieving a narrow win in the final game.

Morning: Russell Oakey and Lee Hebditch all square, Max Hemson and Ryan Talbot won 1up, Simon Bearman and Mark Duthie won 5up, Jed Seeley and Greg Hills all square. Afternoon: Oakey and Hebditch 2up, Hemson and Talbot 5dn, Bearman and Duthie 8up, Seeley and Hills 1dn.