NEWTON Green are through to the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Stenson Shield – the county competition in which they reached the semi-finals for the first time last season.
In a second round home match with Gorleston, they ran out winners by 7.5 to 4.5, to put Newton through to play Aldeburgh away on Saturday, July 28.
Although without three of the players who featured in last year’s run, they made a good start against Gorleston by winning the morning foursomes 3–1, the victories including a convincing by Mark Duthie and Simon Bearman.
To make sure of winning the tie, Newton needed four points from the afternoon singles, and quickly recorded two through Russell Oakey and Ian Ledieu in the leading two games.
Gorleston won the next three matches, but good wins by Jed Seeley and Ian Woodhead tied up victory.
At the age of 14, Jed Seeley was the youngest person to represent the club at this level, and the seven handicap junior defeated Gorleston’s three handicapper Adam Wood by 4 and 3.