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Unbeaten Clare Ex Service Club have won all their first five Glemsford and District League matches in double figures, their latest earning four points as Glemsford Club B were beaten 10-5.

Second placed Glemsford Cock took all five points with a 9-6 win over the Glemsford Lions who have yet to win a match. The Glemsford Angel derby resulted in the B team winning on all three tables taking the five points, lifting them above the A team in the table.

An 8-7 win over the Pinkuah Arms kept Stoke-by-Clare Lion in third place. Melford Hare stay fourth with 9-6 win at the Melford Working Men’s Club taking four points, Cavendish Bull’s 9-6 win against Glemsford Club A took them into fifth. Melford British Legion won on just one table in their 9-6 victory against Glemsford Club Cherries.

n It was a bad night for the Eight Bells in the Sudbury Winter League with their A and B teams both losing, the A team by the odd game to Bay Horse A, and the B team hammered 12-3 by Bells Exiles.

Earls Colne Drum are top position after beating Groton Fox 10-5. Newly promoted Halstead Legion got off to a flying start with a 9-6 win over last year’s champions Kings Head B. The other promoted team, Bay Horse C, lost 9-6 at home to the Institute A.

In the second division, King’s Head A are top after two wins, the latest result 8-7 over the Village Club. Waldingfield Swan beat Bay Horse 11-4, and Institute B lost 10-5 at home to Bells Wanderers. The battle between two of the first week’s losers saw Brewery Tap B beat Brewers Arms 9-6.


Sudbury Town darts team came within just a single leg of condemning Suffolk Super League champions Walsham to a rare defeat before having to settle for a 4-4 draw in a tense, high quality encounter.

Dan Tatum (23.72 ave) opened proceedings for Sudbury, but fell to a 3-2 defeat to Jason Elvin. But Steve Balls (20.75 ave) held his nerve to level matters by winning a tight game 3-2 against Tom Howling.

John Attwater (23.33 ave) gave PDC star Andrew Gilding a scare as he fought back from 2-0 down, but finally went down 3-2 to the Walsham man, and the visitors went 3-1 ahead as Toby Edwards (21.84 ave) could not find the doubles despite scoring well and was beaten 3-1 by Darren Goldsmith.

Mark Theobald (24.15 ave & 180) started the Sudbury revival as he played well to win 3-2 against Adam White, before Jason Stalker (24.58 ave & 180) beat Wayne Squirrell 3-2 to draw the home side level.

Man of the match Martin Totman (24.97 ave) put Sudbury in the lead with a fine 3-2 win over Barrie Webb, giving Ian Randles the chance to secure Sudbury a famous victory. But despite drawing level from having been 2-0 down Randles (22.80 ave) saw opponent Mark Flawn throw an excellent last leg to take the match 3-2 and leave the honours even between the teams.


Sudbury Netball League’s annual end of season open friendly tournament at Great Cornard Sports Centre was well attended, with 15 teams taking part, some from Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Chelmsford.

A mystery format was played with all players rotating through positions every half, creating some interesting play from some competitors.

The league presentation was held, with trophies which had been rescued from the fire at Cobblers & Keys in Friars Street, and which had been cleaned and engraved.

Jades Netball Team won both the First Division and the Winter Mystery League, with Jets Fox a close second. First division players’ player was Mel Harris of Jades. The Second Division was won by Saints, with Hells Belles runners-up, Laura Poore of Sky Blue winning the Players’ Player award.

Tournament Cup Winners were Priors (Bury St Edmunds), runners-up Jades. MacFarlane (Sudbury) won the Plate, with Hells Belles runners-up. Sky Blue were the Bowl winners, with Phoenix (Great Dunmow) runners-up.


Week two of the Sudbury and District League saw a clash of last season’s top two as defending champions Lavenham Legion B played host to runners-up Earls Colne B. Just as in last season’s play off Legion came out on top, winning 4-1.

After Glen Avey and Dale Gridley had put the Legion two frames ahead, Aiden Kench got the visitors back into it only for an inspired Gary Hill to beat Rob Evans and Andy Shelton to seal a convincing win.

The Legion’s A side had a 5-0 win at Sudbury Snooker Club B who, after being whitewashed the previous week, are still looking for their first frame of the season.

Earls Colne A registered another win although they were pushed all the way by Sible Hedingham.

After getting off to a losing start the new-look S CLub 47 side bounced back by beating Melford Working Men’s 3-2, inspired by Joe Dewey who knocked in three breaks of 20+ in his win over Tony Simpson.

The Hedingham picked up their first win witha hard-fought 3-2 victory over Sudbury SC A.


On a beautiful warm sunny morning nine Sudbury Joggers competed in the Ipswich half-marathon.

On a tough, hilly course Tom Challener finished 13th in a personal best time of 1.22.46.

Next (30th), in an age group winning time of 1.28.56 was Malcolm Penn, closely followed by Andy Buck 1.28.57.

Other times were: Charles Hann 1.36.09, Ian Bareham 1.47.49, Jason Smith 1.51.22, Jackie Hann 1.53.00, Rob Harrow 2.12.26, Rob Edge 2.44.00.


Newton Green beat Ufford Park in the Suffolk Junior Team Handicap Cup to add another trophy to a golden season for the club’s juniors.

The six-strong team now goes forward to represent the county at Warley Park in the Eastern Region qualifying round of the Home Counties Championship on Sunday.

Newton has already won the three-player Suffolk team handicap (Stableford) cup and finished fourth out of 33 teams in the national final.

This comes in a year when Newton’s Ellie Aldous is captain of the county’s junior girls, and Alice Barlow has won both the stroke and match play junior titles, as well as both continuing to represent the county ladies team.

The latest stroke play team success was staged at Hintlesham, and Newton overcame Ufford, who they also beat in the Stableford final.

The latest encounter was in doubt until late in the match, as several games went to the final few holes.

With Jed Seeley, James Cooper and Kieron Sorrell having established a 3 – 1 lead, but with Ufford performing strongly in the final two games, it needed the one-up Oli Page to gain at least a half from the remaining two holes to get Newton over the line.

As it happened, an unfortunate mix up led to both Page and Mat McCreal playing the wrong balls.

The Newton player was awarded the hole as his opponent had offended first, giving Newton overall victory.

In the sixth match, Alex Iveson was two down, also on the 17th, but with the match decided, his game was conceded.

Junior captain Connor Talbot, who did not appear in the final, but had played in two previous rounds, received the trophy from Suffolk Golf Union president Phil Platten.

Scores (Newton names first): Seeley beat Harry Fricker 2 & 1, Watts lost one down to George Fricker, Cooper beat Tripp 5 & 4, Sorrell beat Robertson one up, Page beat McGreal 2 & 1, Iveson lost 2 & 1 to Smith


Nine-year-old Scott Bowman from Gestingthorpe, a Year 5 pupil at St Margaret’s Prep school in Gosfield, has had a busy summer, picking up a host of trophies and medals.

He was the under-9 boys’ singles winner at The Grove Tournament in Chelmsford, under-9 boys’ singles winner at the Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club, under-10 boys’ singles winner at the Aldersbrook club’s Vivian Tennis tournament in Wandsworth, London.

At the annual Essex County Closed Championships he was the under-9 boys’ singles winner and under-10 boys’ singles runner-up.

Table tennis

Fourteen-year-old Max Plumridge picked up two wins in the opening week of the Braintree Table Tennis League.

But Plumridge’s success was not enough to stop Earls Colne-based Netts D slipping to a 4-2 defeat by Felsted RBL C.

Oliver Hicks, 17, was also successful, opening his account with a win as Netts B drew with Notley A.

Cornard-based Nomads sprang the first surprise of the season, beating title favourites Notley B 6-4 in Division Two, Kevin Saunders and Richard Kemp registering two wins apiece.

Hedingham Lions got off to a losing start, going down 6-4 at home to newly-promoted Felsted B.

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