Newton Green hopes ended by Ipswich

IPSWICH, the holders, ended Newton Green's dreams of a Hambro Cup win in their centenary year.The match at Purdis Heath started early in view of the weather forecast on Sunday.

By Tony Garnett

IPSWICH, the holders, ended Newton Green's dreams of a Hambro Cup win in their centenary year.

The match at Purdis Heath started early in view of the weather forecast on Sunday. Top Ipswich officials went ahead in a buggy to clear water from the greens during the afternoon.

It proved worthwhile because the match finished with Ipswich 15 holes ahead with Jack Jowers and Paul Barnard their leading partnership on the day. There was a good consolation win in the afternoon for Ollie Rush and Steve Wordley for Newton Green over Ian Brown and Neil Meadows, but Ipswich never looked likely to loosen their overall grip.

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Ipswich are again fortunate in the draw with a home quarter-final against a Haverhill team who ended the hopes of Rushmere at Coupals Road. Rushmere trailed by nine holes at lunch and although James Wright and Michael Buck turned the tables on Eamonn and Andrew Bareham in the afternoon that was their only success.

Home advantage was perhaps the key to the victory of Dave Quinney and his teenage partner Harry Mills against Kevin Eagle and Peter Robinson.

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Woodbridge came unstuck at Bungay, as so many teams have done in the past couple of years. Woodbridge were five down at lunch with James Keely and Chris Bye having lost by four to Phil Vincent and Doug Muttitt in the top match. Chris Springle and Ian Kitson were the only morning winners for Woodbridge who changed their order in the afternoon.

While Springle and Kitson were unable to tame Vincent and Muttitt, Keely and Bye swept aside the challenge of Robert Long and Dickon Housman by six holes, which will no doubt become the topic of an inquest by team captain Simon Jamieson, who may not be aware just how effective Keely and Bye can be.

Aldeburgh called up their university boys, John Wybar and Alex Stanley, from Aberdeen and Durham respectively to help them to an impressive home victory over Bury St Edmunds, who went down by 24 holes.

Now Aldeburgh must visit Bungay for a second time this season with the task of avenging their Stenson Shield defeat. Much will depend on whether Logan Mair has the top Aldeburgh players available to him.

Fynn Valley blasted Stoke by Nayland out of the Hambro Cup in impressive style. Now the same players, boosted by the return of Chris Smith, will be hoping to complete the double by winning at Stoke in the Stenson Shield quarter-final on Saturday.

The Valley established a formidable 15-hole advantage by lunch with Brad Wilkins and Daniel Hedges beating Scott Brace and Paul Pengelly by seven holes. Jamie Abbott and Andy Munro were five holes ahead of Greg Hills and Rob Murray while Warren Goddard and Aaron Bowen were three up on Paul Whittle and Owen Pearl.

Despite these scorelines, the fact that Paul and Hugo Dobson held the powerful pairing of Michael Swan and Liam Brace was equally important to the morale of the Fynn Valley squad.

Stoke never let their heads drop and gave a better display in the afternoon, but they were too far behind and their cause was lost by lunchtime. Now Fynn Valley will be at home to Brett Vale, who won by 15 holes at Seckford.

The stars for Brett Vale were Dave Partridge and Terry Fenton, who were nine up on the day against John Cunnell and Mark Crisp.

Seckford's only winners were Russell Rayner and Stuart Green in the top pairing. They beat Mark Jackson and Chris Hammond, who had been Brett Vale's best pair in the previous round when they knocked out Thorpeness.

Hintlesham thought they were home and dry against Felixstowe Ferry until their final pair in the afternoon, Jerry Procter and Joe Cardy, came in five down against Mel Pipe and Nigel Fosker. This left the scores level overall.

It became tense as Adrian Meredith and Clive Lawley went out in the rain for the home side once again for a sudden death play-off with Rhodri Harston and Pipe. It was all over in Hintlesham's favour at the first hole, so now they face a visit to Southwold or Diss in the quarter-final on July 1.

The rain came down heavily at Southwold early in the afternoon and flooded the greens.

The match had to be abandoned which was a big let-off for Diss who were trailing at the time. The match must be replayed at least a week before the date of the next round.

Hambro Cup quarter-finals (to be played on July 1): Southwold or Diss v Hintlesham, Fynn Valley v Brett Vale, Bungay and Waveney Valley v Aldeburgh, Ipswich v Haverhill.

The Tolly Cobbold Cup ties tend to be more difficult to predict.

Seckford did well to master the small greens at St Audrys to win by 12 holes, with Ray Connett and Ian Bedford giving them a good start in the morning. Seckford face a home quarter-final against Flempton who beat Halesworth by five holes in a tight contest .

Hintlesham won through against Thorpeness by 17 holes piling on the pressure in the afternoon after a tense morning during which they were two up in two matches and level in the other two.

Now Hintlesham will be at home to either Brett Vale or Stoke by Nayland whose match was abandoned because of waterlogged greens.

Felixstowe Ferry swept aside the challenge of Fynn Valley by a massive 36 holes. Nine down at lunch, the Valley perhaps lost heart as their margin of defeat grew larger and larger during the course of the afternoon.

Felixstowe now entertain Haverhill, who scraped home by two holes at Newton Green thanks in the main to Andy Craig and Dave Whiting, who ended seven up on the day. The top two Newton Green pairs both won by five, but then Eric Kiddle and Jack Warwick had a five-hole win for Haverhill leaving Craig and Whiting to complete the recovery.

Waldringfield's defeat at Gorleston was largely brought about by the home pairing of Robinson and Carlton, who were 13 up on the day - which is significant in a 14-hole win.

Tolly Cobbold Cup quarter-finals (to be played on July 1): Hintlesham v Brett Vale or Stoke by Nayland, Bury St Edmunds v Gorleston, Seckford v Flempton, Felixstowe Ferry v Haverhill.

A full round-up of scores appear in today's EADT.

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