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Dunston Hall secure ‘Scratch’ crown

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DUNSTON HALL became the Scratch Knock-Out champions of Norfolk for the first time after a nail-biting day’s golf at Eaton.

Dunston mastered Royal Cromer 3.5-1.5 in the morning semi-finals before taking on Royal Norwich, the last-four conquerors of King’s Lynn.

And with the title on the line, three of the five singles ties went down the 18th hole in what was a stunning finale

The top match was one of those that went the distance with Dunston’s Stu Ballingall staging a memorable comeback that included an eagle at the par-5 16th.

Ballingall was 4-down to Darren Abbs with four to play but peeled off a series of winning holes to claim a half-point.

Royal Norwich’s Adam Sims, a Norfolk county player, recorded a comfortable victory over Scott Sealey.

But James Flesher eased to a similar wide-margin success over James Black to leave the overall match position intriguingly poised at 1.5-1.5 with two points still up for grabs,

In one of the remaining head-to-heads, Royal Norwich golfer Ady Myhill held the upper hand heading to the last with a 1-up advantage.

But his opponent Paul Reade played the testing par-4 in immaculate fashion to secure a par that was enough to win the hole and claim a vital half.

And so it came down to the final tie in which Dunston’s captain Steven Tidy was holding the slenderest advantage stood on the 18th tee.

Tidy kept cool, duly matching Darren Ward’s efforts down the last to preserve his 1-up status and bring home the trophy for a jubilant Dunston side.

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