Title race heats up as the season nears its climax

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Suffolk Police and Moreton A won their first matches since the mid-season split to take charge of the West Suffolk Netball League title race.

The top-half teams and bottom-half teams in each division — apart from Division Five — will face each other once in the remainder of the campaign to determine who celebrates glory and who suffers relegation at the end of the summer.

Suffolk Police remain in pole position after a high-scoring 52-48 triumph over Thetford A — in which Jenni Askew and Chloe Crame starred — but Moreton A are just behind on goal difference after Alice Sadler and Leanne Peters helped them to a 37-31 victory over defending champions Priors A.

The bottom four teams are separated by just three points, with Priors B — who lost 35-19 to Burwell — at the foot of the standings on 21 points.

Caroline Cotterell and 
Haydn Gross were named 
the players of the match as Jetts beat Haverhill 55-37.

Cockfield A clinched the Division Two triumph by maintaining their 100 per cent record with a 46-15 defeat of Moreton B, while Stowmarket II moved to the brink of survival as Emily Phillips and Jo Howes helped them sink bottom club Pink Ladies 51-26.

RMG — who beat Haverhill B 39-23, thanks in part to Melissa Sharp and Laura Peckford — top Division Three by two points from Cockfield B — who saw off Jetts B 43-24, with Eleanor Brain and Lauren Gooch in fine form.

There were wins for Walsham and Jubilee B in the bottom half, leaving Panthers and Breckland B in trouble.

Izzy King and Kate Ferdinand starred for Jetts C, who maintained their perfect record in Division Four with a 32-26 triumph over Priors C, with Stow Fusion — with Lauren Vincent and Helen Brodowski their players of the match — lurking just four points back.

Wins for Stowmarket and Havebury in the bottom half left Haverhill C and Phoenix in trouble at the bottom.

Cockfield C cut the gap to Jetts D in Division Five to one point with a 62-22 victory over bottom side Breckland D, while Abi Wallace and Mimi Black helped Jubilee Magpies maintain their 100 per cent record at the expense of Cockfield D in Division Six.

Four teams have reached the 30-point-mark in Zena’s Under-14s Division, with Moreton Hall leading the way from Thetford, Jetts Diamonds and Cockfield I, while Jetts Pearls — with Emily Walters and Eva Allen on form — edged out Thetford 18-12 for their first win of the season.

Jetts Emeralds, with Ceri Flye and Lottie King starring, saw off Moreton Blue 17-0 in Paula’s Under-12s Division to maintain their perfect record.

There were two other close matches with Moreton Green — thanks in part to Polly Davis and Ashleigh Homer — seeing off Jetts Opals and Moreton Red — with Charlotte Schofield and Sophie Beaumont on form — defeating Cockfield A.

n Priors are hosting a charity netball tournament in aid of Cancer Research UK at County Upper School in Bury on Sunday, July 20 (10.30am) — contact Jules Brind on 07456 989324 for information.