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Hethersett cribbage player Christine Sapsford combined “skill and a sprinkling of luck” to carry off a top Norfolk trophy. 

Along with Roz Rayner, Chris overcame top class opposition, to win the Whitbread Knockout pairs title at the Wymondham and District Cribbage League finals at Hethersett Social Club. 

To take the title, Chris and Roz had to win five matches over a gruelling and mentally sapping five hour session. 

Chris and Roz were representing Mulbarton Social Club against teams from Wymondham Snooker Club, Attleborough Snooker Club, Swardeston Social Club, Hethersett Social Club, Hethersett King’s Head, Attleborough Cock, Attleborough White Lodge and Old Buckenham Ox and Plough. A total of 23 pairs took part in matches consisting of the best of three rubbers. 

Chris and Roz have both been playing crib longer than they would like to remember. Previously Chris partnered husband John but found that she had a great understanding with Roz. 

“I think we are successful because we don’t take things too seriously. Win or lose we smile. Cribbage is a mix of luck and skill. We play an attacking game but in a gentle way. We play to win and never give up,” the duo said. 

They also play for Mulbarton in the league and last season the club finished fourth out of 10 teams after having a disastrous start that saw them rooted at the bottom of the table. 

It is the first time that members of the club have won the prestigious pairs shield. Now they have tasted success, however, Chris and Roz want to help Mulbarton to win either the league or league team knockout cup.