Mid Norfolk Sunday
Cricket League


STATEMENT FROM THE MID-NORFOLK SUNDAY CRICKET LEAGUE

In the light of the fact that there are currently well over 1,000 new COVID 19 cases each day in the UK, the League Committee has decided that we must withdraw from organising any fixtures this season, 2020.

The pandemic is far from over and we feel that we do not want to be the organisation that puts players and their families at risk.

Therefore, we will not be organising any matches until next season, 2021.

Whilst we wish to see cricket played safely just as soon as possible, we feel this is the time for cool heads to rule over passionate hearts.

ACLE ARE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Acle are the Champions of the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League for 2019.

The top division saw a hard fought battle throughout the season between Acle, Swaffham, Swardeston CEYMS and Great Melton. However it was Acle who emerged victorious.

After an uncertain start to the season, they soon found their winning ways and concluded with a run of seven wins out of eight matches.

League Chairman, Colin King said, “It has been a very tight contest in the Shield Premier Division but in the end it was the final three wins against their main rivals that decided the championship. They have an exciting young side and are intelligently led. This is the result. They are worthy champions.”

HUNTS COUNTY BATS CRICKET FINALS

There were two very exciting finals at Horsford on Sunday for the Hunts County Bats Finals.

North Runcton emerged as the eventual winners of the Hunts County Bats Norfolk Senior Cup. It was a low scoring match which was won on the penultimate ball.

Batting first, A & B Wanderers found the bowling tough. Jordan Everett (26) looked set to be the man to take the attack to North Runcton. However, when Jack Major (3 for 22) and Ben Coote (3 for 8) were at their devastating best, A & B Wanderers lost most of their batting and eventually the innings closed on 82 for 9.

In reply North Runcton found batting equally difficult and were well behind the asking rate at the halfway point. Oscar Binny (3 for 26) put in a very strong effort and as the final few overs loomed, it looked as though A & B had won it. Then the Man of the Match, Ben Skipper, stepped up and stroked an undefeated 21 runs off just 24 balls, steering North Runcton to victory. They finished on 85 for 6 wickets, to win by 4 wickets.

The Hunts County Bats Norfolk Junior Cup Final was slightly higher scoring and saw Hethersett & Tas Valley lift the trophy. For Swaffham, the Payne brothers, Jasper (45) and Alec (30), looked set for a large score. However, Man of the Match, Sam Morton (5 for 29) wrecked the innings with an inspired spell of bowling. The innings closed on 119 for 9.

In reply Hethersett & Tas Valley batted steadily. Ian Bryce (45) and Damien Fahy (34*) were the principle contributors. However there was some excellent bowling from David Annakin (3 for 14) and the situation was ‘all to play for’ when they entered the final over. A four off the final ball handed victory to Hethersett & Tas Valley.

After the match, Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League Chairman, Colin King, said, “These were two brilliantly exciting matches. There were four of the best teams in Norfolk playing and they did not disappoint.”

“He added, “The weather was perfect all day and the Horsford ground never looked better. I would like to thank them all for their hospitality.”

TAS win the Challenge Cup

In a thrilling Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League Challenge Cup Final, that ebbed and flowed, Hethersett & Tas Valley (TAS) emerged as the worthy winners.

Pitted against a strong Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers (A&BW) team and in the glorious Bank Holiday sunshine, TAS won the toss and elected to field.
A&BW set a storming pace with opener Craig Beeden hitting 23 runs in just 23 balls. Three wickets quickly tumbled before Chris Nation (69) steadied the ship with the help of wicketkeeper Sachin Jha (20).
Just as it looked as though they were going to amass a match winning score, they both fell to the bowling of Sam Morton (3 for 33). This triggered a collapse and A&BW were all out for 178 in under 36 overs.

In reply TAS made a very determined start. Openers Tom Collishaw (56) and Jack Gibson (20) set the foundation, followed by Ian Bryce (39). Joseph Wilson (22) steadied the middle order.
Then just as the winning score looked to be within reach, there was a bit of a ‘wobble’. With wickets falling, it was left to Sam Morton (4) to hit the all important boundary and win the match with 182 for 7.

The Man of the Match award went to Tom Collishaw who added his top scoring innings (56) to a 3 for 23 bowling spell.

After the match, League Chairman, Colin King, said, “It was a close match with both side straining their best to win. The crowd was royally entertained.” He added, “It was a very hot sunny day and Sprowston, with their two pitches, gave us a superb venue for such a memorable final. TAS may have won but A&BW were by no means disgraced. Both teams did their best”.

Swardeston CEYMS storm to victory in the Broke Cup Final

On a very hot and sunny Bank Holiday Monday, Swardeston CEYMS emerged as worthy winners of the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Broke Cup.

Their opposition was Snettisham, who won the toss and elected to field. Swardeston CEYMS set a very solid start with Benjamin Chapman (20) and captain Sam Thelwell (67). However, the star of the batting was Alex Levinson (99) who steered his side to a winning score of 273 for 6. Levinson was caught by Callum Fisher off Adam Daniels (2 for 55) as he tried to reach what would have been a well deserved century. He was ably assisted by Ben Hogg (31 not out).

In reply, Snettisham had a nightmare start by losing four quick wickets. Dan Fuller (35) made a determined bid to stay in the match but once he was dismissed only Danny Suckling (19) offered serious resistance.

The pick of the Swardeston CEYMS bowling was Matthew Taylor (3 for 34), ably assisted by Jonty Block (2 for 9).

The Man of the Match award went to a very deserving Alex Levinson who added a bowling spell of 2 for 9 to his match winning 99.

After the match, League Chairman, Colin King said, “Swardeston CEYMS did their club proud. Snettisham struggled from the start but were faced with a team that was ‘on song’ and performing. Alex Levinson’s contribution was one that I shall remember for a long time”. He added, “Sprowston is a superb venue and I would like to that them for making us so welcome”.

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