Mid Norfolk Sunday
Cricket League


TRIUMPHANT SWAFFHAM WIN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

A strong performance throughout the season won Swaffham the overall League Championship in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League.

Their success was down to an excellent all round team effort. They won more matches than their nearest rival, whom they beat convincingly both at home and away.

At the League Presentation Evening, held at Dereham Town Football Club, last Saturday, Swaffham received the prestigious League Shield.

Special mention was made of the batting of Jasper Payne, who made the highest score of the season of 172 including 18 fours and 10 sixes. Brother Alec Payne was also mentioned for his consistent high scoring (including 83 v Swardeston and 73 v North Runcton) alongside Jordan Twiddy who scored 73 v Great Melton.

Popular veteran bowler, Maurice Dye topped the averages alongside David Annakin. Special mention was made of an inspired 5 for 15 performance by Kurian Varghese against North Runcton, when he ripped out the top five batsmen.

Also collecting their trophies were Barney, who won the Boyle Elite Division. Special mention was made of free scoring Aaron Riseborough and Jacob Seed and of the bowler Jack Burton.

Castle Acre won the R J Bidewell Division.

Dylan Fryett was the highest scorer with 108 no against Swaffham A. Robert Hooton and Tom Brown consistently made match winning contributions throughout the season. Josh Reeve topped the bowling averages alongside Darragh Leman and Robert Hooton.

Bungay won the Burgess Shield Division

Thomas Ridley, Tom Wicks and Alex Codd were the outstanding batsmen whilst Will Robinson, Callum Clark and Tom Wicks were the successful bowlers.

Great Witchingham won the Kevin Grimmer Division.

Sam Clabburn, Tony Crockert and Matthew Hale were the consistent high scoring batsmen whilst Henri Boyd, William Boyd and Luke Sutton shared the bowling honours.

Presenting the trophies was League Chairman Colin King, who said, “Thank goodness we were able to get back to a full season of cricket following the barren 2020. Swaffham are worthy League Champions, I’m proud of them. Barney remain one of the most entertaining clubs in the League. Castle Acre, Bungay and Great Witchingham had to compete hard to win their divisions. They are exciting clubs. With teams like these, the immediate future development of the League remains encouragingly strong.”

AGM VOTES TO END MATCH TEAS

At a packed AGM of the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League held at Dereham Town Football Club last Sunday, member clubs received a very upbeat message.

Chairman, Colin King reported that the League was being joined by five new clubs: Denver, Bradfield, Old Buckenham, Hingham and Martham.

He also reported that the introduction of submitting results via the ECB website, Play-Cricket, had been a resounding success. There was no longer any need to submit results by text. He felt it was a very positive step and would save everyone a great deal of time and effort. Also this meant that teams would no longer be required to submit their statistics. They would be produced automatically.

There were two significant decisions made.

Clubs voted to remove the need to provide match teas. This decision now formalises what has been happening during the pandemic. From next season, clubs are free to provide match teas if they so wish. It is a decision to be agreed between opposing teams and is no longer imposed by the League.

They also voted to have a new ball for each innings throughout the entire League. This brings the League into line with other competitions in the county.

After the AGM, League Chairman, Colin King said, “Ending Match Teas is symbolic of what has been happening in society in general. We have to face the fact that it has become very difficult to find volunteers to make these match teas.

It has always been a source of great amusement to overseas players, who could not believe that clubs would provide a ‘meal' during a match. They said it was something that was 'curiously British and never happened back home’.

To some extent, I am sad to see them go but I feel that this will also remove a big financial strain on some of our clubs. I see this as a ‘common sense’ move and will help to make cricket more accessible and affordable.”

FAKENHAM CLINCH VICTORY IN THE CHALLENGE CUP

The exciting middle order of Fakenham powered them to victory over A & B Wanderers in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Challenge Cup Final, held at Sprowston on Bank Holiday Monday.

A & B Wanderers won the toss and elected to bat. Four early wickets fell to Oscar Campbell (3 for 51) before opener Jordan Everett (51) was joined by the hugely talented Nuwan Jayasena (50). Together they shared a stand of 83 before they were both dismissed by John Ewart (2 for 19). After that the innings crumbled and A & B were all out for 152. This was mainly due to captain David Coyle polishing off the tail with an impressive spell of 4 for 14.

In reply Fakenham lost three early wickets which brought first Lloyd Marshall (48) to the crease, followed by Luke Caswell (39) and later by John Ewart (40). These three batsmen proved to be the Fakenham powerhouse with some exciting hitting as well as to a beautiful display of controlled and sensible cricket. Joe Everett (2 for 19) was the pick of the A & B Wanderers bowling. However, Fakenham managed to ride the hostile bowling and emerged winners with 153 for 5 wickets.

The Man of the Match was Lloyd Marshall, whose 48 runs contained 3 mighty sixes.

After the match, League Chairman Colin King said, “A & B Wanderers played well but their score, although challenging, was I felt 30 runs short of what would have made an interesting target. Fakenham, on the other hand were a well disciplined side and, thanks to their middle order, thoroughly deserved their win.

I would also like to thank Sprowston for hosting this finals. It’s the perfect venue for our needs and the pitch was good and true."

BARNEY STORM TO BROKE CUP SUCCESS

A strong Barney side convincingly overpowered a spirited Terrington St Clement in the final of the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Broke Cup, held at Sprowston on Bank Holiday Monday.

Barney won the toss and elected to field. Terrington St Clement started cautiously but soon began to lose early wickets. Opener Adam Young (21) proved to be the backbone of the side until there was an exciting “wag of the tail”. Mehul Patel (23) and Phil Manning (25). For Barney, the outstanding bowling performers were Jack Burton (3 for 17) and Tom Fisher (3 for 29). Terrington St Clement were all out for 108.

In reply, Barney hit the required runs in just 17 overs and for the loss of one wicket.. Openers Jason Seed (33 n.o.) and Liam Channell (26) laid the foundation that brought Aaron Riseborough (48 n.o.) to the wicket to bludgeon his way to victory. Matthew Brockman-Smith (1 for 18) took the only wicket for Terrington St Clement.

The Man of the Match simply had to be Aaron Riseborough who scored 42 of his 48 runs in boundaries, including a massive six.

After the match League Chairman Colin King said, “Barney never fail to surprise me. For a tiny village near Fakenham, they consistently turn out a powerful team. Terrington St Clement is a team that I have a great deal of respect for. They are on the western fringes of Norfolk yet they are an exciting club with an amazing ‘team spirit’. This final proved not to be their day. There will always be the ‘if only’ question with me wondering if the match would have been closer if Terrington had won the toss.”

HUNTS COUNTY BATS NORFOLK SENIOR CUP
NORTH RUNCTON EMERGE VICTORIOUS AGAINST BRADFIELD

A strong North Runcton team had to dig deep to overcome a determined Bradfield in the Hunts County Bats Senior Cup Final at Horsford on Sunday.

North Runcton won the toss and elected to bat. They lost an early wicket but then their impressive top batting order delivered a match winning performance. Captain and opener Michael Crisp (31) was followed by Ben Coote (34 n.o.). They were ably assisted by Harry Lankfer (18) and Sam Phillips (17) in this limited overs scramble to amass as many runs as possible. The format was 16 x eight ball overs. The North Runcton innings closed on 124 for 5.

The pick of the Bradfield bowling was Michael Jones (26 for 3).

In reply Bradfield made a very spirited attempt to cross the winning line, which created a nail-biting and tense drama. Opener Alex Johnson (19), S. Tenjarla (21) and Chris Scannell (13) all scored at more than a run a ball. Before Man of the Match Kirwin Christoffels stepped in and produced an all round match winning performance. He took 30 for 3 and held two sharp catches, removing Bradfield’s middle order. Owen White then demolished the tail with as spell of 11 for 3 in just 15 balls. Bradfield were bowled out for 108.

After the match, Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Chairman, Colin King said, “I was a wonderful sunny day and Horsford looked at its best. We were treated to a feast of high octane cricket. North Runcton proved to be worthy winners. However, that is not to belittle the fighting performance of Bradfield. Man of the Match, Kirwin Christoffels, received a voucher for a hand made bespoke cricket bat worth £300, courtesy of Hunts County Bats. It was the perfect end to what has been a tricky season.”

HUNTS COUNTY BATS NORFOLK JUNIOR CUP
FAKENHAM POWER TO VICTORY OVER HETHERSETT & TAS VALLEY

In spite of losing two early wickets, Fakenham powered their way to victory in the Hunts County Bats Norfolk Junior Cup Final at Horsford on Sunday.

Hethersett & Tas Valley won the toss and elected to field. Despite their early success, they were unable to shift opener Keegan Monahan-Fairlie (40) and Luke Caswell (52). By the time that they were eventually dismissed, the damage was done. A quick fire (13) by Paul Lough ensured a challenging target for Tas Valley to chase. The Fakenham Innings closed on 117 for 5.

The pick of the Tas Valley bowling was Robbie Matthews (2 for 40).

In reply, Tas Valley lost four early wickets before Ben France (27) began to give them some hope. Other outstanding performances came from Indika Nanayakkara (25) and Sam Morton (21). But the effectiveness of the Fakenham bowling kept Tas Valley permanently behind the asking run rate. The innings closed on 94 for 7.

Three of Fakenham’s bowlers produced rewarding spells. David Coyle (3 for 18), Paul Lough (2 for 15) and Luke Caswell (2 for 24).

The Man of the Match and winner of a bespoke cricket bat courtesy of Hunts County Bats was Luke Caswell for his all-round performance.

After the match, Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League Chairman, Colin King said, “We saw the Fakenham middle order powerhouse again today. It was a crisp and clinical performance. However, I was left wondering what the outcome would have been if Tas Valley had shown more purpose in their running between the wickets. Could a more adventurous approach have gathered those extra 24 runs? We will never know.”

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