Mid Norfolk Sunday
Cricket League


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”.

NORFOLK CRICKET - BOLD NEW INITIATIVE

Norfolk cricket is leading the way with a '100 BALL' initiative from the Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket League that is ahead of anywhere else in Britain.

Launching the 100 BALL, Cricket Development Director for the Norfolk Cricket Board, Kieron Tuck said, “The 100-ball format is very much in the news at the moment with the ECB looking to bring this to the country in 2020. It is therefore exciting to see the Mid Norfolk Sunday League are keen to trial this format to generate new interest in playing on a Sunday. It’s quick, it’s radical and most of all it’s fun. We hope that this will be a great way for clubs to attract new players and also persuade busy former players to enjoy the thrill of cricket again. Games would be done and dusted within 2 hours.”

The idea came first of all from the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League (MNSCL) where it instantly attracted 16 clubs. However, they are keen to open it out to non-League clubs for it to be played on a purely friendly basis in 2019. League Chairman, Colin King added, “This is an initiative to attract new players into the game. It gets rid of all the ‘stuffy’ aspects of cricket, there’s no need to play in whites, there’s no match tea, there are no ‘overs’.” He explained, “In 100 BALL, you simply bowl 50 balls from one end and then 50 from the other. It gets rid of all the boring bits.”

King then offered, “I would be more than happy to administer this, for free. It’s not a competition, so all I would have to do is put clubs in touch with each other. They can sort out the fixtures.”

He then added, “In the MNSCL, we are planning to have a Sunday early in the season dedicated to attracting new players through 100 BALL. All are welcome, I just want to see clubs persuading guys in the pub or at work, or wherever, to come and have 2 hours of FUN, playing cricket.”

Clubs who are interested should contact Colin King at colinking1@icloud.com or on 01362-668339.

100 Ball Cricket Proposal

In the absence of any rules or guidance from the ECB, here is the outline of our proposed 100 BALL Initiative.

1.The Toss. The winner decides whether to bat our bowl. The loser decides which end will be bowled from first.
2.The first 50 balls will be bowled from ONE end. The second 50 balls will be bowled from the other end.
3.There will be a break of up to 5 minutes after the first 50 balls for both sides to assess the state of the match.
4.No bowler to bowl more than 20 balls.
5.No bowler is to bowl more that 10 balls in one spell.
6.A bowler may bowl anything from just ONE ball up to the maximum of TWENTY Balls.
7.A batsman must retire when he reaches 30 runs. He can return if the rest of the team is dismissed.
8.The home team will offer three balls of varying wear (not necessarily new). The visitors choose the ball.
9.The match can be played at any mutually agreed time on the prescribed day.
10.No match tea.
11.There is no insistence on players wearing traditional whites.

It’s radical
It’s quick
It’s fun

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