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Swaffham Crowned League Champions

The final Sunday of the season had just one issue to be resolved; who would become the League Champions?
There were three very real possibilities. North Runcton had completed their fixtures but had an impressive points tally of 222. Barney had topped the table for most of the season but need to gain 15 points from a maximum of 21 in order to win the championship. Swaffham only had an outside chance of making it their day because they needed to win by taking all 10 wickets against an “in form” Barney: a formidable ask!!! Batting first, Swaffham rattled up a challenging total of 215 for 9. However, the skills of the veteran bowler, Maurice Dye, who took 5 wickets, swung the game Swaffham’s way. It was then just a question of whether Swaffham could take the final wickets for that valuable point that would mean they were the Champions.
League Chairman, Colin King, who watched the match said, “It is to Barney’s great credit that the game took place at all, bearing in mind all the rain we have had over the past few days.” He added, “Swaffham thoroughly deserved to win. They performed better in all aspects of the game. It wasn’t Barney’s day.”

Hunts County Bats Senior and Junior Cup Finals

Sunday saw the finals of the Hunts County Bats Senior and Junior Cup competitions and they could hardly have been more different.
The Senior Cup Final saw the total domination of the bowlers whilst the Junior Cup Final provided a feast of big hitting: 16 sixes.

North Runcton won the Senior Cup, beating Old Buckenham by 6 wickets.
Old Buckenham won the toss and elected to bat. Shrewd field placement coupled with a very tight bowling display restricted Old Buckenham to just 72 for 10. Matthew Bint scored a gritty 33. In reply, North Runcton found scoring equally difficult. Ben Coote scored a well crafted 39. However the match was dominated by the bowlers, Chris Howes 3 for 19 was the pick of the Old Buckenham bowling whilst Jack Major, for North Runcton, took 4 for 18. However the winner of the Man of the Match Award, who receives a bespoke £300 Hunts County Bat, went to Joe Maze of North Runcton for a very tight spell 3 for 24 in which he removed the top opposition batsmen.

In contrast, the Norfolk Junior Cup saw some spectacular hitting. Martham beat Snettisham Royals by 38 runs. Martham won the toss and elected to bat. The second ball received went for six and the innings continued in the same vein. Lewis Dunn 60, he hit 52 off just 18 balls including 6 sixes. Simeon Randall 45 contributed another 3 sixes. Finn Grist scored 38. Kieron Herbert for Snettisham returned 2 for 34 and Paul Ingram 2 for 36. The innings closed on 208 for 5: a challenging total. Snettisham Royals, for most of their innings, were up with the required run rate. Man of the Match, and also receiving a bespoke Hunts County Bat, was Lewis Jeavons 81. He kept Snettisham in the chase until he was stumped whilst going for another six. With his departure the dream of an unlikely victory faded. At the close, Snettisham Royals were 170 for 6.

Challenge Cup Final

The Challenge Cup Final was, on the face of it, very one-sided, with a 10 wicket win for Barney. However, it was a well fought contest between a youthful Acle side against a tough and very capable Barney.
League Chairman, Colin King described the two competing teams. "Acle, who are a strong Alliance side were pitted against what may well be the last truly “village” side in Norfolk. If you drive through Barney, you can blink and miss it! Barney only play in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League and are currently in pole position for taking the overall League championship. They are having a wonderful season."

Acle won the toss and elected to bat. Liam Channell drew gasps of admiration around the ground with his opening burst. He was both very quick and was getting late swing. In three overs he took two key wickets, which rocked Acle onto the back foot, a position from where they unable to recover. Craig Press scored a well crafted 28, whilst Jordan Betts chipped in with 21. The outstanding bowling performance came from Jack Timmins who took 4 for 29. Acle were all out for 129.

This brought the exciting talent of Aaron Riseborough to the crease, to open the Barney reply. The sizeable crowd were treated to a wonderful display of attacking batting. Young Riseborough started carefully but gradually increased the tempo and kept on accelerating. He completed the run chase with a breathtaking series of boundaries including 3 sixes. A cheeky reverse sweep for 4 saw Barney to victory. The Man of the Match trophy had to go to Aaron Riseborough for a memorable performance.

Broke Cup Final

The Broke Cup Final was less one sided and saw a strong Martham side challenging League newcomers, Beeston. Martham won by 4 wickets.
League Chairman, Colin King said, “I have watched both of these sides playing, during the season, and I knew that both sides had some talented players.”

Martham won the toss and elected to bowl. Beeston got off to a slow start against some accurate Martham bowling. Adrian Parke top scored with 29, whilst Harry Steward added a fine 27, including a huge six that went out of the ground. The pick of the Martham bowling was Harry Chanchalani who took 4 for 24. Beeston were all out for 138.

In reply Martham made steady progress. Wicket keeper, Finn Grist, top scored with 45, whilst Kieron Spencer (Scratch) made a telling 37 at the crucial time. The pick of the Beeston bowling was Tom Roberson who took 2 for 32. Mention must also be made of Ben Wall, the Beeston captain, who bowled an extremely tight 8 overs conceding just 17 runs. The Man of the Match trophy went to Kieron Spencer for his all round contribution with both bat and ball.

After the finals, League Chairman, Colin King, added, “The sun shone, Sprowston Cricket Club is a great venue, the teams produced some fine cricket. All in all, the crowd went home with the feeling that they had been well entertained: a successful day.”

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