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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01362-668339.