Ashmanhaugh triumph in hard fought final
A very strong Ashmanhaugh side defeated current League champions, Swaffham, in the Challenge Cup Final.
Swaffham won the toss and elected to field. However, they failed to make the inroads that the previous day’s rain suggested. The opening pair of Craig Beeden (36) and Jordan Everett (69) amassed 68 runs before the fall of the first wicket. Oscar Binny (60) added some exciting runs before he fell with the score on 164 for 2. Joseph Everett (25) steered the score past the 200 mark before a clatter of wickets fell in the final few overs. Ashmanhaugh’s innings closed on 230 for 7. The pick of the Swaffham bowling was Tom Puckey (3 for 39)
In reply Swaffham lost their openers Jasper Payne (14) and Joseph Lenderyou (4) to a spell of awesome pace from Robbie Joseph (3 for 18). Alex Payne (78) produced a memorable innings that included 5 sixes and 4 fours. He was last out leaving Swaffham on 135 all out.
It was a hard decision to determine the Man of the Match because paceman Robbie Joseph had removed the cream of the Swaffham batting but in the end, it was awarded to Oscar Binny whose 60 runs were scored at a run a ball including 2 sixes and 6 fours. He also took a wicket in a tight 5 over spell in which he conceded only 7 runs.
After the match, League Chairman Colin King commented, "After all the rain of the previous day, it was amazing to see how well Sprowston had been able to protect the wicket. Both sides fielded well and with purpose. However, it was not Swaffham’s day and Ashmanhaugh were worthy winners."
He added, "Now that the Carter Cup is no more, the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Challenge Cup will be the only serious cup competition left in Norfolk. If today’s entertainment is anything to go by, it will thrive for years to come."