Mid Norfolk Sunday
Cricket League


SWAFFHAM ARE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to Swaffham who are the 2021 League Champions.

They won more matches and lost less matches than any other team in the Shield Premier Division.

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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