Mid Norfolk Sunday
Cricket League

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 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


Throughout the season it had been a close fought battle between Swaffham, last season’s champions, and Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers. That was in spite of a strong late surge by Swardeston CEYMS.
The standout performances for Swaffham have been the contribution of the Payne brothers. Alex Payne amassed 560 runs over the season, with a highest score of 103 no. He also took 7 catches. However, his brother Jasper Payne scored 275 runs over the season with a top score of 145 no. Jasper also finished with a bowling average of 12.50 having taken 8 wickets.
It was another season where the veteran Maurice Dye took the most wickets (12) at an average of 22.33. David Annakin was close behind with 11 wickets at 20.09 average. Kurian Varghese (7 wickets) and Tom Puckey (5 wickets) also contributed strongly.
Looking back on Swaffham’s successful season, League Chairman, Colin King, added, “The turning point for Swaffham was their defeat to Swardeston CEYMS back in May. It was a very tight match where Swaffham fell short by just 8 runs. However the nature of their defeat gave them the confidence to mount a sustained challenge to retain their title. What followed was a run of six consecutive wins which catapulted them to the top of the Shield Premier Division. A defeat to Barney gave Ashmanhaugh a glimmer of hope but their winning ways immediately returned and they finished the season with 14 clear points. I am delighted for them. They are worthy League Champions.”


Hethersett & Tas Valley romped home to a 10 wicket victory over the two time winners of the Hunts County Bats Norfolk Senior Cup.
An inspired spell of bowling ruined North Runcton’s hopes of retaining the Hunts County Bats Norfolk Senior Cup for the third year in a row. Fielding a much depleted side, North Runcton struggled whereas in previous years they have been imperious. Opening the bowling for Hethersett & Tas Valley, Ross Hazard (5 for 18) ripped out the entire North Runcton top order before 36 runs were on the board. He was ably assisted by Indika Nanayakkara (3 for 24) who, between them, ensured that North Runcton were only able to amass 80 runs when the final wicket fell. There was a determined innings from Mark Skipper (25) whilst the only other batsmen to reach double figures were Sam Major (11) and Will Lankfer (10 no).
The Hethersett & Tas Valley reply was equally devastating as they proceed to knock off the runs without losing a wicket. Damian Fahy (46 no) and Joe Wilson (28 no) were in top form and took just 7 overs to reach their target. A massive six from Fahy brought proceedings to a close on 85 for 0.
After the match, Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Chairman, Colin King, reflected, “Sometimes in cricket you come up against somebody who is absolutely ‘in their pomp’. Today that person was Ross Hazard and I was proud to award the Man of the Match trophy to him alongside a bespoke Hunts County Bat worth £300. It was well deserved."


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.”


A strong Martham team defeated Snettisham to win the Broke Cup for the second year in succession. Martham won the toss and elected to bowl. This proved to be a sound decision because they removed the first three wickets with only 4 runs on the board. From that moment on, Snettisham were on the back foot. However, Paul Ingram (26) produced a sparkling cameo innings that included 1 six and 4 fours. Harry Knott (18) steered the score to 83 before he was the eighth wicket to fall. Snettisham were all out for 98 runs. The pick of the Martham bowling was Kieran Spencer (3 for 18).
In reply, Martham also lost a couple of early wickets, until captain and Man of the Match, Jack Whatmough (54) steered his side to within 3 runs of victory. He was ably assisted by Alex Sayer (22). Three more wickets fell in the push to get over the winning line. Martham reached a deserved victory with just 4 wicket remaining. The pick of the Snettisham bowling was Paul ingram (3 for 29).
After the match, League Chairman, Colin King reflected, "Often in cricket you hear the words, 'If only?’ If Snettisham could have amassed another 30 runs then it would have been an intriguing battle. Low scoring matches often produce the most exciting cricket and Martham richly entertained us. Snettisham has an excellent youth policy and a couple of their youngsters, Nathaniel Linsell and Adam Rose showed great promise for the future.”

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