TRIUMPHANT SWAFFHAM WIN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
A strong performance throughout the season won Swaffham the overall League Championship in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League.
Their success was down to an excellent all round team effort. They won more matches than their nearest rival, whom they beat convincingly both at home and away.
At the League Presentation Evening, held at Dereham Town Football Club, last Saturday, Swaffham received the prestigious League Shield.
Special mention was made of the batting of Jasper Payne, who made the highest score of the season of 172 including 18 fours and 10 sixes. Brother Alec Payne was also mentioned for his consistent high scoring (including 83 v Swardeston and 73 v North Runcton) alongside Jordan Twiddy who scored 73 v Great Melton.
Popular veteran bowler, Maurice Dye topped the averages alongside David Annakin. Special mention was made of an inspired 5 for 15 performance by Kurian Varghese against North Runcton, when he ripped out the top five batsmen.
Also collecting their trophies were Barney, who won the Boyle Elite Division. Special mention was made of free scoring Aaron Riseborough and Jacob Seed and of the bowler Jack Burton.
Castle Acre won the R J Bidewell Division.
Dylan Fryett was the highest scorer with 108 no against Swaffham A. Robert Hooton and Tom Brown consistently made match winning contributions throughout the season. Josh Reeve topped the bowling averages alongside Darragh Leman and Robert Hooton.
Bungay won the Burgess Shield Division
Thomas Ridley, Tom Wicks and Alex Codd were the outstanding batsmen whilst Will Robinson, Callum Clark and Tom Wicks were the successful bowlers.
Great Witchingham won the Kevin Grimmer Division.
Sam Clabburn, Tony Crockert and Matthew Hale were the consistent high scoring batsmen whilst Henri Boyd, William Boyd and Luke Sutton shared the bowling honours.
Presenting the trophies was League Chairman Colin King, who said, “Thank goodness we were able to get back to a full season of cricket following the barren 2020. Swaffham are worthy League Champions, I’m proud of them. Barney remain one of the most entertaining clubs in the League. Castle Acre, Bungay and Great Witchingham had to compete hard to win their divisions. They are exciting clubs. With teams like these, the immediate future development of the League remains encouragingly strong.”