POWERFUL SNETTISHAM OVERCOME LAST YEAR’S WINNERS TO WIN CUP
A strong Snettisham side powered to victory over Aylsham St Giles, last year’s winners, to win the Hunts County Bats Norfolk Junior Cup.
An impressive all round team effort ensured that Snettisham could get their hands on the cup with a victory margin of 58 runs.
Aylsham St Giles won the toss and elected to field. It looked as though this could have been a good decision because they dismissed the formidable Lewis Jeavons cheaply with the score on just 18. However, a partnership of 66 between opener Ryan Twiddy 25 and top scorer Jack Johnson 42 was followed by a sparkling innings from James Hearmon 39, which included 4 sixes. This left Snettisham on a competitive 152 for 6 from their allotted 16 x eight ball overs.
There were two smart stumping by Andy Prescott and two fine catches from Zack Davies and Jakir Hussain.
The pick of the Aylsham St Giles bowling were Rejwan Rifath, 2 for 17 and Shahidur (Simon) Rahman 2 for 20.
In reply, Aylsham St Giles lost an early wicket but started brightly. Opener Andy Prescott 26 played intelligently as he fought to hold the Aylsham innings together. Sadly for them, the curse that has dogged Aylsham St Giles for much of this season reoccurred. They had a middle order collapse of 5 wickets for just 14 runs. After that it was always going be a tough ask to get anywhere near the Snettisham score. Iqbal Hussain Sufian 20 did his best to keep his side's hopes alive but in the end succumbed with the final score on 94 all out.
The outstanding Snettisham bowlers were, Dan Coggan 4 for 12 and Damien Twiddy 2 for 30.
In the field there as an outstanding catch by Ryan Twiddy, who also took another catch and grabbed a smart run out.
The Man of the Match and winner of the £300 bespoke cricket bats, courtesy of Hunts County Bats, was James Hearmon for his memorable all round performance: 39 with the bat, 1 for 7 in two overs when bowling and 3 excellent catches.
After the match, Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League chairman, Colin King, said, “This was a hard fought match played in exactly the right spirit. In my mind I shall long remember seeing the outfield performance of Lewis Jeavons because he moves like a panther in pursuit of the ball, followed by a powerful return.”
Reflecting on the match, King observed, “It was an outstanding performance by Snettisham and the fact that there was a middle order collapse from Aylsham St Giles had more to do with the quality of the bowling than any deficiencies in the Aylsham batting.
King added, “This was a perfect day for cricket. The sun shone and Horsford never looked better; they looked after us well. It was a fitting end to an excellent season."”