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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."

Martham retain the Broke Cup

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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