Cricket league proves a winner

AFTER two successful years at U13 and U15 level, the South Norfolk Community League expanded this summer to include U11 and U17 age groups.In a close U17 competition, Hardingham, who won all four of their games, narrowly lost out to Garboldisham by just three points.

AFTER two successful years at U13 and U15 level, the South Norfolk Community League expanded this summer to include U11 and U17 age groups.

In a close U17 competition, Hardingham, who won all four of their games, narrowly lost out to Garboldisham by just three points. There were some impressive scores and tightly contested games, including a tie, in this new league.

In the U15 competition it was all change as Great Melton were crowned champions after winning all seven of their games over the summer.

Blessed with an abundance of talented cricketers in this age group, only previous holders Garboldisham came close to matching them in a low-scoring game which they lost by 22 runs.


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It was the result of this one fixture that decided the destination of the cup in the league's third season.

At U13 level, having finished all of their games first, Garboldisham's total looked short of what was required with Tas Valley, Belton and particularly Rocklands looking set to overhaul their modest points total, but all struggled in their final games with their challenges falling away, leaving Garboldisham the U13 champions.

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At U11 it was Garboldisham again as their U11s turned in some impressive performances in this new league to secure the inaugural title.

Winning all six of their matches, they notched up the highest innings total of any league, scoring 213 against Bunwell.

At the end of a summer of outstanding cricket in all four competitions, the league saluted those who made it on to this year's new roll of honour.

Thirty-four scores of fifty plus, including two centuries, and 14 players bagging hauls of three or more wickets demonstrated the quality on view.

Best Batting: U17 J Leech of Garboldisham 86no v Old Buckenham; U15 Vivek Sharma of Great Melton 125no v Bunwell; U13 Joel Howard of Tas Valley 111 v Mulbarton; U11 Matthew Branfield of Garboldisham 57no v Bunwell.

Best Bowling: U17 M Hastings of Hardingham 2-4 v Old Buckenham; U15 Fergus Spink of Bunwell 4-10 v Great Melton; U13 O Hutt of Tas Valley 4-11 v Rocklands; U11 Ben Carding of Great Melton 4-10 v Bunwell.

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