Old Buckenham Ladies win indoor cricket league

Old Buckenham Ladies with coach Peter Free and competition organiser Jason Reynolds. Picture: NORFOL

Old Buckenham Ladies with coach Peter Free and competition organiser Jason Reynolds. Picture: NORFOLK CRICKET BOARD - Credit: Archant

A new name appeared on the Shell Women's Indoor League trophy as Old Buckenham Ladies completed a clean sweep of the six matches in the final round.

The 10-week competition played at Long Stratton Leisure Centre saw seven ladies' teams battle it out for the silverware.

Old Buckenham, Swardeston, Brooke, Great Melton, Garboldisham, Winterton and Topcroft were the teams who took part.

The competition saw a new structure in 2017, with all the teams playing in one league at one venue and a round-robin league format being used to determine final league positions.

The format was well received, allowing games to be completed in just over an hour, making it a fun, fast and enjoyable experience for players and spectators.

Garboldisham took the early lead in the competition and remained in the prime position until week six, when Old Buckenham managed to catch and overtake them.

The remaining five teams battled it out very closely over the 10 weeks with multiple table changes.

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The final placings were: Old Buckenham 89 points, Swardeston 78, Topcroft 57, Garboldisham 51, Brooke 49, Great Melton 26, Winterton 17.

In the final week there was still all to play for, with Swardeston in a position to take the title. Although winning their final match against a strong Garboldisham, they had too much to do and could not catch Old Buckenham who also won their final match against Winterton.

The 2017 tournament saw a total of 64 players take part, a significant increase on 2016. It was also great to see so many youngsters involved.

The matches were played in great spirit with a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere but the competitive element was always present.

The Norfolk Cricket Board are grateful to Shell for their first year of sponsorship of the competition.

Jason Reynolds, competition organiser, said: 'We are really happy with how the competition has run in 2017. The feedback has been great and we are really happy to be offering something the players want.

'It's also great to see so many new women to the game, which can only help the women's cricket. We hope to continue this growth in 2018.'