After 18 weeks of joy, pain, sunshine and rain the season has finally ended. Many of the league winners
had been decided in the last couple of weeks, but there was still much to play for elsewhere.
In Level 1 Snettisham, already crowned Champions, went to Kirkley and Belton looking to finish the
season unbeaten, thanks to 62 from Jordan Forder, followed up by Kieron Herbert taking 4-8 they duly
managed that feat to prove they were more than worthy winners of the league. Kirkleys Chris Lambert
made 67 for the home side. In the battle of the bottom two Blundeston finished the season with a win.
Felthorpe travelled to Great Yarmouth needing 4 points for safety, bowling first they bowled Yarmouth
out (Simon Derrick 4-24) to put themselves safe, however the home side bowled even better (Mark
Thompson 4-15) to win. Caister travelled to Denver knowing a win was required to put any pressure on
Felthorpe, however the home side proved too strong, leaving them in the third relegation spot.
Sandringham had a good win at home against Saxlingham to consolidate runners up spot.
With Castle Rising and Castle Acre already having won level 2 West, there was little to playfor on the last
weekend. That didn’t stop Castle Acre winning their last game, against bottom side Heacham, Dan Cross
signing off with 52, and Jethro Agnew and Elliott Whiting both taking 4 wickets. East Harling travelled
the very short distance to Garboldisham and beat their B team Stuart Ayton taking 4-29 as
Garboldisham’s Richard Culling made 70 and Harry Youngman 85, Kev Seymour with 77 and Stuart
Hilton with 66 saw Harling home. Despite beating Northwold, Gooderstone remained in the final
relegation spot above North Elmham who lost to Reepham and Salle (Adam Meek 5-27). Level 2 East
winners signed off comfortably, Billy Yarham making 60 and Tim Porter 85no in their 4 th consecutive
100+ run opening partnership as they beat Drayton, for who Tim Woods made 65. St Andrews already
runners up won against Sprowston B, Ryan Finney making 65 and taking 4-22 and Imram Mohammed
64. Great Melton B finished just outside the top two after beating Rollesby, a result that meant Rollesby
finished in the final relegation spot. In the other match Eaton’s Sam Butcher signed off with 93no as they
overcame bottom side Norwich Bystanders.
In level 3 West Champions Narborough beat runners up Beetley comfortably. Holt returned to winning
ways, Aaron Riseborough making 62no, at home to Bircham A. Beeston’s Adie Greef took another 4
wickets (4-14) as they beat relegated Kings Lynn Hospital. Swanton Morley and Sandringham scored
freely in their game, Jacob Seed making 121 and Mitchell Kerr 124 for Swanton, Adam Birch 86 and
Bradley Tennant 92 for Sandringham. Level 3 Central champions travelled to third placed Hethersett and
Tas Valley B and duly won, John Mills making 51 and Mark Standley taking 6-33. Felthorpe A, runners up
elect had a day to forget, only taking 2 points from their game against Rocklands A, however with
Reepham and Salle losing as well (to relegated Rackheath) they kept hold of second place. Wensum’s
Carl Smith made 62 and Graham Taylor took 5-21 to finish their first season at their new ground on a
high. Randolf Lofthouse made 67, but still saw his Old Buckenham Bside lose, this time against New
Buckenham, to finish off a very disappointing season for them as they finished bottom. Level 3 East had
already been decided, Champions Southwold travelled to Halvergate and duly came away with the
spoils, Gareth Gorst-Allman making 79 and Sam Booker 52. Adam Pitchers of Halvergate took 4-9.
Coltishall’s slide continued and they were well beaten by Frettenham to consign them to level 4 next
season, despite winning at Old Catton A, Bungay A will be joining them, as might Winterton A after
losing to Kirkley and Belton A (Geoff Roper 71, Archie Glazebrook 51, John Bailey 72).
Horsford C, already Champions of level 4 North East dominated their game against Ashmanhaugh and
Barton Wanderers C. Norwich Malayalees continue to rwrite the record books, this time making 436 as
they completely outplayed Old Catton B to finish runners up and get promotion in their first season of
league cricket. Colney put recent disappointments behind them beating Aldborough away for who Matt
Skinner made 79no. Sprowston C ended up third after their win over Happisburgh A. Level 4 North West
had already been crowned Champions and sat this week out. Swaffham A and Snettisham A both won,
but previous results meant that Snettisham A finished runners up and get promotion to finish a good
season for the club. Lloyd Osbourne made 63no as they overcame Castle Rising A and James Dorling
made 113no for Swaffham A in their win over Gooderstone A (Jim Parker 50). Lowestoft B hung on to
the Champions place despite losing to Winterton B, Arun Nair of Lowestoft made 92 and Winterton’s
Martin Witheridge made 51. Ketteringham Hall did their best, and pushed Lowestoft B all the way,
missing out on top spot by only 3 points after they beat Hethersett and Tas Valley C. Southwold A
finished the season with a win over bottom club Blundeston A. Level 4 South West went to the last
game, the top two both winning, but Hingham did enough to be crowed Champions, Mellis, another side
in their first league season being promoted with them as runners up. Martin Thompson took 3-19 as
Mellis won at North Elmham A, and Jake Scent took 4-2 as Hingham beat Dereham B. Garboldisham C
finished their season with a win at Diss B with Blake Ingrams taking 4-16.
So the first season of the new look Norfolk Cricket League comes to an end. Thanks to all those who
took part this season and embraced all the changes, intergration, regionalisation and the very successful
loan system. I hope to see many of you at our awards evening in October.