Bircham, Downham Market and Hockwold star at Norfolk Cricket Alliance awards

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Downham Town, Hockwold and Bircham were among the top-performing teams honoured at the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance 2016 presentation night.

Downham A finished as champions of Division Three and will be accompanied in promotion to Division Two next season by Swaffham, who were runners-up.

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Division Six champions were Hockwold.

There was a presentation double for Bircham. They finished top of Division Five, in a season which saw Will Pillinger plunder 1133 runs to win the Alliance batting award.

They were presented with their trophy during a gala celebration evening at the Wensum Valley Hotel and Country Club, compered by Anglia TV’s Jonathan Wills – who plays for this year’s champions Brooke. Awards were presented by Alliance chairman Peter Thomas with Damian Conway and Justine Conway from Swaffham-based Dipple & Conway.

Also among the season’s individual award winners was Stow’s Will Denny, who won the Dipple & Conway Opticians Player of the Month Award for May.

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MLNF Hockwold

“It’s been another excellent season full of superb cricket,” said Thomas. “After a long tradition of win-lose-draw results format, the management committee is grateful to member clubs for the way they have worked to adapt to the win-lose set-up introduced this season.

“Dipple & Conway have played a full part in helping to both fund and inspire excellence in cricket across Norfolk. Dipple & Conway have been our partners in sport for three seasons now and we would be in a poorer position today without them on board.”

Damian Conway, whose grandfather started the family opticians enterprise in 1916, said: “I am sure that in our centenary year, my grandfather would be delighted to see his business thriving at practices in Norwich, Diss and Swaffham – and playing its part at the heart of the community in towns and villages across the region.

“Encouraging whole-person health and wellbeing is foundational to the ethos on which Dipple & Conway is built. Promoting physical activity is a key part of our business philosophy.

“Dipple & Conway’s community roots go back four generations – and I know some of Norfolk’s community cricket clubs can similarly trace the involvement of some families through a number of generations.”

Dipple & Conway have been keen to promote cricket among young people and are thrilled that almost 100 teams have played under the Alliance banner this season.

Damian Conway said he was delighted to see youth players enjoying the presentation evening alongside the senior players – players who would serve as their role models for the future.

“I am confident cricket has a great future in the county for many years to come,” he said.

Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Awards 2017

Premier Division – Brooke; Division One – Horsford A; Division Two – Bradfield; Division Three – Downham Town A; Division Four – Martham; Division Five – Bircham; Division Six – Hockwold.

U9 – Brooke; U11 – Horsford; U13 – Southwold; U15 – Garboldisham.

Batting award – Will Pillinger (Bircham) 1133 runs. Bowling – Duncan Hewitt (Dereham) 45 wickets. Wicketkeeping – Matt Collinge (Brooke) 27 dismissals (22 ct & 5 st).

Joint Clubs of the Year – Great Witchingham & Swardeston.

Dipple & Conway Players of the Month – May: Will Denny, Stow; June: Duncan Hewitt, Dereham; July: Will Dewing, Bradenham; August: Richard Charlwood, Cromer.