KES Academy student Jasper Payne’s explosive start to the Norfolk Cricket Alliance campaign has seen the teenager named as the league’s first Player of the Month for 2015.
Swaffham all-rounder Payne, the youngest player to win the prestigious award, excelled with both bat and ball.
Knocks of 92 not out at home to Brooke A, 60 no against Bungay A, 66 away to Downham A, 81 at home to Acle and 62 no at home against Vauxhall Mallards A were complemented by bowling spells of 4-24 against Acle and 5-28 against Mallards.
Payne (19), whose splendid achievements have helped propel Swaffham to the top of Dipple & Conway Opticians Division Three, was rewarded with a trip to Dipple & Conway to select his prize of a pair of iconic Ray Ban New Wayfarer designer sunglasses worth £130.
“That’s a magnificent start,” said James Conway, one of three brothers who are partners in Dipple & Conway, the business started by their grandfather in 1916 and now based in Swaffham, Norwich and Diss. “While cricket is a team game, good results need quality and consistency from individuals – and performances don’t come much better and more consistent than yours.
“Well done to you – and to your team for taking an early lead at the top of Division Three.”
Payne, who lives at North Pickenham, is currently a student at King Edward VII Academy in King’s Lynn. He has been offered a provisional place at Loughborough University to study Sports Science with Management.
James Conway said Dipple & Conway were delighted to continue the Player of the Month award which the family firm introduced so successfully last season.
“It gives everyone who plays in the league, at any level, something special to aim for,” said James Conway. “Dipple & Conway is particularly keen to promote excellence among young players who are the backbone of cricket for the future. It’s great to acknowledge a 19-year-old as the star performer of the entire Alliance for May.”
James Conway was particularly impressed by Payne’s dedication to the Swaffham club where he started playing in 2006 with the U12s, progressing to become a first team regular by the age of 15.
“I knew nothing about cricket when I started playing,” said Payne. “Thanks to what my coaches taught me I have passed exams to be a Level 2 coach myself and I manage the U14 team.”
Payne is also captain of the Swaffham Sunday team which plays in the top tier of the Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket League.
Admiring Jasper’s Dipple & Conway Alliance achievements from the boundary is his older brother Alec, who also plays for Swaffham. He suffered a serious knee injury in the opening game of the season and has not been able to join Jasper at the crease since.
Dipple & Conway May 2015 Player of the Month shortlist included: Jasper Payne (Swaffham) 92*, 81, 66, 62* 60*; 4-24 and 5-28. Robin Yates (Mundford) 94* 89 and 76*.