Fakenham focus on scooping top Alliance cricket award

Dipple and Conway Cricket Awards 2015 'Club of the Year Fakenham. Matthew Conway from Dipple and Conway, Paul Dunger Fakenham CC,  John Tythcott, vice-chairman Norfolk Cricket Alliance'Picture Credit Newsmakers PR'MLNF
Dipple and Conway Cricket Awards 2015 'Club of the Year Fakenham. Matthew Conway from Dipple and Conway, Paul Dunger Fakenham CC, John Tythcott, vice-chairman Norfolk Cricket Alliance'Picture Credit Newsmakers PR'MLNF
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Fakenham CC had their eyes on carrying off the Club of the Year award at the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance presentation night.

Two other local cricket clubs also made it a night to remember at the Wensum Valley Hotel & Country Club, near Norwich.

North Runcton were pipped to the Division One title while Bircham stormed to the Division Six championship. Bircham also won the Mid-Norfolk Challenge Cup.

Fakenham were named Club of the Year after their exciting young team, led by Australian Keegan Monahan-Fairlie, won the Premier Division for the first time since 2011.

The honour helped to soften the disappointment of their subsequent missing out on promotion to the East Anglian Premier League when they lost in the play-off semi-finals.

Dipple & Conway is a family-run firm whose branches include Swaffham.

North Runcton paceman Ben Coote took one of the Dipple & Conway player of the month awards following a nine-wicket haul against Great Witchingham in August. West Norfolk players also dominated the remainder of the monthly awards.

There was further local individual success with Andy Dale of Swaffham named as wicket-keeper of the year after scalping a league record 30 dismissals.

Alliance chairman Peter Thomas, who helped present the trophies with D&C representatives Matthew Conway, Emma Conway and group practice manager Neil McDonald, said: “There’s no doubt that the input of Dipple & Conway has made a big difference to the competition over the past two years with the introduction of the player of the month awards adding further to the level of interest.”

He added: “We also pride ourselves on our youth section which is getting youngsters involved in cricket, gaining confidence and even playing in adult teams, which is good for the future of the sport.”

On the Club of the Year award to Fakenham, he added: “They were good both off and on the field. It was just disappointing that they couldn’t go on to get the reward they really deserved by getting in the EAPL.

“But they are a young team and I think with another year of experience they can only get better.”

The award evening was compered by Anglia Television presenter and keen cricketer Jonathan Wills.

Independent Norfolk opticians and optometrists Dipple & Conway was founded in 1916 by Thomas Conway.

Today’s directors are the founder’s three grandsons, Robert, Damian and James. The fourth generation of the Conway family is now helping to run the business.

With both a clinical practice and retail business, Dipple & Conway has practices in Norwich and Swaffham and in Diss as A Stodel Optometrists.

More details and 
pictures from the event 
on page 123.