West Norfolk cricketers celebrated a season to remember when the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance handed out its 2015 awards.
North Runcton are looking forward to life in the league’s top flight after being narrowly pipped to the Division One title by Garboldisham while Bircham are enjoying the afterglow of a spectacular summer in which they won Division Six by a thumping 79 points.
Mark Skipper’s North Runcton side were also among the individual award winners at the Wensum Valley Hotel & Country Club with Ben Coote taking one of the Dipple & Conway player of the month awards following a nine-wicket haul against Great Witchingham in August.
Bircham’s place at the end of year party was particularly sweet as their resounding success came in the first season in the competition. They also won the Mid-Norfolk Challenge Cup.
There was also West Norfolk individual success with Andy Dale of Swaffham named as wicket-keeper of the year after accumulating a league-high 30 dismissals.
Fakenham were named Club of the Year (see story on the back page).
Neil McDonald, Dipple & Conway’s group practice manager, said the second year of sponsorship of the Norfolk Alliance had been another fulfilling one, adding: “It has been exciting to be involved in a competition which reflects all the positive things about sport in Norfolk. The quality of the cricket has been exceptional and the spirit even more so, often with different generations of the same families playing side by side.”
Company director Matthew Conway added: “We are a predominately, family-run, community-orientated business, about to celebrate our centenary in 2016. So it’s fitting to be supporting a league which represents not only tradition but friendly competition played out in the heart of the county’s communities.”
Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance award winners
Premier Division: Winners Fakenham, runner-up Sprowston. Division One: Winners Garboldisham, r-up North Runcton. Division Two: Winners Norwich A, r-up Thetford. Division Three: Winners Vauxhall Mallards A, r-up Brooke A. Division Four: Winners Winterton, r-up Mundford. Division Five: Winners Martham, r-up Hethersett & Tas Valley A. Division Six: Winners Bircham, r-up Bradenham A.
Leading wicket-keeper: Andy Dale (Swaffham).
Dipple & Conway Players of the Month, May: Jasper Payne (Swaffham), June: Robin Yates (Mundford), July: Harrison Futter (Fakenham), Aug: Ben Coote (North Runcton). Club of the Year: Fakenham.