Fakenham concede Norfolk Alliance title to Downham Stow after dramatic final day
Fakenham Cricket Club have conceded the Norfolk Alliance league title.
Fakenham had finished the season level on points with Downham Stow, who earned the championship through their greater number of games won although Fakenham say rules were changed to the average number of points earned and back again by the league.
Fakenham captain David Coyle contacted the Lynn News to say: “It would appear that our secretary has an email sitting in his junk from a month ago from the league explaining that they would be reverting back to the points system they used for all but two weeks although I didn’t receive it.
“I still stand by my comments that the two-week period in question was a farce. We were the only game cancelled and expected eight more points than we got.
“The opponents (Norwich, July 31) didn’t wish to play a reduced game as they were aware they’d get their points average should it be rained off halfway through, incorrectly.
“Once the rules changed again, the very next week (August 7) they played, and lost, a reduced-overs game against Downham Stow.
“We’ve picked up more bonus points and beaten Downham Stow twice. No sour grapes toward Downham Stow: they won every one of their 289 points. It’s certainly not their fault.”