Norfolk Cricket League president Tom, 98, passes away

Tom Bartram, League President
Tom Bartram, League President
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This week the Norfolk Cricket League received the sad news that president, Tom Bartrum, passed away, peacefully, aged 98.

A league spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with his family.”

As a mark of respect many games held a minute’s silence before they started.

On the field in Division 1, Snettisham made it six from six this time by eight wickets at Blundeston, with Jonathon Forder’s 63 the pick of the performances.

Felthorpe put last week’s defeat by the league leaders behind them with a five-wicket victory at Caister.

Denver recorded their second win of the season, at home to Saxlingham, Paul Morton hitting an unbeaten 105. Earlier Craig Beeton, Mark English and Ross Bilham (59, 53 not out and 61 respectively) had put Saxlingham in a strong position.

Gt Yarmouth overcame Sandringham (Alex Ellis 64, Simon Ruddock 71no), and Kirkley & Belton increased the pressure on Cringleford Lodge at the bottom of the table.

In 2 West, Castle Rising remain top thanks to 64 from Matt Taylor and 4-18 from Mahesh Sannakki as they won at Garboldisham B.

East Harling had a good win on the road at Gooderstone, Ross Pickerill making 94, Stuart Hilton 51 and Stuart Ayton taking 4-41.

Anthony Sadler’s 84 for Heacham was not enough to secure victory at Reepham and Salle and Castle Acre overcame North Elmham by 4 wickets thanks to 75 from Olly Hall.

In 3 West the poor weather during the week resulted in some low scoring games. Beeston overcame Bircham A, Narborough continue to go well, beating Dersingham A, and Sandringham A beat Saham Toney A.

Beetley bucked the trend, making 228 in their victory over Swanton Morley.

In 4 North West, Fakenham B batted well to overcome a more than competitive Gooderstone total.

Connor Grief made 161 for Snettisham A in their victory over Swaffham A for whom Tony Exley made 105no.