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The Roaring Twenties: Is this the way forward to breathe new life into Norfolk Cricket?



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Cricket has often been looked at or regarded as a slow evolution.

Yet it’s been a sport that has been prepared to adopt quite radical changes to survive and thrive over the last few decades.

The T20 and The Hundred are two prime examples of how the sport has evolved in the last 20 years.

Now, a well-known cricketing figure in Norfolk wants to bring the T20 format to the West Norfolk doorstep on a regular basis.

Fakenham Sunday side. (56473389)
Fakenham Sunday side. (56473389)

Colin King, the man responsible for transforming the Sunday game in the county, is the brains behind the Roaring Twenties.

Mr King wants to bring new and old blood into the sport without detracting from the Saturday game in its current format.

Explaining his vision for the future, Mr King said: “We all have busy lives, so I’m convinced that the Roaring Twenties is what so many people have been waiting for, a short exciting game on a Saturday afternoon.

“In the past, cricket has had to compete with all the attractions of a Saturday afternoon and evening. It’s small wonder the sport has struggled.

Terrington St Clement picture. (56473412)
Terrington St Clement picture. (56473412)

“This will be a quick, fun, 20-overs-per-side match that will last three hours.

“Gone is the snobbery, gone are the cricketing whites and match teas and in comes an inclusive offering for the logical day for playing sport: It’s the fun way to keep fit.”

Mr King added: “I cannot think of anything more demotivating that expecting a young player to spend a Saturday evening stuck in the clubhouse with guys 20 or 30 years older than themselves.

“It is accessible to all. This means that women are equally welcome because there won’t be any ‘dressing room issues’.

“Roaring Twenties is inclusive; turn up ready to play and share the fun.”

Narborough v North Runcton Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket.. Narborough batting Jonathan Coe... (56473425)
Narborough v North Runcton Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket.. Narborough batting Jonathan Coe... (56473425)

The plan is to organise friendly fixtures to take place in July and August.

The crucial point will be the ability to find or create pitches to play on.

After that, there will be a meeting called in September to decide the way forward. Teams may want to continue with friendly matches or even form a league or create a knockout competition.

Mr King said: “The Lynn News have been very supportive of this revolutionary concept for the future of cricket and I am especially pleased to launch this in West Norfolk. It’s the perfect testing ground.

“I’m convinced that this won’t stay in West Norfolk for long. Logic suggests that the rest of Norfolk will rapidly follow. Perhaps the rest of the UK?

Narborough v North Runcton Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket.. Narborough batting... (56473434)
Narborough v North Runcton Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket.. Narborough batting... (56473434)

“This is an initiative and may or may not succeed. The important thing is that we are willing to try.”

For this to succeed, people will need to express their willingness to participate in this new form of the game.

Interested individuals or teams wishing to give the concept a go should contact Mr King either by email at colinking1@icloud.com or mobile 07748 323630.



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