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West Norfolk welcomes the Roaring Twenties later this month





The Roaring Twenties is coming to West Norfolk later this month.

Individual cricketers and clubs have come forward to pledge their support to the concept of introducing T20 cricket across the area on a Saturday afternoon.

The first game will take place at Terrington St Clement on July 30 with another match following at Grimston on August 13.

Fakenham Cricket Club captain David Coyle receiving the Challenge Cup trophy from Colin King from the Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket League. Picture: Donna White (56487417)
Fakenham Cricket Club captain David Coyle receiving the Challenge Cup trophy from Colin King from the Mid Norfolk Sunday Cricket League. Picture: Donna White (56487417)

The Roaring Twenties is the brainchild of Colin King from the Mid Norfolk Sunday League.

Mr King said: “Events have move ahead fast in the last few weeks.

“Grimston and Terrington St Clement have both offered me use of their ground, which means that we now have decent and true pitches to play on.

“I want to avoid any awkwardness for anyone new to the game, so I am pleased to announce that Hunts County Bats will be offering some used kit, if needed.

“They are also providing the match balls for free. So I can genuinely say that everyone, male or female, is very welcome.

“Don’t worry about wearing something white, just turn up in something comfortable. It’s going to be fun.”

Mr King again reiterated the idea to revolutionise the game with a ‘football model’ has not been designed to compete with existing league structures.

“The Roaring Twenties is not designed to compete with existing clubs,” he said.

“I am convinced that there is a large number of former or ‘would be’ cricketers who simply cannot spare the time for a game that effectively takes all day.

“I have long held the belief that we play grassroots cricket on the wrong days. I maintain that because there are so many pressures on young people on a Saturday evening that the current form of the game actively discourages them from playing.

“There are so many attractions for them: pubs, clubs, parties, gigs, family and of course just having the time to spend with their girl or boyfriends.

“A short three-hour T20 game of cricket means that the game is finished with plenty of time for all evening activities.

“A longer 40 over game is more suited to a Sunday when those time pressure do not exist to anything like the same extent.”

Both T20 matches will start at 2pm and be finished by 5pm and it is hoped more individuals and clubs will come on board in the future.

Mr King now wants to hear from individuals who would like to be involved in either, or both, of the games.

“I have had a strong response to this Roaring Twenties initiative and I am building up a database of people who are registering an interest,” he said.

“I am not looking for any commitment at the moment, I just want to spread the word and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested.”

Mr King can be contacted by emailing him at: colinking1@icloud.com or by calling or texting him on 07748 323630.



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