Norfolk cricket figure plans to revolutionise the game across the county
A leading figure in Norfolk is planning to revolutionise the game of cricket across the county by launching a T20 format on a Saturday afternoon.
Colin King, the man who has changed the face of the Sunday game with the Mid Norfolk Sunday League, is launching the Roaring Twenties.
For years, cricket has lost players because the game takes up too much time.
Now exclusively in the Lynn News, we can reveal the plan to introduce T20 cricket on a Saturday afternoon.
Mr King explained: “This concept is designed to give the customers what they want and I want to hear from anyone, male or female, who is interested in taking part.
“At this stage I must see what I have to work with. First and foremost I need interested people to contact me. Then I will have to see how we can arrange matches.”
The Roaring Twenties is aimed at people with busy lifestyles and also former players who would welcome a game of cricket that lasts just three hours on a Saturday afternoon.
Mr King sees it as a summer alternative to a game of football, finished by five’ o clock so that you are ready to go out with your friends and enjoy all the attractions of a Saturday evening. “It is possible that an existing team or two might wish to switch to Roaring Twenties and that could be brilliant because it would bring a pitch with them,” he said.
“Being a short three hours game, there is no need for match teas. Also I can't see why we should persist with playing in whites.
“I am advocating turning up, ready to play, wearing something comfortable and suitable for an exciting afternoon.
“It also gets rid of those ‘dressing room issues’ that so frequently deter women cricketers. This is a fun sport and I want to see everyone enjoying it to the max, females included. I believe this is an exciting concept and one that I envisage will spread throughout Norfolk and perhaps the whole of the UK.”
After extensive research, Mr King believes the players and individuals are out there to support such an initiative.
“In Norfolk alone, there are 769 pubs, 102 social clubs, 37,000+ businesses, of which 3,200 can be classed as SMEs including 129 accounting firms, 25 civil engineering companies and 178 building firms.
“This represents a huge potential that modern cricket has ignored, to its eternal shame.”
Mr King has the vision of games being played on
all weather pitches or by
just quickly mowing a
strip on parish land.
“Interestingly there are 540 parish councils in Norfolk who almost all manage recreation grounds, some even have derelict all weather pitches,” he said.
“In its infancy, the Roaring Twenties may need teams to mow a strip on parish land, just like our forefathers did.
“The facilities are there, it’s just that the clubs have quit because busy people had better things to do.
“This is the first step and I am looking forward to hearing from you.”
Individuals or teams wishing to give the concept a go should contact Mr King at: email@example.com or by calling 07748 323630.
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