Norfolk Cricket Alliance
Last season saw the implementation of the win/lose format to the Norfolk Cricket Alliance and,
despite initial reservations in some quarters, it proved to be a popular move with a number of
exciting finishes that in previous seasons would have fizzled out with a lacklustre draw. Hopefully
we will see more of those thrilling conclusions during the current campaign.
Perhaps it was the new format that had a hand in Brooke becoming our League Champions for
the first time and saw Premier Division new boys Garboldisham ending the season as valiant
runners-up. It was nice to see other new faces at the Presentation Night Dinner, including
Hockwold after their recent promotion from the feeder league. My sincere congratulations go to
them, as it does also to all our divisional and individual award winners.
In the early weeks of last season, I was hopeful that the disciplinary stance we were adopting
had found its mark as everybody appeared to be on their best behaviour. Unfortunately, it was
not to last and it wasn’t long before Paul Hooton, our newly appointed Disciplinary Officer, had
to deal with several issues. Due to a number of unsavoury incidents by more than a handful
of individuals, it was with regret that the Management Committee took the unprecedented
action of expelling a team from our League. This should prove as a warning, to both Players and
Officials alike, of what will happen if they fail to adhere to both the laws and the Spirit of Cricket.
Hopefully this will give confidence and encouragement to Clubs that have felt unsure and uneasy
of reporting such breaches in the past. Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated and we
need your help to ensure that all instances are reported immediately.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to the 1st XI of both Snettisham and Denver Cricket Clubs,
who have joined the NCA from the feeder league and hope to see them prosper and advance
through the divisions. I would also like to offer a sincere welcome, together with my heartfelt
thanks, to our new Sponsors. Interest in our competition remains high throughout the County
and further afield, which has enabled us to secure a new and improved sponsorship deal for
the League by Cecil Amey Opticians. Their generous investment in the Alliance has enabled us
to keep to a minimum the costs passed on to the Clubs and trust you, like me, will show your
appreciation by making good use of their excellent services.
As always, I am deeply indebted to the members of the Management Committee who sacrifice
their time on an unpaid basis to assist me to safeguard the smooth and cohesive administration
of your League.
My best wishes go to all teams playing in the NCA Competitions and I hope this will be a season
to remember for all the right reasons.