4th October End of Season Meeting
31st October Junior application deadline for 2018
10th November Presentation Dinner
13th November Management Committee Meeting
The Norfolk Cricket Alliance are delighted to announce that Alex Sayer from Martham has won the July Player of the Month award.
His performances of 128, 60, 67 & 4-36 helped Martham to maintain their position at the top of Division 3 and they have subsequently won the Division 3 title.
Other notable performances were from
- Tom Brice Lowestoft (Div 1) - 54, 91, 4-38 and 5-26
- Ben Smart Saham (Div 2) - 51, 61, 86 and 114
- Jasper Payne Swaffham (Div 2) - 118, 103 and 78
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. Hopefullywe 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 behaviorur. 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 behaviorur 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 advancethrough 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 seasonto remember for all the right reasons.