Howzat?! Cricketers bowled over by winter league funding New indoor season for cricketers Cricket fans across Breckland won’t be left ‘stumped’ until the warmer weather returns as a new indoor season is set to get underway this weekend. Around 50 of the district’s cricketers are set to participate in the 2014/2015 Breckland Indoor League, which is being funded by a £1,100 sports development grant from Breckland Council. The Norfolk Cricket Board is also supporting the competition by administrating and officiating the league and umpiring each match. It is only the second time that an indoor winter competition has been held in Breckland and comes after the success of the first season, held last winter (2013/14). Last time around the league was organised for under 25’s, however interest was so great that this year’s event has been expanded to include all ages. The competition is open to registered local cricket clubs and eight of Breckland’s cricket clubs have fielded
a six-a-side team. The league will see inaugural winners Old Buckenham return to defend their crown, alongside last year’s runner up Garboldisham and representatives from Mundford, Thetford, Bradenham, North Elmham, Dereham, and Swaffham. The teams will play each other in two groups, with points being awarded to teams for winning matches, scoring a high number of runs, and for good bowling. Supported by Parkwood Leisure, the indoor matches will take place at Thetford and Swaffham’s leisure centres, with the first matches set to take place this Sunday (November 16) and on most Sundays through until the final on January 18. “I’m delighted that we are able to offer people from local cricket clubs the chance to continue competing in the sport they love right through the winter,” said Cllr Lynda Turner, Breckland’s Executive Member for Community and Environmental Services. “Last year’s
(From 2013/14 competition) Thetford batsman Mark Fowler
indoor event was a great success and I’m pleased that this time around cricketers of all ages will be able to take part. “Cricket is a great sport which combines individual contributions and teamwork and there are some very highly performing and highly accredited cricket clubs in Breckland. I encourage people young and old to get in touch to see how they can participate in what is traditionally a big part of Breckland community life each summer - and now all year round.” Kevin Denmark, Cricket Development Officer at Norfolk Cricket Board, added: “We’re delighted to join up
with Breckland to support this winter competition. Offering an indoor league means we can add to an already exciting calendar of cricket which offers opportunities to people of all ages and abilities to get involved in playing regularly.” In addition to the £1,100 fund from Breckland to support the winter indoor league, the district council is also match-funding £200 alongside Norfolk Cricket Board to deliver Disability Cricket sessions at Dereham Community Hub, at Rash’s Green in Dereham. This will see table-based cricket matches taking place on a weekly period from January with further soft ball cricket sessions held at Dereham Leisure Centre. To find out more about the Breckland Indoor League and keep track of how your club is doing, or access information about the Disability Cricket Sessions and how to get in touch with your local club, go to: www.norfolkcricket.co.uk.
To find out more about the Breckland Indoor League and keep track of how your club is doing, or access information about the Disability Cricket Sessions and how to get in touch with your local club, go to: www.norfolkcricket.co.uk.
The December 2014 edition of Dispatch Magazine for Diss & Attleborough