Brooke claim the South Norfolk crown after downing Valley in final

Winners Brooke and fellow finalists Hethersett and Tas Valley line up for the camera. Picture: Jason

Winners Brooke and fellow finalists Hethersett and Tas Valley line up for the camera. Picture: Jason Reynolds. - Credit: Archant

Brooke CC become the latest name on the South Norfolk Indoor Cricket League Trophy after beating Hethersett and Tas Valley in a thrilling final.

The competition, which has now completed its third season, saw three new teams join under a new format. The 10-week competition, played at Wymondham Leisure Centre, saw eight teams battle it out for honours. They were split into two groups, before a knockout stage.

Group A included Hethersett and Tas Valley, Brooke, Drayton and Saxlingham while group B contained Diss, Cringleford Lodge, Bungay and Hardingham. After the round-robin format H&T Valley won group A with 39 points, with Brooke second on 38 points. Drayton were third on 25 with Saxlingham on 21.

Diss won group B with 51 followed by Cringleford Lodge (39), Hardingham (25) and Bungay (12).

Group winners played the runners-up in the opposing group with the remaining teams moved into the new Plate competition, with Saxlingham beating Drayton by 30 runs in the final.

In the main final, Brooke posted an average score of 229net and then proceeded to bowl and field impeccably, restricting the youth of Hethersett and Tas Valley to 211net and providing a fitting end to the competition.

Final standings, main: 1 Brooke, 2 H & T Valley, 3 Diss, 4 Cringleford Lodge.

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Plate: 1 Saxlingham, 2 Drayton, 3 Hardingham, 4 Bungay.

The 2017 tournament saw a total of 73 players take part across eight teams, which was a significant increase on 2016.

Matches are always played in great spirit with an enjoyable atmosphere, but the competitive element is still fully present.

The Norfolk Cricket Board were appreciative of South Norfolk Council's continued sponsorship of the competition.

Competition organiser, Jason Reynolds, said: 'It's great to see some many people committed to play indoor cricket during the winter.

'Our indoor leagues continue to grow each year and we hear of many benefits the indoor leagues are having on the participating clubs.

'It is a real boost for participation and club morale and we hope this can continue in 2018.'

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