Brooke yet to make decision on East Anglian Premier League promotion bid

Brooke celebrate their title win. Picture: Grant Habershon

Brooke celebrate their title win. Picture: Grant Habershon - Credit: Archant

Players and officials of Brooke CC are mulling over whether they should go for promotion after sealing their first Dipple and Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier Division title at the weekend.

A tense four-run victory over Old Buckenham ensured the village side would finish top of the table and set up a potential play-off showdown for a place in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

A match against the winners of a semi-final between the champions of the Cambs and Hunts and Two Counties Leagues – probably Foxton and Mildenhall – has been pencilled in for Sunday, September 18.

But Brooke have yet to commit to the game and will be weighing up all the implications of a step-up before coming to a decision on where their immediate future lies.

'We are an ambitious club and have, for some years, made it our goal to win the Alliance and then play in the EAPL,' said skipper John Habershon. 'We are delighted we have managed to secure the first part of this much sooner than expected. At present the club are weighing up all the implications of joining the EAPL. We are surveying the views of all our members and will make our decision as soon as possible.

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'Whatever decision the club makes at this time Brooke do want to be an EAPL club sooner rather than later. We just want to be sure that when the times comes for Brooke to be in the EAPL the club is in a position to do so successfully.'

The Brooke skipper is proud of the way his team have progressed from a newly promoted club to Premier Division champions in the space of just two seasons.

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'It has been a great effort from all the players,' he said. 'We have other good players to step in when someone is injured or unavailable and that is very important. Last season we relied perhaps a little bit too much on our overseas player Mike Jones and while he is still very important for us we now have others guys who can step up to the plate.

'I think the change to 50 over cricket this season, with no draws, has helped us too. It plays to our strengths, although if you'd told me we would be champions on the opening day of the season, when we were bowled out for 80 by Diss, I don't think I would have believed you!'

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