Dom-ination by Eaton opener Clark
LUCAS FETTES NORFOLK LEAGUE: Free-scoring Eaton batsman Dominic Clark has won the league's player of the month award for May.
In the first five games of the season Dominic amassed 435 runs at an average of 108.75, including two centuries (156no against Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway A and 123 against Bungay A) and two fifties (89 against Cringleford Lodge A and 66 against Drayton A).
In a month that saw long periods of sunshine it was almost to be expected that a batsman would win the first award but Dominic's haul of runs was quite spectacular. He said: 'I am really pleased to win this award in my first month with a new club. Eaton have made me and several other former Civil Service players feel very welcome, and I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to open the batting for my new team.
'We have some very good players in this team and so – weather and injuries permitting – we may have a chance to push for promotion this season.'
One bowler's performance really stood out as Steve Horner of Costessey Cricket Club (also in Division 3) took 18 wickets at an average of only 7.67, including a best of 8 for 40.
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Other notable nominations included: Alok Malhotra, Norwich Bystanders – Div 2: 14 wickets at 6.85; Nick Flett, Rollesby – Div 1: 13 wickets at 5.31; Steven Hak, Great Yarmouth – Div 1: 266 runs at 88.67 (high score of 88); Joe Hollis, Reepham & Salle – Div 7: 292 runs at 97.33; Carl Smith, Costessey – Div 3: 15 wickets at 8.20; Tim Porter, Bungay A – Div 3: 293 runs at 97.67 (high score of 141no)
• Elliot Reynolds of Lowestoft CC won the young player of the month award. Elliot, 17, started the month with 58 against Ketteringham Hall A for Lowestoft C in Division Six before being called up to the B team, for whom he plundered 144no against Norwich Bystanders A and 114 against Hemsby to register a total of 316 runs in only three games in the month at an impressive 158.00. Presenting the award, Natasha le Strange of sponsors Lucas Fettes and Partners said: 'Elliot has made a hugely impressive start to the season with some really big scores.'
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Pushing Elliot close was Simon Harwood, 15, of Reepham & Salle (Division Seven) who amassed 330 runs (av 110), including two centuries (124no against Acle B and 134 against Hethersett & Tas Valley B).
Other notable nominations: George Wright (16), Reepham & Salle – Div 7: 8 wickets at 9.13 incl. best of 4-17; William Rogers (12), Great Witchingham B – Div 8: 133 runs at 66.50 incl. two fifties; Henry Debenham (14), Great Witchingham B – Div 8: 134 runs at 44.60.