Downham Town Twenty20 success spells 2014 replay
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Downham Town are planning to hold an even bigger Twenty20 celebration next year after the roaring success of their inaugural event.
Town hosted an exciting week of limited-over cricket in memory of club legend Kevin Winters.
Pink balls and stumps, coloured kits, super scoring zones, floodlights, media centre commentary and musical interludes added much enjoyment to the event which saw nearly 1,500 runs scored in four matches.
More than £500 was also raised for Macmillan Cancer Research in honour of Winters and now Town officials hope to run the extravaganza again in 2014.
Ashleigh Corbett, Town's social co-ordinator, said: 'It really was a great success and the club's committee wants to thank all the members who helped out with the hundreds of jobs that needed doing to make the week possible. Also thanks have to be given to all the players and umpires and the spectators that came to watch.
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'Finally a huge thankyou must go to the week's sponsors Newmarket Plant Hire and British Sugar, Newmarket Plant Hire especially as they donated the floodlights free of charge. We now look forward to hosting an even bigger and better week next year.'
Winters died of cancer last April aged 54. He was a much loved figure and remains greatly missed by the cricket club and British Sugar – the firm he worked for all of his life. His popularity was shown when some of Winters' ex-colleagues travelled from as far afield as Nottingham to play in the now annual fixture between a Downham XI and a British Sugar outfit.
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On the first night Wisbech beat Downham by 20 runs after posting 199. Town's under-19s saw off a strong West Norfolk U17 XI by two wickets the next evening chasing down 165, when, from 8-5, Australian youngster Brenton Wright scored 100 from 35 balls.
Thursday provided arguably the game of the week as a strong West Norfolk outfit chased down a mixed Downham side's 191 with two balls remaining. And on the final day Downham skipper Duncan Lanchester collected the Kevin Winters Memorial Trophy as they beat British Sugar by 30 runs to avenge last year's defeat.