Gostling and Oakley are prize performers

Some outstanding nominations made it a tough choice to pick the winners of this week's EDP24/Hansells Cricket Awards.But, after careful consideration, Mattishall A batsman Matthew Gostling and Hardingham bowler Dave Oakley are the recipients of £10 vouchers to spend at Pilch Sports in Norwich.

Some outstanding nominations made it a tough choice to pick the winners of this week's EDP24/Hansells Cricket Awards.

But, after careful consideration, Mattishall A batsman Matthew Gostling and Hardingham bowler Dave Oakley are the recipients of £10 vouchers to spend at Pilch Sports in Norwich.

Gostling, 17, hit his maiden century, making 108 not out to guide his team to only their second league win of the season in Knights Norfolk League Division Three. He batted throughout the innings and along with Peter Reynolds, put on 90 in the last 10 overs, including hitting two sixes.

Gostling took the award despite a double nomination from Dereham B, who had teenager Jake Anema scoring 113 and Matt Henman making 93 not out - finishing just short of a century for the second week running.


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Oakley, 26, normally plies his trade for Hardingham's second team in Division 10 of the Knights Norfolk League, but because of a shortage of players he was pressed into action for the first XI on Saturday.

They faced league leaders Hethersett & Tas Valley in Division Two and were up against it as Hethersett raced to 170 for one in the 26th over.

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Oakley, who had managed only three wickets this season for the seconds, was brought on to bowl and he responded by removing both of Hethersett's leading scorers, before going on to claim five for 46 from nine overs. His figures might have been even better had two catches not been spilled off his bowling.

Three other nominees ran Oakley close for this week's bowling honours. They were: Rollesby's Paul Cook, who shrugged off an injury to take five for 21, including a hat-trick, against Cringleford and he also hit 43 with the bat; Beccles' Luke Caswell, who celebrated his 18th birthday by collecting his first five-wicket haul, in the Lovewell Blake Alliance Premier Division game at North Runcton; and 17-year-old Jack Wiseman, who also claimed his first “five-for” in St Andrews' friendly match against Marlingford.

t It's easy to nominate players - just send your entry to norfolksport@archant.co.uk clearly stating EDP24 cricket awards in the subject line. Please include the nominee's name, age, club, match details and a brief summary of what they did in the game. Also, attach a photograph of the nominee and a contact telephone number.

And remember - it's not just the big-hitters or record wicket-takers we are aiming to recognise - we are looking for nominees whose performance represents a notable achievement.

Entries must be received by noon on Wednesday and winners will be announced in next Friday's EDP and on the website, www.edp24.co.uk/cricket

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