Hales move to secure promotion

Hales cricketers are hoping to take their place in the Norfolk Alliance next season after reaching a ground-sharing agreement with Norwich.A deal which will see Hales playing at Postwick next year is set to be put to the Alliance.

Hales cricketers are hoping to take their place in the Norfolk Alliance next season after reaching a ground-sharing agreement with Norwich.

A deal which will see Hales playing at Postwick next year is set to be put to the Alliance.

"At the end of the day it's a compromise but it allows us to continue to develop in the way we want to," said Hales chairman Pete Dye.

The Postwick ground is already used for East Anglian Premier League and Alliance matches by the Norwich club, which also has a ground at Ingham.

"I can't stress enough how grateful we are to Norwich for what they have done for us and we are looking to pay them back as much as we can," said Dye.

Norfolk Alliance chairman John Tythcott said: "My enquiries have led me to believe that everything is in place but until we get letters of confirmation from Hales and Norwich, the Alliance can't make a definitive statement."

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Meanwhile Hales' own ground development plans are continuing and Dye was hopeful that the facilities, including a £35,000 portable building module, would reach the standards laid down by the Alliance so the team could return home the following season.

The club had been given a deadline of October 31 to bring the ground and facilities up to standard or risk missing out on promotion, by the Norfolk Alliance.

Dye said it was an exciting time for the 58-year-old club, which is reaping the rewards for a decade of intense youth development.

"It's something that a few years ago we would not have thought was possible. We want to grab that chance," he added.

Hales reaped further reward for the most successful season in the club's history at the Knights Norfolk League's annual dinner.

The youthful outfit, skippered by ex-Norfolk County veteran Steve Rowe, picked up the league's Division One championship trophy and there were several individual awards as well. Matthew Lovick won the league's best bowler award, and also took the Division One top bowler prize as well. Dave Harmer won the Division One batting trophy, while the club won the league's under-19 bowler award for the second year running as Graham Squire took the prize.