Happy Hales go up in the world
KEITH PEEL Skipper Steve Rowe is the toast of Hales Cricket Club. The former Norfolk player has steered the villagers into the Knights Norfolk League top flight.
Skipper Steve Rowe is the toast of Hales Cricket Club. The former Norfolk player has steered the villagers into the Knights Norfolk League top flight.
Rowe, who only joined Hales this summer after a long stint at Acle, has led them to the top of Division Two, with an unassailable lead going into the final round of fixtures.
“He has done an excellent job with what is a young side,” said Hales chairman Pete Dye.
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“We brought him here to raise the standard of cricket, as well as develop our many young players, and he has been different class.
“The training in the week and before games has really paid off.
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“Dave Harmer's 500-plus runs and Matt Parkin's 27 wickets top the stats, but each and every member of the team has played an important role at some point this year.
“The spirit both on and off the field is as good as any, and I'm delighted for Steve and his team that they have reaped the rewards their efforts deserve.”
Hales have, in fact, two reasons to celebrate, as their A team have won the Division Seven title.
“It's a marvelous achievement by Damien Loines' side, which is very young and regularly includes 12-year-olds,” said Dye.
“As chairman, I couldn't have asked more of the teams, and I couldn't be more proud of a wonderful group of players.”
Dereham, having already sealed promotion from Division Three of the Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance, are aiming to step up in style as champions.
To do so, they must take at least seven points from their final fixture at home to third-placed Horsford A, who themselves need 17 points to earn promotion at the expense of Sheringham, who have completed their programme.
“It's a wonderful achievement to earn back-to-back promotions, having won the West Norfolk League last summer to regain our Alliance status,” said Dereham captain Joe Marczewski.
“Now we want to top it off by winning the title, which would be very fitting in the club's 150th anniversary year.
“Although we will have to play very well against Horsford, we have proved throughout the season that we are a very talented young side and we just have to go out and carry on what we have been doing all year.”