James Spelman claims player of the year trophy at Norfolk County Cricket Club’s AGM

Norfolk's James Spelman in action at Manor Park. Photo by Simon Finlay

Norfolk's James Spelman in action at Manor Park. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant

Opening batsman James Spelman has been awarded the Richard Lane Player of the Season Trophy by Norfolk County Cricket Club.

Spelman was given his trophy at the Norfolk CCC annual general meeting (AGM) at Manor Park on Saturday, following a season when he scored 791 runs at an average of 49.44, which was the third highest average in the Minor Counties Cricket Association (MCCA).

Two other trophies were given out, with Callum Taylor, who burst onto the scene with a man of the match performance aged just 16 for Norfolk this summer, scoring 48 not out in an eight-wicket win against Northumberland, was awarded the David & Joyce Memorial Young Player Shield.

The club's outgoing assistant secretary Ann Bray, who has retired after 15 years of serving on the club's cricket committee, was also awarded the Sir David Thorne Bowl for service to the club.

Ann and Ted Wright, who has stood down from the committee after many years of service as a player, past president and latterly as vice chairman, were both thanked by chairman Graham Littlewood at the AGM.

Roger Claxton has joined the committee to take on the role of vice chairman.

Mr Littlewood, in his annual report, said: 'As cricket is so dependant upon the weather, it comes as no surprise that last season emerged as the most successful in terms of entertainment, performance and results, when compared with the previous two seasons.'

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He praised captain Chris Brown and his side for reaching the quarter-finals of the MCCA Knockout Trophy and hailed a 'feast of excellent cricket' at the Norfolk Festival of Cricket in July.

The club also made a profit of £6,254 during the year, despite increased travel costs of £4,293.