Lucas Fettes Norfolk League suffers worst-ever season in rain-affected summer

Lucas Fettes Norfolk League secretary Tim Porter has confirmed that this season is the worst for cancelled and abandoned games in the league's 40-plus year history.

'I have never seen sevens and eights in abandoned columns,' he said. 'With three weekends to go, this will be the wettest season since the Norfolk League began in 1972.'

His research shows that so far, nearly a third of all of the 73-team league's scheduled fixtures have been cancelled/abandoned (32.84pc).

The previous worst season was 2000 with 22.8pc of games abandoned. Worst affected have been Hingham A with eight out of 13 lost to the weather, while Horsford B have had one cancellation, which was the first weekend of the season.

One local team which up until Saturday had amazingly managed to play all of its league matches, has finally fallen foul of the elements.

But Old Catton might just have been heaving a sigh of relief after their Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Division Six game against fellow promotion-chasers Bradfield A at Postwick was abandoned, having been bowled out for just 95.

n Costessey's Stephen Horner has won the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League Player of the Month Award for June.

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Horner put in an impressive all-round performance over the month taking 10 wickets for 88 runs for the Division Two outfit with a best of six for 16 and also scoring 195 runs at an average of 97.50 including high scores of 62no and 58no.

George Wright of Reepham & Salle won the Young Player of the Month Award. Wright, 17, took 13 wickets at an average of only 5.85 including a best of six for 20 against Happisburgh A.

Chris Alger, of Rollesby, won the May Player of the Month Award and Thomas Davey, 14, of Diss B, won the Young Player of the Month Award.