Firm of solicitors are named as new sponsors of the Norfolk League

Kristian Jones, from Norfolk Cricket League's new sponsor, Ashburnham Solicitors, with league chairm

Kristian Jones, from Norfolk Cricket League's new sponsor, Ashburnham Solicitors, with league chairman Ian Doy. Picture: NCL - Credit: Archant

The Norfolk Cricket League has secured a sponsorship deal with Ashburnham Solicitors.

As part of the arrangement, each club will be receiving a set of stumps and 20 boundary markers, all with the sponsor's logo on at the forthcoming pre-season captain's meeting, which is being held at Dereham Football Club on Sunday at 7pm, along with their handbooks and cricket balls.

Kristian Jones, managing director of Ashburnham Solicitors, said: 'Ashburnham Solicitors are delighted to be given the opportunity to sponsor the Norfolk Cricket League for the coming 2018 season.

'We understand and appreciate the hard work and commitment that goes into running a cricket team, work that is often carried out by volunteers simply for the love of the game.

'As a niche law firm in the heart of Norfolk, we are excited to be able to support the league and grassroots cricket across the whole of Norfolk, and we wish all participants all the best for the season.'

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Norfolk Cricket League chairman Ian Doy said: 'We are extremely happy to be associated with Ashburnham Solicitors, a partnership which is already bringing benefit to our member clubs, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship, which will not only give reward to our clubs, but will bring awareness and benefit to all concerned.

'I'd like to thank Tim Porter, our secretary, who co-ordinated the deal, and on behalf of the NCL, would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and successful season.'

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