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Difficult choice for Twenty20 fans in Norfolk on Sunday

PUBLISHED: 15:03 14 June 2018

Brooke's players celebrate an excellent nine wicket win over Norwich in the opening game of the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 competition at Manor Park on Tuesday evening. Picture: KERRY LAKE

Brooke's players celebrate an excellent nine wicket win over Norwich in the opening game of the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 competition at Manor Park on Tuesday evening. Picture: KERRY LAKE

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Fans of Twenty20 cricket will be spoilt for choice on Sunday, with five big games taking place at two different venues in Norfolk.

Ashley Watson’s county team will be taking on Hertfordshire at Manor Park in the decisive fixtures of the Minor Counties competition while over at Great Witchingham four EAPL teams will be aiming to make progress in the national Vitality Cup without some of their top players.

A busy day at Walcis Park will see three games taking place in a group competition, with the overall winner going through to regional finals day on July 1.

The Witches will take on Horsford in the opening game (10am) with Swardeston – who won the competition in 2010 and 2016 – then playing Vauxhall Mallards (1.15pm, approx). The final is due to get under way at 4.30pm.

Norfolk’s over-60s teams had mixed fortunes in their latest fixtures.

At North Runcton the first team were asked to bowl first against Essex. Norfolk took an early wicket but found it difficult to make further inroads as the visitors added 142 for the second wicket.

They continued to score freely and finished on 221-3.

In reply Norfolk struggled for runs and only Robin Yates (41) looked comfortable. The innings closed on 141 with three balls remaining, with Norfolk well beaten.

The seconds travelled to Oakham to play Leicestershire who chose to bat first. Colin Jackson took a wicket with the first ball but thereafter the hosts made steady progress and compiled a good score of 237-5.

Norfolk openers Geoff Roper (35) and John Ruddick (24) put on 62 but both fell within a few balls of each other. Neil Wynn (62) and Bryn Clarke added 107 for the third wicket to keep their side in the hunt and the middle order helped Clarke (60 not out) to chase down with eight balls remaining.

The over-70s took on Kent and asked them to bat first.

Kent batted well and wickets were hard to come by, with the home team making 199-5. Norfolk’s reply was slow, with wickets falling regularly, and as was the case the previous week the batting wasn’t good enough and they struggled to 106-9.

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