Old Buckenham’s clean sweep clinches women’s indoor league honours

Indoor League champions Old Buckenham Ladies. Picture: Jason Reynolds

Indoor League champions Old Buckenham Ladies. Picture: Jason Reynolds - Credit: Archant

Old Buckenham Ladies complete a clean sweep as a new name appeared on the Shell Women's Indoor League trophy after its third successful season.

Old Buckenham won all six of their matches in the final round of games.

The 10-week competition, played at Long Stratton Leisure Centre, saw seven teams battle it out under a new structure, everyone playing in one league at one venue. A round-robin league format was used to determine a final league position.

Old Buckenham, Swardeston, Brooke, Great Melton, Garboldisham, Winterton and Topcroft all took part and the format was well received, allowing games to be completed in just over an hour, making a fun, fast and enjoyable experience for players and spectators.

Garboldisham took the early lead in the competition and remained in the prime position until week six, when Old Buckenham managed to catch and overtake them.

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The remaining five teams battled it out very closely over the 10 weeks with multiple table changes.

Final placings were: 1 Old Buckenham (89 points), 2 Swardeston (78), 3 Topcroft (57), 4 Garboldisham (51), 5 Brooke (49), 6 Gt Melton (26), 7 Winterton (17).

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The final week was still all to play for, with Swardeston in a position to take the title. Although winning their final match against a strong Garboldisham, they had too much to do and could not catch Old Buckenham, who also won their final match against Winterton.

The 2017 tournament saw a total of 64 players take part across the seven teams, a significant increase on 2016 – and significantly, lots of younger players involved.

The Norfolk Cricket Board would like to thank Shell for their first year of sponsorship of the competition and would also like to thank all the seven teams for taking part in the competition.

Competition organiser Jason Reynolds said: 'We are really happy with how the competition has run in 2017.

'The feedback is great and we are really happy to be offering something the women want.

'It's also great to see so many new women to the game, which can only help the women's cricket. We hope to continue this growth in 2018.'

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