Plenty of talent on show at successful Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School.

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School. - Credit: Submitted

Over 200 youngsters took part in this year's Norfolk Youth Festival at Manor Park.

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School.

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School. - Credit: Submitted

Day one of the festival, sponsored by Gresham's School, saw the under-11 hardball competition take place. Teams competing included Stow, Garboldisham, Burwell, Acle, Horsford and Great Melton.

Playing a pairs format the matches catered for all, with four matches throughout the day for each team, concluding with Great Melton CC as runners-up and Garboldisham CC as winners.

Day two saw the U13 hardball competition take place, with seven teams competing in a round robin format with each team playing four matches throughout the day.

The standard of cricket was the highest seen at a Norfolk Cricket Board youth competition. A tense finish saw the winners and runners-up tied on points going into the last match. However, Sheringham finished as runners up after losing their last match and Vauxhall Mallards took the winners spot for the U13.

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School.

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School. - Credit: Submitted


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The U10 softball competition started day three, which also included the second day of the U11 hardball competition. Luckily the sun was shining again and play commenced with over 65 children playing cricket.

Swardeston CC finished as runners-up in the U10 softball competition with hosts Horsford CC winning, having only lost one match.

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The U11 hardball competition, again displaying some excellent cricket, finished with Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers in the runners-up spot, with Swardeston's U13 girls taking the winners medals.

Unfortunately day four fell victim to the British summer and the second U13 hardball day was cancelled.

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School.

Photos from the Norfolk Youth Cricket Festival 2016, sponsored by Gresham's School. - Credit: Submitted

The final day of the week brought the U15s into play with four teams battling it out in a 16-over bash. Swardeston CC displayed great talent to finish in the runners-up spot. However, Acle CC took the winners medals after playing some of the most explosive and entertaining cricket seen all week.

Festival organiser, Jason Reynolds, said: 'On behalf of Norfolk Cricket Board we would like to say congratulations to all the winners, runners-up, man of the matches and most importantly to the 240-plus children that all played a part in the Norfolk Youth Festival 2016.

'We would also like to say a massive thank you to Gresham's School for kindly sponsoring the event and Horsford CC for the facilities.'

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