Postman wins Norfolk Cricket Alliance award after stamping his authority on league

Dereham postman Jake Anema, receives the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player o

Dereham postman Jake Anema, receives the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player of the Month Award for August from (L to R) Dipple & Conway co-owners James Conway and Damian Conway, Alliance vice-chairman John Tythcott and Dipple & Conway Practice Manager Neil McDonald. Picture: Newsmakers PR - Credit: Jason Bye

Dereham postman Jake Anema has spent the summer stamping his authority on cricket grounds across Norfolk – and now he's been recognised for his performances.

All-rounder Anema has been named Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player of the Month for August.

Playing for Dereham in Division Two of the Alliance, August proved a productive month for Anema. As opening batsman he scored 103 against Norwich A and 55 not out against Downham A.

Then in the final game on the season, against local rivals Fakenham A, Anema posted a score of 105 runs with the bat and 5-29 with the ball.

It was a match-winning contribution which saw Anema pip Hardingham's Toby Fletcher to the award – and the prize of £150-worth of sunglasses, provided by Alliance sponsors Dipple & Conway.

Fletcher, another all-rounder, weighed in with scores of 78, 53 and 96 and also took 6-23 and 4-48 for Division Three side Hardingham.

Other players in the running for the August Player of the Month award included Premier Division players Michael Warnes, of Cromer, who took 6-37 and 5-17.

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Elsewhere in the top flight, Rob Purton of Sprowston scored an unbeaten 102 and took 4-43, Patrick Yates of Downham Market hit 89 and 70 not out, while Luke Findlay of Fakenham put together impressive knocks of 58 not out and 116.

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