Winterton hope coast is clear for a title challenge

LUCAS FETTES NORFOLK LEAGUE: As part of the triumvirate who challenged for honours in Division One last year, Winterton are setting their sights on another successful season. The coastal club led the way for much of the season, but suffered a brief blip in the second half of the campaign - and that was enough for Hardingham and Aldborough to claim first and second place respectively.

As part of the triumvirate who challenged for honours in Division One last year, Winterton are setting their sights on another successful season.

The coastal club led the way for much of the season, but suffered a brief blip in the second half of the campaign - and that was enough for Hardingham and Aldborough to claim first and second place respectively. Those two clubs both went up to the Alliance, meaning Winterton start the new term as favourites for the title.

Skipper Kevin Percival said: 'We've got a pretty similar team to last year and if anything we're slightly stronger with a couple of new players.

'We need to be a little bit more consistent, so if we can do that I don't see why we won't be challenging, although there are quite a few good teams in the division.


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'In the end last year there were only six points between us and Hardingham, which is nothing when you consider the maximum for a win is 26 points. Any one of the three of us could have won it on the final day, but unfortunately it just wasn't to be for us.'

Danny Snowling has returned from injury and has remodelled himself as a left arm spinner, giving Percival a new option in the bowling ranks, while Ben Serruys, who joined at the end of last summer, is set to play his first full season for the club.

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Winterton are still making plans to improve their ground and have not ruled out applying for promotion to the Alliance if they did manage to win the league.

A significant change at the club has seen the formation of a women's team, run by first teamer Ben Utting and his wife Claire. An attendance of 15 players at an early net session boded well and the club hope to arrange matches during the summer.

There are three new clubs in the Norfolk League this year - Bunwell, Gillingham and Reepham & Salle - while Hardingham B have also joined, meaning all eight divisions have a full complement of 10 teams.

It was also decided at the league's AGM to introduce player registration for the first time this season.

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