Winterton’s comfortable victory over Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A today, bowling out the relegated side for under 60, means that the east coast club have pipped Great Melton A to the Division Five title, as I understand it by the margin of a single point.
However, as runners-up the A’s are still promoted and that means that the club’s first and second teams will play at the highest level in the club’s history in the 2012 season, a terrific achievement.
The A teams success was underpinned by consistent performances from the team’s core players. Jason Whiddett scored more than 700 runs during the campaign. Matt Clarke produced fine innings’ against Halvergate and Swardeston/CEYMS. Paul Stearman made a match-winning 78 at Stow. Rob Sims weighed in with 7-fer on debut at Diss and went to claim around 25 wickets. Ian Bettridge took only 11 wickets but his economy rate was outstanding. George Bunn hit the winning runs on 3 occasions and added much needed mobility in the field! Simon Woods was assured behind the wickets, hardly giving away a bye and effected several stumpings as well as playing a fine knock in the home game v Winterton. David Bunn won the home game against Aldborough by clean-bowling their two best batsmen. Daryl Godbold chipped in with runs and wickets at regular intervals and kept everyone on their toes! Chris Greenslade’s outstanding 91 at Rocklands saw him drive through into the first team, where he belongs, and hopefully more will come from him next season. Martin Bunn played an outstanding knock in the 10 wicket win against Swardeston and scored around 300 runs. Tony Alborough played a couple of handy knocks against Brooke and N & CW and was always available when called upon. Lee Whiddett grabbed 18 wickets and scored over 200 runs. Sorry if I have missed out any regulars but my thanks go to all who contributed this season, and I look forward to discussing some of my bunny-hunting exploits with you all at the dinner!
Leeroy (aka Skip)