The publication of the Norfolk League fixtures caused some surprise when the website revealed that the C Team had been promoted to the dizzy heights of Division 4. The team’s third-place finish last season plus teams dropping out presumably led to the league’s decision to promote 3 teams from Division 5. It means that new skipper Simon Carding faces a swift return to his old club as the Cs play Colney at Eaton CNS in the second week of the season.
Playing against other club’s first and second teams will provide a stiff challenge for what is likely to be a young C Team and it seems strange that the club had received no communication from the Norfolk League that this was likely to happen.
It is likely to be quite a challenging season for the club anyway as every other team in the B Team’s division is a first team while, at the top end of the club, skippers Richard Waddell and Lee Whiddett will have to cope without the likes of Dave Allum who has joined the police force and won’t be available very much -if at all, Nick Gristwood who is in Australia and a whole batch of university lads – like Marcus Godbold – who won’t return until late June. However, their absence does provide opportunities for some of the club’s talented young players to make their mark in 1st or 2nd team cricket.
It will be ‘all hands to the pump’ for the first Saturday of the season as the club face the task of putting out four sides – at a notoriously difficult time with regard to availability – with Norwich City at home to Aston Villa. Shafty has pointed out that the West Brom game, thankfully, is on the following Sunday (12th). Let’s hope they’re safe by then!
The club is on the lookout for new players so, if anybody – especially players of 1st & 2nd team standard – is looking for a new club or has recently moved into the area please feel welcome to attend pre-season nets at the UEA Sportspark on Monday evenings (6.00-8.00) starting on Monday 18th February, or contact Chairman, Steve Phoenix (details on website).
To view or download the 2013 fixtures, click ‘Fixtures’.