The Chairman’s XI and President’s XI line up at the end of a successful North Runcton Cricket Week.

CRICKET: North Runcton CC’s inaugural cricket week was such a roaring success that it will become an annual event on the club calendar.

The week consisted of junior coaching camps with 65 children in attendance and a softball tournament saw 25 juniors having fun in the sun.

Runcton played a T20 match against a West Norfolk Clubs XI, resulting in a loss for the hosts but they managed to secure a good win versus the Sheffield Squirrels touring side, who have been visiting the club for an annual fixture for many years. 

Local rivals and good friends from Stow took on Runcton in another T20 with the hosts coming out on top in a well-supported match.

The week culminated with Runcton’s first team beating Norwich to go top of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division table before a Chairman’s XI, captained by Peter Coote, met a President’s XI, captained by Peter Lemon. The chairman’s team came out winners in a closely fought and highly entertaining match, with witty commentary over the public address system.

Runcton’s alumni turned out, borrowed kit and padded up for the match and, while there were injuries and cramping suffered from some of the less active cricketers, there were several outstanding performances on display from both young and old. With the youngest member of the squad being 14, to the oldest at 62, it proved that the cricket scene at Runcton is thriving.

The week was the brainchild of Jack Major, Joshy Ring and Tom Tansley, who were thanked for their efforts in organising and overseeing the events, assisted by the rest of the committee. 

Sponsors Ring Associates, Ian H Bix Associates, BTB Sports Coaching, Samuels Farm Shop & Butchers, K E Rawlings Ltd and Fisher Electrical were also thanked.

Junior coaching continues at the club every Wednesday, 6-7.30pm, until the end of August. All eight-15 year olds are welcome to turn up.