Dust down the scorebooks – cricket is back

CRICKET: Castle Rising and Castle Acre both start their Norfolk League Division One campaigns with away games on Saturday, May 1.

The league has issued fixtures for both its 2021 season and the Twenty20 competition, which starts on Thursday, May 20.

It comes after last year was wiped out due to the first coronavirus lockdown.

Castle Rising’s seasonal debut comes at reigning champions Aylsham St Giles, while Castle Acre travel to Kirkley & Belton.

The clubs do not have to wait long for their first West Norfolk derby meeting, which comes at the David Lindley Memorial Field on Saturday, May 15. The return at Castle Acre is on Saturday, July 17. 

There is an opening day derby date in Division Two West with Sandringham Seconds making the short journey to their Snettisham counterparts. In the same section, Thornham welcome Felthorpe.

In Division Three West, Boughton host Hockwold II, Castle Rising II greet Hardingham and 2019 Division 4W champions Bircham II travel to Sheringham II. 

Denver II meet Thornham II on the opening day of the Division 4W season, with Dersingham at home to Rocklands II.

Heacham, who were relegated from Division 3W in 2019, are not in the league this season.

The Twenty20 competition is divided into 12 round-robin groups, with matches starting at 6pm on Thursdays. 

Castle Rising, Bircham and Thornham are in Group A and Castle Acre and Snettisham join Fakenham in Group B.

Draws for the league’s cup and plate competitions are still to be made. 

λ Junior coaching camps for eight 15-year-old boys and girls will be held at North Runcton during the Easter holidays on April 6 and 7, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm. 

The cost is £10 for a full day, or £5 for a half-day. 

There will be lots of skills learned and games played. Pre-booking is not required, just turn up and have fun, but you will need to take a drink and packed lunch if you are taking part in the full day event.

All Stars Cricket is returning to Runcton and will provide boys and girls from five to eight years old with eight weeks of non-stop fun. 

A Runcton spokesman said: “The activity and game-based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.” 

The programme starts on Tuesday, May 11, and run for an hour from 4.45pm.

The course costs £40. To sign up, visit the www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars and enter ‘North Runcton’, or contact Joshy Ring at joshuaring93@gmail.com with any queries.