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Under Great Witch's spell

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Seven games into the season and the league is starting to take shape. We are currently tied for second place but it looks as though Great Witchingham will be the team to beat.

We have had a mixed bag of results but look a much better side when Richard Sims is playing. He has been unavailable due to school coaching commitments but played the last two during half-term.

Other than a slip up against local rivals Horsford the team has been playing good positive cricket.

The ECB National Club Twenty20 campaign has also started and following two wins in the group stages we have guaranteed ourselves a place in the Norfolk semi-final. National glory certainly looks a long way off but you never know...

Peter Lambert has gone from strength to strength since his success at the Rose Bowl last year getting three scores in the 90s but still looking for that elusive first East Anglian Premier League hundred. I am sure it will come soon.

With the great summer weather we have been having spin is leading the way – both Jaden Hatwell and Norfolk skipper George Walker have been amongst the wickets.

What looked like a tough first round in the Carter Cup (the Norfolk Sunday 60-over competition) against last year’s winners was easily negotiated.

The club has also had its first fundraiser of the season. A race night held on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend. Organised and hosted by George with his able sidekick - yours truly - accounting for all the money. Perhaps not as well attended as hoped but all in all a great success and a fun night.

Having a number of MCC members in the club, we organised a trip to the first day of the Sri Lanka Test at Lord's. With a couple of Rover tickets for Joel Abraham (over from Canterbury, New Zealand) and Loyala Herathge, our Norfolk-Sri Lankan a party of nine made our way down to London. The weather was great and a good day's play was enjoyed along with a few drinks. Ian Tufts, in particular, was pleased to bump into the Norwich Cricket Club captain.

Luckily, the next day we had one of our best performances of the season away at the champions of last year, Cambridge Granta. We easily chased 200 after George Walker had ripped out the top order. Peter got another 90 and it was nice to have Richard at the crease to guide us home.

It has been a great summer so far and we hope it continues. Next up is our final group match of the Twenty20 competition. After tasting success last year we are definitely keen for more and as tough as it is to repeat, one thing is for sure is we will be giving it everything.

There are some tough league games coming up and I think the table will really start to take shape in the next few weeks.

The match against current leaders Great Witchingham will be very tough and a result there could open up the table. We will also look forward to fielding our strongest team every week once the school holidays start.

With cricket monopolising the weekend I often start thinking how do I fit everything in? I guess we do it because we all love the game.

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