Chance to join fun cricket league
Pub teams are limbering up for a summer of fun cricket in a social league aimed at getting people back into the sport.
Last year Norwich Inns provided a dozen teams for the inaugural Super Sixes competition.
Now the rallying call has gone out for six-strong sides to step forward for this summer’s action.
The fun format is aimed at providing games that encourage people of all abilities to take part.
Three teams take part in round robin matches, where everyone bats, and everyone bar the wicketkeeper bowls.
If you are out you bat on, but with a five point deduction, and if you hit a six on the last ball of the over it counts double.
The holders of the title are The George Hotel at Norwich who met The Whalebone pub in Norwich and Costessey Park Golf Club in the final at Eaton Park last year.
This year teams will compete for a new trophy sponsored by the Wolf Brewery under a “stumped for choice” banner.
Norwich Inns’ secretary Craig McLaren said: “Cricket teams, like pubs, are a traditional part of English community life, so there is a natural link-up between Norwich Inns and the Super Sixes league.
“It should be a summer of fun sport for our members and their customers – and a chance to re-live the action over a drink or two afterwards.”
Norfolk Cricket Board is backing the competition which is among a range of “easy cricket” formats aimed at boosting the grass roots game and getting people playing the sport.
Development manager Kieron Tuck said people could not always spare a whole day for a cricket match, but short format games, taking under an hour, enabled them to return to or try the sport for the first time.
Last year’s debut season of Super Sixes was a fantastic success and they were hoping to build on it this year. They were particularly looking for more teams in the Great Yarmouth area for a qualifying mini league.
Mr Tuck, a former long-serving Cromer Cricket Club player, said: “We
we love to see some players returning to league cricket, but if they just play six to 10 short format games a season we would be happy they were getting involved in the sport.”
Norwich Inns members Wolf Brewery was founded by the late Wolfe Witham, who was well known for running the Reindeer brewpub in Norwich in the 1980s.
It opened in 1995 in the former Gaymer’s cider factory, before moving in 2006 to a new brewery at Besthorpe.
Sales manager John Smith said: “We are proud to be backing this league, which should provide some howling good fun cricket for people of all abilities to enjoy.”
The Super Sixes season runs from May to July with match reports appearing on the Norfolk Cricket Board website (www.norfolkcricket.co.uk) each week. Photos and scores will also be posted on Twitter (@NorfolkCB) and Facebook.