Mundford veteran bat Yates in form of life to win Player of Month …
Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player of the Month Robin Yates is congratulated by (L-R) Alliance vice-chairman John Tythcott and Marion Veal and Neil McDonald of Dipple & Conway
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Veteran Mundford batsman Robin Yates is in the form of his life and has beaten off stiff competition to earn the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player of the Month accolade for June.
The Mundford chairman, who began his long innings with the club 28 years ago, was one of four runners-up for the May award, pipped at the post by Swaffham teenager Jasper Payne. In June Yates turned the tables, scoring 96 against Norwich B, 72 against Rocklands and 60 not out against Stow A, while Payne was among the nearly men with 82 not out, 75 not out and 5-42.
Yates was presented with the winner s pennant and a pair of Ray Ban New Wayfarer designer sunglasses worth 130.
Neil McDonald, group manager of Alliance sponsors Dipple & Conway Opticians said: It s one of the many joys of cricket that in one month the award is won by one of the sport s bright rising stars and the next month by one of the its long-standing stalwarts.
Cricketers of all ages and from all divisions compete on a level pitch for the Player of the Month Award. We love being part of it.
It s exciting waiting to hear who has topped the shortlist each month.
Independent family opticians Dipple & Conway, which has practices in Swaffham, Norwich and Diss, is owned by brothers James, Damian and Robert Conway, grandsons of Thomas Conway, who founded business 99 years ago.
Neil McDonald congratulated Norfolk over-50s player Yates on his consistency throughout the first half of the season, which saw Mundford topping the Division Four table by mid-July.
I ve been playing cricket for nearly 50 years and I cannot remember playing better, said driving instructor Yates. I ve never hit so many sixes .as my team-mates keep reminding me! I am enjoying playing as much as ever and looking forward to every game.
He has been a top-order batsman since joining Mundford in 1987, most of the time as an opener.
He is now club chairman and junior cricket co-ordinator at Mundford. During his time at the club, Mundford have played in Divisions One, Two, Three and Four.
While Robin opens the batting, son Jay makes games a great family affair by opening the bowling.
Robin s wife Fiona an accomplished player in her own right is a club coach and Mundford s child welfare officer. Cricket has always been a shared passion for the couple who even staged a cricket match for guests at their wedding reception.
Daughter Jo used to play at county level and son Pat is a member of the Premier Division for Downham Town first team.
Mundford is among the best clubs in the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance, he said. We have our own ground and clubhouse, a thriving youth set-up and an excellent social side.
He praised Dipple & Conway for establishing the Player of the Month award. It is a great aspirational thing.
It is something everyone at every level can strive for.
It is good for the game, he said.
Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance June Player of the Month Shortlist
Robin Yates Mundford 96, 72 and 60*
Duncan Hewitt Dereham 86, 108 and 5-16
Harrison Futter Fakenham A 72, 51* and 87
Jez Wright Bradfield 61*, 50* and 4-23
Jasper Payne Swaffham 82*, 75* and 5-42
Chris Fuller Bungay 53*, 73 and 4-39
Pete Sims Lowestoft A 50, 72 and 5-35
Jack Whatmough Martham 132, 97 and 4-38
Chris Robson Beccles A 68, 65* and 4-30
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