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Norfolk's young cricket stars crown season at county finals

U11 winners Vauxhall Mallards are presented with their medals and cup by Ben Conway, back centre of Dipple & Conway, sponsors of the Dipple & Conway Norfolk Cricket Alliance Picture Credit Newsmakers The cream of Norfolk and Waveney s young players crowned their season with some cracking cricket in a series of impressive finals on wickets across Norfolk. Four keenly-contested Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance finals saw Brooke (under 9) Vauxhall Mallards (under 11), Acle (under 13) and Swardeston (under 15) crowned champions of their age group sections. Among the appreciative onlookers at three of the finals was Ben Conway, the fourth generation of the Conway family to run the Dipple & Conway opticians business started by his great-grandfather 99 years ago.

Dipple & Conway sponsors the Alliance. The standard of cricket in the games I witnessed far exceeded my expectations, he said. They played fantastically well other than the sizes of the players and a few rule changed in the younger categories it was just like watching an adult game.

Ben Conway was also impressed by the exemplary attitude shown by the youngsters. Man of the Match Will Bowman, of Vauxhall Mallards U11, is presented with his medal by Ben Conway, right, of Dipple & Conway, sponsors of the Dipple & Conway Norfolk Cricket Alliance Picture Credit Newsmakers They were very competitive, but they got on well together and clearly had a lot of fun. It is good to see children enthused about healthy outdoor exercise something Dipple & Conway is keen to promote, he said.

I was delighted to see the pride the players showed as they came up to collect their medals and trophies. They were very smart and very confident a real credit to their coaches. Ben Conway, whose family business has practices in Norwich, Diss and Swaffham, was also impressed by the number of supporters who went along to support and encourage them.

It bodes well for the future of cricket in Norfolk, he said. Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Chairman Peter Thomas congratulated all eight finalist teams. The county finals are always a showpiece of all that s best in youth cricket, he said.

And it is a great encouragement to have had Ben Conway representing the Alliance sponsors Dipple & Conway Opticians, who provide us with so much support throughout the season. The U9 and U13 games were played at Garboldisham. In the U9s a very good Horsford side batted first and Brooke did well to restrict them to 255-4.

Maintaining their focus, Brooke proved just too strong in reply, posting 297-4 to claim the John Dewing Trophy. Man of the Match was Will Panter. Champagne moment according to adjudicator Kevin Denmark was captain May Drinkell s thunderous drive over extra cover for four.

In the U13 final, for the Allan Bridgewater Trophy, Cromer scored 45 all out. Acle passed the target without losing a wicket. Harry Williams scored 19 not out and Dan Hastings 21 not out.

Man of the match was Nathan Shaw who took 3-3 from three overs. It was the third time in four years Acle U13 teams had reached the final and their second victory. The key to the success Acle has enjoyed is that we put the emphasis on fun at our Wednesday night coaching sessions, said U13 manager Quorn Handley.

We have over 90 youngsters coming along to coaching sessions from U8s to U17s and they all thoroughly enjoy it. We can t thank Dipple & Conway enough for their support. The Terry Moore U11 Trophy final was contested at Great Witchingham between Southwold and Vauxhall Mallards.

Southwold scored 270-8, making a net score of 222. Vauxhall Mallards replied with 333-3, net score 315, to win the game. Will Bowman from Vauxhall Mallards was Man of the Match scoring 19 runs and taking 2 wickets for 10 runs.

I did not know what to expect when I started coaching the under 11s, said Ziggy Arshad, Vauxhall Mallards, but I saw a lot of potential. They have worked really hard, have listened and deserve their win today. For a relatively small club, we have done amazingly well, said Matt Barbrook, coach Southwold under 11s, but we were beaten on the day by a better team; congratulations to Vauxhall Mallards.

In the U15 final, played at Great Melton, Acle posted 95-6 in their 16 overs with Alex Quinton retiring on 30 and Tom Williams making 20. For Swardeston, Tom Bartram took two wickets, with the remainder shared between four different bowlers. Swardeston s top scorer was captain Alfie Cooper who retired on 31 not out, with Flynn Drinkell not far behind on 29.

Swardeston/CEYMS reached a victory target of 96-2 with two overs left to claim the Andy Seeley Trophy.

U11 runners up Southwold are presented with their medals by Ben Conway, back left of Dipple & Conway, sponsors of the Dipple & Conway Norfolk Cricket Alliance Picture Credit Newsmakers PR

Residents encouraged to come out and watch the Tour of Britain in …

Residents are being encouraged to line the roadsides as the Tour of Britain cycle race returns to the county after a three year absence on Saturday September 12. Starting with an event at Fakenham Racecourse, followed by a ride through Fakenham town centre before the race officially starts nearby, the race will finally finish in Ipswich some 141 miles away. Active Norfolk, Norfolk County Council and Adnams are working together to bring the Tour of Britain back to the region on Saturday September 12.

The return of the race to the county is also made possible by the support of Breckland Council, Broadland District Council, North Norfolk District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council. Paul Smyth, Chairman of Norfolk County Council s Communities Committee, said: The Tour of Britain is the UK s biggest free to watch live sporting event and it is great that the race is returning to Norfolk. The route crosses much of the county so there are plenty of opportunities for people to see top-class athletes at work.

Whilst we expect the race to draw huge crowds in Norwich, ours is the only East of England race stage and many communities along the course have planned events which should attract local support. This international event will boost Norfolk s profile and economy, and will hopefully encourage more people to experience the health and fitness benefits of cycling too. So let s give the riders a welcome to Norfolk they will remember.

Estimated times that the race will reach certain points along the route are outlined below. As the race progresses periods of time are given as arrival times will depend on rider speeds. Quickest time based on 46kmph speed, slowest at 38kmph.

Fakenham Racecourse 10am start. Neutral lap through Fakenham Hempton Road, Bridge Street, Holt Road. A1067 official race start on the A1067 near Guist, then through Guist at 10.15.

A1067 past Twyford at 10.21. A1067 through Foxley at 10.25. Onto Foxley Road through Bawdswell, using The Street at 10.29.

Onto B1145 Reepham Road all the way to Reepham between 10.36 and 10.40. Through Reepham using Church Hill, Norwich Road between 10.36 and 10.41, New Road, then Cawston Road between 10.38 and 10.43. B1145 to Cawston.

B1145 through Cawston between 10.45 and 10.52. B1145 into Aylsham using Penfold Street between 10.52 and 11, and Norwich Road between 10.53 and 11.01. A140 heading in the direction of Norwich.

Past Hevingham between 10.58 and 11.07. King of the Mountain stage on the A140 before Stratton Strawless between 10.58 and 11.08 and finishes after Stratton Strawless. Past Hainford between 11.02 and 11.13.

Past St Faiths between 11.05 and 11.16. Holt Road between 11.11 and 11.24, Cromer Road passing Norwich Airport. Aylsham Road between 11.13 and 11.26.

St Augustines (against the one way system) between 11.16 and 11.29. Pitt Street (against the one way system) between 11.16 and 11.30 St Crispins roundabout and along Barn Road. Grapes Hill between 11.17 amd 11.31.

At Chapelfield Roundabout the race turns down Cleveland Road, then along Gaol Hill between 11.18 and 11.33. Gentlemans Walk between 11.18 and 11.33. Rampant Horse Street and Theatre Street between 11.19 and 11.33.

Chapelfield Roundabout then down Earlham Road between 11.22 and 11.37. Watton Road between 11.25 and 11.40. Hethersett Lane (past NCFC training ground) between 11.26 and 11.42.

Norwich Road toward Hethersett. Through the village on Queens Road between 11.31 and 11.48, Great Melton Road, High Green, then out of the village on Melton Road Into Wymondham on Cock Street between 11.40 and 11.59. Town Green (against the one way system) between 11.40 and 12.00, then Market Street.

Fairland Street (against the one way system) between 11.41 and 12.00. London Road between 11.42 and 12.01. Sutton Lane, Wymondham Road, Chapel Road past Spooner Row between 11.47 and 12.07.

Bunwell Road and then Besthorpe Road into Attleborough between 11.55 and 12.17. Station Road between 11.57 and 12.19. Buckenham Road and Attleborough Road into Old Buckenham between 12.02 and 12.26.

Crown Road between 12.03 and 12.27. Past Quidenham between 12.10 and 12.36. Quidenham Road, Church Road, The Street past Bridgham and then past Brettenham.

Kilverstone Road toward Thetford. Norwich Road into Thetford between 12.32 and 13.03. Grove Lane between 12.34 and 13.05.

Melford Bridge Road, Castle Lane, Nuns Bridge Road, and out of Norfolk on the Bury Road between 12.37 and 13.09. Heading toward Elveden. To help ensure the race takes place safely the route will be closed to traffic just before the lead cyclist reaches that point.

Around 30 police motorbikes will be used to enforce a rolling road closure, which will be lifted once the last race support vehicle has passed. It is possible the roads will be closed for several minutes or up to 20minutes depending on how spread apart the cyclists are. The Grapes Hill / Chapelfield Rd Roundabout will be closed for a little longer as the event crosses this junction to enter and exit the city centre.

More time is also needed for the one way system to clear ahead of the competitors. It is hoped the overall closure duration will not last more than 20minutes. This will also be the case in Wymondham and Attleborough where the town centres will be closed for about 20minutes to allow the one way systems to clear.

Parking restrictions will also be in place in small sections of Reepham, Cawston, and on Earlham Road in Norwich.

For localised route maps and lists of events happening across Norfolk visit www.tourofbritainnorfolk.co.uk Motorists wanting to avoid the race are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the route and race timings and use alternative roads, where possible.