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PUBLISHED: 09:52 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:00 03 July 2010

Roll of Honour team: back left to right Roger Holden, managing partner of Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisors with Richard Willner, Archant head of sport, and front Julia Parsley and Denise Findlay of Hansells.

Roll of Honour team: back left to right Roger Holden, managing partner of Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisors with Richard Willner, Archant head of sport, and front Julia Parsley and Denise Findlay of Hansells.

It was an opening partnership which gave east coast cricketers a Champagne summer last year ... and it's back for 2008.

The Great Yarmouth Mercury is delighted to team up with Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers to launch another season-long search to find the area's best batsman and bowler of the year.

It was an opening partnership which gave east coast cricketers a Champagne summer last year ... and it's back for 2008.

The Great Yarmouth Mercury is delighted to team up with Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers to launch another season-long search to find the area's best batsman and bowler of the year.

The popular Hansells Roll of Honour feature is designed to give the region's cricketers an extra competitive incentive - with the climax of a Champagne reception hosted by Hansells at which each of the season's winners is presented with a cheque for £75 and a framed certificate.

“The Roll of Honour is a wonderful concept because all cricketers compete on a level playing field,” said Hansells managing partner Roger Holden.

“Whatever standard a player competes at, of whatever age, if they have a really good day they are in with a chance of being crowned batsman or bowler of the year.

“Hansells have been part of the Hansells Roll of Honour scheme for eight years and were delighted when the Great Yarmouth Mercury came on board last season. We have always found it great fun and love to keep track of the figures week by week on our office noticeboard. We have witnessed some fantastic cricketing achievements!”

“It is interesting, when we talk to the winners about their Champagne moments during the end-of-the-season reception at Hansells, to find out how many were spurred on by the knowledge that they were closing in on the best-of-the-season figures.

“It is also very clear that the Hansells Roll of Honour enjoys a prestige status among local clubs and gets pinned up on pavilion notice boards all over the region.”

Richard Willner, Archant's head of sport, said: “We are delighted that Hansells Roll of Honour feature will be running throughout all seven of the weekly titles which the company publishes in Norfolk and north Suffolk.”

“We are thrilled to have Hansells on board as our sponsorship partners once again. This is the eighth year of the Hansells Roll of Honour. Their generosity in providing the prize money and organising the prestigious Champagne reception at the end of the season is very much appreciated.

“It all adds up to a very attractive incentive for local cricketers,” said Richard.

Each week the Great Yarmouth Mercury sports staff will be combing through the results and scorecards submitted for publication to find the best bowling and batting figures of the week and keep the leader board updated with the current targets to beat.

“Richard Willner and his team do a fantastic job in collating the figures and their commitment is a key factor in making the Hansells Roll of Honour work,” said Roger Holden.

The climax of the competition is a Champagne reception, hosted by Hansells' partners in their Norwich head office boardroom, where the guests of honour are the batsmen and bowler of the year for the Great Yarmouth Mercury and winners from six other titles in the Archant Norfolk series of weekly newspapers. Each winner receives a framed certificate and a £75 cheque.

The winning figures must be attained in a bona fide league or cup match for a team within the circulation area of the newspaper.

The scores must also be from a game played in the past week and must be part of a match report or scorecard submitted by a club official. The winners are the batsmen who score the most runs in a single innings and the bowlers who take the highest number of wickets for the least number of runs.

To take part, send your reports and scorecards each week to anne.edwards@archant.co.uk - or drop hard copy into any Archant local office, clearly marked for the Great Yarmouth Mercury sportsdesk, making a separate note highlighting any particularly notable individual scores.

Last year's Hansells Roll of Honour winners were Peter Tilbrook (Hemsby) 139 and Damien Ryan (Hemsby) 9-32


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