Winterton cricket champions

WINTERTON knew they needed 24 points to guarantee they would be crowned champions of Norfolk League Division Two ahead of Ketteringham Hall. Winterton's opponents Halvergate were also looking for a win to prevent them from successive relegations.

WINTERTON knew they needed 24 points to guarantee they would be crowned champions of Norfolk League Division Two ahead of Ketteringham Hall. Winterton's opponents Halvergate were also looking for a win to prevent them from successive relegations.

Ketteringham Hall were beaten by Topcroft, so even a defeat would have seen Winterton win the league - but their victory made the celebrations all the better.

Halvergate won the toss, elected to bat and got a good start of 97-3 thanks mainly to 38 from skipper Steve Clarke. The introduction of Tom Roper into the bowling attack brought about a collapse as he claimed 4-19 to help dismiss the visitors for 142.

Tom Whichelow and Ben Utting also claimed two wickets apiece. Crucially Winterton managed a run-out in the final over to claim the extra bowling point they needed if they were to be champions should they be victorious.

Some tight bowling from Halvergate restricted the Winterton batsmen and they were reeling on 37-3 after 15 overs.

Bryn Clarke remained at the crease and his 48 was the backbone of the innings. However, his knock came to an end leaving Winterton needing 29 from the final five overs.

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Ben Utting then hit two sixes from the 42nd over to put Winterton back in the driving seat, and the winning runs came with two balls remaining with Utting unbeaten on 21. Josh Austin also played a crucial innings of 26 towards the end.