Winterton cricketers aim for Norfolk Alliance

TAKING tea is a long-standing cricket tradition and one club are hungry to share a table with the county's top teams.After enjoying a best-ever season, Winterton Cricket Club is hoping to secure the facilities to match their on- field success.

TAKING tea is a long-standing cricket tradition and one club are hungry to share a table with the county's top teams.

After enjoying a best-ever season, Winterton Cricket Club is hoping to secure the facilities to match their on- field success.

Presently there is no pavilion at the club's ground and players have to take tea at the Fisherman's Return pub in the village.

A third-place finish in the Norfolk League Division One saw Winterton (pictured) just missing out on promotion to the Norfolk Alliance.

Captain Kevin Percival said: “To gain admittance to the Alliance we will have to pledge to build a pavilion within a certain time.

“This is an ambitious, forward-looking club and we don't want to lose our best players.

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“If we cannot get to play at a higher standard they will go elsewhere.

“We are hoping to win grant funding to cover the cost of the building - and have bricklayers and plumbers playing for the club, so we would be able to do most of the work

ourselves.”

Nets were added to the ground and the club has drawn up its first constitution to help meet the requirements of Alliance cricket.

The club is also looking at setting up the women's team which would be the first in the Great Yarmouth area.

Initially some coaching sessions are planned and, if successful, teams at junior and adult level will be set up depending on demand.