Bircham beat Hethersett & Tas Valley to win inaugural Norfolk Over 40's T20 Finals Day

Bircham beat Hethersett & Tas Valley to win inaugural Norfolk Over 40's T20 Finals Day

Bircham beat Hethersett & Tas Valley to win inaugural Norfolk Over 40’s T20 Finals Day

Bircham Cricket Club have won the first edition of the Norfolk Cricket Over 40’s Finals Day after beating Hethersett & Tas Valley Cricket Club in the final by 34 runs.

Finals Day which was hosted at the picturesque Tas-Valley ground in Flordon on Sunday 3rd September, bought the 3 group winners and the best placed runner-up together to compete for the title with two semi-finals take place before the final and 3rd/4th place play-off.

The semi-finals were both one-sided affairs with the South Champions Hethersett & Tas Valley beating the North & East Champions Drayton by 8 wickets after chasing down a target of 118 inside 14 overs. The West Champions Bircham also saw off Best Runner-Up Tivetshall in a similar fashion by 8 wickets after chasing a total of 94.

The final saw Bircham set Hethersett & Tas Valley an imposing total of 163/3 from their 20 overs with 3 batters all having to retire once they passed 30 runs. Hethersett & Tas Valley got off to the worst possible start by losing a wicket with the first ball of the innings and from this point onwards regular wickets fell. Despite some lusty blows and a healthy run-rate, Bircham were always in control and eventually bowled out Hethersett & Tas Valley in the 18th over for 131 to win the game by 34 runs to be crowned 2017 champions.

In the 3rd/4th Play-Off Tivetshall came out on top by 42 runs after setting Drayton a mammoth total of 212/5 from their 20 overs.

The competition run by the Norfolk Cricket Board has been running for the past 5 seasons and throughout this period has grown from 1 league of 6 teams to 3 regionalised leagues with 16 teams playing throughout the summer season. Norfolk Cricket Board Competition Organiser Lewis Denmark was delighted with the day and the competition as a whole “The Over 40’s league in Norfolk continues to grow from strength to strength and today has encapsulated exactly what the competition is about with some entertaining cricket on display but it has also been played in a great spirit and everyone involved has had an excellent day. We will definitely be doing finals day again next summer.”

Finals Day Scorecards

SF 1 - Hethersett & Tas Valley vs Drayton - Click HERE
SF 2 - Bircham vs Tivetshall - Click HERE

Final - Hethersett & Tas Valley vs Bircham - Click HERE
3rd/4th Place Play-Off - Drayton vs Tivetshall - Click HERE

Finals Day Photos 2017

Bircham CC - Norfolk Over 40's Champions 2017.JPG

Bircham CC Captain Colin Humphrey pictured with Lewis Denmark NCB.JPG

North & East Champions - Drayton CC.JPG

South Over 40's Champions - Hethersett & Tas Valley CC.JPG

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