Thornham Cricket Club

Thornham Village Hall
Thornham Village Hall

At the end of a very strange season for Thornham Cricket Club we have entered a new dawn, a new beginning, some now say a new normal. The year 2020 was to be exciting for the club trying to earn promotion in the leagues, however, the start of a horrid pandemic certainly changed focus and all cricket activity was suspended. Cricketers do look forward to a T20 or a 20/20 game (20 overs a side) but this year 2020 stopped us playing.
Our efforts turned to fundraising for the future of the club, which predominantly was focused towards out junior setup, however how could we achieve this without any activities being held due to lockdown?
With the help of the ECB by setting up a crowd funding page we started to fund raise via pledges and once we had hit our target of £250 the ECB would contribute an additional £100 to our funds.

How did Thornham C.C.k do?

Well, surprisingly, we exceeded our target within seven days with the generous members, Thornham Taverners, villagers, and with support of the Thornham Village Hall Committee, we are pleased to announce that we successfully raised over £1000
We would like to thank everyone who contributed towards this and helped the cricket club return to activities in July. This fundraising is key to allow us to restart our youth training next season and will help us attract more members to the club.

Our patience was rewarded once the Government finally announced sporting activities could return under the new guidance. A new way to play with social distancing (where possible in sport) and sanitization before, during and after the game including cleaning the ball every six overs. We had two teams entered into the Norfolk Cricket Board revamped league. The focus was to get people playing cricket. For Thornham this was more important than results and worked very well for the club.

Our first friendly of the new season started with victory over Grimston by 19 runs The eagerly awaited restart to league cricket was on the 25th July, however good old Mother Nature ensured that both teams’ games were abandoned due to the awful weather. We did eventually play and to see 22 players each Saturday and another 11 on Sundays playing and enjoying their cricket is pleasing to see and the club has gained new players this year from other teams who sadly folded last year along with some new youth players who are defiantly showing their worth and are improving every game they play. Thornham First team finished 5th in the league on 6 points with 1 win, 3 losses and 1 abandoned game. Thornham A team finished in 6th place without any wins but the goal was to get people playing sport this year. We completed the season and had quite a few touring teams visit us during this time who were all complementary of the area and of our setup including Oundle Ramblers, Norwich Hockey CC and Leg Rover CC.

Some stats from the shortened season
Batting : Chris Burgess 252 total runs with 1 fifty, Ben Harris 244 runs with 2 fifties , Andy Arnold 213 runs one fifty, N Linsell 180 runs and his maiden 50*, Simon Parsons 158 runs with one fifty and F Hewson 136 runs one fifty.

Bowling : Liam Woodcock total of 19 wickets, B Richardson 11 wickets with his maiden five wicket haul 5/18, Rhys Brown 10 wickets and Jacob Hewson 10 wickets.

It is interesting to note that of the names above 5 of these are younger players and are all under 19 certainly adding competition to the teams fighting for places to be in the first team.

Once again we have to thank our sponsors Barefoot Retreats, Thornham Deli, The Lifeboat Inn, The Checkers Inn, SIG Roofing, Eric's Fish and Chips and the Thornham Taverners (this is the link for anyone wanting to join for only £20 a year (https://www.thornhamvillagehall.co.uk/taverners.html) along with support from the village hall who all this would not be possible.

If anyone is interested in joining the club or would like more information on junior coaching or anything please contact our club secretary Ron Williamson by email to Ronfendt930@sky.com"
We will be posting news on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/27840960267) or twitter feed (Twitter feed) and look forward to the winter being over to restart in 2021.

Kindest regards



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