With Fakenham, Brooke, Dereham and a Norfolk Alliance Select XI in attendance, the standard would be high, and the quality of the games certainly did not disappoint the large crowd.
With a 10:30am start and the early morning sun blazing, Fakenham hosted Dereham in the first semi final.
Bowling first, Fakenham lacked discipline and fielded , enabling Dereham to post a good par159 from their 20 overs. Fakenham initially responded poorly, slumping to 9-3 and at the half way stage needed 80 off 10 overs with 5 wickets left. They finally got over the line with just 3 balls to spare in a thrilling finish with Harry Bammant (49), David Coyle (35) and Lloyd Marshall (25 not out) the main contributors.
Not to be outdone the second semi final also produced a nail biter of a finish as Brooke overcame the Alliance Select team’s total of 153. This time the chasing side required 12 runs off the final over, bowled by former Norfolk bowler Aaron Watson.
Having been hit for a six during the over Watson needed a final dot ball to secure a tie, Tom Nudd however had other ideas and despatched the ball into the sightscreens for a 6 to end a fantastic game.
After those 2 amazing semi finals the final was always in with a chance of being an anti-climax. The innings started with Fakenham batting and off to a positive flyer with John Ewart (30) and Keegan Monahan Fairlie (48) in particular, impressing. Fakenham unfortunately then imploded somewhat and only limped to a par 149.
Brooke looked to be set for victory at 70-0 of 10 overs before Coyle dismissed the dangerous Sam Clabburn (48).
Billy Buckingham then picked up three wickets with his spin and Toby Hood added another 2 wickets to turn the tide and finally secure a good 20 run victory and bring an end to a fantastic day and spectacle enjoyed by couple of 100 or so crowd.
Such was the enjoyment that the teams have already booked their entries for next year when the event will hopefully be even bigger and better than this years first running.