Mundford’s Robin scoops monthly award

MONTHLY ACCOLADE: Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player of the Month Robin Yates is congratulated by Neil McDonald, group manager of Dipple & Conway and Marion Veal
MONTHLY ACCOLADE: Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player of the Month Robin Yates is congratulated by Neil McDonald, group manager of Dipple & Conway and Marion Veal

Veteran Mundford batsman Robin Yates has beaten off stiff competition to earn the Dipple and Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Player of the Month accolade for June.

The Mundford chairman, who began his long innings with the club 28 years ago, scored 96 against Norwich B, 72 against Rocklands and 60 not out against Stow A to scoop the award.

Yates was presented with the winner’s pennant and a pair of Ray Ban New Wayfarer designer sunglasses worth £130.

His consistency throughout the first half of the season helped Mundford top the Division Four table by mid-July.

“I’ve been playing cricket for nearly 50 years and I cannot remember playing better,” said Yates, who is regularly seen around Bury St Edmunds and Thetford in his day job as a driving instructor.

“I’ve never hit so many sixes, as my team-mates keep reminding me. I am enjoying playing as much as ever and looking forward to every game.”

He has been a top-order batsman since joining Mundford in 1987, most of the time as an opener.

He is now club chairman – and junior cricket co-ordinator at Mundford.

During his time at the club, Mundford have played in Divisions One, Two, Three and Four.

While Robin opens the batting, son Jay makes games a great family affair by opening the bowling.