Elmswell set to celebrate anniversary

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Elmswell Cricket Club is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary since the club was re-formed.

To mark this the club is holding a T20 match on July 19, and has installed a new honours board, which will be officially unveiled on the same day.

Other events will be held throughout the summer.

Elmswell play in Division Four of the Hunts County Bats League, narrowly missing promotion last season.

They lost their first four games, but then a run of seven wins in eight games saw the club just one point off the promotion places.

Captain Kevin Barnes said: “For any village side to continue there is a need to promote the younger players, and this is something we take seriously.

“We do not believe in youngsters making up the numbers, we give them a game and the opportunity to flourish.

“It is great to see home grown players now challenging for club honours and appearing on the new honours board at the Blackbourne.”

For more information, check out the club website elmswellcricketclub.co.uk

A number of changes have taken place in the league for the coming season, which starts on Sunday, April 26.

Battisford and Brockley have been promoted to the First Division, and face fixtures against Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Rough and Woolpit.

In Division Two promoted Bardwell and relegated Walsham le Willows will come up against each other, as well as facing Hartest Coldham, Lakenheath II, Stowmarket III and Thurston.

Horringer and Stowupland I are new to Division Three, joining Brettenham, Bury St Edmunds II, Mildenhall II, Nowton and Risby.

Woolpit II went down to Division Four, while Worlington came up, where they will meet Battisford II, Earl Stonham, Elmswell and Stowupland II.

Division Five sees Bardwell Academy, Elvedon, Rougham II and Walsham le Willows II in opposition.