Switch has been a breath of fresh air

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Leverington have been crowned champions of Cambs Junior 2A after beating Pymoor by 50 runs to end the day with a unassailable lead of 71 points in the table.

Amazingly Leverington were struggling to field a team each week last season and that prompted a move from the West Norfolk League to the Cambs League this summer.

That certainly has not been a problem for skipper Ian Cooper this campaign and he said: “It has been a fantastic season for us. We had been thinking about leaving the West Norfolk League for a couple of years but it was a difficult decision as we were founder members.

“But it was a struggle to get players out each week with 45 over games and long trips around the coast which meant it was a very long day.

“In the end we decided to switch and it has been like a breath of fresh air for the club. We finish games by around 7pm and the league is regionalised so there is not so much travelling. James Dod and Lee Peck joined us from Wisbech and have done very well for the club and John Gill has played his part too.”

But the man who has plundered more than 500 runs for Leverington has been South African Jacques Steynberg who has been with the club five seasons but only flowered in the last year with the bat.

Cooper said: “Towards the end of last season he said he was not really enjoying his cricket. I told him to stop trying to hit every ball out of the ground and wait for the bad balls. He went out that day and scored 70 and a century the following week and has never looked back.

“But it has been a real team effort this season and I am lucky to have such a wonderful bunch of players. Everyone has played their part with the bat and ball and in the field too.

“Also off the pitch Aaron Cobb, Dave Smart and Adam Fairbrother have made life easy as captain too.”

It was fitting that Leverington should beat Pymoor to win the title as they are the only team to beat the new champions in 15 games this season, so revenge was even sweeter.

Leverington won the toss and batted first on a wicket that played with some uneven bounce. Leverington made 142 all out in only 28 overs, which was only par on that wicket, but should have batted out their overs.

Aaron Cobb top scored with 22, Jamie Paul 21 and Ricky Brown 21 all getting good starts as Leverington were helped by Pymoor conceding 48 extras.

Pymoor started well with Hersleman taking the attack to Leverington, hitting 10 off his first four balls before Cooper clean bowled him. Cobb from the other end took four quick wickets to leave Pymoor struggling at 11 for five. They were eventually bowled out for 92 as Leverington took the league title.

Leverington still have three games left and have their last home game on Saturday against Chatteris seconds.