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rooke and District CC
enjoyed a terrific year in 2014
and are looking forwards
to trying to replicate that
success in 2015. We caught up with
their Chairman Godfrey Bancroft to
find out more about the good work that
they have been doing in recent times.
He told us, “I joined the club in 1990,
having been pointed in that direction
when we moved from Bury St Edmunds
to Norwich. A friend at my Suffolk Club,
the now defunct ‘Pimpernel’ knew a
player at Brooke. I became chairman in
2000 and have enjoyed
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fantastic club, beautiful ground and
some really good people.
“The most rewarding thing is seeing
the club grow and evolve. This is based
on a highly skilled committee that are
thoughtful, far sighted and committed
to contributing to the community.
We have some excellent volunteers,
although more are always welcome.
“Our plans are to keep on building
our youth section (key people Rob
Panter and Jon Block) and sustain the
rapid development of our ladies (key
people Liz Utting and Marie Hood).
“The mood at the club is very
buoyant. Three of our four adult
teams were promoted last
season (2014). Mike Jones
our overseas professional
is making an excellent
“Youth cricket is at the heart of
the club. We have teams from under
9 to under 19. We are very much a
community club and we open our
club to local schools. Friday evening is
community cricket. Children from 5 to
13 attend. Everyone is welcome with
no barriers. The place is packed on a
Friday. (key people Louise Panter and
“We have some terrific facilities here
having extended our Pavilion in 2010.
There is an electronic scoreboard, with a
second on planned and a new barbecue
on the patio this year (key person
“We have a thriving ladies section
(coached by Jon Block and Mike Jones).
(key people Liz Utting and Marie Hood,
captain). We also have a community
girls section on Fridays and hosted the
Norfolk Cricket Board Ladies Day on
5th May 2015. England player Lydia