Ipswich take the title

INDOOR CRICKET: Medite Ipswich are the new National League champions following a shock defeat for Stumps of Aston Villa against their local rivals, Cradley Heath who are captained by former Ipswich player, Paul Thorburn.

Medite Ipswich are the new National League champions following a

shock defeat for Stumps of Aston Villa against their local rivals, Cradley

Heath who are captained by former Ipswich player, Paul Thorburn.

Stumps, who needed a win to secure their 8th successive league

title, were well beaten although appeared to be in control most of the

match. Stumps scored 110 runs and had restricted the Cradley side, to 48

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after eight overs before partnerships of 52 and 60 saw Cradley romp home in

style.

Medite Ipswich Capt, Gavin Driver, commented "We owe a big thank you

to Cradley. All our hard work since the start of the season has been

rewarded. This has made us hungrier for success as we turn our attention to

the Premier Cup". Manager, Brian Barnard added "This has shown what a great

squad we have, we have been able to bring players into games without

affecting the balance of the side and have now been justly rewarded".

The side now travel to Cradley Heath this weekend for the Premier

Cup, which is a straight knockout based on teams league positions. Barnard

added further "This has put a new light on the Premier Cup. We should now

play Derby, while Stumps have to go up against Cradley again. Cradley will

want to prove that last week's result was no fluke while we will want to

show everyone why we are the best team in the country".

Medite Ipswich's first match is at 1pm with a squad of 10 players

making the trip: Driver (Capt), Edmond (player/coach), Saggers (vice-capt),

Barnard (player/manager), Bloomfield, Chittock, Norton, S Ongers, Pitman,

Smith.

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