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Champagne already on ice

PUBLISHED: 11:21 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 13 July 2010

Roll of Honour team, left to right Roger Holden, managing partner at Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisors, with Richard Willner, Archant head of sport, and Hansells' Nick Sutherland and Margaret Gotts.

Roll of Honour team, left to right Roger Holden, managing partner at Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisors, with Richard Willner, Archant head of sport, and Hansells' Nick Sutherland and Margaret Gotts.

It's an opening partnership which has given the cricket campaign a Champagne flavour for several seasons.

And once more the North Norfolk News is delighted to team up with Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers to launch a season-long search to find the area's best batsman and bowler of the year.

It's an opening partnership which has given the cricket campaign a Champagne flavour for several seasons.

And once more the North Norfolk News is delighted to team up with Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers to launch a season-long search to find the area's best batsman and bowler of the year.

The ever-popular Hansells Roll of Honour adds extra competitive incentive to the cricket season - culminating in a Champagne reception hosted by Hansells where each of the season's winners is presented with a cheque for £75 and a framed certificate.

"The Roll of Honour is a wonderful concept because all cricketers compete on a level playing field," said Hansells managing partner Roger Holden. "Whatever standard a player competes at, of whatever age, if they have a really good day they are in with a chance of being crowned batsman or bowler of the year.

"At Hansells we always find it great fun and love to keep track of the figures week by week on our office noticeboard. We witness some fantastic cricketing achievements!"

"It is interesting, when we talk to the winners about their champagne moments during the end-of-the-season reception, to find out just how many were spurred on by the knowledge that they were closing in on the best-of-the-season figures.

"It is also very clear that the Hansells Roll of Honour enjoys a prestige status among local clubs."

Richard Willner, Archant's head of sport, expressed his delight that the Hansells Roll of Honour feature will be running throughout all seven of the weekly titles which the company publishes in Norfolk and north Suffolk.

"We are thrilled to have Hansells on board as our sponsorship partners. This is the eighth year of the Hansells Roll of Honour. Their generosity in providing the prize money and organising the prestigious Champagne reception at the end of the season is very much appreciated. It all adds up to a very attractive incentive for local cricketers," said Richard.

Each week the North Norfolk News sports staff will be combing through the results and scorecards submitted for publication to find the best bowling and batting figures of the week and keep the leader board updated with the current targets to beat.

"Richard Willner and his team do a fantastic job in collating the figures and their commitment is a key factor in making the Hansells Roll of Honour work," said Roger Holden.

The climax of the competition is a Champagne reception, hosted by Hansells' partners in their Norwich head office boardroom, where the guests of honour are the batsmen and bowler of the year for the North Norfolk News and winners from six other titles in the Archant Norfolk series of weekly newspapers. Each winner receives a framed certificate and a £75 cheque.

The winning figures must be attained in a bona fide league or cup match for a team within the circulation area of the newspaper.

The scores must also be from a game played in the past week and must be part of a match report or scorecard submitted by a club official. The winners are the batsmen who score the most runs in a single innings and the bowlers who take the highest number of wickets for the least number of runs.

To take part, send your reports and scorecards each week to norfolksport@archant.co.uk - or drop hard copy into any Archant local office, clearly marked for the North Norfolk News sportsdesk, making a separate note highlighting any particularly notable individual scores.

Last year's Hansells Roll of Honour winners were Ahkeel Mollon (Ashmanhaugh) 254 not out and Charlie Webster (Overstrand) 7-14

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