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Read Brothers are new sponsors of East Anglian Premier League

PUBLISHED: 08:41 07 June 2019

Spinner Joe Flatt in action for Swardeston during last Saturday's win over Burwell and Exning at The Common Picture: TIM FERLEY

Spinner Joe Flatt in action for Swardeston during last Saturday's win over Burwell and Exning at The Common Picture: TIM FERLEY

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The East Anglian Premier League finally has a new sponsor - Norwich-based company Read Brothers.

The league had been operating without any official backing since financial advisors Gibbs Denley opted to end a long association during the close season.

But now a family business with close connections to the Norfolk cricket scene, and Horsford CC in particular, has come to the rescue.

Read Brothers managing director Brian Read said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us at this time in our business' development. The family are huge cricket fans and this sponsorship will allow us to enjoy all the advantages that it brings, which we can share with our present customers whilst raising the company profile."

League chairman David Browne added: "The EAPL is very fortunate to be gaining support from such a local organisation which has had a long-standing relationship with the world of recreational cricket."

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Read Brothers Ltd design and manufacture roof trusses, floor systems and timber frames as well as selling a range of timber related products.

The first series of EAPL matches under the new name features what should be a real cracker, with leaders Swardeston putting their six match winning streak to the test at second placed Frinton, who have yet to taste defeat.

In other matches Great Witchingham host Cambridge, Horsford travel to defending champions Horsford and struggling Vauxhall Mallards entertain Mildenhall.

There is a top of the table clash in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance, with leaders North Runcton entertaining Downham Town. Third placed Stow visit Cromer.

Meanwhile the annual Norfolk 2020 competition, now in it's 10th year of sponsorship by NW Brown, gets under way at Manor Park next Wednesday.

Once again six teams - Norfolk's four EAPL representatives and Norwich and Brooke from the Norfolk Alliance - have been split into groups, with the top two in each progressing to the final.

The first game on Wednesday evening sees Great Witchingham take on Brooke while Horsford and Vauxhall Mallards go head to head on Thursday (both 6pm).

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