D&C season results
It has absolutely flown over but the 2018/2019 Durham & Cleveland county league season has now ended and what a season it's been! Our 1st team has a significantly different lineup than in the previous few years and have proven we still have what it takes to compete, finishing in 4th place of the Premier Division with only Bannatyne's, Darlington and Yarm finishing above us respectively - Bannatyne's managing to comfortably retain their top spot from last season.
Division one has seen some great results for Norton with our 2nd team winning all but 4 of their matches and finishing third in the division and our 3rd team managing to secure 5th place, very impressive results all round.
Division two contained just one of our 8 teams, the mighty 4th team who have had a fantastic season winning all but 4 of their matches and finishing in third place. David Lloyd's just managed to pip us to the post by only 8 points (!!), securing promotion for next season into division one alongside Durham University 2nd team.
Division three has been particularly impressive with our 5th team absolutely smashing it, finishing in first place by 24 points - that's more than a full match worth of points, really great stuff! Truly deserved with 15 wins and just 1 match lost all season. Our 6th team have also made a good season of it managing to secure 4th place in the division with only Guisborough 3rd and Nunthorpe 3rd finishing between the two Norton squads.
Division 4 has also seen great success with the 7th team comfortably securing promotion as we finished the season in second place a whole 30 points above third place, beaten only 4 times throughout the season and ultimately bettered only by Leyburn - who have an incredible team and have lost only 2 matches all season! The 8th team - our developmental side - have also seen a vastly improved season over last, managing to clinch 4 victories and crucially give some league exposure to our younger and less experienced players and finishing the season a whole 20 points clear of the wooden spoon, above Nunthorpe 4th team.
The Ladies division has seen some great results for Norton achieving a crucial victory in the final match of the season so secure 4th place over Durham Uni. Our team has brought in new and junior players this season who have also had their first league victories, adding to the crucial development of the club and the junior section of the county overall. The Ladies Friendly league has been running smoothly with our team not missing a match to date.
A huge well done and thank you to everyone involved in the Norton teams, whether you're on court rocking the Norton kit or come down to watch and support, the club couldn't function so well without you! Let's look forward to a bumper season for 2019/2020 and we hope to see you all at county presentation night, due to be held 17th May in our clubhouse CiC@74.
As a final note, don't get comfortable and let your diet lapse just yet - club championships begin just one week from this Saturday with the round of 16 getting underway on Saturday 6th April. Entry closes this Sunday (31st March).