Rob Newton named Alliance youth cricketer of the year

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Rising star batsman Robert Newton has been named as the winner in the playing category in the 2003 Howes Percival Youth Cricket Awards.

The Swardeston player received his trophy and a cheque for £300 at the Norfolk Cricket Alliance’s annual presentation evening held at Pinebanks.

Andrew Barnes, partner and head of commercial litigation at the Norwich office of Howes Percival, presented the trophy at the event attended by more than 170 guests.

Thirteen-year-old Newton celebrated his win by signing for the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Academy two days later – one of the youngest players to do so.

Alliance chairman Stuart Bartram said: “Robert’s performances this summer made him a unanimous choice for our judges.”

Newton played in all three senior Swardeston sides this summer, capped by appearing in the club’s East Anglian Premier League team. He also played in both the Under-13 and Under-15 teams in the Alliance junior competitions.

In August, Newton was named the South of England’s player of the National Festival at Taunton, where he cracked 109 off only 51 balls against the Midlands.

A former Taverham Hall School pupil but now attending Framlingham College in Suffolk, Newton earned his call-up with outstanding performances for Norfolk Under-13s, which saw him score 944 runs in nine matches at an amazing average of 157.

Runners-up in the Howes Percival awards were Ryan De Coteau, of Kirkley and Bud Bailey, also of Swardeston, who each won £150.

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