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Charlie Tunstall happy with decision to join Old Buckenham following Worlington departure




Family and work commitments may have been the leading reasons behind Charlie Tunstall’s Worlington departure, but in Old Buckenham he believes he has made the right choice of next club.

Tunstall was a key part of the Worlington side that won the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title last term – leading the club’s wicket-taking charts with 44 – as well as helping the team to reach the quarter-finals of the National Village Cup.

However, rather than look to build on that success, Tunstall instead dropped down a level to join Old Buckenham over the winter.

Charlie Tunstall of Old Buckenham bats during the Alliance Premier League match between Old Buckenham and Horsford II...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11524622)
Charlie Tunstall of Old Buckenham bats during the Alliance Premier League match between Old Buckenham and Horsford II...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11524622)

He explained: “I live in Norfolk and work in Great Yarmouth, so with the trips to Worlington for training I was not getting back until 11pm and that was taking its toll.

“I have got a young family and not seeing them three times a week because of cricket was too much.

“I did not particularly want to leave and there was no issues at Worlington. I had played a lot of Suffolk junior cricket with the guys at Worlington, I knew them and loved being there. They dragged me out of Division Four or Five cricket and I enjoyed it.

“It was a bit of a necessity but I have been very lucky with Old Buckenham. They are a great bunch of lads.

CRICKET - Worlington (Bowling) v East Bergholt in the regional final of the National Village Cup.. Pictured; Charlie Tunstall bowling... PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (11524657)
CRICKET - Worlington (Bowling) v East Bergholt in the regional final of the National Village Cup.. Pictured; Charlie Tunstall bowling... PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (11524657)

“It might be a step down in terms of leagues but they have a very good team with aspirations of getting back into the Norfolk Premier Division.

“The move was motivated by personal reasons and it could easily have not worked out because I was leaving a club I liked and where I was making an impact.

“That can be difficult but Old Buckenham have made it a lot easier. It is a very well run club and there is a lot of family spirit to it.

“Old Buckenham are entrenched in Norfolk cricket – they are an important club in the area and the facilities are fantastic.”

Cricket action from Old Buckenham v Swaffham..Charlie Tunstall batting for Old Buckenham...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11857216)
Cricket action from Old Buckenham v Swaffham..Charlie Tunstall batting for Old Buckenham...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11857216)

And while the 32-year-old has been suitably impressed with Old Buckenham, they are bound to be delighted with his contribution so far.

Only Jack Grant has taken more wickets for Old Buckenham in 2019, with Tunstall currently having snared 14 – a figure which includes an impressive return of 4-4 during the 109-run win over Swardeston II on May 11.

His form has contributed to Old Buckenham racing to the top of the Division One standings, with a promotion challenge looking to be on the cards.

There is, of course, plenty of cricket left to be played, but providing they continue to operate in the same manner, Tunstall believes he has every chance of celebrating winning a league title for a second year running.

WORLINGTON:.Cricket - Worlington's quarter-final clash in the National Village Cup v Sussex side Mayfield. Charlie Tunstall Worlington bolwer Picture Mark Westley. (11857220)
WORLINGTON:.Cricket - Worlington's quarter-final clash in the National Village Cup v Sussex side Mayfield. Charlie Tunstall Worlington bolwer Picture Mark Westley. (11857220)

“From what I have seen so far we look a strong side but it is the usual story about it being early and taking each game as it comes,” he added.

“We just need to worry about ourselves and what we do well. If we start worrying about other sides and what they are doing that is when it can unravel.

“If we look after what we do and play some good simple cricket, it is shaping up to be a positive season.

“With Vauxhall Mallards pulling out above us you would assume that only the side that wins the league is going to go up and that is our aim.”


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