Big stand a family affair

WorsteAd visited Kirkley anxious to get their Mid Norfolk Sunday League Burgess Shield Division Two campaign back on track after a narrow defeat on the first day.

WorsteAd visited Kirkley anxious to get their Mid Norfolk Sunday League Burgess Shield Division Two campaign back on track after a narrow defeat on the first day.

Upon winning the toss Worstead elected to bat first on what looked like a firm and true pitch. However, the visitors did not get off to a great start, loosing both Rob Eagleton (3) and Bob Eagleton (2) with only 40 runs on the board. Fortunately however the classy Craig Beeden (120) was in supreme form punishing any loose deliveries and he found an able partner in Tim Beeden (97).

The father and son partnership dominated the home bowling attack adding 180 runs for the third wicket, despite the home captain trying eight bowlers in his desperate efforts to dislodge them.

Once Beeden Junior was caught in the deep after his near-chanceless century and Beeden senior was run out agonisingly close to three figures, the remaining Worstead batsmen Alex Browne (12), Alec Toll (8 not out) and Kevin Hemp (2 not out), saw their side through to a massive 266 for five from the allotted 40 overs.


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To have any chance of chasing down such a daunting target Kirkley needed to get off to a flier and initially P Hunter (63) did attack the Worstead bowlers. But he quickly lost danger-man C Guy (1), bowled by Mark Cushion (2-15) and that wicket effectively ended the home side's chances of winning.

Eventually Kirkley ran out of overs and finished 136 runs adrift on 130-9, a comfortable win for the visitors. The other successful Worstead bowlers were Kevin Hemp (3-34), Mark Yaxley (2-43) and Graham Vann (1-31).

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