Bradfield bow to leaders
BRADFIELD came up against Norfolk Alliance Division One leaders Old Buckingham at home and suffered defeat by 150 runs.Openers Fudge and Mann put on a 50 partnership in double-quick time until A Kimber took three quick wickets with controlled swing bowling.
BRADFIELD came up against Norfolk Alliance Division One leaders Old Buckingham at home and suffered defeat by 150 runs.
Openers Fudge and Mann put on a 50 partnership in double-quick time until A Kimber took three quick wickets with controlled swing bowling. At 86-3 Bradfield thought they were back in the game, but overseas pro Jarvis then took control, piercing the field at will to compile a well-made 118 not out in a challenging 271-5.
On a good wicket and fast outfield Bradfield thought they were in with a shout, but hopes soon subsided at 52-4 with the ball moving about in the humid conditions. Yarham (36) resisted with some fine boundaries but Mann (4-35) went through the middle order. Only some hard hitting from Kimber (23) and Robinson (23) got Bradfield up to a poor 121 all out.
Bradfield lost their grasp on the Lady Mary Trophy by losing to a strong Great Witchingham side.
S Arthurton wasted no time in making 64 followed up by 77 from Colishaw, 39 from Arthurton junior and 32 from Spelman getting them to 271.
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Bradfield subsided quickly in reply with Sri Lankan Gamage, three wickets, and Spelman swinging the ball late taking 5-12. Bradfield all out 117.
Bradfield A visited bottom of the table Mundford A viewing it as a must-win game, even with key players missing with four under-15s drafted into the team.
Arriving minutes before the scheduled start time due to sat nav error, captain for the day S Kimber won the toss and put Munford into bat.
An early breakthrough went Bradfield's way as Kimber bowled Annear for nought. In-form I Harrison survived two early catching chances and two edges passed the slip area, all off the luckless Bartholomew.
Kimber was keen to make bowling changes and brought under-15 A Johnson into early action. His medium pace was relished by Harrison as he plundered 15 runs from his opening over.
Kimber dealt another blow to Mundford with Rabi Hewetson taking the catch. Another bowling change as Kimber replaced himself with youngsters M Seago, and T J Wiseman came on for Johnson.
Harrison (63) continued to score freely but then came unstuck with a mistimed drive which bowler Seago did well to get both hands on.
Wiseman added further misery to Mundford with catches taken by A Robertson and N Bartholomew. Mundford were 108 for five facing another bowling change with spin from the experienced S Holmes and A Robertson. A wicket in his opening over for Holmes as Hewetson made a difficult low catch look easy, backed up with a caught and bowled in his second.
Robertson bowled five overs for just two runs as Mundford struggled to 113 for seven. Resistance came from S Palmer but again Kimber made changes, bringing back Seago and himself, again with immediate effect as Seago claimed his second victim.
A sharp stumping removed the stubborn Palmer for 23 and gave Seago his third wicket. Fittingly, the innings was wrapped up by Kimber as McIsaacs skied one and Wiseman took a difficult catch.
Chasing down 159 Bradfield started with S Kimber the aggressor and S Holmes looking a little uncomfortable but giving good support. Bradfield lost an early wicket, Kimber (20) caught.
Robertson went for four and J Carter for nought, both caught leaving Bradfield on 47 for three.
Supporting Holmes, K Register took his time and picked out the bad ball to dispatch to the boundary. Nearing halfway to the total Holmes was bowled having made a gallant 30.
A vital partnership between L Wheeler (11) and Register was broken with the dismissal of Wheeler. With Bartholomew at the crease Register continued picking up boundaries. Mundford brought on Palmer who had Bartholomew caught for six and Wiseman for one.
Hewetson added six in his short stay but helped Register to get within four runs of the total.
A Johnson, under intense pressure, defended three vital deliveries to leave Register on strike for the next over. Having bowled four maidens and taken two wickets Palmer was dispatched to the boundary for four to give Bradfield the win and leave Register unbeaten on 57.
Major contributions were made by young and experienced cricketers under the guidance of S Kimber giving sponsors Papworth Farms a difficult MoM award.