Double celebration for Aldborough
ALDBOROUGH were celebrating on Saturday after both teams were victorious in their quest for promotion. The first 11 demolished Caister in quick time to take runners-up spot which will prove to be enough to take them into the Alliance next year.
ALDBOROUGH were celebrating on Saturday after both teams were victorious in their quest for promotion.
The first 11 demolished Caister in quick time to take runners-up spot which will prove to be enough to take them into the Alliance next year.
This year the difference between success and failure was fractional and the team and club should proud of the achievement of returning to the Alliance after a 15-year break.
Winning the toss was vital in this game if any chance was to be had in winning the title. However the coin fell down on the wrong side and a depleted and uninterested Caister side chose to bat.
The wicket was clearly suffering from poor weather and preparation and it was evident that Aldborough had to go for a straight win rather than manipulate a run chase to try and gain maximum points.
From ball one Reeve had the bit between his teeth and bowled good lines and pace and beat the bat over a dozen times early on.
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At the other end Board was less effective and unable to cope with the block block hit technique of Lamming.
It was 12 overs before the breakthrough occurred when the Aldborough skipper pulled off a one handed caught and bowled near to the floor and this was the spark that was needed.
Two bowling changes then ensued and within the hour Caister were all out. Cannon and Reeve with further good catches helped Holroyd and Barnard run through Caister.
Holroyd bowled sensible lines and in five consecutive overs took five wickets and finished with 5-39 after Sims slogged a few quick runs. Barnard with good skill and variation picked up two and Caister were out for 98.
Fifteen tricky overs before tea needed to be negotiated with the impressive Bartram bowling well. He removed Cannon with a peach and put pressure on Cooper and Fell. The experienced duo battled out the early demons of the pitch and took the team to 40 for 1 at tea.
After the break the game was won in short time, both left handers played extremely well and gave no chances at all. Both finished on 39 not out they won the game with 17 overs to spare.
Results elsewhere meant that Hardingham took the title by one point with Winterton finishing third only five points behind. The race went to the end and was clearly a journey of ups and downs. The team performed like champions on many occasions and when they won, they usually won in style.
Aldborough 99 for 1 (23) beat Caister 98 all out (3)
Knights Sporting Limited Man of the Match: Mark Holroyd.