Fine start for Sheringham

SHERINGHAM made it two wins out of two in Norfolk Alliance Division Two with a comfortable victory at Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway.After electing to bowl first, Sheringham soon had their breakthrough as C Carey struck in the second over.

SHERINGHAM made it two wins out of two in Norfolk Alliance Division Two with a comfortable victory at Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway.

After electing to bowl first, Sheringham soon had their breakthrough as C Carey struck in the second over. The majority of the Kirkley side set out to attack and so, despite some good bowling, the score ticked along.

However, the innings stuttered when suicidal running and a good throw from J Moy reduced the score to 24-2. Some excellent bowling from Carey and some luckless bowling from R Pushpakumara kept the pressure up and Carey (2-41) soon picked up his second, removing Snell for 19.

A King took a wicket in his first over before another run out reduced Kirkley to 45-5 off 18. Kirkley counter-attacked as 44 was put on for the sixth wicket with some hefty blows before King (2-39) removed Bowns for 19. Wickets began to tumble. S Smith (1-14) impressed with his tight lines removing Howe (32) while Pushpakumara cleaned up the tale to finish with 3-13. Kirkley & Lowestoft were bowled out for 110 in the 37th over.

Sheringham opened with 15-year-olds J Taylor and J Moy and got off to a good start before Moy (7) was well caught in the slips at 18-1 in the sixth over. Pushpakumara joined Taylor and a combination of his power and Taylor's delicate touch saw Sheringham take control. The pair added 77 in 13 overs before Taylor was bowled for 28, with a further 16 required.

C Sutton (10 not out) joined Pushpakumara to finish the job off in the 22nd over with more than 30 overs remaining. Pushpakumara hit seven fours and three sixes in a quick-fire 59 not out as Sheringham wrapped up an eight-wicket victory.

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Sheringham A entertained Thetford A in Division Two of the West Norfolk League and maintained their 100 per cent record with a hard-fought victory by 12 runs.

Skipper W Neave elected to bat first. After losing B Plumb (1) early on, Neave and A Wright batted well to take the score to 59 after 15 overs before Neave (12) ran himself out.

J Lloyd joined Wright, but with the score on 67 Wright was caught behind for a hard hitting 43. The Sheringham innings then stagnated with J Neale (1), S Taylor (4) and T Howes (4) all departing as the score moved to just 111 off 39 overs.

S Hudson and Lloyd added 44 for the seventh wicket before Hudson (9) was stumped in the last over. G Youngs scored seven off just three balls to allow Sheringham to close on a respectable 172 with John Lloyd undefeated on 58.

Thetford struggled in reply in the face of tight bowling from C Moy (1-41) and Hudson (2-19) who bowled his allotted overs straight through. At the drinks interval Thetford after 24 overs had reached just 53-4.

Thetford briefly threatened the Sheringham total. In the end however, Neave (2-29), Wright (2-31) and Youngs (0-27) bowled sensibly to ensure that the visitors fell short of their target.

Premium Wines Collections Man of the Match for a quality batting performance was John Lloyd.

Sheringham Legends sit proudly on top of the Alf Mace Sunday Cricket League. After two rounds they have maximum points.

On Sunday they hosted an Acle side that fielded a mixture of juniors and experienced Saturday cricketers and won by seven wickets.

Acle elected to bat on another good Recreation Ground wicket. The Legends boast a dangerous new ball attack of B Kent and R Keeble and the latter removed Oakey, bowled in his second over.

Acle consolidated and although the run rate was slow did not lose another wicket until Kent beat Wilson, Acle's captain, for pace with the score at 30-2.

Acle's No 3 Gareth Hardy then took control and scored a fine 73. He was finally bowled by Keeble in his second spell and the fast bowler finished with a match winning 5-16 off nine overs. Acle still managed a creditable 144 runs although T Rodwell, G Youngs and A Youngman all bowled well.

When Sheringham started their innings, the game seemed evenly poised but an opening stand of 33 between Ben Plumb and Matthew Hudson laid the foundation for a comfortable Sheringham win.

Hudson was joined by Tom Rodwell and the young leg-spinner scored his highest senior score as Hudson cruised to 73 not out to clinch the win.

Hudson, a fine all-round cricketer, is yet another product of the Sheringham Youth Academy who is making his mark in the senior game.

Acle 144, (G Hardy 73, R Keeble 5-16); Sheringham 146-3 (M. Hudson 73no, B Plumb 21, T Rodwell 19).

Sheringham U15 visited Sprowston in the National Knock-out Competition and despite several regular players being unavailable recorded a comfortable 34-run victory.

Sheringham elected to bat first. Openers J Taylor and J Moy both retired undefeated on 30 with C Taylor (21) and S Taylor (28) both scoring quickly before departing late in the innings. G Youngs (5 not out) and T Rodwell (4 not out) batted out the remaining few balls to take the Sheringham total to 135.

Sprowston briefly threatened the Sheringham total with both openers making good contributions in the face of a wayward Sheringham attack.

However, excellent spells from C Taylor (4-0-15-1) and J Moy (4-0-10-1) ensured that Sheringham regained control of the match.

With S Taylor (1-13), J Kirk (2-4) and T Rodwell (1-7) all making useful contributions at the end as Sprowston fell 34 runs short of their target.

Morston Hall Man of the Match for a quality all-round performance was young Callum Taylor who at just 10 years old looks very comfortable at U15 level.