Holt CC off to a losing start in Norfolk League


Holt suffered a six wicket defeat at home to East Harling on Saturday in their opening Norfolk Cricket League Division 2 West encounter.

They were dismissed for 102, with the visitors then getting home in the 31st over of their reply.

East Harling won the toss and chose to bowl first on a rather green wicket, and disciplined bowling throughout the Holt innings from all of the bowlers saw the home side bowled out in the 41st over.

Holt got off a cautious start, scoring 19 off the first 10 overs, before Spillett (9) was dismissed by Peart. Thaxter joined Chapman, and they helped put on a 33 run partnership, but with Holt on 52-1, Chapman (23) was stumped by T Segolo off Hilton.

This sparked a collapse, which saw Holt reduced to 65-7, losing Collyer (1), Lickley, J Rutterford, P Buttle and Thaxter (19), with Hilton (3-19) and Wells (2-10) claiming the scalps.

D Rutterford (12) and Mears (22) helped put on some useful lower-order runs in a 35 run partnership, getting Holt a second batting point and then into three figures, but not long after, Peart (3-21) brought the Holt innings to the end on 102, dismissing both batsmen in quick succession.

Holt were in need of early wickets to stand a chance of winning, but it didn't happen, as East Harling's openers Seymour and Dyke put on a solid 43 run partnership inside 12 overs, before Seymour (17) was run out by Thaxter.

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East Harling continued to tick along, but with the score on 58, Holt struck back with two wickets, with Mears (1-19) dismissing Dyke (28) and Collyer (1-16) dismissing Jones (3).

East Harling had two new batsmen in Hilton and Jubb at the crease, but they settled down and put on 38 runs together for the fourth wicket, guiding East Harling closer to victory.

With seven runs required, they lost Jubb (15), who was dismissed by Chapman (1-7). Hilton (26 not out) and T Segolo (4 not out) then sealed East Harling's six wicket win in the 31st over.

Holt's next game is away to early table toppers Great Ellingham on Saturday.