Hudson and Taylor among the runs as Lobsters get back on track with big win

Sheringham entertained Mundford in Division Four of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.

After contriving to lose their previous match against league leaders Garboldisham, the Lobsters produced a comprehensive 140-run victory to get their season back on track.

Captain Matt Hudson won the toss, and decided to bat first. Mundford, opening with two slow bowlers, kept things tight early on and Sheringham struggled to get their innings out of first gear. Will Moy fell for two, and after 10 overs the hosts had just 19 runs on the board.

However, Hudson and David King soon found their rhythm, finding the boundary without needing to break sweat on a regular basis. They reached 80 off 20 overs, before King picked out the man in the deep for a well-compiled 36. This brought Simon Taylor to the crease; he and Hudson not only dispatched anything loose, but also ran superbly in putting on a century partnership at a rate of a run a ball.

Hudson – looking to further accelerate – played on to his stumps for an excellent 82, which included 11 boundaries. Taylor continued, and raced past 50 to eventually make 75, including 10 fours. He was out last ball of the innings – he and Ally Sheridan (11 not out) getting Sheringham to 239-5 from their 45 overs.

The Mundford reply never got started, as openers Chris Moy (2-8) and James Platt (1-16) bowled at pace, while not giving anything away. Platt, in particular, was making for some uncomfortable moments for the batsmen from just short of a length. Moy bowled the dangerous McIsaac for a duck, while Platt had White excellently caught behind by keeper Neave for one.

Mundford were 12-3 from 10 overs, and it seemed a question of when rather than if Sheringham would take all 10 wickets.

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Jodi Norris (0-16) toiled without any luck, while Steve Hudson (1-26) couldn’t quite find his usual miserly form, although he took the important wicket of opener Yates (23), trapping him lbw, as Mundford attempted to save face. Rao Kolluri (1-11) removed the stubborn Annear, courtesy of a smart catch in the deep from King.

It was the introduction of spin that brought the end of the game. David King (4-17) cleaned up the tail, nearly taking a hat trick in the process, and Sheringham claimed a maximum 25-point victory in the 40th over.