Runs bonanza in league
In week three of the indoor cricket league, over 900 runs were rattled up in the North Walsham Sports Centre on Sunday. Over 250 of them came from Division One leaders Cromer and defending champions Vauxhall Vipers.
In week three of the indoor cricket league, over 900 runs were rattled up in the North Walsham Sports Centre on Sunday.
Over 250 of them came from Division One leaders Cromer and defending champions Vauxhall Vipers.
Cromer gave a fantastic display of aggressive, at times frantic running between the stumps.
The Davies brothers rattled up a rapid 50-run partnership inside four overs and when they were forced to take a break after each scoring 25, replacements Brown and Buck continued the onslaught.
The Vipers' fightback came with late three wickets, but Cromer posted a huge score of 148.
Forced to score at 15 an over, Vipers lost Newton off the fifth ball, but Spelman and Purton (23) added 50 before the skipper was athletically run out. Despite Spelman reaching 45 not out, Vipers finished 38 runs short.
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Aldborough Outlaws put the hard-working Sheringham lads to the sword. Yarham, Bidewell and Amies all collected their 25s and although Sheringham checked their progress with two wickets in an over, the return of Yarham (70 not out) saw 29 more smashed off the last over.
The 167 target to win was the highest in league history.
The Shrimpers reached 50 in five overs before the wickets started to tumble. They got a consolation batting point for reaching 100.
Missing the support of some of their club colleagues, Worstead are suffering badly at the bottom of Division Two, so far point-less.
Electing to bat first, they had a terrible start, losing Toll (run out first ball) and Carter (run out three balls later). Bob Eagleton (25) and Williamson steadied the ship, while a cameo from Robbie Eagleton (17 not out) pushed the score to 82-5 off their 10 overs, Nash taking 2-10 for Happisburgh.
Sensible batting saw The Lighthousemen comfortably cross the finish line with two overs to spare, Wilson and Catchpole both unbeaten on 25 not out.
Bradfield remain the form team in Division Two with three straight wins. A total of 102 runs had been racked up (Ollie Kimber 30, Abbs 39, Robinson 24 and Sam Kimber 22) before Happisburgh Colts started taking wickets.
Naturally, this slowed the scoring rate considerably, the batsmen having to settle for 134-5.
Despite a loose over from Patrickson, the Colts' batsmen struggled, none of them reaching double figures as they subsided to 60 all out.
Next week, no games. Fixtures for February 10: 9.30 Aldborough A v Happisborough Colts, 10.30 Bradfield v Happisburgh, 11.30 Cromer v Sheringham, 12.30 Aldborough v Vipers. Bye: Worstead.