Sheringham back on track

AFTER two weeks of frustrating rain Sheringham returned to league cricket on a glorious day at Weybourne Road Recreation Ground and recorded a much-needed win over relegation-threatened Horsford A to go back to second in Alliance Division Two.

AFTER two weeks of frustrating rain Sheringham returned to league cricket on a glorious day at Weybourne Road Recreation Ground and recorded a much-needed win over relegation-threatened Horsford A to go back to second in Alliance Division Two.

Visiting captain Tony Selby won the toss and invited Sheringham to bat first.

His decision looked to be paying off as opening bowler Erdwin accounted for David King and Jordy Taylor for just one run apiece.

Ravi Pushpakumara and Dexter Smith (16) began to repair the early damage before Smith was bowled by Gordon Simpson with the score on 54.


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Batting was not easy but the Sheringham players were showing good application in the face of a useful bowling attack.

However, Chris Sutton was next to perish for 20 having helped the score along to 95-4 off 27 overs.

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Chris Carey looked comfortable and made a fluent 36 while adding 79 with Pushpakumara, and with the Sri Lankan still in Sheringham had high hopes of reaching 200 plus.

However, Carey and Pushpakumara (85) both fell in quick succession bringing skipper Jimmy Hall and Kristian Howell together. A quickfire partnership of 51 off four overs ensured the Lobsters reached maximum batting points.

Hall, in particular, was brutal on the bowling making 43 not out in just 19 balls.

Sheringham were confident of defending 225 and got off to the perfect start when Carey bowled Weber in his first over.

Pushpakumara accounted for Spenceley and skipper Selby thanks to a superb slip catch by Carey, and at 10-3 Horsford's victory chances had been decimated.

What followed was a stalemate, with Carey bowling 9.4 overs before conceding a run, which came from a dropped catch. He bowled with patience and little luck while the batsmen had no ambition or answer for the accuracy of his bowling.

Evan Tuck broke the resistance taking 2-15 and reducing Horsford to 34-5 off 23 overs. And Carey finished his spell with a deserved second wicket to finish with remarkable figures of 2-5 off 12 overs.

Jordy Taylor accounted for the obdurate Simpson for 36 and David King picked up two wickets as the tail began to fold.

Tom Whitehouse (21) tried to resist but had little assistance from his team mates and Pushpakumara wrapped things up to finish with 3-20, Horsford were all out for 106 and the Lobsters had completed a comprehensive and much-needed victory.

Elsewhere, news filtered through that Saham Toney had dismantled third-placed Mundford and Sheringham had deservedly regained the advantage in the race for promotion.

This week sees the Lobsters visit Mundford in what is sure to be a pivotal match in the race for Division One.

Ravi Pushpakumara picked up the Premium Wines Collection man-of-the-match for his all round contribution.

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