Sheringham CC aim to build on positives

Sheringham travelled to Old Buckenham on Saturday in Norfolk Alliance Division Three.

After being put into bat, Sheringham got off to a cautious but steady start up against some controlled opening bowling. The departure of M. Hudson (15), brought P Sheridan and R Sturgess together and the pair began to build the foundations for a competitive score. Both attacked the change bowling, and looked well set as Sheringham reached 70-2.

However Sheridan (22) and Sturgess (26) fell in successive overs, the former particularly unlucky as he top edged a full toss straight up in the air.

The rest of the innings followed a very familiar pattern for the visitors, as the young lower order was blown away. Skipper W Neave (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figures as Sheringham were bowled out for 107 in the 41st over.

With Sheringham at least 50 runs short it was always going to be a tough ask to claim victory.

Openers Sturgess (7-0-19-0) and C Moy (4-0-8-0), bowled tidily without success and Old Buckenham were soon on their way to victory.

The introduction of change bowlers G Enslin (2-39) and P Sheridan (1-16) gave the Lobsters a glimmer of hope as three quick wickets reduced the home side to 43-3.

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However a counter-attacking 33 not out from B Mann soon took the game away from Sheringham, and Old Buckenham soon eased home to a six wicket win inside 26 overs.

Sharp catches from youngsters Sheridan, H Bailey and N Webb, were positives in a better fielding display; however Sheringham need to show more fight with their batting if the positives are going to be turned into a much needed victory.

Next up is Great Witchingham A at home on Saturday.

Sheringham Sunday were denied the chance to keep up the pressure on the top of RJ Bidewell Division Three, when their game at Drayton was unsurprisingly washed out.

n Aldborough's scheduled fixture with Mattishall A in Division Five fell victim to the weather, with both sides taking five points. They will be hoping for better luck with the elements on Saturday when they play host to Rocklands.

Bradfield A were without a game in Division Six and lost the lead as a result, with Thetford A moving two points ahead of them, having played one more game. Bradfield A are at home to Topcroft A on Saturday.

The three north Norfolk sides in Division Two of the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League all suffered defeats.

Up against leaders Martham, Happisburgh were unable to maintain their recent fine form, being dismissed for 203 chasing a daunting target of 256 for 8.

Meanwhile Aylsham St Giles and Overstrand both had afternoons they will want to forget.

St Giles did well to dismiss Felthorpe for 126 but were then all out for 64. Overstrand struggled on all fronts, with their bowlers suffering from a Hales and Loddon A onslaught and the batsmen reaching just 40 in their pursuit of an unlikely target of 245.

Aylsham play host to Martham on Saturday while Overstrand travel to Costessey and Happisburgh play host to Horsford B.