Sheringham CC celebrate first Alliance win since July 2010
Sheringham's long overdue wait for a win in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance came to end on Saturday against Acle A, as they produced a superb fielding effort to register their first win since July 2010.
After losing the toss and being asked to field first, Sheringham hit their straps immediately, openers C Moy (2-27) and N Lomax (3-16) both demonstrating excellent discipline at the top of the innings. The breakthrough came in the 12th over, the dangerous Tovell (13) being caught well at second slip by Sheridan off the bowling of Moy.
R Sturgess (2-48) and youngster 'Sniffer' (2-16) then joined the attack, and the 15 year old in particular bowled a very impressive spell, taking 2 well deserved wickets in the middle overs. Sturgess himself took 2 wickets, as he cemented himself as the Lobsters' top wicket taker this term. The home side were particularly impressive with their fielding, which has improved dramatically throughout the year, and the run rate failed to get much above two an over for the whole innings.
Lomax returned to finish the innings off with 3 wickets, including that of Gilbert (21) LBW. Acle's last wicket was worth 20, which took the total above 100, but as Moy caught off his own bowling to end the innings, the Lobsters went in at tea very satisfied with chasing 117 for victory.
Skipper Neave decided on a couple of changes to the batting order, with veteran C Moy (11) opening up with the in-form M Hudson. It proved a good a move, as the pair settled the innings with an opening stand worth 39. Hudson was in fine form, playing an array of off-side drives in a chanceless innings, to which Acle had no response. As his partners at the other end rotated the strike, Sheringham edged closer to victory. Sheridan (7) fell after a patient and important knock at 3 in a partnership of 40, while Neave hit a quick 7 to get the home side within touching distance of victory.
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Keeper Bailey (1*), who had kept very tidily in the field held his nerve, but it was only fitting that Hudson hit the winning runs, ending with a magnificent 84* to see the Lobsters home for their first win of the season.
A good win for Sheringham, with many faces missing from the side, and the oldest member of the team at 22. They face North Runcton A at home this week, as they look to build on their recent performances for a push for promotion next season.
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Sheringham's Sunday side picked up a win against Swanton Morley, in a match where more of the clubs younger players continued to shine.
With the bat 13 year old Adam Taylor scored an impressive 50, with good contributions from Nathan Lomax and James Platt. With the help of some big hitting from R Sturgess and W Neave, the Lobsters set a first innings total of 177.
In reply the hosts started steadily, but a superb spell of bowling from 15 year old James Platt who ended with figures of 6-20, including a hat-trick, soon saw pay to any challenge from Swanton Morley. Despite a fantastic knock of 90* from Duncan Appleby , who played good shots all round the wicket, the hosts fell short, with Sheringham picking up a win by 30 runs.
Credit must go to the extremely young side for their performance, and also to Swanton Morley for their part in a game played in excellent spirit by both sides.
A thrilling Lucas Fettes Norfolk League Division Two encounter saw Happisburgh triumph by two runs at Hales and Loddon A.
Robert Breeze topscored with 101 and James Woolston hit a half- century as the seasiders posted a 229-9 total.
Relegation battlers Hales and Loddon moved their reply into top gear with a 134-run fifth-wicket partnership between David Debenham and skipper Terry Briggs. When Briggs was out for a quickfire 53, Debenham took his team to the brink of victory but was caught in the deep for a a hard-hit 87 off the penultimate ball of the match and Hales lost their final wicket off the last ball.
Matthew Woolston took four wickets for Happisburgh who moved up into third place.