Sheringham CC punished for not taking their catches
After back-to-back wins Sheringham entertained Rocklands in Norfolk Alliance Division Four and opted to bowl first after winning the toss.
This decision seemed a good one when openers S. Cox (1-40) and C. Moy (1-24) both struck to leave the visitors 27-2 after seven overs.
It could have been better for the hosts but chances went down and Sheringham were soon made to pay. The sloppiness soon found its way to the bowlers too and Rocklands were beginning to wrestle back control with Defoe in particular looking dangerous.
King (1-33) finally broke the third wicket partnership of 103 and offered some control but was finding little support, with the 150 being reached in the 32nd over. Defoe went through the gears and soon reached an impressive 100 and the visitors made 230-5 from their 45 overs.
Defoe, making the most of drops, ended unbeaten on 123, having hit 11 fours and four sixes.
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Defoe's good day continued as his sharp catch removed Hudson (2) early on as Sheringham set about the run chase. S. Taylor joined D. King at the crease and it was the latter in particular who looked in fine touch early, giving a platform to build on as the 50 came up in the 13th over.
King however fell for a fluent 48 in the 19th, leaving the hosts 80-2. Taylor (25) by now was looking in good touch himself but his wicket left Sheringham 96-3 after 23 overs and with plenty to do.
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W. Neave (19) briefly threatened but his wicket, after that of W. Moy (2) and Norris (6), saw the game all but up. After some big hitting from C. Moy (32) the final four wickets wentg down for just 11 as the Lobsters were all out for 168 in the 39th over.
Catches win matches and Sheringham were left to reflect on what might have been if they'd have taken theirs while Rocklands did just that. However in truth improvement will be needed in all areas if Sheringham are to maintain their second place in the standings, starting with a trip to Hardingham this Saturday.
Sheringham Sunday started their season with an eight wicket defeat at Drayton in a 20 over game. The young Lobsters made 122-5 with A. Sheridan and J. Platt each making 28. The hosts however reached their target with five balls to spare, losing just two wickets, this despite Sheridan taking 2-22 from his four overs. The Drayton star was opener A. Jadhav who finished unbeaten on 81 not out.