Sheringham in fine form

It was a good weekend for Sheringham's 1st X1 who climbed to fourth in Alliance Division One before reaching the quarter-finals of the Carter Cup.On Saturday they travelled to Sprowston and came away winners by six wickets, comfortably chasing down Sprowston's 238-9.

It was a good weekend for Sheringham's 1st X1 who climbed to fourth in Alliance Division One before reaching the quarter-finals of the Carter Cup.

On Saturday they travelled to Sprowston and came away winners by six wickets, comfortably chasing down Sprowston's 238-9.

Sixteen-year-olds James Moy and Jordan Taylor the stars for the Lobsters, Moy claiming 4-47 before Taylor started the Lobsters' reply with a fine 71.

The match marked the debut of Sri Lankan professional Tharaka Waduge with Sheringham settling in nicely to life in Division One after back-to-back promotions.


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On Sunday, the Lobsters kept the momentum going with victory over Division Three side Hethersett & Tas Valley in the second round of the Bob Carter Cup.

Hethersett proved a stern test, having hammered Sheringham's Division One rivals Bradfield in the opening round.

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In the end the Lobsters came through by two wickets with an over to spare, skipper Chris Sutton guiding his side home with 80 not out.

The victory however, was as much down to another superb bowling performance from James Moy, who took 6-44 taking his weekend's tally to 10. His bowling helped orchestrate an impressive post-lunch fielding recovery to help restrict Hethersett to 226.

Sheringham A entertained Fakenham B in West Norfolk League Division Two looking to bounce back from the previous week's defeat where nine players had succumbed to Terrington.

Fakenham elected to bat first but after a pacy start the scoring was well restricted.

Fakenham's openers Minns and Spillet however were largely untroubled, until 12-year-old C Taylor struck with the first ball of his second spell, removing Minns for 31 with the score 64-1 in the 22nd over.

J Norris (1-12) then struck, while Taylor continued to bowl tightly to finish with 1-10 off eight overs.

The Sheringham bowlers managed to keep the scoring rate down with Knapp (5-3-4-0) and S Smith the most impressive.

This eventually forced Fakenham to up the ante, with Smith bowling Spillet (36) to leave the score 106-3 with 10 overs left.

A flurry of wickets duly followed, Smith bowling superbly to end up with 5-22 while C Moy (2-25) returned to the attack with a double wicket maiden as the Fakenham innings stuttered to 138-9 off their allotted 45 overs.

In reply Sheringham lost N Lomax (3) early meaning. F Sutton joined M Hudson at the crease. In the face of some tidy bowling the pair batted together for eight overs taking the score to 33 in the 12th over before Sutton departed.

Knapp came in and Sheringham were going along nicely before he fell for 14 and stand-in captain A Jenkins (2) soon followed.

C Taylor joined Hudson with the score 69-4 and with plenty of time to bat Sheringham still looked in control.

However, the necessary patience avoided the Sheringham batsmen, with Hudson (29) falling before Taylor (19) followed after a fluent innings.

R Sturgess (8) and Smith (10) guided Sheringham to 110 before the former fell in the 31st over with the score now 110-7.

T Howes (5) helped edge the winning total closer, but when he fell and last man C Moy (not out 9) came in a further 27 was required.

Unfortunate circumstances meant that Sheringham had to bat with just 10 and this may have made the difference, as despite the last pair's best efforts, Sheringham were bowled out for 130, nine runs short, still with three overs left.

The defeat, albeit against a strengthened Fakenham side, was still extremely disappointing, and improvement all round is needed, starting with next weeks trip to struggling Gayton.

Sheringham reached the second round of the West Norfolk League 20 Over Cup with a one-run win away to The Creakes.

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