Beetley CC are unable to chase down a modest total

Action from Swardeston A's match against Vauxhall Mallards A in Division One, with Mallards' batsman

Action from Swardeston A's match against Vauxhall Mallards A in Division One, with Mallards' batsman Troy Allan at the crease. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Beetley failed to build on last week's first win of the season when they sufferered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Gooderstone on Saturday.

They slipped to a 35-run defeat after failing to chase down a relatively modest target of 142 in their latest Norfolk League Division Two West fixture.

The visitors were asked to bat first on a warm, sunny afternoon and made a good start, adding 37 in the eight overs.

The middle order batted steadily while Beetley's change bowlers bowled well and after 30 overs the score stood at 112-4,

Gary Hinchliffe continued his fine start to the season with figures of 1-27 from his 10 overs and there was a welcome return of form for Des Curry, whoo took 2-33 off his 10 overs.

Gooderstone's lower middle order failed to fire, Lewis Jones taking 3-17 and skipper Michael Calvert finishing with 4-30 and blowing away the tail for the visitors to be all out for 142 in 41.3 overs.

The scene was set for Beetley to chase down the runs and when openers Paul Taylor (17) and Gary Hinchliffe (11) added 30 in eight overs all looked well.

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But then a familiar scenario this season unfolded and in the blink of an eye the score turned to 32-4 and quickly 64-8.

There were no devils in the pitch, just steady medium pace from K Bandy and A Seymour which the Beetley bastmen were unable to cope with. Bandy bowled through to take 2-21 in his 10 overs while Seymour had the remarkable figures of 10-5-10-5.

To put this in context Mark Mitchell (21 not out), fresh from another virtually flawless keeping stint, and Des Curry (19), following up his good bowling, staged a comeback against young spinners W Rust (1-29) and M Chalkey (1-15), adding 37 to take Beetley above 100.

The inevitable though was not far away and the final two wicket fell quickly and Beetley were bowled out for 107s. As as been the case for most of the season disappointing batting had nullified generally good bowling and fielding.

Beetley travel to bottom side Holt this Saturday looking for regain form (1.30pm).

In Division Three of the Norfolk Alliance a Fakenham A side missing several key players were well beaten by Acle A. They were skittled out for 70 after Acle had made 281-3. It's North Runcton A away next.