Beetley claim crucial win - and are now hoping only one team goes down

Sam Arthurton works the ball away as he moves towards a half century for Great Witchingham against B

Sam Arthurton works the ball away as he moves towards a half century for Great Witchingham against Burwell. Picture: Tim Ferly - Credit: Archant

Beetley ended their campaign in the Norfolk League 2W with a six wicket victory over already relegated Holt.

The victory leaves Beetley just one place and one point ahead of the bottom two but with Felthorpe A pulling out earlier in the season their hope is for only one team to be relegated.

Beetley won the toss and asked the away side to take first use of the well prepared wicket. Holt captain Ciaran Chapman and Robin Thaxter made a steady start, adding 41 before Chapman was caught by Derek Curry off Gary Hinchliffe for 29.

As has happened so often this season the first change pair of Curry and Gary Hinchliffe held a tight rein in the middle part of the innings and after 30 overs Holt had only moved the score on to 52-2. Curry bowling through 10 overs for only 14 runs and the vital wicket of top scorer Thaxter for 32.

Hinchliffe had remarkable figures of 10-8-8-1 with 58 dot balls. Holt managed to take the score to 81 after 35 overs before Beetley's opening bowlers Michael Calvert and Alex Jenkins came back on taking five further wickets between them. Holt's innings ended after their 45 overs on 121-7, Calvert ending with 3-26 off his 10 overs and Jenkins 2-41.

Beetley made a steady start, the usual opening pair of Paul Taylor and Gary Hinchliffe building a foundation before Taylor was bowled for 14 with the score on 36 in the 17th over. Tom Esterhuizen came in with intent, hitting a six to get off the mark, and a quick 23 before holing out with the score on 73 in the 26th over. At the other end Gary Hinchcliffe moved serenely on to his first half century of the season with five fours and a six before Chapman held a caught and bowled with only eight more needed. Captain Michael Calvert, 16 not out, and Duncan Barrow, six not out, saw Beetley home with nearly nine overs to spare.

It has been a difficult season at times with a lack of players, a not uncommon problem for many teams this year, with credit to the Calvert for tireless work in putting out a team each week, even if that's been eight, nine or 10 and to Nick Calvert, Gary Hinchcliffe and Keith Daykin for preparing the ground each week.

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The team are also grateful to the ladies who have prepared tea for the home games.

On the playing front Calvert heads the division's bowling stats with 28 wickets.