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Cricket week a big hit

PUBLISHED: 11:18 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 15:21 07 July 2010

Dereham Cricket Club's week of games got under way with the Roving Reporters, making their seventh visit to Norwich Road.

Winning the toss, Reporters posted a tough target of 229, Kristian Fletcher and Gary Starling bowling their eight-over spells very tightly.

Dereham Cricket Club's week of games got under way with the Roving Reporters, making their seventh visit to Norwich Road.

Winning the toss, Reporters posted a tough target of 229, Kristian Fletcher and Gary Starling bowling their eight-over spells very tightly. The run chase got to off to a bad start - two balls gone, Dereham were one wicket down.

Jamie Irons, 13, carved his way to his maiden 50, Jake Annema posted a hard-hitting 46 and Gary Starling smashed 30 as Dereham fell short at 196-8. Irons scooped the man-of-the-match polo shirt.

Tuesday saw Barry Battelley's charity team the Black Sheep entertain the Roving Reporters, whose players come from the Hertfordshire/Essex area. The Reporters posted 195 in their 40 overs with Dereham teenager Bradley Raper bowling a very tight spell.

Guesting for the Black Sheep was ex-Dereham player Kevin Denmark who chalked up a 50 and rolled back the years behind the stumps to win the man-of-the-match polo shirt.

Wednesday saw Sheffield Squirrels arrive for their 61st tour game against Dereham CC, which could be an all-time record for a touring side going to the same place in consecutive years.

Sheffield posted 196-7 with George Pledger bowling a very tight spell supported by first team captain Joe Marczewski, who was playing despite dislocating his finger in Monday's game.

Dereham lost two wickets early on, ex-Dereham player Jay Eastoe-Smith and Jake Annema back in the pavilion. The innings was steadied by David Lake and Lee Hoggett who put on 60 runs. Wickets fell steadily with only Neil Irons (36 not out) helping the total to 189 all out.

Thursday saw Notts Forest arrive and they were pegged back by 21-year-old Neal Widdows who claimed his first- ever five-wicket haul for 48 runs. In the chase Dereham's openers soon departed before Lee Hoggett and Neil Irons put on 110 before Irons was bowled for 51. Hoggett amassed 78 as Dereham finished seven runs short in reply.

Friday was dedicated to the club's sponsors Bawdeswell Garage select Xl against Dereham. Joe Mabee played in his first-ever game and scooped man of the match.

Chairman Neil Irons said: “The weather gods looked down on us, over 1,500 runs and many a magic moment, along with new personal records. This is a tough event to organise ... and this has been a fantastic team effort.”

Dereham CC is holding a car treasure hunt tomorrow on Saturday, starting 6-6.30pm. The route is about two hours around local villages looking for clues. There will be a barbecues at the club afterwards.

On Sunday Dereham host their annual six-a-side competition at the Norwich Road ground and are looking for one more team. The action begins at 9.30am. Contact: Gary Starling on 07590 722806.


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