Josh Hall stars with bat and ball as North Elmham claim comfortable win
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
North Elmham beat Heacham by eight wickets in Norfolk League Division 3 West.
North Elmham won the toss and elected to field, hoping to make sure they didn't toil too long in the heat.
Josh Hall and Marcus Webb dropped onto good line and length straight away and after seven overs there were only nine runs on the board.
The first wicket fell as J Parker (2) edged a delivery from Hall and was excellently taken by keeper O Jaggard.
The second wicket fell in over 20 as M Redhead (4) was caught by Bridges off O Hall while opener Darlow (33) left a delivery from Sinclair and was bowled.
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Wickets then steadily fell as Drinkwater (1), K Dix (8) and D Rix (1) all had brief stays at the wicket. J Hall had M Blake (24) caught and then bowled M Wright (14) in his next over. In between G Bridges had L Colville (0) caught behind by Jaggard for his third catch of the innings.
At 114-9 Heacham's tail then wagged as T Wallace (12 no) and D Colville (9) made batting look easy until the latter edged a ball from Webb and J Hall took a good low catch in slip. The innings closed on 139.
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Openers skipper O Hall and J Laing made a soild start and the first breakthrough for Heacham came in the 15th over as Wallace caught and bowled Laing for a well made 13.
Shortly after O Hall (19 not out) was hit on the back of the head under the helmet from a climbing delivery from Wallace and had to retire hurt.
His brother Josh then joined James Harvey and the pair looked to get the innings back on track as they sat on 49-1.
At the second drinks break at 30 overs Elmham were on 93-1 with Hall and Harvey showing good judgment and patience. This continued until Harvey (30) was caught behind in the 33rd over.
D Hall was next in to join J Hall to try and get Elmham to their target without too much more fuss, and after some nice solid drives from D Hall (6 no) and some good leg side blows from J Hall, Elmham reached their target of 140 in the 37th over for the loss of two wickets.
Man of the match was undoubtedly Josh Hall with his 51 not out and bowling figures of 10-5-10-4.
After a good spirited game played in testing conditions North Elmham are away to Bircham A on Saturday.