Wells’ knock includes his maiden 50
After two weeks without a match, the North Elmham Sunday team hosted table-toppers Fakenham, who won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that looked full of runs.
Opener, 15-year-old J Wells, played an aggressive innings, hitting 24 runs off Josh Hall's second over and a total of 11 fours and three sixes in his top-scoring 77 – his maiden 50.
J Burton was more cautious on his way to 21 before being caught by J Livings off M Horner which ended the 110-run opening partnership.
B Bushell batted well, taking advantage of the bad balls, although Elmham captain C Tindall found his edge on a few occasions. Wells was eventually dismissed when James White took a sensational diving catch off the bowling of John Riches.
K White (16) was dropped a number of times by the lethargic Elmham field before being given lbw to A Kay. R Burton and Bushell (63 not out) added 15 runs as Fakenham made 231-4 off their 40 overs.
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The North Elmham openers fell to J Timmins, J White bowled for four and C Tindall (0) lasting only two balls before being lbw. Timmins who bowled very accurately, finishing with figures of 2-10 from six overs.
J Hall batted well for 16 before being stumped off T Hill. J Livings grafted eight runswho before being given lbw to C Beale.
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Young O Hall batted with a maturity beyond his years, only getting nine runs but still showing how to play the bowling before he was caught by J Burton off B Bushell. A Kay hit a very breezy 23 before another boundary effort saw him stumped off C Beales' bowling.
K Hall (27) played well, hitting four fours and a six before being bowled by C Brassett. B Fairbrother (1) was bowled by B Bushell leaving A Goward (10) and J Riches (1) both not out as Elmham finished with 130-8, 101 runs behind the Fakenham total.
Although it was a considerable defeat, Elmham can be pleased with the spirited batting performance against the accurate Fakenham bowling and with the way they pegged back the Fakenham batting after the opening partnership of 110.
Next Elmham game is away to Barney, meet 1.30pm.