Witches cast a spell
Carl Rogers continued his outstanding start to the season as EAPL leaders Vauxhall Mallards were undone by Great Witchingham on Saturday.
The former Norfolk captain top scored with 85 for Witchingham and later chipped in with a wicket, while New Zealander Ryan McCone bagged his second five-wicket haul of the season – including a hat-trick – to complete the Witches' 70-run victory.
Witchingham skipper James Spelman chose to bat and with Rogers he gave his side a solid platform. The duo put on 80 before Spelman (45) departed and although Sam Arthurton was dismissed cheaply, Rogers and Tom Collishaw (41) added 72 for the third wicket.
Rogers' innings of 85 from 127 balls, including 14 fours, was ended by Martin Addison and Witchingham closed on 246 for nine – Richard Moores 5-56.
Mallards had reached 60 without loss in reply when Spelman struck a key blow, removing Rogers' former Norfolk opening partner Carl Amos caught and bowled.
Rogers removed fellow opener David Turner and Spelman also accounted for Moores, before McCone's devastating burst put Witchingham firmly in charge. First he claimed the wicket of dangerman Gerrie Snyman, before bowling Ali Shearer first ball.
From his next delivery, Simon Potger fended a short ball to slip where Sam Arthurton took the catch to complete McCone's hat-trick, leaving Mallards on 92 for six.
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The Mallards lower order battled, but McCone (five for 47) returned to claim the final two wickets as the hosts were all out for 176 in the 52nd over.
North Elmham (25pts) beat Garboldisham (7) by 90 runs in Norfolk League Six
North Elmham finally recorded their first win of the season.
Fielding only 10 players, Garboldisham put Elmham into bat on a good track. Malherbe and Olivier started well with both players punishing anything loose. Malherbe played some lovely cover drives.
Olivier was punishing anything on the leg side and Elmham looked to be on for a big score especially after Malherbe hit the unfortunate Carr for 20 in one over. It was a disappointment when Malherbe was run out for 30 when going for a risky third run.
A rusty King was bowled by Chenery for eight. Young Norfolk Ladies' bowler McGahon in particular bowled a fine spell, taking four Elmham wickers. For the second game running Websdale was out to a brilliant slip catch this time off McGahon.
Morgan was not offering any width and bowled White for six with an excellent yorker. With Elmham's batting again looking fragile Keeble and Sinclair attempted to stabilise the innings with Keeble deciding that attack was the best form of defence.
Having reached 20 Keeble middled a drive that was caught magnificently above his head by Chenery off McGahon. Next delivery Slabbert was lbw to give McGahon her third wicket.
Joplin survived the hat-trick ball and then started to play some attacking shots including one six that cleared the playground. Having reached 19 Joplin miscued a drive that was well caught to give McGahon her final wicket.
North Elmham limped to 190 all out. Skipper Sinclair was disappointed at the collapse. After 10 overs a score nearer 250 was looking likely.
The Elmham bowlers have been consistent this season and this game was no exception. Keeble and Websdale were miserly in their opening spell and Garboldisham soon fell behind the required run rate.
Dunkinson and Hogg put on 29 for the third wicket before Dunkinson was bowled for nine by a fired up Grobbelaar. In his next over Grobbelaar also claimed the wicket of Morgan lbw without scoring. At the other end Sinclair was his usual economical self restricting Garboldisham to seven runs in his seven overs. The Garboldisham 50 came up in the 18th over compared with Elmham's in the eighth.
Hogg tried to up the run rate but he fell to a good catch by White off Sinclair for a battling 40. The returning Websdale cleaned out Carr for 10 before Joplin entered the fray for the first time this season and cleared out the remaining Garboldisham batsmen.
Next game Rollesby away, start 2pm.
North Elmham: S Malherbe run out 30, J Olivier b Morgan 54, G King b Chenery 8, R Websdale c Morgan b McGahon 5, A Keeble c Chenery b McGahon 20, J White b Morgan 6, I Sinclair b Culling 13, C Slabbert lbw McGahon 0, R Joplin c Morgan b McGahon 19, E Grobbelaar not out 2, C Tindall lbw Culling 3; extras 32. Total 190 all out. Bowling: J Paul 6-0-30-0, P Carr 4-0-41-0, Chenery 7-1-16-1, J Hogg 2-0-21-0, P Morgan 9-2-22-2, S McGahon 7-1-40-4, Culling 3-0-6-2, Dunkinson 1-0-1-0.
Garboldisham: Culling c-b Keeble 4, Hogg c White b Sinclair 40, Chenery b Keeble 7, Dunkinson b Grobbelaar 9, Morgan lbw Grobbelaar 0, Shepherd c Tindall b Sinclair 7, Carr b Websdale 10, Paul not out 9, McGahon c Olivier 0, Hogg lbw Joplin 0; extras 14. Total 100-9. Bowling: A Keeble 8-2-17-2, R Websdale 8-3-22-1, E Grobbelaar 9-0-32-2, I Sinclair 7-3-7-2, R Joplin 3-1-10-2.
Beetley (19 pts) beat Swanton Morley II (5) by 168 runs
Beetley won the toss and batted. Openers Daykin and Hinchliffe brought up the 50 in the 11th over including a sweet straight six hit by Gary Hinchliffe.
David Powell (2-27) stemmed the flow as only 16 runs were scored in the next eight overs. He had Gary Hinchliffe (21) well caught by Hayden Daniels and bowled Michael Calvert. Keith Daykin reached his 50 before Nick Calvert (28) was caught and bowled by Peter Fuller with Beetley on 136-3 after 30 overs.
Tony Wright raced to 50 as he and Keith Daykin scored 165 runs in the last 15 overs. Keith Daykin (104 no) reached his hundred but, despite scoring 16 runs in the last over, Wright (98 no) was just short of a deserved ton as Beetley posted 301-3.
Swanton Morley started positively before Arthur Lake was bowled by Michael Calvert.James Perkins quickly followed this up by bowling Will Atkins (14).
Andy Graham was caught by Keith Daykin for Gary Hinchliffe's only wicket whilst James Perkins bowled Joe Hudson (6) to leave the home side on 49-4.
Barry Green joined Peter Fuller (45) and they enjoyed a productive 40-run partnership before the latter was bowled by Tony Wright.
Robbie Clarke (2-16) bowled an impressive 10 over spell, his first wicket courtesy of a catch by Gary Hinchliffe whilst the reliable James Perkins (3-9) took the ninth wicket.
Meanwhile at the other end Barry Green (35 no) played solidly and aided by Hayden Daniels (6no) they gained a deserved extra point for their side whilst denying Beetley a fifth bowling point.
Beetley: K Daykin not out 104, G Hinchliffe c H Daniels b D Powell 21, M Calvert b D Powell 0, N Calvert c-b P Fuller 28, T Wright not out 98; extras 50. Total 301-3. Bowling: N Richer 9-2-41-0, H Daniels 6-0-39-0, D Powell 8-1-27-2, G Boldero 4-0-23-0, B Brandford 5-0-25-0, P Fuller 4-0-22-1, B Green 2-0-36-0, J Hudson 4-0-40-0, A Graham 3-0-32-0.
Swanton Morley II: A Lake b M Calvert 4, W Atkins b J Perkins 14, P Fuller b T Wright 45, A Graham c K Daykin b G Hinchliffe 4, J Hudson b J Perkins 6, B Green not out 35, B Brandford c G Hinchliffe b R Clarke 0, N Richer b M Calvert 0, D Powell b R Clarke 0, G Boldero b J Perkins 4, H Daniels not out 6; extras 17. Total 133-9. Bowling: M Calvert 8-0-46-2, J Perkins 12-7-9-3, G Hinchliffe 7-1-13-1, S Mcerleane 3-0-22-0, T Wright 5-1-18-1, R Clarke 10-3-16-2.
Despite defeat by 168 runs there were encouraging signs with bat and ball from the home side against a team that belong at least one division above where they have been placed by the league.
Swanton Morley Youths took on Hardingham in a Mid-Norfolk Sunday League match.
Hood (2-26) and Perkins after 14 tight overs had restricted Hardingham to 36-5. Perkins finished with 10-3-15-4, Swanton having complete control of the first 20 overs. During the remaining overs Swanton bowlers struggled to make a breakthrough. Not until the 40th did another wicket fall. Raines took 2-30 with R Pickerill fmaking a magnificent 106 not out — a completely faultless innings.
Appleby and Mustard put on 65. Mustard showed maturity above his years in opening the batting for the first time on a Sunday. Young Callum Crompton suffered and uncharacteristic failure in his final innings for the Sunday side before he moves onto pastures new on the south coast.
At 66-3 Hayden Daniels and Dan Bowman then put on an outstanding century-plus partnership, swiftly taking the game away from Hardingham with some devastating shot-making from Bowman and excellent support from Daniels. Daniels was removed in the 30th over and Raines came into bat with two runs required for the victory, which was attained off the next ball.
This was a fantastic result for Swanton who were short of regular batsmen and relied on the younger talent in the club. With a 17-year-old leading the bowling attack and three under 17 in the top five batting order this really was a shining example of the development of the younger players.
If the coaches continue to put in the effort and the players continue developing their games, Swanton's younger generation should go on to greater things. For more information visit www.swantonmorleycc.co.uk