A very positive start to the season campaign with good results and all round performances from each player.
1st XI Team opened the season on Saturday playing away at Stone SP. Norton-in-Hales batted first with Simon Belfield hitting 79 runs. Zafar Iqbal added to the total scoring 35 runs and Michael Dyer 28 not out. A good but chase able total to defend against and facing a strong side was always going to be difficult for our bowlers. Norton’s bowlers battled away with Zafar claiming 2 wickets but sadly the team was unable to succeed. Although a match loss great encouragement was taken from the teams first outing.
2nd XI Team opened the season with a home game against Stone SP (2nd XI). The away team won the toss and elected to bat. Excellent straight bowling and tight fielding restricted the visitors to a chase able total – the pick of the bowlers being Paul Gould 4/36 off 11 overs and Eddie Warrington 2/26 off 12 overs. Eddie continuing his success with the bat hitting 40 not out. A solid team batting performance leading to the total being reached and the first league win of the campaign to Norton-in-Hales 2nd XI.
Sunday saw the 1st XI Team in action playing in the Talbot Cup at home against Rode Park & Lawton CC. The visitors batting first on a chilly afternoon. Some very good bowling with key bowlers Jack Warrington finishing with 3/49 off 9 overs, Zarar Iqbal 3/20 off 8.4 overs and Eddie Warrington 2/14 off 4 overs. Norton chased down the total with top scorer Michael Dyer in good form hitting a match winning 60 runs not out.
Thanks to the Groundsmen for providing an excellent playing surface and the helpers in the Clubhouse who made sure we was suitably fed and watered…. Roll on next weekend!