On another grey, wet day, both Norton in Hales CC Saturday Senior teams gained valuable wins.
The 1st team were at home to top of the league Oakamoor CC. Batting first on a tricky wicket the steady batting of substitute pro Aaron Thomason (64 no) along with good support from Alex Thorley (24) and James Pringle (30) meant a decent total was put on the board in difficult conditions, 182-8 off 40 the 40 overs.
The highly effective Norton in Hales bowling attack did not take long to make inroads into the away teams batting order. 5 of the 6 Norton bowlers all chipped in with wickets. The Oakamoor CC reply never really got going and they were always well behind. The introduction of Kashif Ali Moon as 4th change bowler finished any lingering hopes. Kashif finishing with 4-24. Other notable bowling figures from Anthony Sheeran 2-19. In the end a great 60 run victory for Norton in Hales CC.
The 2nd team were away at Leycett CC 2nd X1. Bowling first the Norton opening pair kept things very tight. It was the change of bowling which then got the wickets column moving. Charlie Belfield and Charlie Hine doing a lot of the damage, 2-40 and 3-13 respectively. A further couple of further wickets from Scott Lawrenson leaving the home side at 142-8 off their rain affected 35 overs.
Norton’s batting reply started in a very lively fashion with James Ruscoe blasting a quick 29 off the first 4 overs then getting court. The steady partnership of Ronnie Farnell (46) and Eddie Warrington (42) then ground the Leycett bowlers into the group, taking the score from 32-1 to 133-2! Both Ronnie and Eddie then got themselves out going for the big 6 to finish the game off! Jamie Evans and Matt Lawrenson then got the lads over the line to gain a fantastic 7 wicket win.
Today the 1st team are away at Stone SP CC in the Talbot Cup. The Sunday 2rd team are away at Caldy CC on the Wirral in the National Village Knockout competition. Good luck to both teams.
Next week the 1st team are away at Sandbach CC, 12.30pm start. The 2nd team are at home to Oakamoor CC 2nd X1, 1pm start. Please do come along and support.
Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 22nd May 2021, Mr Callum Dwyer. Well done!!