On a day of exciting cricket and good weather, both the 2 Saturday Senior sides at Norton in Hales CC suffered close defeats.
The 1st team were away at Sandbach CC, winning the toss Norton chose to bat first. It was very slow going on a tricky wicket and patience was the name of the game. Joe Wagg fighting his way to a fine 28, Alex Thorley weighing in with 47, Darren Long contributing with 21 and Ronnie Farnell chipping in with 25 at the end. After their 40 overs Norton in Hales ended up with 158-9.
In reply Sandbach lost an early wicket to Mike Dyer, then steadied the ship to take the score onto 105 before the second wicket was taken. Norton in Hales bowlers then had a purple patch and regular wickets fell taking the game to the final over. 2 wickets required for Norton or 3 runs for Sandbach. The result went the way of Sandbach CC. A great game.
The 2nd team were at home to Oakamoor CC 2nd X1. Put into bat first the Norton innings got off to a great start, reaching 45 for the first wicket. However after that the wickets fell and only the opening pair of Simon Belfield (44) and Jamie Evans (13), plus skipper Matt Lawrenson (19) got into double figures. Norton in Hales all out for 111.
Paul Evans took his customary early wicket in reply, then Matt Lawrenson struck twice to leave Oakamoor CC on 14-3. At 34-4 things looked good for Norton, however the batsmen then steadied the ship. 2 late wickets for Jamie Shaw was not enough and Oakamoor CC saw it through with 4 wickets left.
On Sunday the 3rd team are at home to Forton CC, 1pm start. Please come along to support, the bar will be open.
Next week the 1st team are at home to Caverswall CC, 1pm start. The 2nd team are away at Wood Lane CC 2nd X1, 1pm start. Please come along and support.
Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Faye Pritchard. Well done.