2 excellent wins for Norton in Hales CC again this weekend. The 1st team away at Meir Heath CC and the 2nd team at home to Stafford CC 3rd X1.
The 1st team elected to bowl first on a very green deck and it did not take long before the bowlers took advantage. Meir Heath CC were in deep trouble from the very beginning. Opening pair of Jack Furnival (1-18) and Mike Dyer (1-19) each taking an early wicket. Change bowlers Kashif Ali Moon (3-7) and Appukutigge Perara (5-4) then finished the home team innings off very quickly. Meir Heath all out for 50.
The run chase was fairly straight forward, apart from losing 3 wickets it was left to Ronnie Farnell (20 no) and Appukutigge (14 no) to seal the win.
The 2nd team bowled first and restricted Stafford CC 3rd X1 to 147-9 off their 40 overs. Excellent bowling from the Norton in Hales attack with 5 bowlers taking the wickets. Best bowling from Paul Evans (4-210 and Scott Lawrenson (2-23).
The run chase proved to be a tight one. An excellent opening stand from the Belfields, Simon (22) and Charlie (18) of 41 got the home team under way. A flurry of wickets then followed. A middle order stand between Jamie Shaw (28) and Ewan Farnell (39) then swung the balance back to Norton in Hales. To see the 2nd team home it was left to the mature Paul Evans (6 no) and Rob Warrington (0 no). Paul Evans hitting a mighty six to ensure a great victory by 1 wicket.
Next week the 1st team are away at Oakamoor CC, 12.30pm start. The 2nd team are at home to Leycett CC 2nd X1, 1pm start. Please do come along and support.
The winner of this week’s Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 31st July 2021, is Mike Yorke. Congratulations. 2 week’s until the Summer Bumper Prize Draw. Good luck.
On Sunday 8th August the Phoenix League team are in the Final’s day at Nantwich CC.