Norton in Hales CC 1st team wrapped up the NSSCL Division 2 title with 2 games to go by beating Silverdale CC. A fantastic achievement and already looking forward to Division 1 cricket next season. The 2nd team, although beaten this weekend by top of the league Burslem CC 2nd X1, are still in the thick if a promotion battle.
Asked to bowl first away at Silverdale CC, it did not take long for the 1st team to get on top. Another great display of bowling from Kashif Ali Moon (5-25) got the wickets column turning straight away. Good support from Appukutigge Perara (3-25) and Anthony Sheeran (2-12) meant that the home team were bowled out for 78 in 30 overs.
The run chase started with a wobble or 2, 1-1 became 28-2 then 57-3. However skipper Alex Thorley (34 no) hit a six to win the game and start the celebration singing of ‘Bearstone Road’. DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS…………………………
The 2nd team also bowled first at home to top of the league Burlsem CC 2nd X1. Restricting the away team to 175-5 off their 40 overs. Best bowling from Paul Evans (2-31). In reply regular wickets meant partnerships were never really developed and despite efforts from Ewan Farnell (31) and Charlie Hine (23), unfortunately the home team were bowled out for 134. There are still 2 games to go in order to try and achieve promotion.
Next week the 1st team are at home to Rode Park and Lawton CC, 12.30pm start. The 2nd team are away at Endon CC 2nd X1, 12.30pm start, a must win game!!!!!! Please do come along and support.
This week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 4th September 2021, Mr Phil Smith. Congratulations………………………………