Norton in Hales CC 1st team continued their unbelievable season by easily winning after being bowled out cheaply themselves. The 2nd team kept their promotion push going with a fine win away at Endon CC 2nd X1.
1st team elected to bat first at home to Rode Park and Lawton CC and it was not long before that decision looked a bad one. On a tricky wicket the going was very slow and once the first wicket fell, the rest went fast. Apart from Jack Furnival (23) and Jamie Evans (14) no-one got going. All out for 76.
The reply was as exciting as it gets for the home team and supporters. Wicket after wicket after wicket. Kashif Ali Moon (6-7) was on fire, ably supported by Appukutigge Perara (4-22). The away teams innings last into the 9th over. All out for 30. A great win again.
The 2nd team had to win away at Endon CC 2nd X1 in order to maintain their promotion push. Batting first the innings did not start well, losing early wickets. However Ronnie Farnell (78) batting at 4 steadied the ship. With other contributions from Charlie Hine (16) and Charlie Belfield (16) the total reached 171 all out in the 40th over.
The Norton in Hales bowlers again did their job brilliantly, all chipping in with wickets at crucial times. The home team never really go into a winning position. They were all out for 122. Best Bowling figures from skipper Matt Lawrenson (4-11), Charlie Belfield (2-14) and Ewan Farnell (2-26). A great win meaning a win next week in the final game and promotion is gained.
Next week the 1st team finish the season away at Alsager CC, 12.30pm start. The 2nd team finish off at home to Sandyford CC 2nd X1 hoping for that crucial win.
This week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 11th September 2021 is Mr Simon Belfield. Congratulations.
Dates of the end of season presentation evening for the Juniors and Seniors will be released soon.