2 big wins for Norton in Hales CC Senior teams!

With more fantastic weather continuing, both the Saturday Senior teams achieved 2 big wins to keep themselves near the top of their respective leagues.
The 1st team were at away at Barlaston CC. Batting first a great opening partnership between Ronnie Farnell (17) and Jack Furnival (65) set the standard and the rest of the team made sure the total was a very competitive one. With skipper Alex Thorley (20), stand in pro Appukuttige Perara (34), Darren Long (24) and James Pringle (11), the Norton in Hales Innings finished on 206-8 off their 40 overs.
In reply, in form Kashif Ali Moon (5-15) started the damage very quickly, ripping through the top order of Barlaston CC. 36-5 made sure the Norton total was way out of sight. It was a matter of time before the Norton bowlers wrapped the game up. Anthony Sheeran weighing in with 3-22, along with a wicket apiece for Appukuttige and Ewan Farnell. Barlaston were bowled out for 99. A great win.

The 2nd team were at home to Moddershall/Oulton CC 5ht X1. Batting first the early Norton batsmen had to see off some very good early bowling. That laid the foundations for excellent batting in the middle and end overs to reach a great total of 228-7 off their 40 overs. Great innings from captain Matt Lawrenson (77 not out), Simon Belfield (26), Simon Line (17), Charlie Hine (25), Jamie Shaw (23) and Scott Lawrenson (20 not out).
A first ball of their innings wicket from Scott Lawrenson set the scene for Norton. From there they never looked back. Wickets from all of the Norton in Hales bowlers ensured a huge win as Moddershall/Oulton CC 5th X1 were bowled out for 102. Pick of the bowlers were Matt Lawrenson 2-24 and Simon Dyer 3-2. Another great win.

Next week the 1st team at home to Silverdale CC, 1pm start. The 2nd team are away at Burslem CC 2nd X1, 1pm start. Please come along at support.

This week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 12th June 2021 was Sue Walton. Many congratulations.

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Weekend of Double joy for Norton in Hales CC!

Both the Saturday Senior teams ground out wins to bag maximum points on another warm sunny day. The 1st team were at home to Caverswall CC, batting first the home team got off to a great start, reaching 56 for the first wicket. However by the time the score had reached 105 we had lost 6 wickets. A couple of short cameos got the score to 151 before all out. Top scores of the day were Jack Furnival (29) and Joe Wagg (23).
It was not long before the Caverswall CC batsmen were in trouble from the Norton in Hales bowlers. Once the score hit 21, it all went wrong for the batting team with Kashif Ali Moon (5-23) ripping through. Ewan Farnell and James Pringle chipping in with 2 apiece as well, plus 1 from Mike Dyer saw Caverswall CC all out for 78.

The 2nd team were away at Wood Lane CC, asked to bowl first they struggled to take early wickets. A 50 run opening partnership before the first wicket. The bowlers then brought good control and reduced the home team to total of 147/7 off their 40 overs. 2 wickets apiece for Simon Line and Jamie Shaw, plus 1 apiece for Paul Evans and Scott Lawrenson.
The Norton in Hales reply got off to the worst start possible, 1-1, 9-2 then 51-6. Not what the doctor ordered. A fantastic knock from Jamie Shaw (33) got the ball rolling, 118-7. It was then left to Scott Lawrenson (6 no) and Simon Line (14 no) to see the Norton in Hales lads home for a 2 wicket win.

Last Sunday the Sunday 3rd team had a great contest at home to Forton CC. In the end losing by only 3 runs against a very youthful away team. The Phoenix League team won their second game last Thursday evening, 2 form 2 now!

Next week the 1st team are away at Barlaston CC, 1pm start. The 2nd team are at home to Moddershall/Oulton CC 5th X1, 1pm start. Please come along and support.

Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 5th June 2021, Mr Alan Bloor. Well done.

Both the 1st and the 2nd team are involved in T20 competitions today, 1st team at Bignall End CC and the 2nd team at Checkley CC. Good luck to both teams.

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Norton in Hales CC suffer 2 close defeats!

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.

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Saturday double for Norton in Hales CC!

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!!

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Contrasting fortunes for Norton in Hales CC!

On another day of rain, hail and sunshine, the 2 Saturday senior teams at Norton in Hales CC faired very differently.
The 1st team at home to Meir Heath scored a massive 194 runs of their rain affected 34 overs, Jack Furnival scoring another 50 plus James Pringle scoring 47 off 15 balls did a lot of the damage. After another rain delay that meant that Meir Heath required 111 off 16 overs. With one over to spare the visitors knocked it off with only 4 wickets down.
The 2nd team away at Stafford CC 3rd X1, bowled the home team out for 119, with all the bowlers chipping in, 3-17 from Scott Lawrenson, plus 2 apiece for Reggie Farnell and Charlie Hine were the picks.
In reply a dodgy start with the top 4 all going back to the pavilion very early. It was left to Jamie Shaw and Charlie Hine to steady the ship, 48 and 34 respectively. In the end a very comfortable and richly deserved first success of the season for the 2nd team lads.

Next week the 1st team are at home again, this time to Oakamoor CC, 1pm start time. The 2nd team are away at Leycett CC 2nd X1, start time also 1pm. Please do come along and support. Covid guidelines will then allow to us drink and sit inside the bar, great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 15th May 2021, Sue Walton. Well done.

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Poor weather intervenes!

On a shocking day of weather, both the 1st and the 2nd team games were cancelled due to persistent and heavy rain.

Next week the 1st team are at home to Meir Heath CC, 1pm start. The 2nd team are away at Stafford CC 3rd X1, start 1pm. Please do come along and support.

This coming week the Juniors fixtures start, the U10’s are away at Woore CC on Monday evening, the U12’s are at home on Wednesday evening, 5.30pm start (ish). Junior training continues every Friday evening from 5.30pm. We now have 40 Juniors enjoying their Friday evening sessions.

Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 8th May 2021, Jack Furnival. Well done!!!!!!

From Monday 17th May the Covid guidelines for hospitality do change. We will keep you updated as to how this will affect the bar. Until then please do come along for outside drinks.

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1st team win again!

On a very bright but chilly day the 1st and the 2nd team scored highly in terms of runs, however with differing outcomes!
The 1st team, at home to Stafford CC scored a massive 278 off their 40 overs. Joe Wagg achieving a fifty and Jack Furnival getting into his 90’s. Captain Alex Thorley and Darren Long also chipping in with 42 and 33 respectively.
In reply the Norton in Hales bowling attack did their job very professionally. They never let the batsmen get into much pf a rhythm and wickets fell relatively often! James Pringle ending with 4 wickets, Kashif and Anthony Sheeran 2 apiece. Stafford CC bowled out 138 runs short.
The 2nd team batted first and scored a very highly respectable 207 off their 40 overs. Captain Matt Lawrenson top scoring with 47, Simon Dyer 45 and Olly Wain 26 also chipping in well.
Church Eaton’s reply started poorly with a wicket apiece for Jamie Shaw and Reggie Farnell. After the 2 early wickets the home team steadied the ship and put together solid partnerships, in the end knocking off the total required to win only 4 wickets down.

Next week the 1st team are away at Bignall End CC, 1pm start. The 2nd team are at home to Stafford CC 2nd X1, 1pm start. Please do come along and support.

This week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 1st May 2021, Mr Duncan Blood. Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Winning start for the 1st Team!

The 2021 season started with a bang for Norton in Hales CC 1st team! On a glorious day of weather both the 1st and 2nd team were involved in great games of cricket, Away at Porthill Park CC 2nd X1, the first team batted first and after a couple of wobbles reached a score of 166 all out. Adeel Khalid and Kashif Ali Moon top scoring with 41 and 29 respectively. In reply the bowling attack never let the home team batsmen settle and the home team were bowled out for 117. 3 wickets apiece for Mike Dyer, Jack Furnival and James Pringle doing the damage.
At home the 2nd team rattled up a score of 224 in their 40 overs against Hanford CC 2nd X1, Simon Dyer and Matt Lawrenson reaching their fifty. However in the last over to go in the second innings, Hanford required 8 to win. The first 3 balls were dot balls but then a six and a four in the next 2 balls won them the game. A great game to watch.

Next week the 1st team are at home to Stafford CC, 1pm start. The 2nd team are away at Church Eaton CC, 1pm start. Please do come along and support.

Next weekend we have the Beer Festival, following Covid guidelines at the club from Friday evening until the end of Sunday. Many guest beers on offer for us all to sample. There will be a game of cricket at the cricket club on Sunday as well so we can take in beer and cricket. BBQ is also available on Saturday and Sunday. Please do come along.

The winner of this week’s Bonus Ball, Saturday 24th April 2021, Mr Alex Thorley, well done!!!!!!

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2021 League Season now upon us!!!!

The new 2021 cricket season is now upon us. The pre-season friendlies and practice are now over and the real stuff starts on Saturday 24th April 2021.
The 1st team warmed up yesterday with a fine 29 run win over Division 1 side Audley CC, with captain Alex Thorley and previous captain Jack Furnival showing the way with the bat. All the bowlers chipping in as well to get the cobwebs out ready for next week.

Next Saturday, 24th April the 1st team are away at Porthill Park CC to play their 2nd X1, starting at 1pm. The 2nd team are at home to Hanford CC 2nd X1, also starting at 1pm. Please do come along and support, socially distanced of course.

The bar is now open for drinks, however we will as always be following strict Covid guidelines and all drinks to be ordered and drank outside, using our brilliant table service staff. We have a very large Marque up just in case it gets a bit cold or wet! So no excuses, see you at the club next weekend.

Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Bonus Ball Prize Draw, Saturday 17th April 2021, Mr Tony Swire. Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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