Royal Ascot Ladies Day

photo 4These are some pictures from the Norton-in-Hales Cricket Club Royal Ascot Ladies Day.

The horse racing was eagerly watched and the cheers for the winners echoed out.

photo 1Many thanks go to Sue, Mary, Jo & Jessica for laying on a beautiful spread and making the Royal Ascot Ladies Day run so well.

Top Hats off to the Ladies and some cricketers who enjoyed a good day watching the horse racing.

photo 2Prosecco bottles popped on the patio whilst guests took advantage of the weather and watched the cricket.

Thanks for those Ladies that came and stayed all day and enjoyed the canapés & bubbles!

Under 17’s Team

Norton-in-Hales Under 17’s visited local rivals Woore CC on Sunday. The early morning start proved popular with the supporters – being Father’s Day it was an excuse to indulge in the full English breakfast from the kitchen menu!

Norton won the toss and elected to bat. Solid batting from opener Jack Furnival hitting 60 runs set Norton up and aided by Tom Furnival (25) and Eddie Warrington (16). The innings closing with a total of 134 runs.

After the break Norton’s bowlers set to the task putting on early pressure with Ollie Jarvis and Eddie Warrington removing 3 wickets each and keeping the opposition to a low score. Jack Furnival adding to the party bagging 3 wickets with some leg spinning action.

Norton victorious winning the match by 53 runs and gaining maximum points.

Unders 17’s next match against Moddershall CC is at home on Sunday 28th June 9.30am. All supporters welcome….

Match Report Weekend

Norton-in-Hales 1st XI travelled to Oakamoor CC in high spirits and leading division 3A with the team in good form. Norton lost the toss and was put into bat. Norton’s batsmen set to the task and an excellent all round batting performance put a handsome total of 253 for the opposition to chase. (see batting scorecard)

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After tea Norton’s bowlers attacked early with Michael Dyer (3/24) and Zafar Iqbal (3/33) removing wickets, assisted by Simon Dyer (2/25). The opposition was skittled out for a mere 106 runs. Norton victorious with a 147 run winning margin.

Norton-in-Hales 2nd XI entertained the division 3B leaders Oakamoor CC 2nds at home and looking to end Norton’s poor run. Norton losing the toss and the team was sent out to field. Norton’s bowlers had difficulty in taking early wickets. The breakthrough came and Norton fought back. Paul Evans (5/28) bowled excellently assisted by Martin Harper (3/38) restricting the visitors to 156 all out.

After tea Norton’s batsmen continued the poor run with a poor 61 all out losing the match by 95 runs.

Norton-in-Hales under 17’s took to the field on Sunday morning playing at home against Little Stoke CC. The visitors winning the toss and electing to bat. Good early bowling from Norton’s Ollie Jarvis (2/30) removing the openers. Stubborn resistance from Little Stoke’s middle order batsmen proved difficult to conquer for Norton’s hard working bowlers. Eddie Warrington chipping in restricting the visitors to 164 all out.

Norton’s under 17’s batsmen followed. Scoring runs proving to be difficult with the team only managing 73 all out. Norton losing the match by 91 runs. It was excellent to see the match played in good spirits and to watch Norton’s stars of the future who will progress to the senior teams…

Match Report 23rd May

Norton-in-Hales CC 1st XI played at home against Hem Heath/Forsbrook CC. Norton winning the toss and elected to field. Norton’s in form team starting off as the previous match with blistering bowling from Zafar Iqbal (3/25) sending shockwaves through the top order batsmen. Muhammad Mobeen was the man of the match capitalising from excellent tight bowling finishing off the opposition with bowling figures of (5/8). The opposition skittled out for a mere 73 runs.

After the break Norton’s batsmen set to the task of reaching the small total and after losing a couple of early wickets in the game it was down to Muhammad Mobeen, hitting 38 runs not out to secure victory by 6 wickets. Norton top of the division!

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Norton-in-Hales 2nd XI travelled to local rivals Woore CC 2nds looking for a good win to keep the side near the top of the division. Norton losing the toss and was put into bat. The superb opening partnership from Paul Evans (39) and Rob Warrington (101) getting the side off to a perfect start. The majestic century from Rob taking the team to a good total. Norton continued to bat well with in form batsman Mike Bircher (41) adding valuable runs. Norton declaring the innings with 219 runs.

Woore batsmen followed with a big total to chase against Norton’s strong bowling attack. A tough day developed with stubborn batting from the opposition. Norton’s bowlers Martin Harper (2/46) and Kasim Abbas (2/43) unable to make in roads into the resilient batting line up. Norton eventually losing the match by 2 wickets. A huge disappointment for Norton and lessons learnt moving forward to the next match.

After the matches a ‘Quiz Night’ social evening was held at the Clubhouse. Thanks to all participants for the entertaining & fun evening! Special thanks to helpers Rachel, Laura, Sue & Jo as always for your valuable contributions throughout the day providing the bar and kitchen facilities.

Junior Cricket Coaching

Juniors (5-15 year olds) have their own cricket coaching programme which establishes the fundamentals of cricket and sport in general. We understand the different needs of this age range and this is reflected in the curriculum which has shorter sessions, cricket related skills in a wider context and the need for high and lower intensity activities.

Our juniors will enjoy learning new skills in all cricketing disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding. Our themed sessions encourage a focus on achievement with plenty of opportunities to put skills into action through small-sided games and practices.

We have good facilities to ensure that every child can learn and enjoy all of our activities and opportunities in a safe and secure environment.

Wednesday’s 6-7pm

For further information please contact Ben Furnival 07741 288818 or

The Sentinel Newspaper

Norton-in-Hales CC 1st XI made headlines in The Sentinel newspaper after the excellent win at the weekend – Please see extract/report below…

NSSCL Division Three Cricket: Gritty Norton-in-Hales beat Meakins Fenton to set new standard

North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Two: Meakins / Fenton v Norton in Hales Pictured: Norton in Hales Captain Ben Furnival
North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Two: Meakins / Fenton v Norton in Hales
Pictured: Norton in Hales Captain Ben Furnival

NORTON-in-Hales skipper Ben Furnival says his side had to curb their attacking instincts to beat Meakins Fenton in their Division Three meeting. Furnival’s side ran out 60-run winners to secure a third victory in five matches to send them top of the table. It maintained their momentum after they cruised to the Stone and District League Premier Division title to bounce back into the NSSCL at the first attempt. Norton-in-Hales was forced to show their powers of recovery on Saturday, though, after being reduced to 27-4. Zafar Iqbal (56) and Luke Claydon (53) came to the fore to add 79 for the fifth wicket to enable the visitors to post 162 all out, in which highly-rated Australian spinner Molly Strano took 4-34. Meakins Fenton also had top-order trouble, slipping to 35-6, and although Kiran Savardekar provided some resistance with 36, they were eventually dismissed for 102. Iqbal, not for the first time this season, was the star man with the ball, finishing with 5-31, while Michael Dyer lent support with 3-43.

North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Two: Meakins / Fenton v Norton in Hales Pictured: Norton in Hales Luke Claydon
North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Two: Meakins / Fenton v Norton in Hales
Pictured: Norton in Hales Luke Claydon

“We made a bad start, which wasn’t helped when Luke Claydon ran out Simon Belfield off the first ball,” said Furnival.”Luke made amends with some runs and Zafar came to the rescue with bat and ball for us. “It wasn’t the easiest wicket to bat on and we do have players in the side who like to get on the front foot and drive through the covers.”But Saturday was all about gritty batting and we ground our way to 162, which was pleasing. “Iqbal and Dyer made light work of the Meakins Fenton top order, before the home side offered belated resistance in the closing stages. But it wasn’t enough to prevent Norton in Hales from running out comfortable winners on the day. Once we got Paul Farmer and Matt Cope out to leave them 35-6 it was pretty much game over,” added Furnival. “Zafar didn’t bowl flat out, but he was too quick for some of their batsmen. “It’s been a decent start for us and we’re riding high. It’s important that we enjoy it because I’m sure there will be the odd blip along the way.” Meakins Fenton captain Farmer conceded that their poor start with the bat had proved to be costly.

However, he was pleased with the contribution made by Strano, who was making her debut after joining J & G Meakin Women as their overseas player. “We took a few early wickets with the ball, and managed to peg them back at the end as well,” explained Farmer. “But at 35-6 it was a case of trying to pick up as many points as we could and keep them out in the field for as long as possible. “There were a few poor shots and some good bowling, but Kiran and Molly added some respectability to the innings. “Molly was very impressive on her debut, although I’m not sure she’s too keen on the temperatures! “She looked very assured with the bat and bowled very well, so she should be a good acquisition for us. “We were beaten by the better team on the day, but we’ll look to put that right next weekend.”

Team Kit Shop

Please see the New Page on the website! This is where you can purchase the ‘official’ Norton-in-Hales Cricket Club kit. (Please beware of fakes on your holiday market stalls!). Get kitted out like the Pros with a wide range of Team kit – Great looking kit for all ages!P1050560

Surridge brand of cricket clothing has been chosen for its quality and durability and will represent good value to the players.

Apparel for peak performance!

Match Report 16th May

Norton-in-Hales CC 1st XI travelled to the ground of J & G Meakin Fenton. Our team in good spirits and currently leading the division. The opposition won the toss and elected to field. A disastrous start for Norton’s batting with opener Simon Belfield being run out first ball. The irresistible form followed from Luke Claydon hitting 53 and Zafar Iqbal 56. James Ruscoe adding runs down the order helped to reach an all out total of 162 runs.

After teas Norton’s Zafar Iqbal (5/31) spearheaded the bowling attack and stuck to the task of removing wickets. Michael Dyer (3/43) kept the pressure on helping to bowl the tail out. A convincing win for Norton by 60 runs.

Norton-in-Hales CC 2nd XI at home to J & G Meakin Fenton 2nds. The visitors won the toss and elected to field. Early Norton wickets tumbled and the pressure was on to post a score. Mike Bircher showing stubborn resistance to the bowlers as further wickets fell. Mike eventually losing his wicket for 27 runs. Norton’s tail end batting managing to add runs with some positive batting from Paul Gould 18 not out adding to the lowly all out total of 86.

The visitors managed the run chase well against a concerted bowling attack of Eddie Warrington & Martin Harper taking a wicket each. Paul Evans (2/13) and Paul Gould assisted with the bowling but Norton’s lowly score was within easy reach for the visitors. Norton lost the match by 5 wickets.

Captains have requested for the players to attend nets/practice this Wednesday & Friday 6pm. The clubhouse bar will be open after play for a shandy…..