Match Report…

Success! A brilliant day for Norton-in-Hales CC 1st XI playing at home against Moddershall CC. Norton losing the toss & put in to bat first against a strong bowling attack. Scoring runs proving to be difficult. Early wickets tumbled but some middle order resistance and excellent batting from Callum Claydon hitting 44 runs helping the team to a total of 167 runs.

The visitors batted facing excellent bowling with Norton piling on the pressure and soon to follow was the falling of wickets. Magnificent bowling from Zafar Iqbal 7/31 and Michael Dyer 3/20 with hard working fielding leading to the home team winning by 84 runs.

Norton-in-Hales CC 2nd XI away to Moddershall 2nds proved to be a low scoring affair. Norton won the toss and elected to field. The bowling attack remained consistent throughout the innings giving away little runs and seeing a steady fall of wickets restricting the home side to an all out run total of only 52. Pick of the bowling being Paul Evans 6/15, Matt Riley 3/5 and hard working Eddie Warrington adding pace to the attack & taking a wicket.

Norton chasing a very low total got off to a poor start batting, losing early wickets although the scoreboard was kept ticking over. Wickets continued to fall… Poor form continued but stubborn batting from in form Eddie Warrington finishing with 19 runs not out. Eddie with the help of the batting tail managing with a struggle to reach the total to win the match.

A double win for Norton-in-Hales CC. Same again next match!

1st XI Team at Hanford CC

Norton-in-Hales CC 1st XI visited Hanford CC on Saturday May 2nd. Hanford CC winning the toss and electing to field. Norton losing early wickets followed by some positive batting lower down the order. Zafar Iqbal hitting 80 runs including 5 fours and 6 sixes. A good contribution from Kyle Morgan with 30 runs and Simon Line adding 24 runs to the total. Norton finishing the innings with a respectable 211 runs.

The home side batted and lost early wickets giving Norton hope but stubborn middle order batting proved difficult to remove for the hard working bowlers. A home win for Hanford by 4 wickets. A tough day for Norton’s bowlers with Zafar finishing on 3/86 and Kyle Morgan 2/50.

Valuable batting & bowling points was gained from the match keeping the team in contention at the top of the division.

Norton-in-Hales CC 2nd XI match at home against Hanford CC 2nd XI was abandoned due to the persistent rain.

Match Update…

Good to report an excellent weekend with the 1st XI Team winning at home. Norton-in-Hales CC batting first with run makers Simon Belfield scoring 55 runs and Zafar Iqbal hitting 58 runs. The Norton bowlers followed eagerly taking wickets with Zafar taking a 5 wicket haul for 40 runs, Simon Line taking 3 for 27 (including a triple wicket maiden). Very accurate bowling from the team with Norton finishing off the match with a handsome 100 run victory.

Norton-in-Hales CC 2nd XI Team struggled at the away ground of Crewe CC in difficult weather conditions. The team took positives from the match with Rob Warrington hitting 63 not out and Paul Evans with a brilliant bowling contribution taking 7 for 20 off 11 overs. An away drawn match that will spur us on for a home win this Saturday.

This coming Saturday’s matches see the 1st XI Team visiting Hanford CC. Norton’s 2nd XI Team entertaining Hanford CC 2nd XI at home.

After the match the Clubhouse will be lively with a social & Curry supper evening! All welcome for this fun evening…..

Membership Subscriptions

Membership subscriptions are due on 1st April each year. Your subscription forms the life blood of the Cricket Club and your membership and support is highly valued.

For the 2015 season subscriptions have been set at a very reasonable rate of Family £40  Adult £25  Junior £15  and Social (non-player) £5.

Please forward your remittance to the Membership Secretary Rachel Offland or a Team Captain in the first instance.

Should you require any further assistance please email member@nortoninhalescricketclub.com

Thank you for your continued and much valued support…

Cricket Opening Campaign

A very positive start to the season campaign with good results and all round performances from each player.

1st XI Team opened the season on Saturday playing away at Stone SP. Norton-in-Hales batted first with Simon Belfield hitting 79 runs. Zafar Iqbal added to the total scoring 35 runs and Michael Dyer 28 not out. A good but chase able total to defend against and facing a strong side was always going to be difficult for our bowlers. Norton’s bowlers battled away with Zafar claiming 2 wickets but sadly the team was unable to succeed. Although a match loss great encouragement was taken from the teams first outing.

2nd XI Team opened the season with a home game against Stone SP (2nd XI). The away team won the toss and elected to bat. Excellent straight bowling and tight fielding restricted the visitors to a chase able total – the pick of the bowlers being Paul Gould 4/36 off 11 overs and Eddie Warrington 2/26 off 12 overs. Eddie continuing his success with the bat hitting 40 not out. A solid team batting performance leading to the total being reached and the first league win of the campaign to Norton-in-Hales 2nd XI.

Sunday saw the 1st XI Team in action playing in the Talbot Cup at home against Rode Park & Lawton CC. The visitors batting first on a chilly afternoon. Some very good bowling with key bowlers Jack Warrington finishing with 3/49 off 9 overs, Zarar Iqbal 3/20 off 8.4 overs and Eddie Warrington 2/14 off 4 overs. Norton chased down the total with top scorer Michael Dyer in good form hitting a match winning 60 runs not out.

Thanks to the Groundsmen for providing an excellent playing surface and the helpers in the Clubhouse who made sure we was suitably fed and watered….  Roll on next weekend!

Bar Open!!

Busy weekend! Final preparations for the Clubhouse & grounds were undertaken throughout the week for the pending refurbished bar opening weekend.

Grounds are looking in good fettle for the early season and the playing surface is in excellent condition – A lot of hard work by our Groundsmen & helpers.

imagesThe inter-club game on Saturday was competitive with everyone getting a bowl & bat. A break for teas and to cheer on the horses in the Grand National enjoyed by over fifty people (players & supporters). The sweepstake was won by Rob with prizes awarded to punters with placed horses as well.

The players returned to the pitch in chilly and dry weather to finish.

imagesCelebrations followed as the refurbished bar was officially opened by our President Alan Eardley, champagne flowed and the Joules beer was supped!

On Sunday we welcomed Hodnet & Peplow CC for a friendly game. The game was played in good spirits with tricky weather conditions – Cold and blustery wind with showers interrupting the game. Kyle leading Norton to victory hitting a century, scoring 111 runs.

Thank you to Hodnet & Peplow CC for the pre-season warm up match and for taking advantage of our newly refurbished bar after the game…

Clubhouse Bar Opening!

Saturday 11th April – The Official Refurbished Clubhouse Bar Opening!

Tip… Don’t bet on Horse 4 – Overweight!

Should be a popular day as the Teams will have a pre-season inter-club warm up match Saturday 11th April 1.30pm. Followed by a break for teas whilst we partake in a shandy to cheer on our horses in the Grand National sweepstake and then back out onto the pitch to finish…

Hopefully not as bright as this Bar!

Evening enjoyment will continue in the new Clubhouse lounge sampling the various beverages on offer from our beautifully crafted bar…

Please all come on down to play and support. Bring your families & friends along for the official evening opening of the refurbished bar – Can’t wait!!

We continue our weekend celebration on Sunday 12th April 1.30pm with a friendly match at home against Hodnet & Peplow Cricket Club. A great weekend of Cricket and social to start off the season…

Reminders…

Friday & Saturday 3rd/4th April 9am – Working party.

Please come along for a couple of hours and help get the Clubhouse & grounds ready for the new season. Refreshments provided…

Hopefully the ‘Lotto’ Gods will see your hard work and reward you as this Saturday the Norton-in-Hales bonus ball Easter draw winner will receive a bumper prize!

Good luck everyone… See you Friday 9am!

Outdoor Nets/Practice

The indoor Cricket Nets/Practice has now finished as we move outdoors to our ground.

Starts this Wednesday 1st April at 6pm. Please try to turn up for this worthwhile evening session.

Weather outlook for Wednesday taking from the BBC link from our website is – Winds gradually easing Wednesday and largely fine, though cloudy.

Now that he lighter nights are now here, these should be valuable  outdoor sessions whether you are a bowler, batsman or hard working fielder!