BELTON HAMMERED BY RUTHLESS BLUNDESTON
Newly-promoted Blundeston hammered Belton by 113 runs in a game reduced to 30 overs due to a mixture of the East Anglian Derby and a flurry of heavy afternoon showers.
Despite the rain and the resultant damp wicket, Blundeston won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Ingram pairing, Connor and Mark, set about getting the visitors off to a fast start against a slightly new-look opening bowling attack of Nichols and Richard Goreham.
With Connor looking solid, Mark attempted to take the initiative against Goreham in particular with some agricultural strokes that paid dividends. The paid had brought up the fifty partnership in just after 10 overs. Nichols bowled an economical first spell and Wright found some control, but the Blundeston run-rate was still up at a run-a-ball after 15 overs.
Connor Ingram reached his half-century as the partnership passed a hundred, but Mark fell just two runs short of his milestone – top edging the bowling of Wright with ‘keeper Savoury running round to point to get under the catch.
That dismissal only served to increase the run-rate even further with the introduction of Bamber, with the tall right-hander launching the Belton bowling attack to all parts.
Ingram finally fell for fine innings of 71, lobbing the tamest of catches back to Nichols off his own bowling. Bamber continued his assault on the bowling, passing his half-century in an over from Ali that plundered 15 runs.
Gooch smashed the first three deliveries from the 30th over from Goreham over the fence for six, before falling to the penultimate delivery attempting to clear the ropes again – Savoury again getting under a steepler this time at square-leg.
Blundeston closed their innings on an impressive 215-3 from their 30 overs.
The Belton reply didn’t get off to the best of starts either, with Wayne Goreham chipping tamely to mid-off to depart for just 7.
Ali and Savoury re-built and had conservatively taken the score past the 50-mark when Belton lost a flurry of wickets. Ali departed for 15 when he gloved behind to ‘keeper Parker off the bowling of Milham before Richard Goreham went in the same manner for the solitary run. Belton lost the experienced Cropley when Savoury called him through for a single that wasn’t there to leave Belton reeling on 67-4.
Savoury was dismissed himself soon after when he top-edged a full toss from spinner Talbot, to be claimed by Parker for 39.
The Belton run-chase was fading with a whimper – Bracewell was clean bowled by Bamber without scoring and Nichols top-edged the same bowler to Milham at long-leg for 9.
Unsurprisingly in the circumstances, the Belton tail didn’t wag either with Talbot taking the final three wickets. Toll was bowled for 5; Comer caught by Connor Ingram for 1 and Wright leg-before without scoring – although same breezy strokes in 13 not out from Warner did manage to save the hosts the embarrassment of being dismissed for under a hundred.
|C.Ingram||ct &||b Nichols||71|
|M.Ingram||ct Savoury||b Wright||48|
|D.Gooch||ct Savoury||b R.Goreham||25|
|Extras:||(4lb, 9w, 3nb)||16|
|TOTAL||For 3 wickets||after 30 overs||215|
Fall of Wickets: 1-112 (M.Ingram), 2-162 (C.Ingram), 3-211 (Gooch)
|W.Goreham||ct Lawrence||b Sims||7|
|A.Savoury||ct Parker||b Talbot||39|
|S.Ali||ct Parker||b Milham||15|
|R.Goreham||ct Parker||b Milham||1|
|C.Nichols||ct Milham||b Bamber||9|
|K.Comer||ct C.Ingram||b Talbot||1|
|Extras:||(1lb, 5w, 1nb)||7|
|TOTAL||All out||after 25 overs||102|
Fall of Wickets: 1-10 (W.Goreham), 2-35 (Ali), 3-56 (R.Goreham), 4-67 (Cropley), 5-78 (Savoury), 6-80 (Bracewell), 7-84 (Nichols), 8-85 (Toll), 9-102 (Comer), 10-102 (Wright)