BELTON COLLAPSE TO DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT
Belton lost eight wickets for sixty-three runs to fall to a disappointing 11 run defeat at the hands of local rivals Great Yarmouth.
Yarmouth skipper Hak won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat first on wicket baked by the week’s sunshine.
Despite losing the toss, Belton got off to a fine start when Nichols the left-handed Ruddick trapped leg-before for just the solitary run. Ruddick’s dismissal brought skipper Hak to the crease with Ellis and Hak was immediately into his stride, despatching Nichols through backward point for four.
Hak gave Ali the same treatment in the following over with a brace of boundaries, one through extra cover and one through cover-point. Savoury’s introduction didn’t immediately stem the flow of runs either as both Ellis and Hak picked up boundaries. With the score 54-1 from 12 overs, Savoury did get the breakthrough in his second over and it was the wicket of key man Hak who was bowled attempted an ambitious drive over mid-on for a quick-fire 30.
Cory came and went without scoring when he could only help Savoury into the hands of Khan at mid-wicket. Savoury and Nichols were now bowling economically in tandem but Ellis responded with boundaries from each while Fitzsimmons joined in with a flick over mid-wicket.
The introduction of Comer brought the breakthrough, but it was mainly down to a stunning catch from Cropley. Fitszimmons cut hard towards backward point and with Cropley seemingly picking up the ball late he stuck out a right hand to send him on his way for 10.
With the score on 100, Comer also picked up the wicket of opener Ellis – the batsman chasing a wide delivery down the leg-side and top edging, with Ali taking a comfortable catch backpedalling from mid-wicket.
Belton were beginning to take control and Comer picked up his third wicket in the shape of the unorthodox Thompson when he could only flick into the hands of Rehman at square-leg for 5.
A couple of lusty blows from Evans, one that nearly took out his batting partner Chapman, upped the decreasing run-rate before he was cleaned up by the returning Ali for a breezy 24.
Chapman hit a trio of boundaries before he was bowled at the start of Savoury’s second spell but the late impetus was provided by some late hitting from Ruddick who added an unbeaten 40 with Shales for the 9th wicket to take the visitors innings up to 177-8 from their 45 overs.
Belton’s reply got off to a steady start with Savoury and Goreham only mustering five runs from four overs of tight bowling from Yarmouth openers Ellis and Cockrill.
Savoury managed to drove Ellis just over Chapman at mid-off for four to break a run of three successive maidens before Goreham drove Cockrill straight down the ground for two boundaries in the 8th over.
Goreham then hit Cockrill out of the attack with a trio of boundaries in the 12th over – two straight and one a glorious cover drive. Savoury then flicked Ellis through square-leg for four before Goreham continued to find the boundary with two more through the leg-side.
Savoury cut Chapman for four in his first over, the pair reaching drinks with Belton 70-0 from 15 overs.
Chapman got the breakthrough with just the second ball after the interval when Goreham was the recipient of a poor umpiring decision when he was given out leg-before despite an inside edge for 41.
With the partnership broken and the in-form Goreham back in the pavilion, fellow opener Savoury departed in Chapman’s next over – dragging a short ball onto leg-stump to be bowled for 30.
Rehman and the experienced Cropley had to put the double setback behind them and they began to do just that when Rehman stuck successive boundaries off Chapman before Cropley swept the economical Shales to the square-leg fence – the only boundary conceded by Shales in his twelve overs.
The pair had taken the score to just over the hundred mark when Cropley departed – getting a thin edge off Shales to be caught at the wicket by Hak for 10. Belton skipper Ali got off the mark with a boundary before Ruddick picked up two wickets in his second over to bring Yarmouth right back into the contest. Firstly, Rehman played all around a straight delivery for 26 before Nichols departed for a second-ball duck when he gloved a rising delivery through to keeper Hak.
Belton were now 117-5 and teetering slightly, but with just 61 runs required from 15 overs they were still in a useful position with Savoury joining Ali in the middle.
Savoury got off the mark with two fours off one Ruddick over before Ali departed in Shales penultimate over when he was adjudged lbw for 8. Savoury edged Belton closer to the target but sent his partner down the river when Toll was sent back going for a single – causing him to be run-out without scoring.
Khan launched the returning Ellis straight over his head for four before despatching a short-ball over square-leg to take Belton just 21 runs short of victory – but he was out in the next over when he became Ruddick’s third victim attempting another big shot, but could only find Ellis at mid-wicket.
Savoury became the second home batsman to be harshly adjudged lbw of the inside edge of his bat to depart for 18 and with Yarmouth seemingly set on snatching victory. Belton’s last pair of Hodds and Comer did their best to see Belton home with Comer, assisted by four byes, hit both Chapman and Ruddick over wide long-on to bring the required runs down to 11.
The renewed optimism was short-lived however, when Ruddick wrapped up proceedings when Comer was cleaned up for 11 attempting to find the boundary once again. Belton dismissed for 167 – 11 runs short of victory.
Great Yarmouth Innings
|A.Ellis||ct Ali||b Comer||41|
|A.Cory||ct Khan||b G.Savoury||0|
|L.Fitzsimmons||ct Cropley||b Comer||10|
|C.Thompson||ct Rehman||b Comer||5|
|Extras:||(6b, 11lb, 6w)||23|
|TOTAL||For 8 wickets||after 45 overs||177|
Fall of Wickets: 1-13 (S.Ruddick), 2-54 (Hak), 3-54 (Cory), 4-87 (Fitzsimmons), 5-100 (Ellis), 6-109 (Thompson), 7-125 (Evans), 8-137 (Chapman)
|C.Cropley||ct Hak||b Shales||10|
|C.Nichols||ct Hak||b R.Ruddick||0|
|M.Khan||ct Ellis||b R.Ruddick||9|
|Extras:||(6b, 1lb, 10w)||17|
|TOTAL||All Out||after 41.4 overs||167|
Fall of Wickets: 1-71 (Goreham), 2-75 (A.Savoury), 3-104 (Cropley), 4-117 (Rehman), 5-117 (Nichols), 6-135 (Ali), 7-143 (Toll), 8-157 (Khan), 9-157 (G.Savoury), 10-167 (Comer)