YARMOUTH EASE TO VICTORY
A below-par Belton were beaten for the second successive week in a reduced overs game as Great Yarmouth cruised to victory by seven wickets.
Yarmouth ‘skipper Hak won the toss and elected to field first. Savoury and Goreham found the variable bounce at the Beaconsfield hard to adjust to in the early stages, with the only boundary coming from the bat of Goreham.
Goreham departed in the 8th over however, when he was bowled by Ellis for 7 attempting a shot across the line. Belton ‘skipper Ali showed some intent immediately when he smashed his first ball straight down the ground for four.
Savoury was struggling to find any timing and the pressure told in the 13th over. Savoury was looking for a single on a mis-field but was sent back by Ali and fell short of his ground by a considerable distance – departing for 19.
Richard Goreham and Ali had to do something about the decreasing run-rate and were slowly re-building when Belton lost a flurry of wickets. Ali was bowled by Chapman for 26 – Belton’s top score – before Cropley went without scoring when he lobbed a simple return catch to Shales. Goreham went for 17 in Shales’ next over when he was caught at mid-off by Ellis attempting to increase the run-rate.
Belton were in danger of posting less than a hundred with the score on 74-5 with only 8 overs remaining in the innings. Nichols was stumped by Hak off the bowling of Shales but Debutant Aazam looked busy with a couple of boundaries before being bowled by Chapman. Ali Khan was bowled for a golden duck attempting an ungainly heave and Toll was bowled by Shales.
Wright and Comer managed to nudge Belton up above one hundred before Shales picked up his fifth wicket when Comer was stumped by Hak – Belton dismissed for 104 in the final over.
Belton knew they needed early wickets – more specifically the wicket of Hak, who did survive an early scare when he edged just past his stumps.
Belton’s breakthrough came via a run-out when Cory attempted a third run – Richard Goreham with the throw from the boundary with ‘keeper Savoury turning and rolling under-arm onto the timbers.
Doggett followed soon after when Nichols got one to swing back viciously through the gate of the left-hander for just the solitary run.
Belton sensed an opportunity but Hak snuffed out any threat when he saw the remainder of Ali’s spell through before taking Goreham for successive boundaries to edge the hosts closer to victory. A couple of lusty blows from Evans moved Yarmouth to within touching distance before he was bowled off his pads by Ali for 14.
Hak, 65 not out, saw Great Yarmouth home though by a margin of seven wickets with just under ten overs remaining.
|R.Goreham||ct Ellis||b Shales||17|
|C.Cropley||ct &||b Shales||0|
|C.Nichols||st Hak||b Shales||4|
|K.Comer||st Hak||b Shales||3|
|Extras:||(2b, 3lb, 1w)||6|
|TOTAL||All out||after 29.4 overs||215|
Fall of Wickets: 1-16 (W.Goreham), 2-39 (Savoury), 3-66 (Ali), 4-71(Cropley), 5-74 (R.Goreham), 6-88 (Nichols), 7-88 (Aazam), 8-89 (Toll), 9-89 (Khan), 10-104 (Comer)
Great Yarmouth Innings
|Extras:||(9b, 3lb, 3w, 1nb)||16|
|TOTAL||For 3 wickets||after 21 overs||106|
Fall of Wickets: 1-20 (Cory), 2-35 (Doggett), 3-72 (Evans)