BELTON EASE TO VICTORY AT KIRKLEY
Belton eased to a nine-wicket victory at Kirkley on another damp afternoon across the Norfolk Cricket League.
With rain forecast later in the afternoon, Belton skipper Ali won the toss and elected to field first. That decision paid immediate dividends with the visitors picking up three wickets inside the first five overs.
Ali bowled Bailey without scoring with the just the third ball of the match before trapping M.Hayes in front of his stumps in his following over. Belton’s skipper then claimed his third victim in as many overs when Ayers was beaten by a ball that nipped away to take off-stump, again without scoring – leaving the hosts 6-3.
The experienced Hayes, in partnership with Lambert were left with the somewhat dubious task of rebuilding the Kirkley innings after the early drama. Lambert drove Ali straight back past him for a much needed boundary.
Lambert was dropped at slip off the bowling of Nichols but perished in similar fashion just a few balls later – edging to first slip with Ali taking a fine diving catch. Nichols picked up his second wicket in the following over when Duncan lobbed the simplest of catches to Savoury at cover to depart for a duck.
Meadows joined Hayes at the crease with Kirkley reeling at 32-5. The pair were aided by some unnecessary extras that were provided by the Belton bowlers before Rehman and Comer were brought into the attack. Rehman struggled to find his length and the pair had taken the score up to 62 before Comer struck. Hayes’ resistance was ended when he could only find the hands of Savoury at cover to present Comer with his first Saturday League wicket.
Comer’s first victim was quickly followed with his second when Khan played all around a full delivery to be bowled for a second-ball duck. Meadows and Bhardwaj compiled the only meaningful partnership of the Kirkley innings with Meadows taking Savoury for 13 in one over before former Belton man Bhardwaj launched Khan over square-leg for the innings only maximum.
Savoury did end the partnership of 52 when Bhardwaj was plumb lbw for 10 before Muirhead was ran out by a superb pick up and throw by Richard Goreham for just one. Skipper Ali returned to bowl Spurgeon without scoring and to finish the Kirkley innings on 121 from 39.4 overs – although Belton did contribute 30 extras to the hosts total.
The Belton reply got off to a blistering start with Goreham plundering 16 runs off Muirhead from just the fourth over of the innings. Unfortunately, the rain then came and the players departed with Belton well placed on 26-0 from just four overs.
Fortunately, after a delay of about 40 minutes, the rain subsided and Goreham & Savoury could get back out to the middle and attempt to knock off the remaining 96 runs. Savoury immediately continued the good start by punching Khan through the covers for four.
Goreham continued his assault on the hosts bowling – despatching Hayes for back-to-back boundaries through cover point. The partnership had reached 66 – passing 50 for consecutive weeks – before Savoury departed, chipping Spurgeon to Hayes at short-cover with ball just carrying for 18.
The Goreham brothers had to ensure that the remaining runs were knocked off without the fall of another wicket for the visitors to claim maximum points.
Goreham drove Spurgeon through the off-side to pass his half-century for the second week in succession with Richard content to milk the bowling for singles to bring Belton closer to their target.
Richard Goreham looked at relative ease throughout his innings and clinched victory for the visitors by nine-wickets with consecutive boundaries through mid-wicket off of Bhardwaj.
Wayne & Richard Goreham finishing unbeaten on 70 and 29 respectively, with Belton reaching the target inside 24 overs.
Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway Innings
|D.Hayes||ct G.Savoury||b Comer||27|
|C.Lambert||ct Ali||b Nichols||4|
|S.Duncan||ct G.Savoury||b Nichols||0|
|Extras:||(5b, 5lb, 12w, 8nb)||30|
|TOTAL||All Out||after 38.4 overs||121|
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Bailey), 2-3 (M.Hayes), 3-6 (Ayers), 4-30 (Lambert), 5-32 (Duncan), 6-62 (D.Hayes), 7-62 (Khan), 8-114 (Bhardwaj), 9-119 (Muirhead), 10-121 (Spurgeon)
|A.Savoury||ct M.Hayes||b Spurgeon||18|
|Extras:||(2lb, 5w, 1nb)||8|
|TOTAL||For 1 Wicket||after 23.2 overs||125|
Fall of Wickets: 1-66 (A.Savoury)