North Elmham Cricket Club

Havergate v NECC - 16.6.2012

Halvergate (22 points) beat North Elmham (4 points) by 3 wickets in the Norfolk Cricket League Six.

Elmham promotion prospects blunted at windy Halvergate

Highlights

North Elmham - C,Slabbert 19, B.Hunt 4-16, R.Websdale 2-20

Halvergate - S.Howley 2-13 & 14, G.Harrop 3-13, W,Howley 3-8, J.Brister 16 not out

Report

Juan Olivier misfiring for onceNorth Elmham's promotion ambitions took a serious reality check at Halvergate in their Norfolk Cricket League 6 fixture. Again losing the toss Elmham were put into bat on a very green damp pitch in very windy conditions that made batting difficult throughout. Malherbe started confidently enough hitting Halvergate opening bowler Crane for successive fours before he received a delivery that stopped on him and presented an easy caught and bowled for Crane. Run machine Olivier then shocked everyone by being bowled for 1 and this disaster was compounded with Websdale being run out for the second successive match for 3. With their tails up the Halvergate bowlers continued to bowl good lines and the batsmen never trusted the pitch. Slowly but surely debutant Maule and Slabbert rebuilt the innings with Slabbert applying his new found policy of controlled aggression. Slabbert eventually fell to a rush of blood to the head as he advanced down the wicket to slow bowler Harrop and was beaten by the flight and was bowled for a match high score of 19. The rest of the Elmham innings quickly fell apart as batsman after batsman contrived to get out to some indifferent shots against good bowling. Elmham eventually stuttered to a record low score of 67 all out in 35 overs. A disappointed Elmham skipper Sinclair felt that a score of 85 would have been a good score to defend in the conditions.

Newcomer Ed MauleThis prediction nearly came true when Halvergate commenced their innings with Hunt getting Elmham off to a dream start by bowling Halvergate opener Cooke for a duck. With Websdale keeping the batters tied down at one end Hunt ripped through the Halvergate top order bowling Howley for 11, having Utting caught at slip by Grobbelaar for 8 and removing Hannant LBW for another duck. With panic in the Halvergate side Websdale then bowled Kelf for 6 and Brooks for the third duck of the innings. At 31-6 after 15 overs the game was edging in Elmham's favour but batsmen T.Crane and S.Howley had different ideas as they battened down the hatches and smartly began looking for singles and hitting the loser deliveries for 2's and 3's. Elmham quick bowler Grobbelaar returned to play his first game of the season after injury and bowled a steady spell as Halvergate took the score to 50 before Elmham skipper Sinclair gave a glimmer of hope by having Howley caught by Hunt for 14. Halvergate skipper Brister then played a positive innings that involved much playing and missing but he and T.Crane eventually hit the runs required to leave Halvergate winners by 3 wickets. Elmham skipper Sinclair was left to rue a lack of runs to defend but couldn't fault the bowlers for their efforts particularly Hunt who again took the bowling honours with 4-16

Next week - North Elmham are home to Horsford C (start 2 o'clock)

North Elmham

Ben HuntS.Malherbe c & b.T.Crane 12
R.Websdale Run Out 3
J.Olivier b.S.Howley 1
E.Maule c. Kelf b.S.Howley 4
C.Slabbert b.Harrop 19
B.Hunt c. Brooks b.Harrop 9
I.Sinclair b.W.Howley 6
E.Grobbelaar c & b. W.Howley 0
M.Gilbert b.W.Howley 2
J.Livings c. b. W.Harrop 0
D.Websdale Not Out 0
EXTRAS 11
Total 67 all out (35 overs)

T.Crane 8-0-25-1
S.Howley 12-7-13-2
G.Harrop 10-0-13-3
W.Howley 5-0-8-3

Halvergate

S.Cooke b.Hunt 0
J.Howley b.Hunt 11
S.Utting c.Grobbelaar b.Hunt 8
L.Hannant LBW b.Hunt 0
P.Kelf b.R.Websdale 6
A.Brooks b.R.Websdale 0
T.Crane NOT OUT 9
S.Howley c.Hunt b.Sinclair 14
J.Brister Not Out 16
G.Harrop DNB
W.Howley DNB
EXTRAS 4
Total 68 for 7 (23.3 overs)

 B.Hunt 9-3-16-4
R.Websdale 8.3-1-20-2
E.Grobbelaar 3-1-9-0
I.Sinclair 3-0-19-1

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