North Elmham Cricket Club

Aldborough v NECC - 22.7.2012

North Elmham won toss, and elected to field.

ITrrence Bird bowling to EAPL player Nathan Perry-Warnen the pleasant surroundings of Aldborough village green, North Elmham won the toss and elected to field against the league leaders. Terence Bird was making his debut for Elmham, and he opened the bowling with A Kay. Bird soon found his line and length and had the openers in trouble at times, and made the first breakthrough with an unplayable delivery bowling Mokes. The East Anglia Premier League batsman Nathan Perry-Warnes started to find his groove however, and was soon hitting the roofs of the village houses no matter what delivery was put down at him. Bird got his brace with 59 on the board as he bowled Fisher for 1. This brought J Perry-Warnes to the wicket and for a while it looked like the pair would post a big score for the home team, but as the 100 came up Nathan Perry-Warnes was caught brilliantly on the long off boundary, with T Bird taking a great diving catch off the bowling of C Tindall. The breakthrough lifted the Elmham team, and another wicket soon fell as a mix up in the middle and good fielding by T Bird led to a run out, with Bridges whipping the bails off. Another wicket fell in the next over for A Graver this time with K Hall taking an easy catch.

The remaining Perry-Warnes started to hit out for a while as Elmham were getting on top, but couldn't stop wickets falling steadily at the other end. Bird was brought back into the attack and soon picked up another brace of wickets with stumps going asunder on both occasions. He grabbed his 5th in his next over to cap a brilliant debut. A Kay then polished off the tail with 2 deserved wickets, to end with the home team's score on 204, which was a good recovery effort for Elmham as at one point it looked to be possibly heading toward the 300+ point.

Terence Bird in his other guiseIn reply the North Elmham openers Graver and Tindall started tentatively against the pace of Mokes, who soon finding the edge of C Tindalls bat and he was caught in the slips. Runs were difficult to come by and J Livings, (although showing some accomplished defensive shots), was the next to fall to Mokes for 4. R Futter then came to partner A Graver, and they pushed the score along to 32 before Futter was bowled by Carter. Graver (14) followed the next over, bowled by Mokes, and at this point it didn't look as if Elmham would post a very big reply at all. T Bird and O Hall were next in line to try and build a partnership, and though they were defending well, openings were hard to find in the home sides field and Hall (2) was eventually bowled by one cutting in on him, bringing A Kay in to join Bird. Kay it was who started to punish the bowling at last. He only hit nine scoring shots but two of these were 6's and five were 4's. He was out for 34 but had elevated the Elmham innings to 79 with a good 45 run partnership with Bird. Bird then found his scoring touch with him picking up the baton from Kay. Together with G Bridges the pair added another 37 runs to push the Elmham total onto 116 at the close. This was a great effort against the table toppers and their big hitters, with a 9 point reward at the end of it for Elmham. Man of the match however had to go to a brilliant debut performance by T Bird, with his five wickets, 30 not out, a great catch and brilliant effort in the field.

Aldborough Innings
N Perry Warnes c T Bird b. C. Tindell 84
A.Mokes b. T Bird 1
R Fisher b. T Bird 1
J Perry Warnes not out 89
A Siddle run out 1
W Wright c K Hall b A Graver 0
M Bayliey b T Bird 7
M Carter b. T Bird 0
A Tonge b. T Bird 2
Knights b. A Kay 2
M Mears b. A Kay 0
extras 17
TOTAL 204 all out From 36.3 overs.

Kay 9.3, 0,61, 2.
Bird 10, 1, 39, 5.
Graver 9, 1 ,57, 1.
Tindall 8, 1, 37, 1.

North Elmham Innings
A Graver b. Mokes 14
C. Tindall c. J.Perry Warnes b. Mokes 0
J. Livings b. Mokes 4
R. Futter b. Carter 2
T Bird not out 30
O Hall b. Mears 2
A Kay b. N Perry Warnes 34
G Bridges b. N Perry Warnes 7
K Hall not out 0
D Yaxley DNB
J Harding DNB
extras 22
TOTAL 116 - 7 from 40 overs.

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