North Elmham (20 points) beat Horsford C (1 point) by 9 wickets in the Norfolk Cricket League Six.
Elmham return to winning ways in emphatic style
North Elmham - B.Hunt 2-7, J.Dagless 2-21, S.Malherbe 29, J.Olivier 26 not out
Horsford C - R.Clarke 18
North Elmham got back to winning ways with an emphatic 9 wicket win over a youthful Horsford side. After a week of rain Elmham won the toss and put the visitors into bat on a slightly damp pitch that was drying well in a strong wind. Elmham opening bowler Hunt almost repeated his recent trick of taking a wicket in his first over when Horsford opener Masdin edged behind and despite vehment appeals for a catch neither umpire or batsman were satisfied that the ball had carried. Little damage was done as Hunt and Dagless kept the batsmen tied down. In the 6th over Dagless removed a frustrated Masdin for 2 with Olivier taking a comfortable catch at cover. In the 10th over Dagless struck again, bowling Aldridge for 4. At this point Horsford were 10-2 and struggling to make any inroads against a miserly Elmham bowling attack. It took until the 16th over for the first boundaries to be hit as Peters and Clarke looked to increase the run rate. With risks being taken Elmham missed a number of run out chances with poor throws to the wicket keeper letting the batsmen off the hook. New bowlers Websdale and Sinclair continued to keep it tight with only 30 runs on the board at the half way point (23 overs). Websdale eventually had Clarke caught by White for a commendable 18. The returning Hunt claimed 2 wickets in his first over of his return, bowling Inwards for 14 and McGowan for a duck. At the other end Peters continued to play with a fine straight bat until Sinclair had him caught by Maule for a prolonged but watchful 14. Young Danny Websdale bowled a fine 2 overs of spin at the end and claimed his first wicket for the club by having Pummell caught for 8 by his father, Roy. The Horsford innings came to a close on 73-7 after 45 overs with Elmham skipper Sinclair again being pleased with the bowlers, with Ben Hunt again being the pick of the bowlers conceding only 7 runs in his 12 overs and taking 2 wickets.
In reply Elmham started like an express train with Malherbe pummelling the opening bowler Clarke for 10 in his first over. His next over went for 13 with the first ball landing on the road for 6 as Malherbe tried to bring the game to a very early conclusion. After 4 overs Elmham had 34 on the board before Clarke got his revenge on Malherbe by bowling him with a good yorker. If Horsford thought this would give them some respite they were wrong, Olivier came to the wicket and proceeded to match Malberbe's onslaught. With good support from Websdale, who managed not to get himself run out this week, Olivier raced to 26 with the winning runs coming off a huge 6 onto the bowling green to give Elmham a decent 9 wicket win that moved them up to third in the League.
Next week - North Elmham are home to Bacton (start 2 o'clock)
D.Masdin c.Olivier b.Dagless 2
G.Aldridge b.Dagless 4
K.Peters c.Maule b.Sinclair 14
R.Clarke c.White b.Websdale 18
O.Inwards b.Hunt 14
J.McGowan b.Hunt 0
W.Pummell c.R.Websadle b.D.Websdale 8
M.Spencely NOT OUT 2
N.Francis NOT OUT 1
Total 73 for 7 (45 overs)
S.Malherbe b.Clarke 29
R.Websdale Not Out 10
J.Olivier Not Out 26
Total 74 for 1 (9.4 overs)