North Elmham (24 points) beat Ketteringham Hall (5 points) by 6 wickets in the Norfolk Cricket League Six.
Weather does not stop play shock! Elmham finally commence campaign with 6 wicket victory at Ketteringham Hall
North Elmham - B.Hunt 3-19, I.Sinclair 2-25 & 17 not out, S.Malherbe 2-18 & 40, J.Olivier 35, C.Slabbert 18
Ketteringham Hall - M.Salisbury 36, D.Pond 31, R.Perera 37 & 2-39
Having had the first three games of the season rained off North Elmham finally commenced their Norfolk Cricket League 6 campaign with a six wicket victory at Ketteringham Hall. Played on a damp pitch which made scoring difficult throughout Elmham fielded a team missing a number of regular players particularly amongst the bowlers. Elmham captain Sinclair broke the habit of a life time and won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Ketteringham to bat. Websdale claimed the first wicket by having opener Gibbons caught by Olivier with the score on 11. Salisbury and Pond then put on 50 for the next wicket playing intelligent scoring shots when the Elmham bowlers failed to pitch the ball up. The partnership was eventually broken when debutant Ben Hunt took his first wicket when Salisbury mistimed a drive straight to Olivier.
Two runs later Pond also fell being bowled by Olivier for a belligerent 31. In trying conditions the Ketteringham side slowly accumulated wickets but Elmham were taking wickets at regular intervals. Malherbe struck twice in quick succession to remove Petzold for 20 and Perera for 37 despite seeing his first delivery of the season smashed for six. The returning Sinclair and Websdale quickly wrapped up the tail to leave Ketteringham Hall 154 all out which in damp conditions was a good total. Ben Hunt was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 12 overs 7 maidens 3 wickets for 19 runs.
In reply Malherbe and Hunt got Elmham off to a solid start with the occasional mistimed shot keeping the fielding side interested. With the score on 38 Rios took a good low catch off Utting to remove Hunt for 15. Olivier joined Malherbe and soon started punishing any loose deliveries. At the other end Malherbe also started accelerating hitting one enormous six over the pavilion. Olivier eventually was bowled for a useful 35 by spinner Perera with the score on 97. At this stage Elmham looked in control although a few quick wickets might expose a longer tail than usual. The jitters make more pronounced when Malherbe was bowled by Petzold for 40 when looking well set. The new batsmen Websdale and Sinclair dug in against some accurate slow bowling. With the light fading and the outfield beginning to slow the Ketteringham bowlers looked to be in charge. Websdale slowly began to accelerate and found the boundary with some nicely timed drives. However, with the score on 122 Elmham lost their fourth wicket when Websdale was caught by Salisbury off the bowling of Perera for 17. Fortunately for Elmham that was the last alarm as Sinclair and Slabbert combined intelligent running between the wickets with some stout blows to reach the Ketteringham score with 5 overs to spare. Skipper Sinclair was very pleased not just to play a game in this rain ravaged season but also to get a win. Man of the match was Ben Hunt for his miserly bowling figures and handy knock with the bat but all the team played their parts especially young debutant Ollie Hall who worked tirelessly in the field. Praise must also be given to Ketteringham Hall as the game was played in a very good spirit.
Next week - North Elmham are home to Gillingham (start 2 o'clock)
B.Gibbons c.Olivier b. Websdale 1
M.Salisbury c.Olivier b.Hunt 36
D.Pond b.Olivier 31
J.Utting c.Olivier b.Hunt 4
T.Petzold c.Websdale b.Malherbe 20
R.Perera c.Websdale b.Malherbe 37
L.Batch b.Hunt 0
D.Howes b.Sinclair 0
M.Rios b.Websdale 7
P.Ranger b.Sinclair 10
R.Valentine NOT OUT 1
Total 154 all out 42.3 overs
S.Malherbe b.Petzold 40
B.Hunt c.Rios b.Utting 15
J.Olivier b.Perera 35
R.Websdale c.Salisbury b.Perera 17
I.Sinclair NOT OUT 17
C.Slabbert NOT OUT 18
Total 155 for 4 (40.2 overs)