Maiden Century for James White
On a pleasant summers afternoon the home side won the toss and elected to bat first on a hard pitch they knew well. The North Elmham opening bowlers, Hunt and Bridges, very soon seemed to have found some of the rhythm missing the previous week as they bowled tightly and kept the pressure on the Saham Toney opening batsman. It wasn't long before Bridges (3-35) got his reward when Wood was caught at square leg by Bend. Hunt (3-27) then quickly backed him up by having X.Huckle caught in the covers by Murton to leave the score at 17-2 after 15 overs. Saham Toney stand in skipper Webster (85) and Goodwin (42) then set about rebuilding the innings after the drinks break, knocking the ball about nicely to rotate the strike. At the 30 over mark the score had moved onto a far more respectable 100-2 with both
batsman looking well set. Bridges had been reintroduced into the attack and shortly made the vital breakthrough when he bowled Goodwin. E. Huckle (31) played a few lusty blows as he looked to accelerate the scoring rate before he too missed a straight one from Bridges. Wickets continued to fall as the North Elmham bowlers hit the stumps on a regular bases including Hall (3-38) who took two wickets with successive deliveries but alas he did not achieve his hat trick. A four and a six from S.Huckle in the last over meant that Saham Toney set North Elmham 194 to win.
The North Elmham reply got off to a bad start as the inform Whitwood had a rare failure as he was smartly caught at slip off the bowling of E.Huckle without scoring. This brought James White (104) to the crease to join Hall (55*) and they quickly took control of the situation with White being the aggressor and Hall playing the anchor role. After 15 overs the score had progressed to 69-1 with White having 50 to his name. The next 15 overs followed a similar pattern as another 71 runs were added without loss. White brought up his first ever century with a delightful late cut down to third man. It was not until the 34th over that the stand of 154 was broken when White was caught and bowled by Wood. This brought Maule (22*) out to bat and he calmly with Hall knocked off the remaining 39 runs to win with 2 overs to spare to ensure that North Elmham won by 8 wickets. The win leaves Elmham, firmly in second place to Reepham & Salle by 20 points in Norfolk League Division 3W.
Meanwhile at home the A team were suffering as a result of the first team needing bowlers when they lost to Swanton Morley A by 8 wickets but they still keep their mid table place in Division 5W.
Next Saturday the first team are at home to Great Melton C whilst the A team are away to Beeston A. both games start at 13:30.