Elmham’s first team are having a much more torrid time, away at Heacham on Saturday, Ben Hunt won the toss and elected to bat first and with hindsight it seemed the wrong decision. The pitch looked hard but had a slight crusty feel to it and so it proved with batting in the early stages proving to be difficult as the occasional variable bounce made batting less of a pleasure than it should be. James White and Olly Hall made steady progress until Hall received a sticky delivery and
was out caught for 17.. Iain Sinclair was in next (well up the order from his normal position due to the weakness of this weeks side) and he started to nurdle the ball around in his normal fashion. James White was next to go (28) having found the conditions less than easy and replacement Marcus Webb lasted not very long for his 3. Steve Shoesmith joined Sinclair and the two tried to force the pace a little but Shoesmith looked to have the lack of timing so often associated with early season batting and was looking totally frustrated on many occasions. Finally Shoesmith fell bowled by Duncan Rix for 33. Jack George was next in and seemed initially all at sea until suddenly 3 boundaries came off his bat unfortunately his innings ended a run later leaving Iain Sinclair not out 63 and the Elmham total of 178-6 looking some 50-60 runs light.
Heacham started briskly with Adam Darlow (hoping to better his 80 of the previous week) and Jim Parker facing the normal Elmham openers Ben Hunt and George Bridges. It soon became apparent that the earlier behavior of the wicket had gone (probably dried by the sun and strong wind) and batting looked comfortable with both openers finding runs on a regular basis. The first breakthrough came from Iain Sinclair (who had taken over the bowling at the one end) with Ben Hunt taking an excellent catch at mid off to dismiss Jim Parker for 20. This brought in Anthony Sadler to join Darlow and together they steadily knocked off the runs, never really looking in any trouble at all until finally Sadler was out to a good Steve Shoesmith catch off the bowling of Olly Hall foe a brisk 43. With just a few runs to get it was left to Matthew Blake to join Darlow to finish off the innings leaving Adam Darlow undefeated on 95 and Blake not out 2 after 38.2 overs.
Next week Elmham 1st’s are away (again!) to East Harling, and hopefully more of the regular players will be either fit or available.