Callum Futters' maiden century in adult cricket
North Elmham skipper Josh Hall won Elmham’s fourth toss of the season and decided to bat first once again with rolling dark clouds overhead. Even though Swanton Morley were reduced to eight players they were great sports however and were keen to get the game on, with Elmham loaning them a fielder for what would otherwise be a very hard day.
The openers for Elmham were Callum Futter and Jack George returning from first team duties. The opening bowlers for Swanton Morley were John Palmer and Peter Butler. Both bowlers found the going tough against an in form Callum Futter who
was in top form, brutally punishing anything short and off line. The sixth over though saw Swanton Morley’s first success as they picked up the wicket of Jack George (6) as he edged a ball skyward and was caught by the keeper Adam Faherty. This brought Elmham skipper Josh Hall to join Futter and the pair rapidly pushed the total along. James Palmer and David Powell came on to bowl but nothing could stop the flow of runs. By the drinks break at 22 overs Elmham were 164-1 with Callum Futter sitting 8 runs short of his maiden century in adult cricket. After drinks Lewis Houghton came on at the Brisley road end and Futter immediately found him to his liking, hitting the shop over the road full on and the then the house next door on the bounce to reach his well deserved century. More big hitting followed until finally an error as he didn't get quite enough on one off side shot and was caught by a great diving catch in front of the pavilion but his 113 had effectively put the game well out of Swantons reach. Hall reached his maiden 50 of the season and retired shortly after on 68, to give others a chance of getting a bit of match practice. Phil Bend (19), Anthony Mickelburgh (6), Dnny Hall (4), and not out batsmen Justin Barker (36) and Olly Jaggard (5) all contributed, leaving Elmham 296-5 at the end of 45 overs.
After tea Swanton Morley set about trying to keep the Elmham attack at bay, and to add to their woes a drizzly rain started to fall on and off. The 6th over saw Elmhams first breakthrough as Callum Futter bowled David Powell and he then had Peter Butler caught behind by Michael Balls in his next. Adam Faherty came in for Swanton and his big hitting helped to push them to their batting point but then the Elmham bowlers of Phil Bend and Josh Hall took wickets in each of the next 5 overs bringing their innings to a close on 47. Enough praise cannot be given though to Swanton who kept going and were determined to play cricket at all costs and played their part in a well humoured, sporting game. Unfortunately they are not the only club struggling to find players committed to the game.
The seconds ate away at Diss this weekend also with a 13:30 start.