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Diss B v North Elmham A – Norfolk League 4SW

Elmham travelled to Diss B without their skipper and opening strike bowler Josh Hall. It started badly when Elmham lost the toss and were put into bat by Diss. Elmham’s openers were young Callum Futter (looking to build on his hundred of the previous week) and Justin Barker. Opening the bowling for Diss were William Ward and Tory Taylor. Young Callum Futter settled in quickly, and having survived a very early run out chance and a dropped catch, was soon piercing the field and regularly finding the boundary with some well-timed strokes. By the end of the 12th over the openers had pushed the score along to a very good 72. The next over though saw the first wicket fall, Justin Barker (24) being judged LBW, bringing a much improving Anthony

Mickleburgh to the crease. He was soon dealing well with the line and length of the wily left arm of Ward and together with Futter they were keeping the scoreboard ticking over nicely. Futter’s 50 came up in the 16th over and Elmham’s 100 in the. Diss started to put the breaks on the run rate as Elmham took a slight breather. In the 29th over  Mickleburgh, who had looked very comfortable, suddenly went for a single that he thought was beating a fielder, started out but couldn't return and was run out for a credible 18,  Jack George came in for his usual cameo performance, 3 fours and a couple of singles and then caught. Danny Hall then joined Futter (who was sitting on 99) and the two sixteen year olds looked to continue the steady push for the last 12 overs. Futter reached his second consecutive century and Hall was driving some well-timed shots after an initial nervy start. In the 38th over Futter went for another aerial boundary and was caught for an excellent 119, with the Elmham total on 198. At this point Elmham were looking to wring what they could from the last 7 overs and Olly Jaggard joined Hall. Runs dried up though and both Hall (15) and Jaggard (7) were both stumped and only Kevin Hall (6) scoring any other runs in the Elmham innings leaving them 217 all out after 45 overs.

The Diss openers, Douglas Young and Jamie Young were facing the opening attack of Phil Bend and Callum Futter. The runs came easily in the first 3 overs with the batsmen using the pace of the ball, but in the 4th over Futter with his pace disrupted the stumps of both Jamie Young and Joshua Heaton, and with Phil Bend bowling George Paine in the next over the home team were suddenly on 22 for 3 wickets. This, however, brought the Diss skipper James Skilleter to join Douglas Young and the pair looked to see off the Elmham openers. Elmham’s change bowlers, were Olly Jaggard and Dan Hall. The pair bowled well, Jaggard especially bowling a good length, but the Diss batsmen were comfortable and found gaps and boundaries came relatively easily taking the score onto 143-3 at drinks and Elmham really needed a breakthrough. Callum Futter came back into the attack from the opposite end and while he was bowling some unplayable deliveries the batsmen were still picking up a boundary per over. Elmham changed bowlers and Bend and George persevered, but Diss were patient and waiting for the bad ball. Diss reached their goal in the 35th over and although Elmham felt disappointed by the result they can look back and feel fairly satisfied with picking up six points knowing they were travelling with a main bowler short.

Next week Elmham A are at home to Hardingham B, start 13:30.

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