Hoping to get their first league win of the season North Elmham hosted Gooderstone in what was their first home game of the season. Gooderstone won the toss and elected to bowl first on a fairly green pitch. The North Elmham openers James White (56) and Olly Hall (36) achieved what has been lacking so far this season, a good solid start to the innings on what was a slow outfield as they put on 90 for the first wicket before Hall mistimed a shot and was caught and bowled off the bowling of Owen Chandler. Not to be outdone White was soon on his way back as well when a mix up in the running left him stranded in the middle and easily run out. Gooderstone backed
these two by taking another two wickets in quick succession. The batting slide was eventually stopped by Steve Shoesmith (35) and partners Clive Lonsdale (9) and Ben Hunt (16). Gooderstone’s captain Mark Chalkley then started picking up wickets and finished with 3-43. A late surge of runs between Bridges and Drummie pushed up the score to 201-9 with the last ball of the innings and this secured the final batting point.
Gooderstone looked to get off to a quick start before Hunt (who finished with an excellent 4-16) had Stephen Carter caught in the covers by Lennie Drummie. Keith Morgan soon followed, caught behind the stumps by Steve Shoesmith. Glen Fossey (34) batted steadily and found company in Nicholas Morgan (25) before Marcus Webb (2-46) got the second of his two wickets in an impressive spell of bowling. He was backed up well at the other end by some tight bowling from Iain Sinclair in his usual miserly form. The reintroduction of George Bridges into the attack accounted for the wicket of Fossey, well caught in the slips by James White. Wickets continued to fall to an Olly Halls combination of bowling (2-20) and a run out of Owen Chandler with a direct hit on the stumps before Ben Hunt finally finished off the innings as Gooderstone were bowled out for 159 in the final over.
Next week Elmham who are hoping their luck has finally changed are back on their travelling ways with a visit to Castle Acre, start 13:30.