On hot, sticky afternoon Beeston played hosts to a North Elmham A side looking to put the previous weeks performance behind them. Elmham Captain Josh Hall maintained his 100% record with winning the toss and chose to field. The openers for Beeston were Phil Blackford and George Wilkinson, with Josh Hall and Callum Futter opening the bowling for Elmham. Beeston handled the pace of the pair well for the first six overs, the seventh over however saw the first wicket fall as Futter had Blackford (4) caught by Dan Hall in the slips, and the eighth over saw Wilkinson (15) also fall, bowled by the hard working Hall. The new batsmen were youngsters Nick Green and Liam Wall. Green (7) started brightly but after a couple of nice shots
Futter had him also walking back to the pavilion in the ninth over clean bowled with the score on 33-3. Brian Parke joined Wall and the pair looked to build a base for the innings. Eventually Wall (20) was caught behind by Richie Futter off the bowling of Elmham’s young Olly Jaggard who was relishing the moist conditions. 58-4 soon became 60-5 as skipper Parke (6) was run out. Glen Wilkinson was playing carefully and was keeping the scoreboard steadily ticking over. The total had got to 106 before Sayer (6) fell to Callum Futter after a superb catch at point by Justin Barker. Robert Oldfield (1) was bowled by Josh Hall, bringing Harry Steward in to join Wilkinson. The pairing looked threatening until Steward (15) was caught by Mickleburgh at cover off the bowling of young Dan Hall at the start of his third over. His very next ball bowled Peter Bridges (0) at the base of his stumps and he completed his hat-trick with his next delivery having Tim Vogel (0) caught behind by Richie Futter. The Beeston innings closed after 40.3 overs with a total of 151 all out.
Tthe air freshened during the interval and rain looked possible with dark clouds menacing. The Elmham openers were Callum Futter and Justin Barker, against the Beeston opening bowlers of Nick Green and Harry Steward. The pair showed good pace and accuracy and Elmham had to dig in and make the most of any wayward deliveries. After 12 overs Elmham had reached 58-0 and were looking untroubled, but Barker (9) played across a straight delivery from young pace man Liam Wall and was adjudged LBW. Josh Hall joined Futter and together they looked to push the total along but in the eighteenth over Hall (9) swept a ball from Tim Vogel square of the wicket and young George Wilkinson threw himself to his left to grasp hold of the ball to take an excellent catch. Worse was to come for Elmham, in Vogel’s next over the in form Futter was caught behind after making another excellent 53. With Elmham on 92-3 after 20 overs young Dan Hall went out to join experienced Ant Mickleburgh, and this pairing played sensibly, taking time to get settle in and then upping the tempo. Mickleburgh (14) was bowled by Nick Green with Elmham on 136, and the total 147-5. When Olly Jaggard (5) was caught, D Hall (26no) was still there and growing in confidence, playing some excellent drives, and he and new batting partner Callum Tindall looked to get Elmham over the line which they eventually did in the fortieth over with Tindall (6) hitting Ian Sayer back over his head for a boundary to take Elmham onto 155-5. Man of the match was Dan Hall for a hat-trick, a slip catch and a great unbeaten innings to steer his side to victory. A great game of cricket played in a very sporting atmosphere. A much needed result for Elmham as they now play the top three teams in their next three games, starting with Garboldisham C at home on Saturday, Start 13:30