Having lost the second team game against to the weather it was with some trepidation that the 1st’s travelled the route to Garblodisham with the sky looking more and more ominous. On arrival a slight drizzle started but the wicket on that pitch was well covered and all would depend on the state of the outfield. Eventually it was agreed on a 3pm start with the match reduced to 30 overs per side. Whilst waiting it was found that water had crept under the covers of Garboldisham’s other pitch and their 1st team Alliance game was abandoned, then news arrived that their 2nd team Alliance game v Norwich had also been called off and so it was fingers crossed for this game. When read to start Elmham lost the toss again and Garboldisham elected
to bowl in the very gloomy conditions. North Elmham got off to a brilliant start as James White (78*) and Olly Hall (35) shared in an opening partnership of 86 off the first 18 overs. The breakthrough came when Philip Carr (3-30) got Hall plumb lbw. This brought Callum Futter (promoted to the first team this week) to the wicket and he quickly set about the task, scoring 41 in very quick time before he was well stumped off the bowling of Charlie Wright. Wickets fell steadily after this as North Elmham tried to push the score in the final overs and they eventually posted a very competitive 185-5 from their 30 overs.
To add a change to the match the sun came out at the tea interval which made the second half of the game a lot more pleasant, warmer, brighter, all the things a batting side likes. Garboldisham lost the early wicket of Philip Carr (10) in their reply before Andrew Freake (68*) was joined by firstly Eddie Thorne (43) and then Charlie Wright(45) who controlled the scoring rate and made North Elmham pay for a few slip ups. Some late wickets fell to Hall, Sinclair and Hunt but in the end Garboldisham won by 6 wickets with 6 balls to spare.
A tight game that could have gone either way, what was significant was the fact that almost all of the sides that played on Saturday, those that batted first ended up on the losing side such was the nature of the weather. Elmham have now lost the last 3 games with 4 deliveries to go, 3 deliveries to go and now 6 deliveries to go – the results are so close, luck has to change soon you would think (even with winning the toss this game could have been a different result).
Next week the 1st team are at home to Reepham and Salle, start 13:30, whilst the seconds have a spot of driving with an away game against Mellis.