North Elmham Cricket Club

Swanton Morley v North Elmham CC – Norfolk League 6 – 11th August 2012

Swanton Morley (22 points) beat North Elmham CC (5 points)


North Elmham: G King 30, J Dagless 20, B Hunt 3-32

Swanton Morley: G Whiteside 49no, W McKinney 32no and 4-40

Roy Websdale showing the right shot at the wrong timeNorth Elmham made the short journey to Swanton Morley to play the away leg of their Norfolk League 6 fixture (the home one having been lost to this year’s abnormal rain) with a below normal strength side thanks to holidays. Club secretary Grant King captained the side in the absence of both the Captain and Vice Captain. Batting first on a slow spongy pitch, it looked from the start that runs could well be hard to come by on the day. The Elmham openers of James White and Roy Websdale played some very steady cricket against the accurate spin and medium pace of Perkins and Westery who were helped by the very keen Swanton Morley fielding. The first 10 overs

had only produced a miserly 20 runs before White decided to try and attack the spin of Perkins and play some good attacking shots although the field was still difficult to penetrate with some very good shots going straight to fielders for no score. The total had advanced to 33 by the end of 12 overs and the score acceleration produced a bowling change, Westery being replaced by the quicker Gauntlett, this brought an immediate result with White edging onto his stumps for 18. King came to the wicket with his only other score this season being 111 against Ketteringham Hall so the team was definitely hoping for a repeat performance. The extra pace of Gauntlett seemed to be James Dagless in actiongetting a little more life from the spongy pitch but King soon found his aim taking 4’s off both bowlers and bringing up the 50 with a leg glance for 4 in the 20th over. After the drinks interval, Perkins was replaced by another spinner, McKinney, but King started to make some inroads with 3 well struck 4’s off the bowling of Gauntlett and with the score on 65 he was replaced with Vincent who struck 1st ball with the wicket of the increasingly dangerous looking King bowled for 30 with the score on 70. Ed Maule came to the wicket at this point and started to slowly settle in with a 4 and a few singles. At the other end a decidedly out of form looking Websdale decided he had to try and accelerate his score as well, unfortunately he was bowled middle stump for 12 trying to heave the ball to leg with the score on 78-3. Christo Slabbert was next in and settled himself in with some dexterous pushes of the ball whilst getting a sight of what the bowling had to offer. It did not take long for his trademark mid wicket pull for 4 to appear, unfortunately he was caught a couple of overs later trying to repeat the shot, 85-4. Maule and Dagless took the score steadily on to 105 when unfortunately Maule holed out at deep mid wicket to give Swanton Morley their 5th wicket in the 40th over. Dagless who had been joined by Livings started a run chase to ensure the 3rd batting point with Livings in particular hitting some nice shots in his 16, including a six – most out of character. Dagless and Hunt only added one run to the score before Dagless was last out bowled by McKinney with the last delivery, 138-7 off 45 overs. A good performance by the Swanton Morley bowlers who stuck to line and length all afternoon and coupled it with some extremely good fielding had left a target that was always going to be difficult to defend for the Elmham bowlers.

Swanton Morley settled to the batting task with openers Gauntlett and Head finding runs as difficult to come by as has Elmham although the faster pace of the bowling was producing the occasional 4. With the score on 9 a square drive from Head was well caught by Maule off the bowling of Dagless – 9-1 off 6 overs. Raines was the new batsman and despite numerous not successful lbw decisions against both batsmen the score advanced with a couple of 4’s when Ben Hunt struck and removed opener Gauntlett for 10 making the score 17-2, a really tight game was in prospect. Whiteside the Swanton Morley captain was next to the crease and some dogged defense especially against the bowling of Hunt saw Swanton slowly increase the score. At the other end Dagless had been replaced with the brisk medium pace of Ed Maule who removed Raines with a caught and bowled in his second over 38-3 off 19 overs. Websdale replaced Hunt at the other end and bowled a tidy 4 overs for 3 runs, unfortunately the next 3 went for 17 the runs mainly being taken by Daniels. Websdale was replace by the returning Hunt to try and stem the flow and he immediately took the wicket of Daniels bowled for 15 with the score 60-4 from 29 overs. Three overs later an lbw appeal was successful when Fuller was given out off the bowling of Hunt for 10 with the score 76-5. Could Elmham do it? – Unfortunately the answer was no as the tail started wagging with Swanton Morley’s captain Whiteside aided by McKinney and some dropped catches (although no blame can be attached to one as it was directly into the low sun) helping the score to accelerate and show that runs could be scored if a batsman got his eye in properly. A good 49 not out to Whiteside helped by 32 not out to McKinney saw 4th in the table Swanton Morley to a good well deserved 5 wicket win over 2nd in the table North Elmham.

Next week is at home to Halvergate start 1:30pm.


North Elmham

Ben HuntJ White b S.Gauntlett 18

R Websdale b W.McKinney 12

G King b R.Vincent 30

E Maule c McKinney b R.Vincent 18

C Slabbert c ? b McKinney 4

J Dagless b McKinney 20

J Livings b McKinney 16

B Hunt not out 1

M Gilbert DNB

M Bahman DNB

D Websdale DNB

Extras 19

Total 138-7 off 45 overs


J Perkins 12-5-15-0

C Westery 6-0-23-0

S Gauntlett 7-1-24-1

W McKinney 11-2-40-4

R Vincent 9-1-22-2


Swanton Morley

S Gauntlett b B.Hunt 10

B Head c Maule b Dagless 5

N Raines c&b Maule 11

G Whiteside not out 49

H Daniels b B,Hunt 15

M Fuller lbw B.Hunt 10

W McKinney not out 32

Extras 10

Total 142-5 off 42.5 overs


B Hunt 12-5-32-3

J Dagless 9.4-2-41-1

E Maule 12-3-30-1

R Websdale 9-3-36-0


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