U13 Old Buckenham v Gt.Melton
Great Melton U13s lost their top-
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Melton skipper Lohit Kannan and Joseph Graves
made a confident start with Lohit hitting 25 before being caught and bowled. Ben
Fletcher hit a quick 13 that included a six and a four and Graves was eventually
dismissed for 12, both caught behind, but Harry Ryan (6 not out) and, in particular,
Ben Johnson played well to push the score to 105-
Johnson then struck with the ball, dismissing Reagan Meares for nought in his first
over. With Joseph Graves then bowling Bucks skipper Finbar Morrison for 1, Melton
very much had the upper hand. Muggeridge and Anderson were quick to punish any stray
deliveries, though, and with the ‘extras’ column boosted by a few too many byes and
wides, Old Buckenham always retained a chance of victory. Mohit Badimela took the
pace off the ball to bowl a tight penultimate over and when, first Anderson (33)
and then Muggeridge (31) were forced to retire with only a handful of runs needed
and just the last over to be bowled, Melton were probably still favourites to win.
However, more extras and well-
This fixture was finally played at the 3rd time of trying. Mattishall, short of some regular players and fielding a number of under 11s and under 13s in their squad were always going to find it tricky going but gave it a good shot against a good Tas side. Credit to Mattishall for getting the game on!
August 16th 2017
Unbelievably, despite the forecast and the torrential rain elsewhere in the county
Tas stayed dry all day to allow this twice-
August 9th 2017
Josh Wright skippered the U15s to a close fought victory at Hethersett & Tas Valley.
Great Melton were invited to bat first on a strip with little boundary on the far
side and a huge acreage to protect on the pavilion side. James Bridges (8) cut the
first ball of the match for 4 immediately showing that pitching the ball up was going
to pay on this wicket. Kai Wilkinson-
T Howard and J Gibson opened for Tas and it began to look as if 121 was well below
par as they added 36 from the first 4 overs. Josh brought himself on and found the
full length bowling required inducing an edge through to keeper Kai by Howard for
a brisk 21. Gibson was joined by Ben Way and they added 39 in 5 overs to put Tas
on 86 after 10 overs. Only 36 runs required off the last 6 overs.
However, Josh introduced the bowlers who were getting the full length and slower
pace required on this wicket. Backed by tenacious fielding from the whole team, Atticus
This was a good game of U15s cricket played in a competitive though friendly atmosphere.
August 4th 2017
Another game played in brilliant high spirits, thank you to Topcroft for being understanding and lending Tas an extra player in the field to allow the game to be played.
It was a convincing win for Topcroft with Kieron bowling 3 overs for 3 runs while taking 2 wickets, some excellent figures. Topcroft took 7 wickets, with 5 of the players sharing them around, and kept their field tight stopping most of the Tas singles. Tas posted a respectable score of 133 before the reduction of wickets, with Ollie Last scoring 5.
After a short break in the sun the game restarted with Tas bowling. The pick of the Tas figures game from Alex Sission who bowled 2 overs for 5 runs, taking a wicket in the process. A mention to Ollie last (3 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket) and Tyler Woodruff (3 overs, 13 runs, 1 maiden) for their good bowling also. Topcroft had a slow start in bat, but when they got going there were plenty of boundries from Brodie (12 Not Out) and James (14 Not Out). All of Topcroft's batsmen looked confident and had a great eye of when to run, and communicated well with each other. Tas' field was nice and tight with some great stops, especially from Kasey and Will.
All round it was another enjoyable Sunday morning of cricket, thank you to Topcroft for coming over and playing in such good spirits.
July 31st 2017
Ben Woodruff (Hethersett and Tas Valley CC)
In only their 2nd U15 game of the season, Tas lost the toss and were put into bat.
Good accurate bowling and excellent fielding on the boundary from Norwich A stifled
the scoring in the opening overs restricting the Tas openers to singles. Jack Gibson
came in at no 3 following the dismissal of Senuja Jayakody (3) by Buzz Kemp and he
and opener Tom Howard set about crafting the majority of the Tas runs, taking the
score from 12-
Norwich A started strongly and had reached 13 from the first 2 overs thanks to a
couple of 4's from openers James Sandall and M Whitty. The breakthrough for Tas came
in the 4th over, Sandall ct Jayakody, bowled Lucy Morton, Ben Stewart-
A great Tas win but with very good bowling performances from both sides.
July 22nd 2017
U13 Rocklands v Mulbarton 34 See pic in our gallery here
Rocklands CC beat Mulbarton in an extremely exciting finish that went down to the
Mulbarton put in by Rocklands made a slow start losing both Paterson (8) and G.Morris
(7) by the end of the fourth over. With Burton (3) also despatched cheaply and the
score only on 37 a worryingly low total looked possible. But a dogged innings by
F.Morris (19) well supported at the end by Johns (12no) and bolstered by a generous
portion of extras, despite Rocklands’ generally excellent attack, enabled the visitors
to finish on 87. Crosthwaite and Bridges garnered a brace of wickets apiece with
Barlow weighing in with the other.
Rocklands set off briskly to chase down Mulbarton’s modest target adding 48 before
F.Morris accounted for the dangerous Crosthwaite (25) in the seventh over. But with
only 40 required Mulbarton wrested back the initiative accounting for both Bridges
(15) and Furniss (1) as the rate mounted. As the end of the game approached increasingly
desperate tactics were adopted by Rocklands and there were several very close run
out decisions as Barlow (7no) and Coates (17no) bore down on Mulbarton’s total. In
the end it came down to the last ball with one for a tie and two for a win as Rocklands
scrambled the second run to end an enormously entertaining game.
F.Morris, Lambert and Lee all collected a wicket but the best for Mulbarton was U11 Nanayakkara who delivered his three overs at the tail end of the game for just seven runs.
On a warm humid morning we entertained Hethersett at Postwick to squeeze in the required
3rd match for both teams, thank you to Hethersett for being able to arrange a team.
All present witnessed another good game of youth cricket, with commitment, technical ability and most importantly two teams who enjoyed being a team and playing with smiles on their faces.
We were able to edge this game after some very good batting from George, Harvey at
the top of the innings was supported by Freddy Mathew and Nathan. Hethersett played
their part with all players fully committed in the field, helping them to keep the
total to 134.
Norwich started just as well with the ball as we had with bat and a wicket second
ball to Connor was taken well by Harvey. Hethersett Cooper and Scamel then started
to ask questions of Norwich, as they first played themselves in before looking to
take full advantage of any loose deliveries. S Woodrough then joined Cooper and continued
to test Norwich resolve. Some good overs by Nathan and Mathew and a great boundary
catch by Connor off Luc's bowling pulled things back and Freddy confirmed the result
by coming on to bowl 2 overs for 3 runs, picking up 3 wickets with some unplayable
deliveries creating the opportunity for quick hands Lake to make 2 stumpings.
A really nice way to spend a Sunday morning, credit to both teams.
This was a very close match which came down to the very last ball of the innings.
Tas batted first and openers Harrison and Jacob found it hard work to score with
the bat in the face of some very accurate bowling but excelled at taking extras.
Jacob trying hard to score with the bat was caught at square leg. Aidan came in next
only to also be caught the very next innings. James Wright (14*) joined Harrison
and they continued the great running between the wicket. Harrison was looking very
comfortable but then missed a low-
In reply Tas started really well, with Jacob Coglin-
Into the final over with 8 still needed to win, Harrison held his nerve bowling great line, length and pace. 2 dot balls were followed though with an edge from Zac which raced for 4. With 4 still needed to win from 3 balls, 2 more dots meant that 4 was still required from the last ball. Another great ball from Harrison but Zac managed to get his bat on it and it raced towards the boundary. Unluckily for him it was going up the slope and stopped just short of the boundary and a quick throw in restricted the batsmen to 2 runs.
So, a very exciting finish and a win for Tas by the narrowest of margins -
July 11th 2017
U11 Mulbarton v Brooke 31 See pic in our gallery here
On another superb summer morning, a young Mulbarton U11 team took on league leaders Brooke at Orchard Park. Brooke batted first with both openers Joseph Holmes and Sam Hancock having to retire having made 30 not out. Despite this the Mulbarton bowling and fielding was excellent. However, performance of the day came from Billy Lambert who also captained the side for the first time. His figures were 3 overs, 2 maidens, 5 wickets for 4 runs! Brooke made 95 for 5.
Missing several of their best batsmen, Mulbarton struggled against a very good Brooke bowling attack. Josh Rodwell took 4 wickets from 2 maiden overs! Mulbarton were all out for 20 runs after 9.1 overs. Brooke won by 75 runs.
July 11th 2017
Great Melton, skippered for the first time by H.Cunningham, won the toss and elected
to bat. C.Rushton and debutant L.Burkett opened the batting and took the score to
54 from 5 overs before C.Rushton retired on 31 not out. H. Cunningham joined Burkett
at the crease and the batsmen continued to score freely before Burkett was bowled
by Daniel for 7. L. Armstrong-
Great Melton looked buoyant in the field with a hatrick from L. Armstrong-
July 9th 2017
U15 Mulbarton v Hethersett & Tas Valley 29 See pic in our gallery here
Tas Valley U15s, playing their first match of the season at Orchard Park. batted
first. Mulbarton bowled very well but were up against confident Tas opening batsmen.
Unfortunately Mulbarton struggled to score against a very good Tas bowling attack.
Kyran Foster and Arjuna Puvanachandra started well but both were caught. Bobby Stuart-
Tas Valley won by 76 runs.
July 9th 2017
Norwich won the toss and elected to bat. THeir openers Max Brister and Angus batted
fluently until Angus was bowled by a cheeky change of pace by Bobby Stuart-
Mulbarton set about overhauling the target at a rapid rate and in fact their openers Arjuna Puvanachandra (22 not out) and Freddie Paterson (19 not out) made light work of the run chase (73) finishing in just over 8 overs without losing a wicket.
July 6th 2017
U11 Horsford v Mulbarton 26 See pic in our gallery here
On a lovely sunny day for cricket, Horsford batted first. Diminutive 8 year old opening
bat JC Malherbe hit his first ball to the mid-
Mulbarton openers James Lee and Billy Lambert looked comfortable and were scoring at a good rate until Billy missed a straight ball and was bowled. Naraen Prabhakar anounced his arrival at the crease by hitting his first ball to the boundary. Naraen was on fire hitting another 5 fours before having to retire 30 not out. Fantastic batting Naraen! James was also coming out of his shell. It was great to see James taking lots of quick singles as a result of early assertive calling. James also got a taste for hitting fours, hitting 4 boundaries in his 22 not out. After Hiruja unfortunately ran himself out, Elijah Jackson came in to finish the job with James. Mulbarton scored 112 for 2 with 2 overs to spare. Mulbarton won by 5 wickets.
July 3rd 2017
Old Buck's strong batting line up gave them a great start with both openers, Nathan
M and captain Malachi both retiring on 31. Tas managed a couple of wickets in the
final 2 overs with one each for Menuka Jayakody and James Ellis. Old Buck ended on
The Tas reply got off to a disastrous start when opener Menuka was bowled by Nathan
M on the 3rd ball of the first over for 0. Nathan proceeded to take the wicket of
No 3 Noam in the 3rd over with Tas 2-
July 2nd 2017
U11 Acle v Mulbarton 24 See pic in our gallery here
Mulbarton captain Hiruja Nanayakkara won the toss and put Acle in to bat. Opening batsman, bowler and captain J Shore led the team extremely competently scoring 6 boundaries before having to retire on 33. His opening partner E Humme played a more patient innings but also had to retire on 31. The Mulbarton bowling was fairly accurate but the batsmen found the gaps in the field and benefited from a lightning fast outfield. James Lee performed well behind the stumps. Hiruja, Naraen Prabhakar, Billy Lambert and Morgan Powell all bowled well. Hiruja took an excellent catch at backward point off Naraen's bowling. Some sharp fielding resulting in a run out. Acle finished on 105 for 2.
Having given a few too many runs away in the field the pressure was on the Mulbarton batsmen. Unfortunately in his eagerness Billy ran himself out early on. James Lee also opened the batting and coped admirably with the fast bowling of the Acle captain. He then accumulated runs steadily before falling for 16 runs. Star batsman of the day was Hiruja who played some great shots for his 20 not out. Unfortunately Mulbarton kept finding the fielders rather than the boundary which was the difference between the teams. Mulbarton reached a very creditable 88 for 5. Acle won by 17 runs.
June 26th 2017
Hardingham batted first Sam Palmer opened and batted for 15.5 overs for 42 with Johnny
Hall having to face the last ball on his debut for Hardingham. Some nice bowling
by Bradenham with Lewis Watts opening their bowling with a maiden over and ending
his 3 overs 2-
Bradenham had 78 to chase with Will Foster opening the bowling for Hardingham and taking a wicket with his first ball of the match. Some sensible batting by J Watts and L Watts steadied their innings and they chased the 78 down in 15.3 overs. A really close match well played by all.
June 25th 2017
U15 Mulbarton v Mattishall 22 See pic in our gallery here
Mulbarton's innings could not have got off to a worse start. C Dickinson continued to dominate the match by taking 3 wickets in the first over. It was therefore very pleasing to see a very mature and skillful batting display from Freddie Paterson who stuck around for most the innings until he was out right at the end for an excellent 26. He was ably assisted by Rachael Phillips who hitting some fine leg side shots to finish 17 not out. Mulbarton finished on 68 for 4. Mattishall won by 60 runs.
My thanks to the Mattishall coach and team for a good spirited encounter.
June 22nd 2017
Martin Phillips -
Hethersett ran out victors by 37 runs with Harrison top scoring with a excellent 20 not out to help post 96 for 2. Saham unfortunately giving away 58 extras. Hethersett bowlers were much more disciplined and despite a quick start Saham lost regular wickets and fell well short. George Mower top scoring with 11 for Saham and J Ellis was the pick of the away sides bowlers taking 2 for 7.
Great performance from Tas U11s (including 2 guest U9s -
Captain Harrison won the toss and sensibly elected to bat. Aidan and Jacob opened and started strongly, with good calling and running between the wickets.
Unfortunately in the second over Jacob who had been looking dangerous was bowled
(2) by a ball which stayed a little low. 7-
Saham Toney in reply came out swinging and batted aggressively against our opening
bowlers Jacob and Alfie. With the help of some strong batting and a few early wides
and byes the Saham score had rocketed to 33 when in the very last ball of Jacob's
2nd over the breakthrough came as Alfie took a fantastic flying catch to dismiss
one of the danger men! 33-
In over 9 Ollie came on, bowling with good line and pace and was rewarded with a
A great team performance from the boys. Special mention to Harrison for his unbeaten 20 and to Alfie, the smallest player on the pitch, for his flying catch which halted the dangerous momentum that Saham had started to gather. With the ball, everyone played their part with 7 wickets shared between all 6 bowlers. Plus, our extras total was the lowest of the season to date.
Well played everyone."
June 21st 2017
Sara Worley -
U15 Thetford v Garboldisham 20
Thetford innings began well with Newey and Simpson putting away the bad ball. Both fell after being well set leaving Wilson and Baulch to see Thetford home.
A very solid display with the bat and well played to Garboldisham on the evening too.
June 20th 2017
Craig Baulch -
U9 Mattishall v Thetford 19
In reply Thetford started slowly but the players grew in confidence and finished strongly with fine "not out" performances from Chisholm, Thomas and Piggot. A great game played with lovely spirit.....with lots of positive encouragement.....on a day that was "designed" for cricket!!!
June 20th 2017
Good contributions from James Bridges, Jack Gorman and Josh Wright with the bat and
a much better bowling display than their opponents brought the U15s their second
victory of the season in a South Norfolk Community League encounter with Acle played
in excellent spirit.
There were good 'knocks' from Reek (25 not out), Jack Patterson (17), Blazer (14)
and Ben Grey (13 not out) in the home side's reply but Olly Black only conceded 2
runs in his 2 overs, Wright picked up 2-
June 20th 2017
Brooke under 9s batted first and were in a strong position at the close of their innings. The match changed during the final 8 overs when despite accurate bowling by Brooke, the Gt Melton batters hit frequent boundaries. Either team could have won in the final over and all the players contributed to provide such a sporting and entertaining match.
June 14th 2017
A great game on a breezy but sunny morning. Thanks to Saham Toney CC for hosting at such short notice due to fixture clash at Mattishall CC.
Saham Toney batted first and lost skipper Mower first ball to Walker. This poor start was compounded when Wakemen picked up a further two wickets (2 for 8) with only 13 on the board. Sander led a strong rally scoring 21 and was ably supported by Sims. Saham Toney did well to finish on 66 for 5.
Mattishall were dominant in their reply and knocked the runs off in 8 overs with the loss of only two wickets. Court scoring a strong 24 and Braybrook an ever reliable 19. A strong performance from an experienced Mattishall team but a brave effort from the less experienced Saham Toney.
June 11th 2017
U11 Mulbarton v Topcroft 15 See pics on our gallery here
With Prabhakar, Nanayakkara and Morgan, in the blink of an eye, all back on the bench
and the team on 6 for 3, an early finish beckoned. But Mulbarton’s lower order offered
gallant resistance; Lambert (4), Coman (4), Weston (1no) and Riches (1) all contributing
to the final score of 27.
James (9) and Reeder (4) provided an attractive opening to Topcroft’s reply before
both were bowled by Prabhakar and Nanayakkara respectively and it was left to Whitting
(3no) and Sparrow (8no) to guide the team over the winning line in the tenth over.
Topcroft were the more experienced and polished side; bowling and fielding with real commitment and hanging on to their catches while Mulbarton’s young and enthusiastic squad remain a work in progress. Both teams can be proud of their performance on a beautiful summer morning at Orchard Park.
A lovely warm evening of cricket started with Mulbarton being patient with the bat. Regular contributions from captain Arjuna Puvanachandra (14), Robert Mackintosh (19), George Morris (10) and top scoring Bobby Sheppard (31 not out) included a total of 15 fours. A very positive batting display, only held in check by some tight bowling by the Great Ellingham captain Aaron Draper who finished with 12 runs for 3 wickets. Mulbarton finished with an impressive 130 which always looked too much to overhaul.
Bowling was on the money throughout the second innings with 6 Mulbarton bowlers all
chipping in with a wicket -
Mulbarton won convincingly by 71 runs but everyone had a great evening of cricket in the warm sunshine.
June 8th 2017
A very enjoyable evening spent watching some good cricket from both sides. Brooke won the toss and put Mattishall into bat. Mattishall started well, with the opening pairing of Chipperfield and Stoltz playing some nice shots and running well between the wickets. The Mattishall middle order held their form and the Mattishall innings was closed by Faircloth and Walker, who had to work hard against excellent bowling from Ford and Lewis. Mattishall had batted well for the loss of just 2 wickets.
In reply Brooke started well but were pegged back by some consistent Mattishall bowling, before the last pair of Ford and Lewis attacked with a string of boundaries in the final few overs. Despite their efforts it was not enough and Mattishall finished winning by 18 runs. The match was played in a lovely atmosphere with sportsmanship shown from both sides. The overall quality of cricket on show from both sides was very good and a pleasure to watch.
June 2nd 2017
Michael Hall -
U15 Rocklands v Mundford 12 See pic here
In their first SNCL game of the season, Rocklands CC Under 15s hosted Mundford CC. After winning the toss, Rocklands CC elected to bat first.
Despite a solid bowling performance by the Mundford players, Jed Bilverstone scored
runs throughout the innings, hitting eight 4’s before retiring in the last over of
the game for 50 not out. He opened with and was supported by Tom Woods who end up
on 9 not out. With only a few balls left Casey Peeke-
Rocklands started well with Daisy Eke and Jamie Taylor keeping the visitors below
the required run rate. Matt Jewson and Ralph Garrod bowled well with Ralph taking
a wicket in his second over. Casey Peeke-
A game played with great spirit throughout by all and one enjoyed by all those in attendance.
June 1st 2017
Matthew Barnett -
Initially the Horsford innings seemed to be slumping to a poor total with only 38
scored when the 6th wicket fell. However, the final pair of Kieran Lamb and Harry
George made a solid case for higher batting positions in future with a 54 partnership
from the last 9 overs to take the total to 92.
Tight early bowling restricted Great Melton to 21 from the first 7 overs. However,
Batting first Old Buckenham made a steady start with the openers putting on 85 for the loss of the 1st wicket when M Walter fell to a good catch from Joe Taylor. F Goodrum continued to impress and increased the scoring rate before he fell to another catch from Taylor for a well made 46. Old Buckenham ended their innings on 146 for 2 with a healthy portion of extras to boost the total.
The Bradenham reply began slowly as the accurate bowling of Daniel Bint pinned them down. Joe Taylor then began to find his form and well supported by Jake Whitwood the pair had made 82 before Whitwod was bowled by Heaton. Taylor reached his 50 and retired and the home team lost 1 more wicket before finishing their innings on 109 for 2. Old Buckenham only had 7 players but they all did their jobs and were worthy winners.
June 1st 2017
Dave Caffyn -
Horsford losing the toss were put into bat by Tas captain Ben Way. Horsford started
slowly losing opener captain Will Johnson, bowled by the Tas captain in only the
2nd over. Archie Ward joined George Byrne in the middle and added 9 to the total
before Way struck again in his 2nd over with a great C&B to dismiss Byrne. Wilson
Lucas came in at No. 4 and he and Ward proceeded to set about the Tas bowling, between
them hitting 43 and really putting some runs on the board. With the score at 65 the
pair were trying to take a run off a no ball when a great throw by Way to bowler
Ashton Gricks resulted in Lucas being run out. Benji Hewitt at 5 followed swiftly
in almost copycat fashion with another run out from a no ball. 76-
In reply, Tas made an almost identical start to Horsford,and with only 7 on the board,
Alex Bird was run out in the 2nd over going for a risky single. 7-
Sadly top scorer Ben Way retired (40*) after hitting a single from the 1st ball of
the final over. With 9 needed to win from 5 balls Will Worley was caught next ball
trying to force the pace (101-
SO a fine game, eagerly and closely contested by 16 great cricketers which went right down to the wire and with, happily, the Spirit of Cricket alive and well throughout!
The highlight of the game was undoubtedly the run chase and the 93 runs added by the partnership of Ben Way and Will Worley. Special mention though to Horsford captain Will Johnson who bowled the final over with no sign of nerves and who finished with figures of 2 for 8.
May 31st 2017
Sara Worley -
A very exciting and close encounter with everyone expecting Brooke to win easily with a very talented side, however the fact that Acle almost chased down 107 runs was testimony to the new coaching techniques we have on wed night coaching which allows "one to one" coaching to each child in turn.
Edward Cross retired on 40 , Harry Ford & May Drinkell had easily the most fluent bowling actions, whilst Mathew Buttery ( 3 overs 0 for 10 ) was easily the most economical bowler on either side. Taha Raja reached 37 before a very good ct & bowled by Harry Ford stopped him in his tracks.
An excellent game of Cricket played in good spirit by both sides, with perhaps the man of the match being the Manager/Umpire for Brooke who set the field after every ball, without a hint of guilt!
May 31st 2017
Quorn Handley -
Thetford Town CC U9's entertained H&TV in an evenly contested and very well supported
SNCL match. Thetford won and the toss and put the opposition into bat. Megan Haynes
and Archie Jackson opened the bowling with an impressive controlled spell, however
it was Thetford captain Theo Piggott who got the breakthrough with two wickets from
his two overs. Although the scoreboard continued to tick over the wickets fell at
a consistent rate with Dillon Cummings taking a further two wickets and Callum Chisholm
chipping in with one. In the pursuit of runs H&TV did not quite get the calling sorted
and two further wickets fell to runs outs and the innings closed at 178 for 7.
An evenly contested and well natured game in beautiful sunshine.
May 29th 2017
Micky Piggott (Thetford)
U11 Gt.Melton v Mattishall 06
In the 2nd innings M. Braybrook got the batting off to a good start, retiring after
he reached his total of 30. Tight bowling by the Melton bowlers restricted the visitors
A good game played by all.
May 29th 2017
The match today between Tas U9's and Garboldisham U9's, played at Tas, saw lovely
weather for a really pleasant game of cricket. The Garboldisham captain won the toss
and elected Tas into bat first. Tas made steady progress picking up a fair few quick
singles throughout the innings, before 3 run outs over the space of 2 overs haulted
their progress. Eventually after some very tidy Garboldisham bowling from Jago Bacher
(1 for 5 runs off 3 overs) Tas posted a solid net score of 109-
After a quick drinks break Garboldisham went out to bat with Tas opening the bowling
with a Maiden from Ollie Last. Garboldisham also gained lots of singles, these were
decisive and well taken, and hit a couple of 4s to post a net score of 139-
Final result: Garboldisham win by 30 runs. Congratulations to Garboldisham, they brought a great group of young players. On the day the sportsmanship from both teams was brilliant, a lovely game to watch all round.
May 22nd 2017
U15 Acle v Cringleford Lodge 04
May 21st 2017
Under brightening skies Norwich made a positive start to their innings against a Mulbarton side containing several players about to experience their first opportunity of hardball cricket. For Norwich, skipper Enoch led the way with an unbeaten 30 well supported by George (9no) and later Harry (16no). The Mulbarton attack was of a mixed quality but presented problems for the Norwich batsmen on occasions helped by the variable bounce. But the visitors’ score of 91, including 55 off the bat, was an impressive effort that would take some beating.
May 14th 2017
U11 Hethersett & Tas Valley v Mattishall 02
Tas won the toss and opted to field first and with the opening bowlers bowling tight
lines Mattishall were under pressure with only 23 on the board after 8 overs. A spell
of loose bowling changed the momentum of the match and Mattishall gathered pace to
finish on 81-
The Tas innings also started slowly against very accurate opening bowling. Tas openers Harrison and Menuka were progressing nicely until the 6th over when Harrison was caught from Court's bowling. The scoring slowed more when James Ellis was caught (3) attempting a big shot. Menuka and new batsman James Wright tried to steady the ship and at the same time trying to force the pace. ALways a dangerous situation and following a calling mix up Menuka was run out (12). Barney Waller came in to bat and he and James managed to put another 23 on the board before they ran out of overs in their run chase. Tas ended on 67 for 3.
Pick of the Mattishall bowlers was J Court 1-
May 14th 2017
Sadly for many players in the league this will be the final year of age-
Cringleford welcomed Tas on a lovely warmish late Spring evening with both teams
looking to make an impact in the League and a determination to progress to the Winners
Cringleford took to the field to defend a potentially winning total that would require a run rate of 8 per over. Size is a feature of the Tas team and the opening pairing of Cooper and Osborne seemed solid and the first breakthrough came in the fifth over with 37 on the board but the second pairing weathered the bowling attack and benefitted from some forgiving fielding at times to take it to 112 for two and 14 runs needed.
After such a warm start to the evening the end was ushered by a cold breeze literally and metaphorically as both the Sun disappeared and Tas who emerged as winners with 9 runs required off the final over and four balls to spare. This was a great advert for youth cricket played by two capable and determined teams and a treat for the spectators with the outcome by no means certain.
The SNCL format can provide huge entertainment and uncertainty right to the end but
interesting to note that each innings took about an hour to play with many players
making it home by 8:30pm… time for some homework or revision before lights-
May 14th 2017