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Hethersett & Tas Valley v Old Buckenham
With their best batting performance of the competition, Tas piled the pressure on
runners up elect Old Buckenham with some shrewd shot selection and quick running.
Bucks had some early success with the ball but after that it was Tas all the way
as their pairs added 19, 27 and 34 respectively to post a challenging 180.
But such a total was well within reach of Bucks as they added 25 without loss before
the end of the fifth over. But five wickets, including a hat trick, in the sixth,
followed by another in the seventh saw their score plummet into negative territory.
With 78 required off the last four overs, the task was too much even for their ever
Hethersett & Tas Valley 180 for 3 (41 points). Old Buckenham 116 for 13 (4 points).
Gt.Melton v Topcroft
Melton have improved each time they have played and this was a solid batting performance
against Topcroft’s disciplined attack – though the reluctance to run many singles
has held them back and their totals have been rather more modest than they might
Topcroft progressed slowly towards the modest target and a couple of power play wickets
in the last two overs could have thrown up a surprise result. But they did all that
was required as the final pair added sufficient runs to take them beyond danger and
bring their team a richly deserved second zipleague title.
Gt.Melton 126 for 4 (4 points). Topcroft 149 for 2 (28 points).
Round 10 -
Acle v Gt.Ellingham
With just a single game scheduled on this bitterly cold evening, Gt.Ellingham did
all that was asked of them as they eyed up this season’s runner up spot against an
initially under strength Acle.
Even with Acle only mustering four players at the start of the game, their young
side batted with real conviction and with Ellingham after as many wickets as possible,
their opponents did well to restrict them to just eight bowling points.
There was never any doubt as to the winner of this fixture but Acle stuck to their
guns, particularly in the second half of Ellingham’s innings when their final player
eventually arrived. Better late than never as his two overs along with some controlled
deliveries at the death restricted Gt.Ellingham to 155.
Acle 103 for 8 (4 points). Gt.Ellingham 155 for 4 (33 points).
Round 9 -
Gt.Melton v Gt.Ellingham
Melton continued their improvement with the bat against an organised Ellingham side
with all three pairs delivering substantial contributions to their eventual total
of 167. Ellingham were guilty of an element of profligacy with their extras but otherwise
fielded with real commitment preventing Melton’s large total from becoming an unassailable
Melton themselves bowled well too but two wickets off no balls meant they were unable
to apply any early pressure. Although Ellingham only managed 14 off their first four
overs, the middle order, despite losing three wickets, made the most of their two
power plays adding a further 57 with some big hitting and calculated running, something
missing from their previous games. With the target already overhauled, the last pair
batted sensibly and even the loss of a late wicket wasn’t enough to stop them grabbing
the spoils from this entertaining game; rekindling their chances of securing the
runners up spot.
Gt.Melton 167 for 2 (11 points). Gt.Ellingham 182 for 5 (30 points).
Old Buckenham v Rocklands
Old Buckenham were another team looking to capture second place in this seventh season
but proved a touch lethargic with the bat against Rocklands’ best performance with
the ball in this their last game. Three wickets in the seventh over saw just 115
posted and it was, as has almost always been the case, left to the final pairing
to deliver the goods. But even these two were prevented from running riot by some
accurate bowling at the death and their total of 139 looked distinctly fragile.
Rocklands were fired up by their success with the ball and made an encouraging start
to their innings; 131 without loss at the end of the sixth over, just nine shy of
delivering a surprise result. It ended there though as a hat trick in the seventh
over power play stopped them in their tracks. The eleventh power play over offered
the only hope of redemption but a wicket in this too left Old Buckenham with a much
larger margin of victory than they could ever have expected.
Old Buckenham 139 for 5 (28 points). Rocklands 104 for 5 (5 points).
Round 8 -
Hethersett & Tas Valley v Rocklands
Rocklands voyage of discovery continued as they came up against a strong Tas side
whose initial two pairs added 58; the first choosing to employ some brutal hitting
to the boundary and the second relying more on quick running between the wickets.
This was Rocklands’ best performance with the ball and the fielding was also much
improved but Tas were on top form and would not be contained. Their final two looked
set for Tas to be the first to eclipse the 200 barrier this winter with 198 on the
board and three power play balls remaining but Rocklands snaffled a wicket off the
last ball robbing them of this milestone.
Rocklands generally lack any real technique with the bat but their stubborn resistance
enabled them to make some headway against strong opposition and it was the seventh
over before they lost their first wicket. There was never any likelihood of them
overtaking the huge total but this was a hugely spirited display from a very young
side still learning their craft.
Hethersett & Tas Valley 188 for 4 (32 points). Rocklands 127 for 4 (6 points).
Acle v Topcroft
Acle, like Rocklands before them, are a very young team but most at least have played before. But Topcroft were truly majestic, delivering a masterclass in bowling and especially fielding which was outstanding and Acle were never allowed to settle. Credit to them though for keeping going in the face of overwhelming odds with the last pair delivering a feisty finale to their innings.
But Acle weren’t finished as Topcroft struggled to generate much in the way of runs from their first eight overs as their opponents pinned them down; taking three wickets. For a time a huge upset looked an outside possibility and it was left to Topcroft’s final pair to take the game beyond reach as they powered their way to a fifth win.
Acle 102 for 8 (3 points). Topcroft 158 for 3 (33 points).
Round 7 – Monday January 29th 2018
All four previous winners were in action in Round seven and it may well be one of
these that will be adding another title to their total.
Gt.Melton v Rocklands
Sadly though it won’t be Rocklands who were swept aside by a resurgent Melton who are learning fast and electing not to repeat their mistakes from earlier encounters. Put into bat by Rocklands, they were largely untroubled as the total mounted steadily. Rocklands bowled pretty well and fielded with real commitment but they were unable to prevent their opponents, without loss, from posting a match winning total.
Melton have always been a good bowling side but Rocklands did offer some stiff resistance
with the bat although such a total was going to be well out of their reach. Credit
then for posting the highest score of their campaign to date.
Gt.Melton 177 for 0 (32 points). Rocklands 119 for 5 (1 point).
Gt.Ellingham v Topcroft
This wasn’t to be Ellingham’s night either. One man down was not a good start and
their first pair losing four wickets didn’t help. The middle order though repaired
much of the damage regaining some of the initiative before Topcroft mopped up the
Chasing just 122, Topcroft were already ahead by the third over, helped by rather too many extras. There were no wickets for the first two pairs and it was only the final duo, relieved of any pressure at all, who succumbed bringing Ellingham 3 bowling points – scant reward for their hard evening’s work against a superior side.
Gt.Ellingham 121 for 8 (5 points). Topcroft (37 points).
Round 6 – Monday January 22nd 2018
Gt.Melton v Hethersett & Tas Valley
Tas were certainly at a disadvantage being one man down but Melton batted with a
greater sense of maturity in their innings and did not give up their wickets easily.
Despite Tas’ generally accurate bowling and frugality with their extras, Melton’s
total mounted and by the end of the eighth they were 22 to the good. A cavalier and
highly entertaining innings by their tail enders added a further 44 before the disappointing
loss of twenty runs off the final two power play balls of the innings removed some
of the shine.
Tas looked fairly comfortable early on in their reply but Melton contained much of
their exuberance with the regular collection of wickets, some rather generously donated
by Tas themselves. This meant they were unable to develop any real traction and by
the end of the eighth were still over 30 light of the target. But power plays can
change everything and with 17 required from the last six balls, a surprise comeback
looked a real possibility. But, like Melton before them, Tas also lost two wickets
in this last over to extinguish any chance of a win.
Gt.Melton 146 for 6 (36 points). Hethersett & Tas Valley 122 for 12 (8 points).
Old Buckenham v Acle
Poor Acle’s bowlers were beset by the jitters as they struggled with their line against
an Old Buckenham side bristling with confidence. Bucks offered few chances and the
score, bolstered by a large extras count, mounted steadily. Acle did manage two wickets
but the game gradually ran away from them as Old Buckenham finished on 179.
Acle’s reply demonstrated some real discipline but they had absolutely no luck at
all as Old Buckenham, despite this being far from their best bowling performance,
took nine wickets. It says a lot for Acle’s spirit that they kept going right to
the end eventually collecting two batting points for their efforts.
Old Buckenham 179 for 2 (36 points). Acle 123 for 9 (4 points).
U14 Round 5 – Monday January 15th 2018
Gt.Ellingham v Hethersett & Tas Valley
An interesting prospect between two evenly matched teams opened proceedings after
the Christmas break.
Put into bat by Tas, Ellingham’s first pair lost three wickets but still managed
to claw their way back into positive territory before their successors profited from
the two power plays and, without losing a wicket, propelled the score to 138. Ellingham
were reticent to risk any singles and confined themselves to sidewall singles and
several big hits netting boundaries and sixes. Tas bowled and fielded with real precision
but were unable to prevent the final pair adding a further 16 to post a competitive
target of 156.
Tas had not reached this total in their previous two games but everything seemed
to be going to plan this time as the openers added 20 without loss and the second
two a further 15. There was an outstanding reaction catch by the wicket keeper in
the sixth over but, apart from that, Ellingham seemed to pose little real threat
with the ball. 21 off the final four overs, including two power plays, therefore
seemed something of a formality for Tas. However an excellent eleventh over yielded
just two runs and then a ballooned catch off the first ball of the twelfth turned
the match around. With ten needed off the final delivery only a six (doubled up to
12) would do. Tas managed a single but it was not quite enough as Ellingham ran out
winners by three runs.
Gt.Ellingham 155 for 5 (27 points). Hethersett & Tas Valley 152 for 2 (10 points).
Rocklands v Topcroft
Rocklands very young team were pitched against an experienced Topcroft side but even
so demonstrated considerable progress in their indoor journey this winter, losing
fewer wickets and scoring more runs than in their previous two games.
But they were no match for Topcroft who could be excused their occasional lapses
of concentration as they recorded their third straight win to head the table at the
Rocklands 99 for 9. Topcroft 199 for 0 (38 points).
U14 Round 4 – Monday December 4th 2017
Old Buckenham v Topcroft
Neither team batting first on the evening were able to muster a total that put their
opponents under any real pressure. Both Old Buckenham’s first pair lost two wickets
but generally batted sensibly if without much urgency. It was left to the final go-
Topcroft were rather twitchy at the start of their reply but, helped by the generous
contribution of extras, found themselves with only 12 needed off their last four
overs, including two power plays. This final pair never looked like losing a wicket
despite Old Buckenham’s best efforts and drew clear winning the game by 24 runs.
Old Buckenham 147 for 5 (7 points). Topcroft 171 for 3 (32 points).
Acle v Gt.Melton
Melton had clearly raided the dressing up box transforming themselves from nervous
debutants into competition challengers. Acle wilted under their trademark bowling
and fielding attack with both power plays proving disappointing. They did well to
maintain their cohesion and in the end post a positive total to challenge Melton.
Melton’s fragility with the bat was considerably less obvious in their reply and
they were only troubled during the middle section of their innings when Acle threatened
to claw themselves back into the game; taking their only four wickets. Great credit
to Acle’s sheer determination which kept them in the game up to the tenth over but
Melton’s technique with the bat proved superior as the final pair, doing no more
than was necessary, secured the first victory for their team.
Acle 123 for 7 (6 points). Gt.Melton 139 for 4 (30 points).
U14 Round 3 – Monday November 27th 2017
Gt.Ellingham bounced back from their narrow defeat against Old Buckenham turning
in an assured performance with the bat to post the season’s highest total. Rocklands
were pretty solid in the field but were unable to contain Ellingham’s exuberant second
pair who added 63 making the most of their two power play overs. Rocklands restricted
the final pair to just four runs as a consolation helped by an astonishing reaction
There was little chance of Rocklands overhauling the huge total and instead they
opted for a cautious approach. The first pairing hung in there well before a cascade
of wickets for the second two obliterated any hope of an unlikely victory.
Gt.Ellingham 181 for 4 (39 points). Rocklands 67 for 11 (4 points).
Acle v Hethersett & Tas Valley
Two wickets in their first four overs, including a power play, prevented Acle from
making any headway at the start of their innings and their middle order hesitated
too much in their running losing several wickets to Tas’ assured fielding and throwing.
It says much for the side’s determination that they managed to drag themselves back
into positive territory with the final pair losing only a single wicket.
Chasing a non-
U14 Round 2 – Monday November 20th 2017
Topcroft v Hethersett & Tas Valley
This was an entertaining and exciting start to the evening from two experienced indoor teams.
There were few fireworks from Topcroft’s opening two pairs and although they lost
four wickets still added 31 to provide a perfect springboard for the final pairing.
With the power plays eleven and twelve, the case with all sides tonight, the innings
was delicately poised. This duo provided plenty of excitement adding a further 36
and totalling 167.
In reply, Tas exhibited similar restraint in the first two thirds of their innings
and came to the last four overs on an almost identical score. With 141 on the board
and their two power plays to finish their prospects looked positive before three
wickets derailed their charge to the winning line. Topcroft bowled more tightly than
Tas and this was largely the difference between the two sides.
Topcroft 167 for 9 (33 points). Hethersett & Tas Valley 143 for 7 (13 points).
Old Buckenham v Gt.Melton
Old Buckenham were the only team to have already played a game this season and it
showed. Their first two pairs batted sensibly losing just two wickets. The result
of this was an ideal platform for their buccaneering final duo who didn’t disappoint,
scampering runs that others would have chosen to ignore. A huge score looked likely
before Melton removed some of the gloss off Old Buckenham’s innings with power play
wickets on their two final balls.
Melton bowled extremely well, a feature of their indoor game over the last few seasons.
It is the bat with which they have often struggled. This was a young team who were
almost all new to the indoor game and there is much to learn. They were really never
in the hunt as wickets tumbled, some self-
Old Buckenham 145 for 6. (36 points). Gt.Melton 113 for 12. (7 points).
U14 Round 1 November 13th 2017
Last year’s title winners Rocklands, fielding a completely new side, took on U12
orphans Acle in the first fixture of the seventh season.
Acle though, having played in the short lived U12 competition last year, were the
more experienced and with their accurate attack soon had the new boys in trouble.
A clutch of wickets fell in the first four overs from which Rocklands never recovered.
Wickets tumbled throughout the innings although the second pair were the most resilient.
No heroics were required by Acle as they chased a negative total but Rocklands bowled
steadily taking six wickets. This was not enough to put their opponents under any
real pressure but must offer some encouragement for their campaign and hopefully
they will have enjoyed the experience and learned much from this rather bruising
Rocklands 58 for 12 (6 points). Acle 139 for 6 (35 points).
Gt.Ellingham v Old Buckenham
Ellingham adopted an aggressive approach from the off in their innings with a tip
and run strategy. But Old Buckenham’s tight fielding and Ellingham’s recurrent hesitation
led to an avalanche of wickets early on. Regrouping from this initial shock, they
abandoned the tactic and, without losing any further wickets, rebuilt their innings
with the second pair adding 32 and the third 14 ending on 135.
Bucks looked pretty comfortable early on chasing this modest total but Ellingham
bowled and fielded with increasing confidence as the second pair lost seven wickets,
several of their own making with often injudicious shot selection. With fifty still
needed the final pair had plenty to do but their tip and run strategy prevailed where
Ellingham’s had failed. The final two overs, both power plays, saw them still 38
short of the target but they displayed great maturity with some excellent shots and
fearless running. A difficult chance behind the stumps off the fourth ball of the
last over could have derailed their efforts but they held their nerve to scrape home
by three runs in a pulsating game.
Gt.Ellingham 135 for 6 (13 points). Old Buckenham 138 for 10 (29 points).