Blundeston duo in record stand

Blundeston went top of Norfolk League Division Five in their best performance of the season on the back of a club record stand of 251 by Nick Mobbs (145) and Lewis Chapman (100) – see back page.

Blundeston were asked to bat at Somerleyton against morning league leaders, Colney, and if there was ever a good toss to lose it was this one.

Openers Mobbs (aged 20) and Chapman (18) patiently saw off the new ball, with Chapman continuing the form of previous weeks and keeping the score moving to get to 33 from the first seven overs.

Mobbs then joined in with some brutal blows and was the first to reach 50, and the partnership reached 100 as Lewis reached his 50, being equally destructive.

Colney tried many bowlers to try to tame the young lions, but by this time Mobbs was out-scoring Lewis on his way to his second league century.

The score reached 200 in the 30th over. On 250, and only 16 runs short of the league record, Chapman reached 100 for the second week running and then was out, caught the very next ball, with the score on 251.

Mobbs went on for a few more overs before he was bowled by Smith for an excellent 145.

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Skipper Graeme Talbot and Martin got the score up to 292 for two, which was the highest by Blundeston in league cricket, but also the first time any Blundeston side had passed 200 since they started playing at Somerleyton. The team of groundsmen should be well pleased with their work.

After tea, Elliot must have been shocked second ball as the Colney batsman ran a two to Owen Shuttleworth and was out by 10 feet.

Nick Butcher then dug in as wickets fell around him but was struck painfully by and Elliot delivery.

At the other end, Owen bowled a superb spell and claimed the Colney skipper, Dainty, with an absolute beauty.

Elliot bowled the next two batsmen in the middle of a superb spell, as Colney were reduced to 45 for four from the first 14 overs. Martin Talbot and Dominic Gooch then followed up, but Smith and Butcher held firm until the latter fell to a special delivery from Dom that Butcher played on to his stumps for a brave 41.

Colney stuck to their task, but Dominic removeed Aldridge to finish with two for 26, whilst Harry Buckley finally removed Clive Smith for a gritty 13. With overs running out, the old guard were introduced to try and get the last three wickets, but in the end it took Elliot to hit the top of middle stump and remove Wintle and finish with superb figures of three for 17. Colney were then bowled out for 125.

Next match away to Rocklands A.

Blundeston: N Mobbs b Smith 145, L Chapman c Burrell b Mills 100, G Talbot not out 16, M Talbot not out 9; extras 21. Total (2 wkts) 291. Bowling: S Carding 10-1-49-0, M Peck 8-1-36-0, R Wintle 8-0-49-0, G Mills 8-0-67-1, C Smith 8-0-46-1, T Stock 3-0-37-0.

Colney: J Dainty b Shuttleworth 6, D Whitworth run out 1, N Butcher b Gooch 41, T Stock b Gooch 4, M Burrell b Gooch 0, C Smith b Buckley 13, C Aldridge b Gooch 8, G Mills c Gooch b Chapman 14, S Carding not out 13, R Wintle b Gooch 1, M Peck b Chapman 1; extras 23. Total (10 wkts) 125. Bowling: E Gooch 8-3-17-3, O Shuttleworth 7-2-24-1, M Talbot 7-3-16-0, D Gooch 7-1-26-2, H Buckley 4-2-8-1, T Bentley 4-0-14-0, G Talbot 2-0-6-0, M Chapman 2.1-1-1-2.