Boost for Halvergate as they get back to winning ways

Swaffham celebrate claiming the wicket of Beccles' George Milton. Picture: Antony Kelly

Swaffham celebrate claiming the wicket of Beccles' George Milton. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Halvergate returned to winning ways and claimed maximum points at home to Blundeston and Somerleyton in the Norfolk League on Saturday.

Blundeston decided to bat first and lost their first wicket in the fifth over to the bowling of Adam Pitchers.

Keeler, Daplyn and Cooper moved the score to 31 for three in the 12th over before a run of quick wickets for veteran bowlers Jason Brister and Graham Harrop reduced the visitors to 48 for eight in the 27th over.

McEwen (13) and Baldwin (nine) provided some late runs but the innings closed in the 35th over with the score on 71 for eight.

Adam Pitchers took one for seven, Simon Burns 0 for 13, Graham Harrop three for 16, Jason Brister four for 15, Jack Cooley one for 12 and Michael Handley 0 for one. There was a catch each for Jason Brister and Aaron Sanders and a run out for Michael Handley.

After an excellent tea Halvergate lost James Howley in the first over lbw to Ramsdale for a duck. Perry Kelf (35 not out) and Sam Utting (32 not out) then moved the ball around the ground to pick up runs and Halvergate reached the target of 72 in the 15th over.

Thanks go to all who made the game possible, particularly those that turned up to ensure Halvergate fielded a full side.

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In the top flight Great Yarmouth were bowled out for just 68 by Felthorpe who had earlier made 214-9. Jack Noakes and Mark Thompson both took three wickets for Yarmouth while Thompson was their top scorer with 19.

Great Yarmouth are at home to Castle Acre tomorrow.

In Division Three of the Norfolk Alliance Winterton and Acle A both recorded emphatic wins.

Winterton were far too strong for Fakenham A, bowling them out for just 67 with Ben Utting taking 4-30, Joe Smart 2-11 and Tom Whichelow 2-7.

The openers then knocked off the runs required inside 22 overs, with Devon Brannigan unbeaten on 27 and Wesley Noble Parker on 31.

Acle got all the way up to 315-8 against North Runcton A, helped by 78 from Josh Wilson and no fewer than 63 extras. Runcton made 183 in reply, with Alex Quinton taking 3-27.

Winterton are at home to Old Buckenham A tomorrow while Acle A visit Swardeston B.