Captain guides Kirkley & Belton to dramatic last ball victory

Cricket action between Bungay (batting) and Swardeston B. Swardeston bowler Blake Bowden takes the w

Cricket action between Bungay (batting) and Swardeston B. Swardeston bowler Blake Bowden takes the wicket of Martyn Ramm.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Kirkley & Belton visited Felthorpe in their latest Norfolk League Division One match on Saturday and came away with a dramatic one wicket victory.

They won the toss and put home team in to bat in overcast conditions.

Kirkley and Belton’s bowlers bowled used the conditions really well and bowled Felthorpe out for 128. Karan Sharma had figures of 4-23, Chris Lambert 3-46 and Sajid Ali 2-24.

Chasing this small total wasn’t easy in light rain and a heavy outfield and K&B lost wickets at regular intervals. Nine went down but skipper Sajid Ali held his nerve by hitting the winning run off the last ball of the innings.

Abdul Rehman was the visitors’ top scorer with 31.

K&B, sponsored by Kia John Grose Ltd, take on St Andrews at Gunton Park on Saturday.

Kirkley & Belton A, sponsored by Alan Boswell Insurance Services, beat Old Catton A by six wickets. It was an emotional win for Kirkley against a gallant Old Catton side.

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Daniels again lost the toss but Catton wanted to bat first, so the toss was a bit pointless. Kirkley started well again, with Simon Bessey and David Read again bowling tightly and restricting Old Catton to 48 for five off 20 overs.

Paul Hodds and George Savoury came on and bowled well while Neil Muirhead really impressed in sad circumstances as he lost his mother during the week.

A true legend of the club, he stuck to his task and bowled very well. All of the club send their love to Neil and his dad Kevin at such a sad time. Old Catton reached 153 all out.

In persistent rain, Simon Bessey and Harvey Hebditch opened and got Kirkley off to a good fast start. Bessey fell but George Savoury joined Hebditch and batted very well for 46.

Hebditch also fell and it was left to Kevin Barnard and skipper Richard Daniels to safely see Kirkley home by six wickets.

Praise must be given to Old Catton for not once asking to come off in miserable conditions. MoM: Neil Muirhead.

Southwold recorded an emphatic 54 run victory at Cringleford to maintain their promotion push in Division 2E. Stefan Clifford notched an unbeaten 86 in a total of 176-3, which proved too much for the hosts as they were bowled out for 122 (Terry Booker 4-35). Southwold host Eaton tomorrow,