Crawley century in vain

Winterton A welcomed league leaders Hingham to the Hambrook Oval on Saturday when, in a 116-run defeat, Nicky Crawley hit a superb 111, his second 50 runs coming at a fast rate.

Home skipper Whichelow won the toss and inserted the visitors. This looked like a good choice when, in the third over, Matthew Stanhope-Smith clean bowled Butcher for four.

But a massive partnership of 135 between Guy Jnr and Grear-Hardy was aided by some poor fielding, three dropped catches in total. Finally Guy Jnr was caught well by Mark Hambrook off Phil Drake for 75.

For the first 10 overs Hingham cruised along at eight runs per over, until some tight bowling from Andy Ewing and Whichelow helped to pull it back. Eventually S Guy Snr was bowled for just 10 by Whichelow. Grear-Handy eventually fell to a very good delivery from Bob Pugh, lbw for a very good 95 runs.

D Key worked hard for his 21 before Matthew Stanhope-Smith bowled him with an in-swinging Yorker. C Edwards (54) demolished all bowlers to the far reaches of the ground, before Stanhope-Smith clean bowled him for his third wicket.

Hingham finished on a massive 319 for six.

The regular opening partnership of Whichelow and Hambrook were looking good with Hambrook finding the boundary with regular ease.

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Whichelow (3) was caught and bowled very well by Butcher.

Crawley joined Hambrook and both played shots and continued to score easily before Hambrook, on a run of low scores, was bowled by Edwards for 38. Keith Drewitt (1) was caught behind off Allen and the Winterton innings rocked.

James Stanhope-Smith played some good shots off the spinner before falling for 13 and Jonno Stanhope-Smith came and went without troubling the scorers.

Throughout, Crawley continued to play shots and eventually got to his first half-century for the club.

Andy Ewing hit a quickfire nine and Pugh was clean bowled for a duck.

With no chance of winning the match Matthew Stanhope-Smith came in with the job of seeing the team to 200 in order to secure full batting points.

Meanwhile, Crawley raced to a fantastic hundred, scoring his second 50 runs in no time at all. He eventually fell to Guy snr on the Nelson total of 111.

Phil Drake (1no) joined Stanhope-Smith (4no) and they pushed on to 203 at the end of the 45th over to end the match.

Hemsby entertained Hales & Loddon and won by 113 runs.

The Hemsby skipper decided to bat first. Hudson and Ryan put on an opening stand of 61, with Hudson looking in good form. Ryan was dismissed hitting a short ball straight to mid-wicket.

Maxwell and Hudson carried on attacking the bowling, playing some beautiful shots, putting on 98 before Maxwell missed a straight ball with the score on 159.

Hemsby then struggled as they tried to keep the momentum of the innings going, losing wickets at regular intervals but managing to post a total of 231 for eight.

Hudson struck the first blow in the third over with Nicholson taking a good catch. Hales & Loddon remained positive and looked to go for the runs, which led to Hudson taking his second wicket in the fifth over with a good sharp catch from Taylor.

Hemsby continued to bowl good lines, and when Box and Taylor took over from Hudson and Shepherd they really got stuck into the batsmen, Nicholson missing a chance from both bowlers and the bowlers responding by bowling the batsmen next ball. Hemsby put in a great fielding performance.

Bricklayers Arms Man of the Match: George Hudson

Hemsby: G Hudson run out 84, D Ryan c Beaumont b Pitcher 23, A Maxwell b White 54, B Prakash b Pitcher 10, R Shepherd lbw Weston 12, N Dack c Cook b Pitcher 3, A Kidd b Beaumont 10, S Nicholson not out 5, M Box b Beaumont 1, R Taylor not out 2, extras 27. Total 231. Bowling: L White 12-1-64-1, J Pitcher 11-0-63-3, A Beaumont 11-1-26-2, J Weston 11-1-42-1.

Hales & Loddon: J Perry c Nicholson b Hudson 1, J Weston c Taylor b Hudson 10, A Beaumont c Ryan b Box 19, J Cook b Box 35, T Rolfe b Taylor 1, J Rolfe c Ryan b Taylor 0, M Rusted b Box 2, A Kaye b Box 9, L White b Taylor 4, J Pitcher c-b Taylor 21, A Cook not out 2, extras 14. Total 118. Bowling: G Hudson 6-0-27-2, R Shepherd 6-1-26-0, R Taylor 7.5-2-38-4, M Box 7-1-20-4.

Blundeston skipper Graeme Talbot had no hesitation in electing to bat against New Buckenham at the Somerleyton Oval when his side ran out winners by 100 runs.

Openers Nick Mobbs and Lewis Chapman looked to continue their heroics of the last game, three weeks ago, but Nick was adjudged caught behind in the first over.

Graeme joined Lewis and saw off the new ball and just as they started to accelerate, Lewis was out caught behind for an entertaining 34.

Martin joined his dad and dug in against some accurate bowling from Peter Marshall and John Neville as the score crept to 120 of 35 overs.

Graeme saw this opportunity to step up the pace and was caught at square leg for a well worked 50.

Dominic Gooch fell to Robin Joseph and then wickets started to tumble as the Blundeston tail tried to get a reasonable score. Martin went for a dogged 19 and it was left to debutant Reece Milham to hit a four in the last over to take the score to 161 and get an extra point for his team.

In reply, the opening bowlers of Mark Chapman and Owen Shuttleworth kept the score below two an over until Owen pulled up lame and was replaced by Nick Mobbs.

He soon removed Halfacre with the first of four toe-crushing Yorkers as he removed the middle order in quick time in a fine spell of 4-10.

Mark finished with 3-24 and a suicidal run-out to Danger Talbot saw the end of Frame for a duck. Reece then bowled really well and looked sharp, but it was Dom Gooch who finished the match by bowling Marshall with the opposition score on 61 to give Blundeston a fine victory.

Some really good performances, but MoM honours go to Nick Mobbs for a fine spell, but an excellent team performance.

Next match away to third-placed Old Buckenham.

Blundeston: N Mobbs c Taylor b K Connolly 5, L Chapman c Taylor b C Connolly 34, G Talbot c Taylor b Neville 50, M Talbot b Joseph 19, Dominic Gooch b Joseph 9, M Pandya c Taylor b Neville 1, M Chapman c Correy Connolly b Joseph 16, R Milham not out 5, O Shuttleworth b Neville 0, J Parker c Winser b Neville 0, extras 19. Total (9 wkts) 161. Bowling: K Connolly 6-0-23-1, G Halfacre 5-1-29-0, C Connolly 7-1-26-1, P Marshall 12-1-36-0, J Neville 10-4-34-4, R Joseph 5-1-10-3.

New Buckenham: T Hardwick lbw M Chapman 6, G Halfacre b N Mobbs 1, C Connolly b M Chapman 0, R Joseph lbw M Chapman 15, N Frame run out (M Talbot) 0, J Heeseman b Mobbs 0, A Taylor not out 16, A Ling b Mobbs 0, J Neville b Mobbs 0, P Marshall b Gooch 4, extras 19. Total (9 wkts) 61. Bowling: O Shuttleworth 4-0-8-0, M Chapman 10-1-24-3, N Mobbs 7-3-10-4, R Milham 3-2-3-0, 5 D Gooch 2.2-1-3-1.

Blundeston A (25), visited Martham A (3) in the Norfolk League Division Eight andhad to perform better on the excellent batting track.

J Mobbs (1-19) removed J Abrahams in his second of six overs, H Buckley (0-20) bowled a good seven-over spell without luck.

Again it was J Able (4-25) who did the damage, removing T Blundell (29) in his second over.

T Miller 1-18 off seven, T Mobbs 2-12 off nine and O Miller 1-8 kept the pressure on.

Scoring only 111 all out on a good wicket Martham needed to take early wickets.

T Mobbs (43) and H Buckley (41) saw off the new ball to set about compiling a 93-run partnership to kill the game off.

After both had departed, O. Gooch (14no) and J. Mobbs (1no) saw Blundeston home.