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Winterton beat newly-promoted visitors Loddon by two wickets in Norfolk League Division OneWes Noble-Parker put the visitors into bat and was rewarded with an early wicket.

Winterton beat newly-promoted visitors Loddon by two wickets in Norfolk League Division One

Wes Noble-Parker put the visitors into bat and was rewarded with an early wicket. The Loddon top order dug in against some good bowling and seemed well set with only three wickets down with five overs remaining but the Winterton bowlers stuck to their task to bowl Loddon out for 120, only Ryan Edmunds with 45 gaining any success.

Of the home sides bowlers Tom Roper (4-19) and Ben Utting (3-15) shone.

Despite the early loss of Bryn Clarke for five, Winterton got off to a flyer with the bat, Wes Noble-Parker particularly fluent with 32 from 27 balls. But his wicket sparked trouble for Winterton as Ryan Edmunds (3-26) and Mark Stewart (4-26) gave Loddon some hope. Winterton found themselves eight wickets down and still needed six runs to win.

But throughout the collapse veteran Geoff Roper kept his head to remain unbeaten on 43 and see Winterton to second place in the league behind rivals Caister.

Winterton A (89) lost at Aldborough A (173) in Norfolk League Division Four.

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Although Winterton went down to a sizeable defeat, all players were delighted with the performance from a team that included several new faces, some on debut. It was a complete turn round from a fortnight ago when the lads didn't really compete.

Mark Holsworth led the attack well with 3 for 45 off 12 good overs. Jerry Gyde supported with 2 for 43. The boys fielded well with the highlight being a superb catch from debutant Elliot Serruys to remove the opposing captain Mac. Tom Whichelow and Sam Drake (who bowled his best spell for Winterton) also deserve credit.

Then debutant Brian Pilkington stole the limelight with 3 for 14. Skinner, with 66, was the only batsman to prosper against the bowling and helped the home team to a total of 173.

Winterton only had a few experienced batsman and they struggled against a competent attack. Well done to Rehan Alifor striking a fine 18 runs in just his second league game.

Winterton were pleased to get seven points from a game which was always going to be difficult but the positive features were clearly apparent and all players are looking forward to the next game with confidence.

BELTON began their Norfolk League season with an emphatic win when they hosted Rackheath in the Norfolk League Division Two at the Common on Saturday.

Openers Steve Day and Alec Toll (17) punished anything short or over-pitched. The Belton 50 came up in just 10 overs. Day's personal 50 was achieved in the 17th over but he soon lost another partner. When Sajid Ali and Chris Cropley were both adjudged lbw, the Belton innings stumbled on 126 for 4. Real impetus was provided by Cameron Nichols (18) and the hard-hitting Farhad Khan (36). Tom Knight added a quick 16 to the total, but the tail was dismissed cheaply and the home side failed to fully capitalise on Day's contribution of 77 runs from 30 overs. Belton totaled 213.

Rackheath were behind the asking rate at 48 for two from 13 overs. The introduction of Tom Knight accounted for four wickets as the visitors slumped to 74 for 6 with no way back.

Salman Ali picked up the wicket of M Rymarz and it was left to Liam Peake to dismiss the tail, taking the last two wickets for 19 runs. Throughout, J O'Bierne remained obdurately unmoved and achieved top score with 34 not out.

Their 147 runs left Rackheath 67 runs short of the target. Tom Knight's 4 for 31 was the pick of the Belton bowling. Steve Day added to his batting exploits with two sharp stumpings and Chris Cropley snagged a catch at mid-wicket.

BELTON visited Sheringham on Sunday and picked up their second victory in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League campaign.

Belton won the toss and Phil White and Adam Savoury had reached 14 when Savoury got one that ominously didn't bounce and was bowled. White followed soon afterwards for three and the visitors were 22-2 from seven overs. Richard Goreham stabilised the innings with 23 hard-earned runs. Gareth Ware provided the impetus with a valuable 32 and there were double-figure contributions from Farhad Khan (13), Harry Chanchalani (14) and Gavin Moar (13). Sheringham generously donated a whopping 52 extras as Belton reached 156 from 38.2 overs. J Moy's 4 for 39 took the honours for the home bowlers.

Farhad Khan ripped out N Lomax's off stump with the third ball. A Spillet survived to make 13 before Phil White had him caught at the wicket - the third unlucky batsman to make that number in the match. Gavin Moar chipped in by bowling J Moy for three and Richard Goreham had success when Neave was caught for 15. The major innings was played by M Spillet who made 51 before being dismissed going for a second run by a direct hit from the boundary courtesy of Richard Goreham. Khan and Moar took care of the last four batsmen for the addition of only 13 runs and the home side were bowled out for 127 from 39.4 overs.

Hemsby visited Colney and topped 300 runs for the second time in their last three league games.

Damien Ryan and Brett Colclough began the onslaught, putting on 199 runs in 28 overs. Ryan impressed with a series of elegant on-drives in his 107, while Colclough was at his brutal best whilst hitting 15 boundaries in his 95.

George Hudson stunned the Hemsby faithful by blocking his first five balls, but soon resumed his Caribbean style in a brisk 42. Liam Boylan continued the lightning fast scoring by crushing 59, with one blow nearly entering the bowling green some 80 yards away.

Colney stuck to their task well, with Kapur's left-arm spin impressing in his 4 for 46. However, Hemsby's 339 for 7 looked understandably daunting.

Hemsby shelled numerous catching opportunities. Fortunately, Smart and Perry flashed their arms with two run outs from direct hits. Smart's casualty was Whitworth, who'd made a stubborn 35, while Perry accounted for Ankit - who had flourished some beautiful cover drives in his 19.

With 2009's bowler of the year, Liam Boylan, bowling well but without any luck, it was left to Hudson and Perry to nip a couple of wickets each. As with their fielding, Colney were resolute throughout and a few lusty hits from Smith raised their total to 174 for 7.

In winning by 165 runs, Hemsby now have a 17-game winning streak and should push for a third straight promotion.

D & K Hoardings and Partitions' Man of the Match: Damien Ryan.

BLUNDESTON visited to Brisley and came away with a solid 113-run win with a strong all-round performance in Norfolk League Division Six.

Blundeston surprised the home team when they chose to bat on a green wicket where 160 seemed a decent target.

When they lost opener Sam Goffin (5) to a fine yorker and had Martin Talbot (2) retiring not out after wearing a beamer as a result of some erratic bowling, the innings was finely poised.

Skipper Graeme Talbot (73) dug in and with Lewis Chapman (21) looking in good touch took the score on to 91 when Lewis fell just before drinks.

Elliott Gooch (79) after falling the right side of a couple of dropped catches settled in and then really punished the Brisley attack. He shared a fluent 104-run partnership with the skipper, who was more than happy to stand at the other end as Elliott stroked fours and sixes around the ground.

Graeme fell to a smart one handed catch from Shailes before Elliott saw the score well past the 200 finally falling to the returning youngster Steele. Saurabh Verma (9) continued to scamper the singles and was joined for a cameo innings by Scott Brindle (18no), hitting 17 off the final over as Saurabh was run out on the last ball.

The innings closed on an impressive 246-5.

Accurate bowling from Owen Shuttleworth gave away only 13 runs from his seven overs, and the pace of Elliott conceded only seven taking out two of the top order. Lefty twins Martin and Lewis replaced them and Martin removed opposing skipper and opener thanks to some smart glove work stumped by Sam.

Lewis bowled with aggression and picked up two wickets with catches from Owen at point. With the score on 44-5 going into the 20th over the Brisley reply was faltering but J Clarke (36) provided some impetus to the innings as the skipper turned to spin and youth.

Dominic Gooch bowled tidily and Saurabh ran out of overs as the wily Scott Brindle bagged the bowling honours taking the season's first 'fivefor' to finish the innings. Scott was helped with catches from Martin, Dominic and Elliott as Blundeston dismissed Brisley for 133, running out winners by 113 runs.

Next, at home to Hardingham.