Good all-round show by Hares

Halvergate (21pts) beat Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A (6) by five wickets in Norfolk Alliance Division Five

A good all-round performance by the Hares, who will look to continue this good run tomorrow at Brooke.

On Saturday, Halvergate welcomed Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers A to a warm and sunny Wickhampton Road. After looking at the weather conditions and the flat, hard wicket the Wanderers’ skipper had no hesitation in choosing to bat.

The Wanderers’ innings started slowly with Howley and Crane maintaining a disciplined line and length which the Wanderers batsmen found difficult to get away, resulting in only nine runs from the first nine overs.

Steadily the Wanderers’ batsmen began to find their feet and the two openers’ whilst chancing their arm’ compiled a partnership of 70 before the spin of Kevin Millington removed G Bunting lbw for 38.

The introduction of slower bowlers London and Millington increased the over rate and the batsmen found it difficult to play the big shots.

This pressure resulted in two sharp stumpings for Chris Key off the bowling of London.

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With the Wanderers’ skipper at the crease, 150 on the board and with only six overs left to complete their innings, Macintosh looked to attack the short boundary, mainly off the bowling of Crane, resulting in the innings finishing on 192-5.

Shaun Howley bowled well at the other end to finish unrewarded with figures of 11-3-26-0.

The Halvergate innings started in positive fashion with Clarke in his normal attacking play.

However, a low bounce resulted in him being adjudged lbw by the Halvergate umpire Derek Bloomfield, for 19.

This brought Luke Hannant to the crease and he was to demonstrate his ability to provide a platform for his team-mates to attack by sensible batting and rotating the strike.

After opener Southam and Key had come and gone, Tim Armstrong, playing only his second game of the season, arrived at the crease and began to take the game away from Wanderers.

He quickly accumulated 43 before being adjudged lbw off slower bowler Shawcross, leaving the score 119-4 from 27 overs.

After Howley had quickly come and gone for 11. Cook quickly got into his stride, hitting 39 not out including two large sixes to take the Hares to their victory target of 193 inside 39 overs. Luke Hannant finshed unbeaten on 58.

Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers A: G Bunting lbw K Millington 38, J Littlehales c D Cook K b London 64, J Edge st C Key b K London 0, S Shawcross st C Key b K London 3, M Mackintosh not out 62, R Eagleton c Clarke b T Crane 5, S Tate not out 8; extras 6. Total (5 wkts) 192.

Bowling: S Howley 11-3-26-0, T Crane 11-2-65-1, K London 12-1-44-3, K Millington 12-0-50-1.

Halvergate: S Clarke lbw M Mackintosh 19, P Southam b M Pepper 3, L Hannant not out 58, C Key c S Shawcross b M Pepper 4, T Armstrong lbw S Shawcross 43, S Howley c Unknown b S Tate 11, D Cook not out 39; extras 17. Total (5 wkts) 194.

Bowling: G Bunting 12-3-48-0, M Mackintosh 8.5-0-55-1, M Pepper 8-0-33-2, J Edge 3-0-24-0, S Shawcross 3-0-11-1, S Tate 5-0-19-1.