Halvergate CC maintain excellent start to new season


Halvergate Cricket Club remain unbeaten in Norfolk League Division Two East after a third win of the season at Somerleyton and Blundeston on Saturday.

Perry Kelf won the toss and decided to bat on a track that looked like it would favour the bowlers.

James Howley (4) was bowled in the first over and a 40-run partnership with Kelf was broken in the 11th over when Steve Utting was caught for 28.

Kelf (19), Luke Hannant (6) and Sam Utting (8) moved the score along to 85 for 5 from 21 overs. Halvergate then lost Michael Handley (20), Stuart Willimott (13), Danny Cook (0) and Graham Morris (0).

Adam Pitchers, with a solid 26, and Graham Harrop (1 not out) saw Halvergate post what looked to be a competitive total 143 all out off 40.2 overs.

After a good tea Halvergate claimed their first scalp in the second over through Danny Cook, who took another in the sixth.

Daplyn (18) offered some resistance with the bat but Halvergate moved quickly through the home side’s batting to dismiss Blundeston and Somerleyton for just 35 in the 18th over.

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Halvergate claimed 24 league points and remain 17 points clear of Southwold as the only team in the division to win all three of their matches.

Although this was a bowler friendly track, credit goes to all players. Halvergate’s bowlers were led by Danny Cook with an excellent five for 14 from nine overs, with strong support from Adam Pitchers (two for 10 from seven) and Sam Utting (two for five from 1.2 overs).

There were three stunning catches from Steve Utting, Stuart Willimott and Luke Hannant in a good all-round display.

Halvergate make the trip to Ringsfield on Saturday to play Gillingham.

In the top flight Great Yarmouth lost a tight match against Felthorpe by two wickets on Saturday afternoon.

Yarmouth were dismissed for 152, with Simon Ruddock the top scorer on 37.

Their bowlers then turned in a decent performance but Felthorpe edged home in the final over, finishing on 156-8.

Jack Noakes (3-42) and Harry Buckley (3-11) were the star men for Great Yarmouth, who are down in seventh position after winning one and losing two of their opening three fixtures.