Halvergate CC mark their return to action with a soild victory

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Dereham and Lowestoft. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Dereham and Lowestoft. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

After a second enforced break when Cringleford were unable to raise a side, Halvergate Cricket Club returned to action in second spot of Norfolk League Division Two East.

They travelled to third-placed Eaton last Saturday and claimed an impressive win.

On a very hot afternoon Halvergate fielded first and started well when Danny Cook claimed the first wicket in the fourth over.

Eaton were 31 for four in the 16th before a 40-run partnership was broken in the 28th over with the score at 71 for five. The score steadily ticked along until Eaton’s final wicket fell off the penultimate ball to see them post a final score of 124 all out.

Halvergate’s bowlers all played their part: Danny Cook one for 24, Adam Pitchers three for 16, Stuart Willimott three for 12, Graham Harrop 0 for 21, Perry Kelf one for 9 and Sam Utting one for 31.

There were two catches for James Howley and one each for Luke Hannant, Perry Kelf and Danny Cook while Stuart Willimott had a run-out.

After tea Eaton took the early wicket of James Howley, bowled for five by Duke with a second wicket falling in the 13th over when Perry Kelf was lbw to Spinks for 10 with the score on 52. Ross Sanders was stumped for two and Michael Handley then bowled for 11 with the score on 82. Willimott (14 not out) supported Luke Hannant with an unbeaten 78 to see Halvergate over the line in the 33rd over and claim 24 league points for Halvergate.

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Saturday’s games: Great Yarmouth v Saxlingham, Kirkley and Belton v Overstrand, Blundeston v Caister.