Halvergate show impressive form

HALVERGATE beat Diss A by 97 runs in Norfolk Alliance Division Five, with three batsmen topping 60 and two bowlers each taking four wickets.

They were not too disappointed to be asked to bat first on what looked to be a hard, flat wicket

The Hares got away to an unspectacular start, with a stiff cross-wind producing some early swing. After 11 overs the score had only crept to 22, but no wickets had fallen.

As the bowlers started to tire, the Halvergate openers, Clarke and Cooke started to put away the bad deliveries and the total began to accelerate. The Diss change bowlers could offer nothing new, and the batsmen brought up their century partnership in the 22nd over, with Clarke reaching his second 50 of the season.

Cooke brought up his 50 shortly after, and some good stroke play from the pair saw them take the score to 154 in the 30th over before Clarke fell for 69.

Cooke batted on with new batsman Brister, but he too fell for 69 a few overs later. Brister and Hill added a further 92 runs in just 13 overs before Hill was dismissed in the final overs for 30.

Brister looked in good touch again as he too notched up his second 50 of the season to finish on 67 not out. The innings closed on an impressive of 261 for three.

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The Diss reply started slowly but not for any lack of intent. The batsmen played and missed on numerous occasions before Crane had one of the openers caught behind, thanks to a sharp reacxtion from Brett.

Fox was unfortunate not to get any reward from a pacy opening spell, and as the batsmen started to connect with a few balls, the score moved on to 50 in the 12th over.

The Diss batsmen continued to play positively and rode their luck as the score continued to move along smartly. However, the Hares bowlers didn’t lose their heads and wickets began to fall, including that of the hard-hitting Killian, who fell just short of his half-century for 46.

Booth and Millington bowled well in tandem and chipped away through the Diss middle order to both finish with four-wicket hauls.

Only in the last stages of the game did Diss resigned themselves to batting out for a draw, but Crane took their final wicket with the total on 164, thanks to another good catch from Brett behind the stumps.

This was an impressive victory for the Hares following their disappointing defeat the previous week. They now travel to Holt for a tough game against Aldborough.

Halvergate: S Clarke c Ward 69, S Cooke c Ward 69, S Brister not out 67, P Hill b Blakeley 30, C Key not out 1; extras 25. Total (3 wkts) 261.

Bowling: Blakeley 12-2-52-1, J Bell 12-1-44-0, C Pask 5-0-39-0, K Pask 5-0-31-0, D Betts 6-0-35-0, W Ward 6-0-45-2.

Diss A: Barker c Brett b Crane 2, Killian c Crane b Booth 46, Chenery b Millington 11, C Pask c Hill b Booth 17, Blakeley c Southam b Booth 17, K Pask c Fox b Millington 26, C Ward b Booth 0, D Betts b Millington 9, D Witting c Clarke b Millington 4, J Bell c Brett b Crane 1, W Ward not out 6; extras 23. Total (10 wkts) 164.

Bowling: S Fox 9-0-41-0, T Crane 8-2-20-2, P Hill 2-0-14-0, A Booth 12-3-33-4, K Millington 10-2-38-4.