Hares bounce back

HALVERGATE hosted Sprowston A in their second Norfolk League Division Two game of the season hoping to bounce back quickly after suffering a defeat in the opening week.

HALVERGATE hosted Sprowston A in their second Norfolk League Division Two game of the season hoping to bounce back quickly after suffering a defeat in the opening week.

In an excellent all-round performance, one that must be built on at Drayton, the Hares secured victory, Simon Brister a key figure with 70 runs. Halvergate made just one change with Shaun Howley replacing the unavailable T Booth.

Sprowston won the toss and decided to bat first on what looked like an excellent wicket.

J Tallowin and D Cook opened the bowling and despite bowling well were unable to make a breakthrough as the Sprowston openers moved to 34 in the ninth over.

S Howley was introduced and immediately clean bowled K Patel with a vicious in-swinging delivery.

S Willimott was brought into the attack and again bowled with great discipline, taking 3-32 from his 12 overs.

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The bowlers were backed up by some great fielding and the run rate began to slow as Sprowston struggled to 60-4 in the 23rd over.

Skipper Clarke continued to turn the screw and brought Tim Crane into the attack as well as bringing back J Tallowin. Wickets started to fall and Sprowston were in trouble at 78-8.

The remaining batsman did not go down without a fight and managed to get the final score up to a 131-9.

Halvergate began there chase in the worst possible fashion as Clarke clipped a full toss straight to mid-wicket with the score on two in the first over.

Halvergate soon got on top however with S Brister and J Tipping playing some exquisite shots all around the wicket. The score had moved on to 45 when Tipping was deceived by a flighted ball and was clean bowled.

P Hill and T Crane provided some support to Brister, who was still batting positively. Brister passed 50 and was taking Halvergate towards a vital victory. Despite losing both Hill and Crane, Halvergate had moved onto 130-5 in the 38th over.

Brister (70) was finally out caught at first slip trying to hit the winning runs, but with just two runs to win this really was a match winning innings.

J Gill (14 not out) soon dispatched a full ball to the boundary and the Hares were celebrating their first win of the season.

Eden Resourcing man-of-the-match: Simon Brister (70 runs).