Kirkley and Belton claim emphatic Sunday win

James Hale on the attack for Great Witchingham in Saturday's rain-affected game against Burwell. Pic

James Hale on the attack for Great Witchingham in Saturday's rain-affected game against Burwell. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Archant

Kirkley and Belton’s Sunday Team made the journey to Old Catton for their penultimate Mid Norfolk League game.

K&B captain Savoury won the toss and elected to field, with Read taking a wicket second ball, Beech taking the catch.

This brought Quinton to the wicket and he set about the bowling, hitting Read for several sixes and quickly reaching his 50. However in the process he did run out two of his team mates, leaving Catton at 65-3.

Azam Mir’s quick spin deceived several batsman as wickets fell at regular intervals with Catton finally all out for 114 in the 35th over with Comer, who was also involved in a run out, along with Bessey Junior cleaning up the tail.

In reply K&B got off to a steady start as Beech and Indu took their time to get themselves in. Beech didn’t quite make the end of this period as his 16 ball innings came to an end for a duck.

Indu and Holloway then upped the run rate before the injured Holloway was run out for 15.

Rolling back the years Mike Pavier was cutting for fun in his quickfire 12, Hayes was four and out and after Indu recorded a maiden half century and got up to 67 he was unluckily out lbw, leaving Bessey Junior to join Savoury to guide the winning runs past the slip cordon with 10 overs to spare.

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In Division One of the Norfolk League champions-elect Saxlingham beat Kirkley & Belton in a tense encounter, Tom Lardner (44 not out) and Ross Bilham (3-52) starring as they posted 187-8.

But Kirkley & Belton’s batsmen responded in spirited fashion, even after slipping to 123-8, with Sajid Ali (34) and Karan Sharma (22 not out) making it interesting before Saxlingham completed a 16 run win.

Kirkley’s final league match of the season is at Overstrand tomorrow.

Southwold stayed on course for promotion in Division 2E after bowling neighbours Blundeston for just 38 to win by 99 runs.

The visitors were restricted to 137-8 in their 45 overs, with Craig Gorst-Allman top scoring with 46. As it turned out that was more than enough, with Gorst-Allman taking 5-8 and Steve Hines 3-17 as bottom team Blundeston were skittled out.

Southwold need to beat Sprowston B at home tomorrow to clinch runners-up position, with Aylsham St Giles, who are 13 points behind, waiting for any slip-up.