Kirkley & Belton record first home win of season

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- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Kirkley and Belton registered their first home win of the season in Division One of the Norfolk League on Saturday, beating Felthorpe by 32 runs.

On a pleasant sunny day Felthorpe captain Matt Doyle won the toss and put the home team in to bat and in the first 10 overs the visitors took two wickets, dismissing both openers Wayne Goreham and Jon Bailey in quick succession.

For third wicket captain Sajid Ali and Chris Cropley put on a reasonable partnership and had taken the score to 67 when the captain played on to the off spinner for 36.

Chris Lambert joined in with Cropley and put on 111 runs for the fourth wicket.

Both scored good half centuries with Lambert top scoring with 66 runs to his name and Cropley making 54 to help Kirkley and Belton to reach 201 runs in their allotted 45 overs with the loss of seven wickets taking maximum five batting points.

Felthorpe lost their first wicket without any runs on the board when Ben Hunt nicked one behind off the bowling of Ali.

Matthew Doyle and Steve Ridout had a partnership of 64 runs for the second wicket but when Conrad Beach bowled the latter for the 36, wickets started to fell from one end, leaving captain Doyle unbeaten with a well made 73.

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Felthorpe ended up with 169 for eight in their 45 overs. Kirkley and Belton winning the game by 32 runs. Lambert took three wickets, with the rest of the bowlers chipping in with wickets to their name too.

Beach took 2-24, Aazam Mir 2-19 and Ali 1-10.

Lambert was named man-of-the-match for his all round performance for Kirkley and Belton, who moved up to eighth as a result of their second win of the season, two points ahead of Great Yarmouth.

Kirkley and Belton first play their next game away against St Andrews tomorrow while Great Yarmouth visit Happisburgh.

Sandringham took over the leadership of Division One, thanks mainly to James Banham’s 72 not out as they overcame basement side Castle Acre, who remain winless.

Castle Rising moved to second with a comfortable win over morning leaders St Andrews, while Saxlingham (184 all out) beat title favourites Happisburgh by 32 runs, thanks in no small part to Mohammed Nifras’ 4-21.