Leaders Caister prove too strong for Halvergate


- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Halvergate’s unbeaten start to the Norfolk League Division Two East season came to an abrupt end with a heavy defeat at league leaders Caister.

Skipper Perry Kelf lost the toss and his team were asked to bat on a warm and sunny afternoon.

From the start Halvergate struggled to score against a strong Caister bowling attack and failed to gain value for their shots.

Luke Hannant (21) and Stuart Willimott (12) were the only two batters to make double figures as James Howley (4), Perry Kelf (7), Michael Handley (3), Danny Cook (1), Sam Utting (3), Graham Morris (1), Jack Cooley (2), Aaron Sanders (0) and Adam Pitchers (0 not out) fell to good bowling and some good catches.

Halvergate’s final score was 65 all out from 35 overs.

After an excellent tea Halvergate hoped to pick up some early wickets, but Goodby (23) and Church (29) made steady progress for the home side, putting on 48 for the first wicket in 20 overs.

P Brown (10 not out) and R Brown (4 not out) saw Caister over the line in the 27th over for the loss of two wickets.

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In the end Halvergate were well beaten by the better team, but hope to return to winning ways when they entertain Cringleford at the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field on Saturday.

Caister are now 25 points clear at the top of the table after making it six straight wins this season.

They are away to Gillingham on Saturday.

With a third of the season gone, the Norfolk League tables are starting to take shape, and Castle Rising have emerged as the front runners in Division One.

Castle Rising beat Saxlingham by three wickets, Rob Child hitting 79, while Craig Beeden hit 82 for Saxlingham.

Overstrand comfortably beat morning leaders Sandringham, Tim Porter (66) and Chris Rogers (63 not out) being the main contributors, as both sides are just eight points behind the leaders.

Great Yarmouth had an excellent day, beating Happisburgh, who have dropped down from the Norfolk Alliance, by eight wickets, Steve Hak (68 not out) leading the way.

Yarmouth finished on 181-2 in 39 overs after restricting the opposition to 180-9.

Wayne Goreham hit 65 not out for Kirkley and Belton as they beat St Andrews (163 all out) by seven wickets, while Castle Acre beat Felthorpe by seven wickets.