Martham round off a season to remember with thumping win

Great Witchingham opener James Spelman just survives a run-out attempt at Halvergate. Picture: Tim F

Great Witchingham opener James Spelman just survives a run-out attempt at Halvergate. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Archant

On the final weekend of the season, Norfolk Alliance Division Three champions Martham played host to their local rivals Winterton.

After being asked to bat first, Martham found runs in abundance, with Finn Grist and Louis Smith stroking the ball to all corners,

Smith reached his 50 in the 12th over and Grist soon followed with yet another fine half century of his own.

With the introduction of Danny Snowling into the visitors’ attack the run rate finally slowed down, and both players were unable to reach three figures, Smith falling for 85 and Grist for 91.

Alex Sayer (48) came to the crease and was joined by Jack Whatmough (21) and then Louis Dunne — both promoted above last week’s debut half centurion, 15-year-old Keiran Spencer, with the clear intent of pushing the run rate up.

Eventually the score finished on an imposing 262-3 after a tough day in the field for the visitors.

After tea was taken, Winterton’s day did not get much better, as Martham tore through the batting line-up, with only openers David Crane and Wes Noble-Parker reaching double figures, with 10 each.

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Brothers Joe Oakey (three stumpings and a catch) and Will Oakey (6-16 in his eight overs) closed theirs and Martham’s season out in style, as the good-humoured Winterton fell for 74 in 27 overs.

It has been a wonderful season for the club, with the second team promoted and the Sunday team bringing home a trophy too.

Martham ended up winning the title by 43 points from Great Melton who saw off Acle A in their final match.

An unbeaten 42 from Jordan Betts helped Acle, who finished fourth, up to 164 but it was not enough as they home side went on to win by five wickets.

In the Premier Division it was a day to forget for Acle’s first team who were well beaten by a Garboldisham side who needed the points to be sure of staying up.

After being asked to bat first the hosts were skittled out for just 65 in less than 18 overs (Kieran Pask 4-28, Gavin Barnes 3-22), with Garboldisham going on to win by 10 wickets in 12 overs.

Jas Cheema (22) and Josh Wilson (20) scored over two thirds of Acle’s runs between them.

Their side finished an up and down top flight campaign in a respectable sixth position.