Maxwell key man in Hemsby derby win

HEMSBY made the mile-long journey to play rivals Winterton. A wet pitch greeted both sides for a vital encounter. For the winner likely promotion, the loser another year in Norfolk League Division Four.

Dan Crawley and Mark Hambrook began well and got Winterton off to a good start. Then Hudson removed Crawley, well caught by Dack.

Louie Smith soon removed N Crawley. Now the visitors began to turn the screw as Lawes fell 2nd ball, Smith then nicked one to Nicholson and Hambrook fell well caught by Ryan – all three wickets to Hudson who took 4-36 from his 12 overs.

With the tail already exposed Thackeray tried to farm the strike. Eventually he fell to Dack, well caught by Louie Smith for a well-played 30.

Matt Debnam then finished the Winterton innings with a hat-trick.

This left the home side 160 all out at tea. Hemsby’s innings began calmly until Hudson was caught behind off a lifting ball. Ryan and Dack soon followed, leaving Hemsby’s reply on 27-3. Winterton could now see their chance.

But Hemsby’s man in a crisis Alan Maxwell was still at the crease. He began running quick singles and hitting the odd bad ball for four.

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Louie Smith, 16, began steadily but then started to take the bowling apart.

A 133 partnership ended only when Smith fell for a well-played 73, caught off Thackeray. Maxwell saw his side home with a superb 49not out. For the visitors it was a well-earned double.

Bricklayers Arms Mand of the Match: Alan Maxwell.