Points for Winterton sides

WINTERTON travelled to the picturesque Barton Turf ground to take on Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers A and came away with their third winning draw of the Norfolk Alliance Division Five season.

Kevin Percival elected to bat on what looked to be a good wicket. Bryn Clarke and Josh Austin made a steady start against some tight opening bowling from Mackintosh and Charnock.

The pair upped the scoring rate and began finding the large Wanderers boundaries at regular intervals. Wanderers turned to their spinners who at once found turn and bounce.

At the halfway point of the innings the pair had added 83 when Austin mis-timed a shot against the leg spinner Beeden to be caught at cover for 48.

Clarke soon followed lbw to the same bowler for 34 with the score on 104. The remaining batsmen all came in and carried the attack to the bowlers and almost all got into double figures.

Of those, Martin Witheridge was top scorer with a brisk 22. The consistency in the batting order meant that Winterton were able to post a solid 198-8, just two short of gaining the last batting point.

Sixty eight runs were added in the last 10 overs. Percival remained 17 not out and has so far not been dismissed in the Alliance this season.

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Wanderers’ opener Littlehales got his side off to a brisk start in reply, hitting a rapid 40 including one huge six that landed in the pavilion bar.

The score of 198 was looking easily achievable when Richard Larner, who had been unfortunate not to have the batsman lbw earlier in his innings, had a second appeal upheld.

Littlehales’ domination of the scoring showed in that he had scored 40 of the first 52 runs. Ben Utting then got into his bowling stride and collected three quick wickets. Patten, Edge and Beeden mustered only 18 runs between them.

A stand developed between Mackintosh and Shawcross but the Winterton bowlers were exerting pressure. Backed up by tight fielding, the run rate increased rapidly.

Mark Holdsworth, on his first team debut, replaced Utting and performed well, bowling a steady line and length to maintain the pressure. Danny Snowling also bowled unchanged for 12 overs of left-arm spin and in his seventh over bowled Mackintosh around his legs for 14.

Shawcross, who had accumulated 40 in quiet fashion, clipped Austin into the legside where Witheridge took a sharp catch close in.

At this stage Wanderers called off any semblance of a run chase and batted out for a draw. Wanderers finished on 142-6 with Eagleton unbeaten on 15 and Bunting four.

Winterton: B Clarke lbw Beeden 34, J Austin c Edge b Beeden 48, G Roper b Beeden 14, M Witheridge c Mackintosh b Pepper 22, K Lawes c Eagleton jr b Pepper 0, F Playford run out 15, B Utting st Eagleton jr b Beeden 19, K Percival not out 17, D Snowling b Edge 12, R Larner not out 1; extras 16. Total 198-8. Bowling: J Charnock 12-1-62-0, M Mackintosh 8-1-23-0, M Pepper 12-2-38-2, C Beeden 12-3-57-4, J Edge 1-0-6-1.

Norwich/Coltishall A: D Littlehales lbw Larner 40, B Patten llbw Utting 8, J Edge c Playford b Utting 8, C Beeden c Witheridge b Utting 2, M Mackintosh b Snowling 14, S Shawcross c Witherdige b Austin 40, R Eagleton jr not out 15, G Bunting not out 4; extras 10. Total 142-6. Bowling: B Utting 12-1-44-3, R Larner 9-2-25-1, D Snowling 12-3-32-1, M Holdsworth 7-0-23-0, J Austin 6-2-10-1.

WINTERTON A recovered form with a home 60-runs win over Lowestoft B with 15 overs to spare.

With the visitors winning the toss and inserting the home side, birthday boy Tom Whichelow was joined by a new opening partner, Jim Stanhope-Smith. He was promoted up the order with the aim of getting the team off to a flying start.

The Lowestoft bowlers conceding only four runs before Stanhope-Smith was caught for nought off J Lee.

Two overs and 10 runs later skipper Whichelow (3) was caught behind, again off Lee.

A regrouping was needed, and it came with a partnership of over 50 between Dan Crawley and the returning Ryan Edmonds. With Crawley playing shots and Edmonds rotating the strike, the score pushed on to 80 before Cook had Edmonds caught behind for a hard-earned 12.

Mark Hambrook (5) came and went before Jonno Stanhope-Smith joined Crawley, without having scored a league run in two games in the 2011 season.

A partnership of 58 runs between Crawley and Stanhope-Smith helped Winterton up to 150, the score they had set as defendable.

With Crawley having reached his half-century, the two aimed to up the scoring, and with 10 overs left they aimed to push the score on to 200-plus.

Crawley was then caught down the leg side for a well earned 75, and his brother Nicky Crawley joined Stanhope-Smith in the middle. The first aim was to get to 160 for another batting point before pushing the score on with five overs left.

After achieving 180 Stanhope-Smith (31) was caught behind off Lee. Lee Snowling joined Nicky Crawley for the final five overs and they both played with no holds barred before Crawley was caught for 34.

Young Sam Drake joined Snowling but only faced one ball, whilst at the other end Snowling was swinging the bat hard. With the final over going for 15 runs the Winterton innings ended on 226-7, Snowling ending 35 not out.

The Lowestoft innings got off to a flying start. With Drake going for 23 off of his three overs, a change was needed.

The Winterton skipper looked to the experienced Mark Hambrook who took a wicket with his first ball, having Reynolds stumped for 20. In his next over he applied more pressure and Carrol was run out for four by Nicky Crawley, before two balls later he clean bowled Ballard for nought. Rodgers followed soon after for just eight, also clean bowled by Hambrook.

Young Matthew Stanhope-Smith took two wickets in three balls, skipper Whichelow chipped in with two wickets, and Hambrook with his fourth. Tom Carter on debut then finished off the Lowestoft innings with his first league wicket, having Wright caught behind by Dan Crawley.