Rain has the final say as Halvergate prepare for exciting finish

Cricket action between Bungay (batting) and Swardeston B. Swardeston bowler Blake Bowden takes the w

Cricket action between Bungay (batting) and Swardeston B. Swardeston bowler Blake Bowden takes the wicket of Charlie Mattocks.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Halvergate travelled to Town Close Playing Field in Norwich on Saturday to play Great Melton B in Norfolk League Division Two East.

Halvergate’s skipper Perry Kelf won the toss and decided to bat first.

Halvergate made hard work of batting on a track with some variable bounce and lost Sam Utting (1) and Ross Sanders (7) within nine overs.

Kelf was going well but was then caught for 26 in the 10th over, followed by James Howley (1) in the 11th with the score on 37 for four.

Stuart Willimott (31) batted solidly but ran out of support as Jack Cooley (2), Graham Morris (0), Chris Barlow (6), Adam Pitchers (8) and Amy Morris (0) fell, leaving Graham Harrop on 0 not out without facing a ball. Halvergate’s innings ended on 95 in the 38th over.

The Hares needed quick wickets but had to wait until the 10th over before claiming the first with the score on 28. Two wickets with the score on 35 and another on 36 gave Halvergate some hope before they claimed another on 52.

With clouds gathering the forecasted rain eventually arrived in the 32nd over and play was suspended with Great Melton on 76 for five and the game very much in the balance and both sides confident of a win. Sadly no further play was possible with opener S Clarke not out on 19 and C Wright not out on 12.

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Halvergate’s bowlers worked hard to cover another poor batting performance, with the pick being Willimott with 3-17 from 10 overs and Utting with 2-20 from 10 overs. Adam Pitchers returned 0-13 from five overs, Chris Barlow 0-11 from four, Perry Kelf 0-2 from two and Graham Harrop 0-4 from one.

Halvergate entertain unbeaten leaders Caister on Saturday looking for an improved batting display. Caister remain unbeaten after seeing off Sprowston B in a low scoring game,

The leaders were restricted to 157-8 in their 45 overs, opener Shawn Goodby top scoring with 29, but then skittled the opposition out for just 108. Goodby led the way with 4-12 while Martin Hewitt took 3-32 and Andrew Myhill 2-24.

In Division One Great Yarmouth were involved in a thrilling match which saw them lose to Overstrand by a single run. Mark Thompson’s 86 not out was not quite enough as Paul Winterbone (4-28) and Neil Yarham (4-31) helped Overstrand defend 176-7.