Revenge for Hares

Halvergate started the second half of the season at home to Stow, looking to take revenge for the opening game of the campaign, which Stow won in the last over.

The afternoon started well with skipper Crane winning the toss, for only the third time this season, and deciding to bowl first, knowing his team were strong chasers of totals.

The Stow innings rocketed out of the blocks with 20 coming up inside three overs due to Fox and Crane struggling to find their usual tidy line and length. However, when Crane removed Blowers for 12 the Stow collapse began.

Crane removed two more top-order batsmen, the second with a sharp diving caught and bowled in the first over after the first drinks break. This left Stow 58-3 after 18 overs. Crane bowled through to finish with figures of 12-2-34-3.

Spinners Kelvin London and Kev Millington ripped through the rest of the Stowe order, taking three wickets apiece in a combined total of 10 overs. The Stow innings finished on 90 inside 31 overs.

The captains agreed to go straight out for 15 overs rather than take tea, and after Millington had been clean bowled looking to get the game finished before the break, Clarke and Hannant steadily worked towards the total and at tea Halvergate were 45-1.

The Halvergate order required only another seven overs to complete victory. Steven Clarke was adjudged lbw for 22, then Simon Brister and Hannant finished the job with Luke ending unbeaten on 51no.

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An easy win for the Hares with a strong performance in the field backed up by a solid batting display.

Next match the Hares travel to Diss looking to build on this success.

If anyone is interested in joining the club as a new player for the remainder of the season, they should contact with Tim Crane on 07768 618026 or Steve Utting on 01493.

Stow: T Marshall b Crane 12, M Blowers c Brett b Crane 16, O Denton b Millington 36, S Royle c-b Crane 3, J Chima c Clarke b London 1, I Skinner c Clarke b London 6, J Barter c Fox b London 6, P Griffin lbw Millington 0, S Cooke not out 2, C Manning b Millington 1, T Webb run out (Hannant) 0, extras 8. Total 90. Bowling: S Fox 8-0-31-0, T Crane 12-2-34-3, K London 7.1-1-13-3, K Millington 3-0-10-3.

Halvergate: S Clarke lbw Skinner 22, K Millington b Barter 1, L Hannant not out 51, S Brister not out 10, extras 7. Total (2 wkts) 91. Bowling: R Griffin 5-2-10-0, J Barter 7-2-18-1, C Manning 3-0-16-0, I Skinner 4-3-9-1, S Cook 2-0-16-0, J Chima 1.3-0-17-0.