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Great Yarmouth lost to Rollesby by seven wickets in Norfolk League Division One as they were brought crashing down to earth.An inspection of the pitch suggested variable bounce and the Rollesby captain had no hesitation in bowling first.

Great Yarmouth lost to Rollesby by seven wickets in Norfolk League Division One as they were brought crashing down to earth.

An inspection of the pitch suggested variable bounce and the Rollesby captain had no hesitation in bowling first.

Cooke and Flett immediately dropped onto good lines, Cook having Ruddick (3) the victim of no bounce for the second time in two innings. Nicholls looked to counter attack with a couple of boundaries and with Sole pushed the score to 30 before the wheels started falling off.

Nicholls (17) was unlucky to drag a ball onto his stumps with barely enough pace to dislodge the bails. C Thompson (0) and Sole (6) quickly followed, victims of unexpected bounce. Flett (3-30) claimed all three wickets.

At 36-4 Fitzsimmons and M Thompson looked to rebuild the innings and guided the total past 50. A bowling change signalled the end of the innings. England's first two balls were dispatched to the boundary by Thompson (18) who was then surprised with a full toss.

Algar immediately removed Fitzsimmons (2) before England (2-18) claimed his second wicket with a stunning one-handed caught and bowled to remove R Ruddick (2). Algar (4-3) then stunned the home side with a hat-trick to finish the innings. Yarmouth had fallen from 30-1 to 66 all out - with the last six wickets falling for just eight runs.

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Rollesby scored nearly a third of their target in the opening three overs. Yarmouth were finally able to get control of the run rate as White bowled Layton (17).

Duxberry and Algar guided Rollesby to the halfway point before Vickers (1-28) struck, removing Algar (8) to a smart catch from R Ruddick. White (2-28) weighed in with

his second wicket the following over, Duxberry (5) victim of a juggling catch at gully Thompson.

Yarmouth had a glimmer of hope but Browning (22 not out) and Chaney (13 not out) saw the visitors to a resounding win.

GREAT Yarmouth A started their Norfolk League Division Four campaign with a six-wicket win at Ashmanaugh A.

Yarmouth skipper Combstock won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. Noakes (2-29), Cockrill (3-11), Thompson (1-22) had the hosts struggling on 47 for three in the 15th over. Warminger and Sanders added a brisk 42 before the former holed out to long-on for 15.

Everitt and Sanders added 51 in 10 overs before the returning Noakes bowled Sanders for 31with the score 140 for five in the 32nd over. Everitt added a further 26 before he was bowled by Johnston (2-19) for 53, Cockrill returned and took two wickets in two balls as the hosts finished on 173-9.

The Yarmouth reply started positively with both Diggines and Thompson going for their shots they put on 16 in three overs before Diggines was bowled by Shepherd (2-33) for 10.

Hall and Thompsonsoon took the score past 50 before Thompson was caught for 27 with the score 51 for two in the seventh over. Shreeve was bowled by Shepherd for five and in the next over Hall was caught chasing a wide one, as Yarmouth looked to be having a wobble at 62 for four in the 11th over.

Father and son Graham and James Doggett continued the onslaught in a partnership of 113 off 15 overs which saw Yarmouth home with 19 overs to spare, with Graham 61 not out and James 42 not out.

Burton Arms man-of-the-match: Graham Doggett, excellent innings, never let the bowlers settle.

Great Yarmouth A (24pts) beat Martham (5) by five wickets in Norfolk League Division Four.

Home skipper McGleave elected to bat on what looked to be a decent track. The innings got off to a slow start thanks to some good bowling from Cockrill (2-13) and Noakes (2-13), the hosts struggling at seven for three in the sixth over. McGreave was brilliantly run out by Noakes without facing a ball, and Punchard was well

caught by Fewkes in the gully off the bowling of Noakes for two.

Sayer and Beckett steadied had moved on to 83 before Sayer was run out by J Doggett for 41. Abrahams was bowled by Thompson (2-28) for six and Dunn was caught by Noakes off Johnston (2-20) for nought to leave the hosts on 103 for six in the 31st over. The key man Beckett was then caught behind off Johnston for 41, and this triggered a

mini collapse which saw the home side bowled out for 124.

Yarmouth found themselves 10 for two in the third over when firstly Thompson was brilliantly caught at slip off McGleave (2-27) for five and, in the same over, Hodds was trapped lbw for two.

Hall was caught and bowled by S Randall (1-23) for five with the score 22 for three. G Doggett and Ali moved the score onto 59 before Ali took one chance too many and holed out to long-off for 17. Doggett Junior and Senior looked to repeat the feats of the previous week, although with some good tight bowling it was not going to be as easy. They added 32 before Doggett Jnr was caught for 14.

Cockrill joined Doggett Snr with 34 required from 20 overs. They took no risks in a partnership of 37 to reach the total with five overs to spare, Doggett (42 not out) and Cockrill (16 not out).

Burton Arms man-of-the-match: Mark Cockrill, great spell of bowling, energetic in the field, and good, calm batting performance at the end.

Caister (26pts) beat Kirkley Sports (7 pts) by 52 runs in Norfolk League Division One.

After defeat the previous week, Caister were looking to do better at old rivals Kirkley Sports and made first use of a dry wicket. Things did not go according to plan as Stokes gloved a catch to the keeper for nought.

Rob Brown and Phil Lamming set about rebuilding the innings. Brown scored eight fours and one six in an innings of 42, departing with the score on 57. Excellent contributions also came from Sims (27), Lamming (36), Johnson (33) and Myhill (17). The outfield was fast but bumpy and after 45 overs a competitive total of 200 for nine was on the board.

Caister skipper Tim Sims and Richie Kerrison opened the bowling. Runs were at a premium but the initial breakthrough was not forthcoming. It was not until the 15th over that the first wicket went down, Knights, caught by Sims off spinner Myhill with the total on 39.

Wickets fell in quick succession, 54 then 57 and 59. But not until the total reached 104 did the fifth wicket go down. Notable contributions came from Tuttle, 36 before being bowled by Kerrison, and Holmes 26 before holing out to Paul Brown off Sims.

Resistance collapsed and Kirkley were dismissed for 149. A welcome win away from home, the whole team did their bit and boosted morale.

CAISTER made their weekend complete with a resounding win at Drayton in the MNSL.

Caister posted 226 for two in the 40 overs. Stokes (50), Rob Brown (35), skipper Mark Johnson (58 not out) and Graham Talbot, 45 not out.

Drayton made a valiant effort to gain maximum batting points, but were all out for 143, J Trett made an excellent 52 not out.

BELTON'S Norfolk League Division Two trip to Old Catton on Saturday only served to reinforce the point that if you don't score any runs, it's hard to win a cricket match.

Tom Knight wanted avoid the previous week's disastrous batting display by batting first, and Old Catton obliged by inserting Belton on a greenish wicket. It was deja vu as the first four batsmen scored a total of seven runs. Harry Chanchalani and Farhad Khan did manage to reach double figures and debutant Salman Ali chipped in with 20 hard-earned runs, but no-one else reached two figures.

Four Old Catton bowlers shared the wickets with M Loveday having the pick of the figures with 3-29 from 10 overs. Belton all out in slightly less than 40 overs for a paltry 108. Combined with the previous week's showing, Belton are now averaging exactly 100 runs per innings.

In reply Belton, shorn of three of the previous week's front-line bowlers, made little impact. The pitch, which in the first innings provided such assistance to the bowlers, died. Barry Clemitson and G Fissey were relatively untroubled in reaching 53 for the first wicket. Some hope appeared on the horizon when Farhad Khan had Clemitson caught at the wicket soon after, but it proved to be a false dawn. Whatever hopes the visitors had of springing a late surprise disappeared as W Lakey and J Cooke went untroubled towards the inevitable victory.

Belton entertained Bradfield on the Common on Sunday and were full of confidence after a fine season-opening performance in April. They lost by 10 wickets.

On an excellent wicket Belton had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss. First and probably the only good move all day!

Russell Bird and Gary Warner made steady progress with few alarms in the face of some average bowling. They had reached 22 when Warner mis-timed a drive and chipped one to mid-off for 15. Bird went on to reach 20 - falling to Wheeler, who removed his off stump. Richard Ashling (44) and Harish Chanchalani made steady progress and even when they departed Belton were well poised on 115-4 with 15 overs to go. Gavin Moar and Ian Spencer both reached double figures, yet the tail looked frail in the face of some (finally) accurate bowling from A Yarram, who picked up 3-14 from four overs. Belton closed on a healthy 183.

Bradfield flayed five Belton bowlers to all parts. P Abbs was 87 not out at the end and his young partner N Grapes, was 75 not out. It looked all too easy as only two difficult chances came Belton's way all afternoon. With a lightning fast outfield, runs flowed and the target was reached in only 22 overs.

Belton: R Bird b C Wheeler 20, G Warner c E Wright b C Wheeler 15, R Ashling c B Wiseman b D Johnson 44, H Chanchalani c E Wright b S Abbs 19, F Khan c A Abbs b A Yarram 42, D Bareham run out 0, G Moar c A Abbs b E Wright 11, I Spencer b A Yarram 10, C Ashling b A Yarram 0, P Hodds c E Wright b S Abbs 1, S Mordecai not out 1; extras 20. Total 183-10.

Bowling: A Kimber 8-0-35-0, B Wiseman 4-0-19-0, C Wheeler 6-0-26-2, A Abbs 7-1-41-1, D Johnson 5-0-27-1, E Wright 3-0-9-1, A Yarram 4-1-14-3, S Abbs 2-0-9-1.

Bradfield: P Abbs not out 87, N Grapes not out 75; extras 23. Total 185-0.

Bowling: G Moar 6-0-41-0, F Khan 6-0-44-0, D Bareham 3-0-23-0, G Warner 5-0-25-0, H Chanchalani 3-0-41-0.

MARTHAMA (6pts) lost to Hales Colts (25) by 32 runs at Hales Green in Norfolk League Division Eight after an excellent opening partnership in reply to the Hales total had looked to pave the way for a victory for the visitors.

Put into bat, Hales soon lost their first wicket, but two middle order partnerships swung the game in their favour with contributions from opener Thomas Jones (33), John Weston (45 not out) and Alan Kaye (32). They finished on 178 with seven wickets down. Chris Shales (two for 27 from his 12 overs) and Ollie Sayer (two for 51 from 11) were the most successful bowlers on an unpredictable wicket and a short boundary.

Martham openers Andrew Whittington and newcomer Hugh Ferguson put on 84 with only 16 overs gone. The former was the first to go making 32 before being caught at the wicket, followed shortly by Ferguson who mis-hit a drive and was caught at extra cover just 12 runs later and only two short of his half-century.

This then heralded a collapse with a further three wickets falling with the addition of only 15 runs. Skipper Dave Etheridge (20) and James Ewing (4) then gave the visitors a glimmer of hope by taking the score along to 143 with nine overs remaining and 35 runs required.

However, Martham then lost their last three wickets with only three runs added and finished 32 runs short.

Blundeston (3 pts) lost to Felthorpe A (23 pts) by eight wickets in Norfolk League Division Seven.

Blundeston decided to bat but the early fall of the top three batsmen left Martin Talbot and Lewis Chapman to dig in and consolidate until they both succumbed trying to up the scoring rate.

Alex Potter bowled a superb line for Felthorpe and was rewarded with wickets at regular intervals as Blundeston were bowled out for exactly 100.

Felthorpe were aggressive in their reply despite the early removal of J Dinsmore. It was soon clear that Blundeston had under-achieved in setting a total. Alex Hamilton saw his team home with

some lusty blows and inflict a first league defeat for two seasons. This week Blundeston play Norwich Union away.

South Walsham scored a narrow six-run win against a Lowestoft X1 at Denes Oval on Sunday.

Walsham found it difficult to adjust to a slow wicket and some excellent Lowestoft bowling with Watkins, Johnson and Denton soon back in the pavilion with only 24 on the board. Andy Scales was the only batsman to show any form, scoring 36. Gilbert, Chris Woods, Paul Woods and Futter all reached double figures but then either fell to rash shots or excellent catches. Walsham were all out for 128 in the 37th over.

After tea Walsham denied the Lowestoft batsmen a positive start, Garth Futter bowled four successive maidens as well as picking up a wicket, while Keith Denton also bowled well, picking up the other opener. After 10 overs Lowestoft were 22-2.

Moore and Storey steadied the ship lifting the score to 63-2 and Lowestoft were well in control, but Gilbert dismissed Storey for 33 and innings slowed.

Moore continued to hold up an end but the runs were reduced to a trickle as Walsham sensed they were in with a chance. So it proved with some of the young Lowestoft batsmen finding it difficult to hit the ball past the fielders.

Lowestoft finished on 122 -8 off their 40 overs with Moore stranded on 60 not out. The most successful bowlers were Keith Denton 3-14 and Kevin Gilbert 2-26.

A surprise victory but an excellent team effort.

Upton White Horse Man of the Match: Kevin Gilbert, excellent bowling and second highest scorer.

South Walsham: D Watkins b Rooney 1, A Scales b Wright 36, K Denton b B Brice 1, N Johnson c Rooney b Cook 4, J Moore b Prince 1,C Woods b Wright 14, P Woods c Prince b Jenner 14, G Futter c B Brice b Cook 13, K Gilbert c Moore b Jenner 19, S Mallett not out 1, A Evans lbw b Cook 0; extras 24. Total 128.

Bowling: Rooney 4-1-3-1, B Brice 4-2-8-1, Cook 8-0-36-3, Price 4-0-11-1, Wright 6-0-14-2, Newman 4-0-10-0, Dalzeil 3-0-15-0, Jenner 4-0-25-2.

Lowestoft X1: B Danziel lbw Denton 1, E Reynolds b Futter 8, R Moore not out 60, K Storey b Gilbert 33, A Prince b Gilbert 2, J Newman c-b P Woods 0, W Rooney run out 10, B Brice c P Woods b Denton 4, C Wright b Denton 0, J Cook not out 0; extras 9. Total (8 wkts) 122.

Bowling: G Futter 8-4-11-1, K Denton 8-2-14-3, K Gilbert 8-1-26-2, C Woods 4-0-17-0, P Woods 8-0-28-1, N Johnson 4-1-12-0.