Ton-up Baker boosts Rollesby

Rollesby’s Danny Baker hit a superb 102 at local rivals Caister where they won by seven wickets, bouncing back from defeat against East Harling.

Skipper Duxbury again lost the toss and Caister skipper Green elected to bat.

In the fourth over Chris Alger dismissed the dangerous J Kerrison for five. Johnson took the attack to Nick Flett, smashing him for three consecutive fours.

Meanwhile C Alger (12-1-33-2) was unlucky on a number of occasions not to pick up wickets as Rollesby produced a lacklustre display when it came to catches.

Green and Johnson both took advantage. Having put on 69, Johnson finally fell for 38.

Stokes joined Green and the pair continued to score steadily. Grimble bowled excellently, however it was the introduction of Sparkes that finally got the breakthrough.

Having seemingly beaten the outside edge without a single appeal from the Rollesby team, wicket-eeper Chaney politely inquired of Green as to whether he had got the slightest of edges on it. In an example of exceptional sportsmanship Green put his bat under his arm and walked back to the pavilion after an excellent 74.

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Lamming hit a few lusty blows before becoming C Alger’s second victim. Stokes continued to play positively, accumulating runs and R Brown (4) was smartly run out.

The final over saw Stokes smashing Cook for a six and two fours to take Caister to 197-5. Rollesby were left to rue the early chances they had missed.

Duxbury opened with Baker, who despite showing signs of real class with the bat this year, had failed to register his first half-century of the season.

Baker impressed, putting away any bad ball despite a rapid opening spell from Tenant (11-0-44-1).

In the 15th over Baker brought up his 50 with yet another boundary with Duxbury barely out of double figures. J Kerrison saw his fourth over go for 22, in part due to four overthrows.

In the 18th over, with the score on 103, Duxbury fell for 25 having spent the last hour in awe of some fine strokeplay from Baker. Duxbury fell to a sublime caught and bowled from Green (7-0-27-1).

Chaney (22) was caught by Myhill off the bowling of Brown having put on 50 with Baker, who continued to play the ball to all parts before raising his bat for the second time in the finest innings seen by a Rollesby player since 2002.

Baker finally succumbed to the athletic Tennant for, an until then, chanceless 102.

P Cook (27no) and S Alger (10no) saw Rollesby home in the 42nd over for an excellent win.

Fleggburgh King’s Arms man of the match: Danny Baker

Caister: J Kerrison b C Alger 5, M Johnson b D Cook 38, I Green c Chaney b Sparkes 74, R Stokes not out 46, P Lamming c P Cook b C Alger 14, R Brown run out 4, M Church not out 0, extras 16. Total (5 wkts) 197. Bowling: D Cook 12-0-55-1, C Alger 12-1-33-2, N Flett 8-1-45-0, O Grimble 10-0-35-0, R Sparkes 3-0-13-1.

Rollesby: M Duxbury c-b Green 25, D Baker c Harris b Tennant 102, A Chaney c Myhill b Brown 22, P Cook not out 27, S Alger not out 10, extras 12. Total (3 wkts) 198. Bowling: R Brown 10-1-47-1, C Tennant 11-0-44-1, J Kerrison 4-0-34-0, A Myhill 9.5-1-41-0, I Green 7-0-27-1.