Unbeaten ton for skipper Duxbury

IN an impressive start to the season, Rollesby consolidated their position at the top of Norfolk League Division One, playing host to Hales & Loddon CC

It was their fortune to visit an RCG resplendent in all of the trappings of late May, but home skipper Matthew Duxbury helped ruin their day with an unbeaten 103 as Rollesby won by 114 runs.

On winning the toss, Duxbury elected to bat, a decision likely influenced by the fast outfield.

The opening pair of Duxbury and Baker found the boundary a number of times during a bullish first 10 overs characterised by a mixture of erratic bowling and opportunistic stroke-play.

With the scoreboard ticking gratifyingly for the home team, Baker (31) was adjudged lbw off the bowling of Debenham (5-0-32-1).

This brought Chaney (10) to the crease, who, with the panache of a man in form, immediately drove down the ground before attempting to heave Plummer (10-0-44-1) over the leg side, succeeding only in feathering an edge to the keeper.

Paul Cook’s classy innings proved both an entertaining and significant contribution to what was becoming a useful total.

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When C Alger (18) replaced Cook (42), who had been comprehensively bowled by Dicks (8-0-44-1), Duxbury had in the meantime accumulated a considerable total. A pushed single completed a patient and assured century for the Rollesby captain (103), with C Alger donating a decent six over midwicket to bring the total after 45 overs to 244-3.

Some tight bowling from D Cook and C Alger kept Hales & Loddon behind the run rate from the start, with Cook (8-3-17-2) bowling Baker (6) early on.

Whilst the upper order played some attractive shots, wickets fell with punishing regularity: Lindsay (13) neatly caught behind; Mead (8) looping a more gentle catch to the Rollesby keeper.

This left a frustrated Riseborough (26) and Debenham (16) to eke out runs from Sparkes (6-3-11-1) who eventually accounted for the former, and a miserly spell from Flett (10-2-15-2) which closed with the wicket of Debenham.

With C Alger (12-2-3-42) dislodging the bails of Fores (9), Dicks (1) and Plummer (0), and Grimble (4-1-9-1) seeing off Weston, the result was all but secure.

It was thus left to Rolph (17), who had earlier been unlucky not to pick up a wicket, and White (13), to bring the Hales and Loddon innings to a more expansive close – the visitors making 130-9 off their allotted 45.

MoM: Matthew Duxbury, leading from the front 103.

Rollesby: M Duxbury not out 103, D Baker lbw Debenham 31, A Chaney c Riseborough b Plummer 10, P cook b Dicks 42, C Alger not out 18; extras 40. Total (45 overs) 244-3. Bowling: Weston 5-0-25-0, Whiste 9-1-37-0, Rolph 8-0-36-0, Debenham 5-0-32-1, Plummer 10-0-44-1, Dicks 8-0-44-1.

Hales & Loddon: Baker b Cook 6, Lindsay c Chaney b Cook 13, Riseborough c Grimble b Sparkes 26, Meed c Chaney b Flett 8, Debenham b Flett 16, Fores b Alger 9, Dicks b Alger 1, Rolph not out 17, Plummer b Alger 0, Weston b Grimble 8, Whiste not out 13; extras 13. Total (45 overs) 130-9. Bowling: C Alger 12-2-42-3, D Cook 8-3-17-2, P Nunn 5-0-27-0, N Flett 10-2-15-2, R Sparkes 6-3-11-1, O Grimble 4-1-9-1.