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Winterton and Caister match win for win

PUBLISHED: 12:13 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:08 03 July 2010

Geoff Roper, who made 66 for Winterton, in action against Kirkley Sports at the weekend.

Geoff Roper, who made 66 for Winterton, in action against Kirkley Sports at the weekend.

Winterton and Caister are matching each other win for win at the top of Norfolk League Division One, Winterton having won all their six matches to date and Caister victorious five games on the trot.

Winterton and Caister are matching each other win for win at the top of Norfolk League Division One, Winterton having won all their six matches to date and Caister victorious five games on the trot.

Winterton lead the section, just four points ahead of Caister on the averages.

Winterton brushed aside Kirkley Sports at the Hambrook Oval by 147 runs and Caister beat Drayton by 69 runs.

Tomorrow, Winterton entertain Drayton and Caister visit Aldborough.

Electing to bat first on a hard track Winterton lost two early wickets but maintained a good run rate. Geoff Roper (66) and Martin Witheridge (86) were particularly aggressive, putting on 117 runs for the third wicket.

Winterton were 197-6 in the 38th over. when Tom Roper came in played to play an amazing innings, an unbeaten 58 off the last six overs, including six sixes, (four of them in one over).

With a fine unbeaten 22 from Dan Crawley,Winterton posted 277-6.

Winterton's bowlers soon reduced Kirkley to 7-3 thanks to the Richies of Larner and Reeder, the latter bowling with great pace and aggression.

The Kirkley middle order provided stubborn resistance but never looked like keeping the run rate up.

It was left to the Winterton bowlers to take all 10 wickets and maximum points, Larner (3-12), Tom Roper (3-13) and Ben Webb (2-17).

Caister won the toss at Drayton and elected to bat on a dry hard wicket with a lightning outfield. Stokes and Lamming started steadily. Once the ball had beaten the infield, it just raced away and Drayton's opening attack struggled to make any impression.

Stokes and Lamming got into their stride and played the ball to all parts of the ground, the 37th over seeing the first wicket fall, Stokes caught for an excellent 78.

Lamming on 99 hoisted a ball which Bream tried to catch, fell and dislocated his knee. In the meantime Lamming ran two to pass his century.

On 101 he finally holed out to the same fielder off the bowling of Reeve. It was a super century.

Rob Brown, with only eight overs to go, started to spank the bowling all over the park, finishing on 46 not out with his brother Paul not out on two.

A very competitive total of 264-4 was posted, job well done.

Pace on the ball meant it went faster to the boundary, as Caister found out at the start of the Drayton reply. Bartram conceded 27 from his opening five overs, with Sims, as always, quite economical with 19 from eight overs.

Wright and Breame looked in good touch, the latter even after having his dislocated knee put back in place and clearly not mobile and in pain.

With Breame's restricted movement Sims brought on left-arm spinner Myhill to make the batsmen use their feet.

With the score on 79 Stokes took a sharp catch off Myhill's bowling to dismiss the dangerous Breame.

Number three Denny perished quickly being caught by Sims, again off Myhill, for nought. Tennant finished his spell to be replaced by R Brown.

Myhill completed his 12 overs with excellent figures of 12-2-2-32. Stokes with his left-arm spin came on for his first bowl of the season in the league and removed opener Wright, bowled for 73, Reeve caught P Brown for 15 and bowled Kay for two.

Taylor and Davies made a brave effort to secure maximum batting points, but fell just short, closing on 195-5.

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