Winterton stay second despite defeat

Winterton suffered their first defeat of the season when they made their first ever trip to Mundford.

Mundford won the toss and inserted Winterton into bat but Josh Austin (61) and Fred Playford (48) shared a 108-run opening partnership, getting Winterton off to a good start.

The introduction of spin into the bowling attack soon stemmed the flow of runs with Alex Bailey taking 4-32 to claw the home side back into the game. It looked as though Winterton would struggle to reach the 200 mark on a good wicket with a short boundary and fast outfield but aggressive knocks by Wes Noble-Parker (27) and Ryan Edmonds (23 not out) took the Tonnies to 215-7 from their 46 overs.

Winterton’s bowlers got the perfect start taking the first three wickets for 28 runs but Robin Yates (45) and Mark Wyatt (37) batted patiently putting on 87 for the forth wicket. Mark Holsworth and Danny Snowling removed the pair in successive overs to leave the game in the balance. Another useful partnership of 43 for Mundford was ended with another two quick wickets left the home side needing 53 from the final seven overs with seven wickets down.

An excellent innings of 49 not out from wicket-keeper Cameron McIsaac, supported well by Owen Chandler, gave Mundford victory as they scored the seven runs in the final over they required with two balls remaining. Ben Utting was Winterton’s most successful bowler with 3-63.

Despite Winterton’s defeat they remain in second place in the league, closely followed by Mundford with Bungay top of the pile after they suffered defeat at Great Melton A.

Fielding a much-changed team containing three debutants and one player playing only his second game Winterton A secured a hard fought victory by three wickets against previously unbeaten Blundeston in a third successive very close finish.

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Winterton fielded first on winning the toss and Clarke and Whichelow kept the scoring in check and were well supported in the field. With the score on 34 in the 8th over Whichelow made the breakthrough when he had the dangerous Graeme Talbot (20) caught by Will Ives. Parker (22) and M Talbot (13) added another 20 before Clarke induced an edge from Parker to wicket keeper Dan Crawley. Shortly after Talbot was surprised by Charlie Lockhart’s pace and was clean bowled. Perrin dug in and was ably supported by the other batsmen. He steadily accumulated a patient 56 while at the other end Winterton steadily chipped away. In his first bowl in the league Will Ives picked up 2 wickets in an impressive spell. Also inducing false shots with his pace Charles Lockhart picked up a further three wickets to end with 4 for 35 including that of Perrin caught by Gymer, one of two good catches. Blundeston were eventually out for 178 in the 43rd over in what was a good fielding display from Winterton.

Lawes and Clarke began the reply and Lawes in particular went for his shots hitting a crisp 26 before being unfortunately run out in the 19th over with the score on 72. Clarke was getting into his stride and was regularly finding the boundary. Dan Crawley was also keeping up a good scoring rate and 131 for 1 in the 32nd over Winterton looked to be well on course for victory. However Clarke then chipped a catch to mid wicket off Parker for 67 (10 fours and 2 sixes). Charles Lockhart hit a brisk 18 before he mistimed a pull to be caught. At 151 for 3 Winterton were still in the driving seat but a flurry of wickets meant Blundeston sensed an unlikely victory. When Dan Crawley was caught for 33 with six wickets down and 12 still needed the game could have gone either way. However Dean Gymer steered his way to eight runs and together with his captain Whichelow took the score to within two of victory before being caught. Whichelow then scampered a single and it was left to Will Ives to push another single to secure the win by three wickets with five balls to go.