Yarmouth rock Norfolk League top flight leaders Rollesby
Great Yarmouth bounced back to winning ways with a 71 run victory over previously unbeaten reigning Norfolk League Division One champions Rollesby.
The Rollesby captain Matt Duxbury was perhaps the only person surprised after Yarmouth lost the toss for the eighth time in as many games this season Rollesby skipper Matt Duxbury, after some deliberation, asked Yarmouth to bat.
With Yarmouth’s recent struggle for runs it was crucial that Fitzsimmons and Hak got off to a good start but facing them were the formidable new ball pairing of Alger and former Yarmouth player Vickers.
The Yarmouth openers made a steady start, seeing off the new ball before starting to accelerate against the change bowling.
Hak was at his attacking best with his innings including three big sixes although he was aided when dropped by another former Yarmouth player.
Fitzsimmons provided excellent support and provided the comedy moment of he innings after slipping during a run attempt and being forced into a rapid crawl to just make his ground.
The stand was ended in the 30th over when Fitzsimmons (30) was stumped off the bowling of Duxbury and Yarmouth were 97-1.
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The quick scoring Thompson was promoted one place to three and together with Hak pressed home Yarmouth’s advantage.
Selective hitting and good running saw Yarmouth scoring at over 6 an over before Duxbury claimed his second wicket as Hak (86) departed. Sole (1) came and went quickly, falling in the search for quick runs but Yarmouth were still well placed on 153-3 with six overs remaining. Irvine and Thompson then took the attack to the home side bowling as they took the score past 200 before both fell in the final over.
Thompson was dismissed by Alger for a fine 53 before Irvine (18) was run out unselfishly going for a third run from the final ball.
Yarmouth closed on a very competitive 205-5. Some superb Rollesby ground fielding saved numerous boundaries.
Yarmouth took to the field to pitch their youthful seam attack against the champions’ batsmen and were quckly on top.
Noakes struck in his third over to remove Roffey (6) with Hak completing the dismissal with a good catch behind.
At the other end Cockrill was making the most of his call-up by giving nothing away in a superb opening spell.
Cockrill finally got his just reward in his seventh over when he beat Duxbury (22). Rollesby were still in a reasonable position at 38-2 but a double bowling change was to turn he match.
Shales replaced Noakes and was quickly in the wickets as he removed the dangerous Chaney (22) with the catch well taken despite a near stumble by Noakes.
Shales then struck again the following over as Cook (3) edged behind.
At the other end the third of Yarmouth’s trio of seamers Shreeve was in the middle of an outstanding spell that would see him concede only five runs from his seven overs.
It was Shreeve who was next to strike as S Alger (7) was caught off a thick edge by Shales.
Shales (3-29) then struck again to remove Browing (2) and Rollesby were staring down the barrel at 64-6.
The home side’s gloom deepened when Shreeve completed his Alger collection when he bowled Chris Alger (8) to leave the home side 75-7.
Former Yarmouth keeper Derry led a mini-fightback with Barnden as they added 38 for the eighth wicket.
Any remote thoughts of an unlikely fightback were snuffed out by Johnston as the Yarmouth spinner removed both batsmen.
First Barnden (15) mistimed one straight up to give Hak an easy third catch of the day and then Derry (28) was bowled attempting an ambitious pull.
Yarmouth were frustrated in their quest for maximum points by Vickers and Sparkes as the two Yarmouth old boys batted out the remainder of the innings.
Apollo Tavern Man of the Match: Captain’s choice to award to the whole team for an exceptional performance.