26 June 2012
The U15As were crowned Norfolk 20/20 champions yesterday when they defeated Fakenham by 34 runs. Earlier in the day we had beaten Diss by 112 runs in a one-sided semi. Batting first we compiled 130 on a less than batter friendly wicket and in reply had Diss 3 for 7 before finally bowling them out for 18. Yash Kulkarni took 5 for 2 and James Nolan 3 for 8.
The final seemed like it would be a closer affair as we faltered at 24 for 4 with the top order all back in the hutch. Dylan Simmons (22) and Eddie Smith (37) restored order before Dylan was run out. Alex Codd and Eddie took the score to 97 before we lost a flurry of wickets in search of quick runs.
Chasing a winning total of exactly 100 Fakenham were soon in trouble as they lost two early wickets for just 2 runs. Wickets fell at regular intervals with Steven Gopaul taking 3 for 13 and Dylan Simmons finishing off the game in the 18th over.
The National last 32 game will be against RHS.
Fixtures v RHS
1st XI – Draw - RHS won the toss and chose to bat. During a short first session we bowled well and restricted RHS’ scoring; however, we did not challenge the batsmen enough and they got through to lunch unscathed. During a long afternoon session on a wicket that was difficult to take wickets on we bowled a lot better and continued to restrict their scoring. Yash Kulkarni bowled an excellent spell of 18 overs, taking 2 for 55. RHS declared after 56 overs setting us a total of 208 to chase. Despite losing 2 early wickets, Will Bryan and Will Catchpole steadied the ship and put on an important 80 run partnership with Will Bryan scoring 58. Alex Pett then joined Will Catchpole and took the score to 166 before Catchpole was out for a fine 70. Needing about 8 an over we forced our hand but with most of the fielders on the boundary we found it hard to get the ball over the rope and fell 10 short of the RHS total off our 48 overs. It was a well-paced chase that unfortunately came up a little short, resulting in a draw. Well done on a good all round team performance.
2nd XI won by 8 runs
On the request of the opposition the match was changed to a 20-20 game. Our batting did not start well, with Callum White being bowled by an excellent delivery in the first over. The next few wickets fell in quick succession and we were facing a mountain to climb at 30 for 4. Henry Abbot, however, batted expertly for his 45 not out and, aided by Ben Hardy and Isaac Rolph, guided us to 123 for 9 after 20 overs. Ollie Kennard and Isaac opened the bowling well, with Ollie finishing with 4 for 14 after 4 overs. The game was in the balance as one of their openers (who had previously been dropped by Henry at slip) piled on the runs, but after Callum had bowled him, we were always in control, RHS finishing on 115 all out.
Player of the day: Henry Abbot
U15A won by 7 wickets
RHS 111 all out
Norwich 112/3 (Lawrence Randle 49)
The U15As continued there winning ways with a 7 wicket win over RHS. RHS posted 111 despite being 39 for 7. In reply Lawrence Randle continued his good form with 49 as we won within 18 overs.
U15B won by 95 runs
Norwich 126 all out (Sam Rowe 23; Joe Cooper 21; Jack Long-Martinez 16; Seb Sanders 16)
R.H.S. 31 all out (Joe Cooper 5-6 Max Grimmer 3-6)
This was our strongest performance of the season thus far. The batting was solid if unspectacular, with Cooper and Rowe getting starts and not going on to post a really impressive score. Long-Martinez steadied the ship in the middle of the innings, but 126 looked no better than par on a good pitch.
The opening 6 overs of the RHS innings saw their top order blown away by some superb swing bowling from Max Grimmer and Joe Cooper. The ball had swung all day in muggy conditions, and the two Norwich opening bowlers were moving the ball a considerable distance in the air. At one point RHS had scored one run for the loss of 6 wickets. ln the end they staggered to 31 all out and a game that had been competitive was quickly wrapped up in Norwich School's favour.
U14A lost by 6 wickets
Norwich 119 all out (Tom Oldroyd 23 Jack Masters 20)
U14B won by 5 wickets
Bowling first, the U14 Bs restricted the opposition to 107; accurate bowling accounted for most of the RHS batsmen, but our poor catching resulted in this inflated score. Wickets were shared throughout the bowlers, with Christian Burton finishing with the best figures of 3 for 23. Once again our top order made heavy going of the run chase, but a fourth wicket partnership of 63 between Barclay (51) and Daniels (17) meant we ran out comfortable winners by 5 wickets with 8 overs to spare
U13A won by 7 wickets
RHS 113 all out (Tristan Hipper 3-8, Alex Bilalis-Stone 3-25)
Norwich 114 for 3 (Ross Pitcher 45, Alfie Woodrow 36)
U13B won by 95 runs
Norwich 123 all out (Henry Lynch 42 n.o.)
RHS 28 all out (Joe Bailey 3-0, Jack Vavasour 3-9)
This was an excellent all round performance to cap an unbeaten season.
U12A won by 9 wickets
RHS 16 all out (George Angier 5-3 Oscar Binny 4-2)
Norwich 17 for 1
The opening spell from Angier and Binny proved too hot for the RHS batsmen. Alfie Cooper and Oscar Binny knocked off the runs with ease.
Under 12Bs won by 2 wickets in a 25-25 limited overs match.
RHS batted first - 77 for 9 after 25 overs
Norwich - 79 for 8 after 20 overs
Norwich won the toss electing to bowl first. We started bowling strongly with Singh and Foster capturing 2 wickets in 3 overs. However, we lost our rhythm after losing 2 players - one to the As following an injury and one (Shaw) following an injury in our game. Some excellent fielding, in particular from Sutcliffe and Singh, enabled us to limit their total to 77 for 9 after 25 overs. Our batsmen managed to hold their nerve after losing a wicket in the first over (Sutcliffe run-out). Strong batting from Barber (12), Singh (15) and Cazier (11) along with a long innings from Curtis (8) enabled the team to reach the RHS total with 2 wickets to spare after 20 overs. It was an enjoyable game of cricket with the added bonus of an impromptu display over Redmayne by the Red Arrows returning from the Lowestoft air show.
Fixtures v Gresham's on Tuesday 19th June:
Norwich won the toss and elected to bat. A very average display of batting was held together by a very well composed 48 from Will Bryan. We struggled to string together any meaningful partnerships and were bowled out in the 29th over for 110. At the half way stage we realised that we had to bowl and field extremely well to win the game. Alex Pett and Lasith Ranasinghe opened the bowling and restricted the Gresham's batsmen, giving very little away. Alex Pett dislodged 3 of the top 4 batsmen for figures of 5 overs 3 for 16. Tom Chamberlain then replaced Alex and destroyed the Gresham's middle order taking 5 wickets for 12 off his 5 overs. James Nolan also bowled a very tidy spell taking 1 for 11 off 6.3 overs.
Norwich won the toss and elected to bat. George Montagu made 32 and Josh Chatland 34. Final total: 198 for 8. In reply Gresham's were unable to score quickly due to tight bowling from all of the attack, and were eventually bowled out for 96. Louis Merry 6 overs 1 maiden 2 for 17; Henry Abbot 4 overs, 2 for 20.
Norwich won by 102 runs. Player of the Day: Louis Merry
The U15As were indebted to Captain, Lewis Dorling (77), for setting a very competitive 197 for 8 against Gresham's. Playing on a slow, low pitch Lewis held the innings together aided by a brutal 34 from Alex Codd and 24 from Dylan Simmons. Simmons and Codd then combined to remove the Gresham's opener when Codd held onto a sharp catch behind the wicket. Simmons went on to produce 2 for 12 from his 6 overs. Eddie Smith returned 3 for 34 and improved as his spell went on. Steven Gopaul secured the win with a 5 over spell of 3 for 20 to leave Gresham's on 155 for 8 and a 42 run win.
Gresham’s 79 all out (Crane 4-25; Long-Martinez 3-5)
Norwich School 81 for 4 (Cooper 20)
Norwich School won by 6 wickets
This was a fairly comfortable win. We bowled effectively at the top order but then lost our way mid-innings. There was some good catching (Cooper, Nicholson) and some excellent ground fielding (an impressive Cooper run out) amidst the mediocre bowling. The opposition's failure to score more than 100 owed more to their poor shot selection than our bowling.
Our run chase was always comfortable, Cooper at the top of the innings providing a foundation and Anderson and Long-Martinez knocking off the runs with some energetic hitting.
Norwich batted first scoring 120/8 from 30 overs. Yash Kulkarni and Sam Hunt made a steady start scoring 22 and 18 respectively. George Nolan gave the innings much needed impetus making 24 including two sixes. In reply Gresham's were made to work hard for their runs as the bowling and fielding was good. Despite this early pressure we failed to take wickets and Gresham's went on to win by 7 wickets
Asked to bowl first, we restricted Gresham's to 119 for 9 from their 30 overs. Sam Crafer was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 3 for 22 from 6 overs, ably supported by a good all-round fielding performance with some excellent catches being taken at crucial times. We were struggling at 7 for 3 when batting, but a stand of 100 between Crafer and Ben Luck put us back in control. Crafer fell for 60 and Luck carried his bat to an unbeaten 22 as we won by five wickets with half a dozen overs to spare.
Fixtures v Langley on Wednesday 20th June:
U13A v Langley
On a good batting surface Langley were asked to bat first and made 149 for 4 from their 30 overs. Alfie Woodrow 2 for 24 and Alex Bilalis-Stone 1-20 were the pick of the bowlers. In reply we got off to a slow start and allowed the run rate to climb. Despite Ross Pitcher's best efforts while making an excellent 47 not out no one else offered any resistance. We were bowled out for 117 therefore losing by 32 runs.
U13Bs v Langley
Norwich batted first scoring 99 from 25 overs. Jakob Marshall 28
Langley were all out for 24 after 11.2 overs. Rohan Kaushal, 2 for 4Henry Lynch, 4 for 0, Jakob Marshall, 2 for 3
Won by 75 runs.
Player of day: Jakob Marshall
U12A v Langley
In the return fixture after a keenly contested cup match we were set a modest 70 runs to win in our allotted 25 overs. It took a terrific piece of fielding from Sam Walker to break their stubborn opening partnership of 30. After that wickets fell at regular intervals with Oscar Binny mopping up their tail in emphatic style by knocking middle stump out of the ground!
Sam Walker and Tom Williams both batted well but it was Dan Oldroyd's unbeaten knock of 27 that caught the eye and ultimately won us the game by 4 wickets. So the U12A’s winning run moves on to 5 matches.
U12B v Langley
In a 20 over game Langley batted first scoring 40 -9 in their 20 overs (Joe Wales 3-1, Sam Foster 2-11)
Norwich scored 43-1 in 6.4 overs
Norwich won by 9 wickets