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Kirkley and Belton CC get off to a promising start

PUBLISHED: 15:15 05 May 2017

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Kirkley & Belton started the 2017 campaign of Norfolk League Division One by beating Great Yarmouth at The Beaconsfield.

K&B skipper Saj Ali won the toss and put the home team in to bat in overcast conditions.

The decision was justified, with some accurate seam bowling restricting Yarmouth to only 138 in 45 overs. Lambert was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets.

K&B, sponsored by Kia and John Grose of Lowestoft, didn’t start their innings with any fluency and in first 20 overs, with the run rate less than two per over and three wickets down, things weren’t looking good for them.

But A Rehman stood up to the task and played a match-winning innings of 41 not out, with Sam Nash giving him a useful support with 18 not out.

They chased down their target in 44th over in the face of some accurate bowling from Great Yarmouth.

Kirkley & Belton CC A beat Frettenham by three wickets.

The seconds, sponsored by Alan Boswell Insurance Ltd, fielded a strong looking side.

After winning the toss, and electing to field, it was 59-year-old David Read who made the breakthrough with the score on 28, ably supported by Conrad Beach at the other end. Wickets came at regular intervals, with the exceptional Matty Gander bowling 10 overs and taking 4-10.

Wickets were shared around, with Beach taking one, Read taking three and Paul Hodds taking one as Frettenham were bowled out for 100.

Kirkley & Belton’s response was good, despite losing opener Beach early, with Bobby Thomas and Steven End attacking the loose balls. Although both leading a charmed life, they took the score to 51 before End was caught for a good solid 20.

There still seemed no danger when Thomas was lbw for 34 with the score on 74, but when Dave Hayes departed at 79-4 things started to wobble. Jack Bessey went for a duck, Neil Muirhead for two and Hodds for one and suddenly it was 86-7 but skipper Daniels (12 not out) and Scott Francis (eight not out) saw Kirkley home in the 42nd over.

All in all it was a good win and a very enjoyable opening game against very sporting opponents. It is to be hoped that availability becomes less of a concern over the next few weeks.

Man-of-the-match: Matty Gander.

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