Kirkley & Belton’s long trip is a frustrating one as weather has the final say

PUBLISHED: 06:16 26 May 2017

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Kirkley Belton made a long trip to Castle Rising on Saturday for their latest NCL Division One fixture.

Skipper Sajid Ali won the toss and put the home team in to bat on a wicket which had plenty of moisture and grass.

The decision was justified by some good seam bowling by Sam Nash and Ali followed up by George Savoury and Conrad Beach who was playing his first game for the first team this season.

With the introduction of leg spinner Chris Lambert wickets started to tumble at regular intervals and finally in the last over Castle Rising were bowled out for 169. Robert Wilson, with 48, was their top scorer.

Lambert had Figures of 5 for 44 in his 10 overs while Savoury had three wickets to his name, supported by Ali and Beach with a wicket a piece.

Kirkley & Belton’s didn’t start well and they lost their opening batsman Savoury without any runs on the board.

But captain Ali and Jon Bailey steadied the ship and took the score to 43 to put their side in a strong position to win the game but the rain then arrived and no more play was possible.

The match had to be abandoned with Kirkley & Belton taking 11 pointse.

This Saturday the first team, sponsored by Kia John Grose Lowestoft, are home to Felthorpe at Gunton Park.

Kirkley & Belton A team, sponsored by Alan Boswell Insurance Services, beat Horsford by 101 runs.

It was another good win for the seconds, after a week of finding 11 players to play, with a fine bowling performance setting up the victory.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Kirkley managed to get to 159 for 7, but again it was the bowling machine that kept this unbeaten run going as Horsford were never allowed to settle, David Read got two wickets after another good 10 over spell, Simon Bessey also shone - he only took one wicket but his spell was outstanding, Daniel Thorpe bowled well as well, taking a wicket with a brilliant ball, while Matt Gander again was simply outstanding, taking five wickets from 5.2 overs and conceding just five runs, skittling the oppositions out for just 58.

He was a clear choice as Boswell Insurance Man of the Match.

This Saturday the A Team are away to Old Catton seconds.

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