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Sports roll over league leaders

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:41 06 July 2010

The sun cast no shadow early on at a damp Rollesby as Kirkley Sports won their first game of the season and the first the club has won in the top flight of the Norfolk League for 23 years against the previously unbeaten side.

The sun cast no shadow early on at a damp Rollesby as Kirkley Sports won their first game of the season and the first the club has won in the top flight of the Norfolk League for 23 years against the previously unbeaten side.

After losing the toss Sports were invited to bat and immediately found themselves 13-2 as both Parker and Knights failed to trouble the scorers.

Halstein and Carroll staged a mini recovery against what some could say was extremely hostile bowling from Cook and J Flett.

The pressure lifted when N Flett was introduced to the attack and his slow off spin enabled both batsman to play a few shots both hitting huge sixes into the nearby field.

Halstein was first to fall however caught behind off Sparkes for 36.

Tuttle and Carroll kept up the momentum until both fell with the score on 89.

Tuttle (15) was caught Algar of J Flett and Carroll (32) was clean bowled by England.

Debutant Roach (2) fell quickly and when Holmes (10) was clean bowled by England, Sports middle order had gone in the space of 12 runs.

Cross and Muirhead passed the batting point score of 120 but three more quick wickets saw Muirhead (9), Husky (12) and Caplin (4) all fall and Sports all out for 130 with Allison one not out.

Seemingly with no choice but to attack with such a low score to defend Sports opening bowlers Holmes and Cross steamed in and Holmes' especially was unlucky with edges numerous times.

However, runs were hard to come by for the openers but just when it seemed they had seen off the opening blast Cross got one to leave M Browning (14) and he was caught behind by Parker.

Pinch-hitter J Flett (1) was excellently caught one handed by bowler Holmes in the next over, but the ball that saw Sports get on a roll.

With the ball now starting to seam about, Tuttle's fifth delivery which clean bowled Algar (15).

With his seventh ball he took a sharp return catch to remove captain Duxbury (7) and in his fourth over Carroll took a smart catch on the drive to remove J Browning (1).

Tuttle had taken 3-9 in a fine spell as Rollesby teetered at 45-5 with Sports completely on top.

Sensing victory opening bowlers Holmes and Cross returned but a little cameo from Chaney took the score to 78-5 before he went for one shot too many as was caught behind by Parker off Holmes for 24.

This signalled the end for Rollesby as another dramatic collapse saw them dismissed for 82.

Caplin came into the attack and he made up for an earlier dropped catch with two wickets in his first over with Payne (6) again caught behind and England (0) clean bowled.

Cross bowled Cook (1) and last man Sparkes (1) was excellently run out by the diving Parker to spark celebrations by the Sports players and supporters as they claimed their first win of the campaign.

The victory earned Sports 24 points and they move up to mid-table in the division, while the defeat for Rollesby knocked them off the top spot and down into third place after three games of the season.

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