H&L Take Thetford Scalp

Hales and Loddon (199-3) beat Thetford A (198-7) by seven wickets in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Jack Cook and Auldwyn Lindsay posted half-centuries as Hales and Loddon ended a four-match losing streak with their best performance of the season – a morale-boosting seven-wicket win over promotion-chasing Thetford A.

A run of nightmare batting performances which had seen H&L shot out for sub-100 totals in recent matches was forgotten as the hosts knuckled down to the task against the second-placed visitors, reaching the 199 victory target with nearly five overs to spare.

Milton Lindsay stroked four fours in a promising 18 before advancing down the pitch to Craig Baulch and being adjudged LBW but an opening partnership of 43 in 11 overs with Jack Cook had given the team the momentum they needed. After the departure of Tim Outlaw, bowled by Joel Fernandes for a patient seven, Cook was joined by Calypso cricketer Auldwyn Lindsay and the duo produced an eye-catching array of shots to all areas. Cook was eventually bowled by Zak Wilson for a fine 66, containing 11 fours.

Wary of past batting collapses, skipper Mark Stewart sensibly decided to adopt a low-risk strategy, pushing 10 singles in a row as he supported the free-scoring Lindsay. The duo steered the side past the winning post in the 40th over with Lindsay 72 not out (10 fours) and Stewart unbeaten on 17.

Earlier, after being invited to bat, the visitors had made ominous smooth progress as the vastly-experienced opening duo of Mick Piggott and Darren Newey put on 92 in 21 overs. Richard Cook made the all-important breakthrough with an away- swinger which saw Piggott fall to a fine low catch by wicket-keeper Jack Cook for 35. Anthony Elsom fired in a crafty yorker to remove Newey for 52 as H&L’s bowlers seized the upper hand. Late flurries from Craig Baulch (26) and Mitchell Plumpton (34 not out) took the hosts to the brink of a 200 total but H&L were able to take heart from a much better showing in the field.

Stewart, Will Yates, Richard Cook and Anthony Elsom all took a wicket apiece while left-arm spinner Martin Wells underlined his value with 3 for 27 from his six overs. The 19 extras conceded was a vast improvement on recent profligate showings.

Musker McIntyre MoMs: Jack Cook and Auldwyn Lindsay.

A Team Runs Colney Close

Hales and Loddon A (98) lost to Colney (99-5) by five wickets in Norfolk League Division Four South East.

Andy Baker weighed in with a gritty half-century as Hales and Loddon A suffered a five-wicket Norfolk League Division Four South East defeat against Colney at Eaton CNS School.
Baker and veteran Joe Perry showed commendable discipline as H&L dug deep to post a hard-earned 98 total in 36 overs after being put in to bat.
Colney’s experienced opening attack of spinner Simon Carding and left-arm swing bowler Mike Peck gave little away, sharing six wickets and conceding a mere 21 runs between them in 18 highly accurate overs. Peck had Baker caught by Tim Stock for 54 ending an 80-run 4th wicket partnership and later cut short Perry’s defiant vigil on 31 by winning an LBW decision.
Colney did not have things all their own way with the bat as H&L claimed five wickets before the hosts clinched victory in the 29th over.
Skipper Dave Redford (nine overs 1 for 21) and Tom Wilkins (six overs 1 for 19) kept the pressure on in economical opening spells while Joe Perry and Callum Considine also claimed a wicket each. Young Considine took his first wicket for the club in a four-over spell for 20 runs. A smart run-out by Redford accounted for the other wicket.
The hosts were steered to victory by David Whitworth’s unbeaten 30 and 18 from Gary Barker aided by 30 Extras which accounted for almost a third of the total.
PJ Waylands Minibus and Taxis MoM: Andy Baker.

1st XI vs Denver

Hales and Loddon (59) lost to Denver (62-1) by nine wickets in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Hales and Loddon returned home empty-handed from their first ever trip to Norfolk Alliance newcomers Denver as they were blown away in windswept West Norfolk.
The visitors were shot out for a paltry 59 as the hosts vindicated their decision to bowl first on a sunny and blustery afternoon. Just 21 overs were needed as H&L’s batsmen succumbed tamely, with only two men managing double-figure contributions.
Milton Lindsay (13) and Jack Cook (20) put on 36 in 10 overs in the only partnership of note before Denver’s bowlers took a grip on proceedings. Paceman Chris Rolfe (seven overs 2 for 19) broke through Lindsay’s defences and had Cook caught, paving the way for father and son Kevin Cornwell and Dan Cornwell to wreak havoc. Kevin Cornwell, a wily slow bowler operating off three paces, took 4 for 12 from four overs of seasoned guile, while his son added three victims for four runs from four overs to the H&L toll of misery. Dan Harper (seven overs 1 for 20) took the other wicket to fall.
On a pitch which played low, but contained few demons, H&L’s batsmen only had themselves to blame for the no-show with application and concentration in short supply.
Denver needed under 13 overs to reach their target as veteran opener Paul Morton hit an unbeaten 30 containing six boundaries and youngster Harvey Wardle weighed in with an unbeaten 25 in a comfortable 44-run second-wicket partnership. Mark Stewart (five overs 1 for 10) claimed the only wicket to fall, bowling opener Gurpal Singh for 16.
Tea was taken after the match before the H&L players embarked on the long trek home, arriving back in plenty of time for the FA Cup final kick-off.

2nd XI vs Winterton A

Hales and Loddon A (28-4) beat Winterton A (25) by six wickets in Norfolk League Division Four South East.

James Rowswell was the man with the golden arm as Hales and Loddon A completed a quickfire demolition job at Winterton. Rowswell recorded stunning figures of eight for 15 from 8.2 overs as H&L made light work of their opponents at Hambrook Oval.
After Sri Lankan recruit Isuru (eight overs 2 for 8) removed the openers, including renowned anchorman Brynley Clarke, to a debatable lbw decision, Rowswell took centre stage. His medium-pace inswinging yorkers seemed laser guided as the next eight wickets tumbled – six of the victims clean bowled. The remarkable haul included a perfect hat-trick as the fourth, fifth and sixth wickets were bowled leg stump, middle stump and off stump. Five of his victims did not trouble the scorers.
On a day when Rowswell could do no wrong, he was backed up by some exemplary fielding, including a brilliant low diving catch from veteran Dave Redford.
The reply was not without incident as H&L, perhaps suffering from over-confidence, contrived to lose four wickets in pursuit of the meagre total. Captain sensible James Buckingham guided his team to victory in the sixth over with an unbeaten 10.
PJ Waylands Minibuses and Taxis Man of the Match: James Rowswell

1st XI vs Ash & Bar A

Hales and Loddon (160-5) beat Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers A by five wickets in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Martin Wells and Aldwyn Lindsay produced a match-winning century stand as Hales and Loddon recorded their first Norfolk Alliance Division Six win of the season. The duo put on 103 in a crucial fifth-wicket partnership after H&L, chasing a 157 target, were reeling at 37-4 after 13 overs.
Lacing their natural attacking instincts with intelligent restraint the middle-order pair were parted in the 31st over with the score on 140 and the job all but done. Wells, who was was run out by Tosh Keshwala’s direct hit from the deep, had contributed a fine 47 containing three fours and two mighty sixes. Lindsay, aided by the able Tim Outlaw (8 not out) guided the team over the finishing line in the 36th over, for an unbeaten 47.
Stand-in skipper Pete Dye, who had earlier won the toss and invited the visitors to bat on a rain-softened wicket was able to heave a sigh of relief at his side’s recovery. A&B hopes had been boosted by a series of early breakthroughs as Callum Gibson bowled Jack Cook for 13 and had Milton Lindsay caught behind off a spitting delivery for six. Matt Buckingham was bowled by Keshwala for 9 before the luckless Mark Stewart suffered his third lbw dismissal in four innings,  trapped by Gibson for 3. Gibson returned 3 for 34 from his nine overs while Keshwala showed good economy taking 1 for 27 from his eight.
Earlier the bottom-of-the-table visitors had posted a 156 total, which H&L had felt was well within reach given the prospect of a drying surface and improving batting conditions. Wilson had provided the mainstay of the A&B batting with a hard-hit 71 laced with eight boundaries, while Adam Cohen (15) and Oliver Cohen (19 not out) were the other notable contributors.
Young paceman Matt Buckingham spearheaded the H&L bowling effort, with 3 for 16 from nine overs, while slow bowler Will Yates did well to record 1 for 29 from his seven overs after suffering an inner thigh muscle injury after his first delivery. Mark Stewart kept the pressure on with 2 for 17 from his nine overs while Martin Wells (9 overs 1 for 43) and Jack Cook  (6.4 overs 1 for 22) completed  the wicket-taking against the nine-man visitors.
Musker McIntyre joint Man of the Match: Aldwyn Lindsay and Martin Wells

2nd XI vs Colney

Hales and Loddon A (145) lost to Colney (148-5) by five wickets in Norfolk League Division Fourth South East.

New recruit James Webster scored his second century in as many games but could not prevent Hales and Loddon A from slipping to a five-wicket defeat to Colney.
The South African newcomer, who hit 17 fours in his ton, was eventually bowled by Simon Carding having hit 102 out of the 114 runs on the scoreboard at the time. The returning Will Yates was the other chief contributor to the total, scoring 26 before being caught by Gary Barker off the bowling of Robin Wintle.
H&L, who were put into bat by the visitors, folded tamely to 145 all out in 26 overs with Tim Stock (3-49), Simon Carding (3-38) and Robin Wintle (3 for 21) sharing the wickets.
The visitors were made to battle hard for their victory, taking 41 overs to reach their target. The H&L economy drive was spearheaded by Sri Lankan Isuru (10 overs 0 for 24), Yates (10 overs 1 for 22), Matthew Plummer (10 overs  2 for 31) and Webster (seven overs 1 for 23).
Colney’s victory was achieved courtesy of David Whitworth (28), Simon Carding (17), David Kidner (15), and an unbroken partnership between James France (43 not out) and Nathan Good (10 not out).
PJ Wayland’s Minibuses and Taxis H&L MoM: James Webster

1st XI vs Thetford A

Thetford (284-9) beat Hales & Loddon (175) by 109 runs in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Teenage talent Matthew Buckingham posted a fine 73 but Hales and Loddon were outgunned at Thetford.
Buckingham showed maturity way beyond his 16 years to register his maiden half century as H&L attempted in vain to overhaul Town’s sizeable 284-9 total. Against some seasoned bowlers Buckingham produced an excellent effort containing 12 fours, but  found little in the way of support in the batting ranks. Aldwyn Lindsay’s cameo 23 was the next best score as H&L’s reply ended on 175 in the 38th over.
Opening duo Jack Cook (8) and Milton Lindsay (9) were both claimed cheaply by medium-pacer Gav Siriwardena as Town took an early grip on proceedings. Cook, the previous week’s centurion, fell to a catch behind while Lindsay was bowled by a ball that nipped back and caught the inside edge.
When Mark Stewart (3) was adjudged lbw to a delivery from medium-pacer Ray Smeed, H&L’s prospects of victory sunk further. There was a brief cameo from Auldwynne Lindsay before he was trapped leg before by spinner Mick Piggott for 23 and Martin Wells hit 11 including a mighty six before holing out to deep mid-wicket off the slow bowling of Nathan Coleman.
While wickets tumbled around him Buckingham maintained his composure playing some stylish shots on his way to 73 before Smeed broke through his defences. Despite an injury which meant he had been unable to bowl Dave Redford contributed a spirited tailend unbeaten 15 as H&L were dismissed for 175.
Smeed took the Thetford bowling honours with 4 for 31 from nine overs, while Siriwardena returned  3 for 20 from 6.4 overs, Coleman 2 for 32 from seven and Piggott 1 for 13 from a tight five over spin spell.
After being invited to bat by H&L stand-in skipper Pete Dye the hosts had taken first use of a good-looking and well-prepared track. H&L enjoyed an early success when Auldywnne Lindsay took a juggling boundary catch to claim the wicket of opener Smeed for 6 off the bowling of Richard Cook.
But H&L had to endure a frustrating long wait for further success as experienced duo Darren Newey and Mick Piggott established a 140-run 2nd wicket partnership in 24 overs. The stand was eventually broken when James Rowswell trapped Newey lbw for 59.
The powerful Piggott eventually fell for 77 when he could only slap a Buckingham long hop into the hands of Stewart at mid-on. A hard-hit unbeaten 42 from Siriwardena took the total to 284-9.
It was a spirited H&L fightback with the ball and in the field as Town at one point appeared to be motoring towards a 300-plus total.
Rowswell bowled a decent spell to claim 3 for 59 from his eight overs, figures tarnished by his final over which was despatched for 20. Jack Cook’s five overs of spin returned 2 for 26 and there were wickets apiece for Buckingham and Richard Cook, with two run-outs accounting for the other victims. Although wicketless, Mark Stewart bowled well, finding good movement in an economical nine overs which cost a mere 29 runs and included a number of unsuccessful lbw appeals mainly against Piggott. One disappointing aspect of the bowling effort was the 46 wides which made up the lion’s share of a mammoth 60 extras conceded.
Musker McIntyre H&L MoM: Matthew Buckingham

2nd XI vs Blundeston A

Hales and Loddon A (286-3 dec) beat Blundeston A (86) by 197 runs in Norfolk League Division 4 South East.
South African recruit James Webster scored a debut 100 and Sri Lankan opening partner Isuru hit 72 as Hales and Loddon A piled on the runs at home to Blundeston A in Norfolk League Division 4 South East.
After both retired, skipper James Buckingham (63 no), Dave Redford (29 retired) and Tom Wilkins (10 no) took the total to 286 before Buckingham declared after 30 overs.
Veterans Redford and Andrew Baker took two wickets apiece as the depleted visitors were dismissed for 86 in 24 overs.
Blundeston had been left short of players, but with a couple of H & L players helping out, did well to make a game of it.
PJ Waylands Minibuses and Taxis H&L man of the match: James Webster

1st XI vs Bradfield A

Hales and Loddon (302 for 4) lost to Bradfield A (303 for 3) by seven wickets in Norfolk Alliance Division Six. 
Jack Cook powered his way to a free-flowing maiden century but still ended up on the losing side as Hales and Loddon lost a nailbiting Norfolk Alliance Division Six encounter at Bradfield on the final ball of the 45th over.
Cook carried his bat for a superb unbeaten 134, crashing 20 fours and scoring at better than a run-a-ball rate as bowlers were made to suffer on a good track and fast outfield with a short boundary on one side.
After being put into bat by the hosts H&L lost Matt Buckingham early before Cook and skipper Isaac Rolph began their assault on the bowling, Rolph departing for a typically uncompromising 25. The pace increased as Mark Stewart joined Cook at the crease and the duo brought up the 100 in the 18th over. They enjoyed a third-wicket stand of 120 which took the score to 172 before Stewart was bowled by Stephen Abbs for a fine 61 containing seven fours and a six.
After Auldwynne Lindsay was adjudged lbw to an Abbs delivery first ball, the H&L fireworks were resumed as Martin Wells joined Cook to hit a blistering 57 not out, including seven fours and a six. Their entertaining 130-run unbroken fifth wicket stand took the total to a sizeable 302-4 .
Paceman Isaac Rolph opened with fire, but two very sharp chances went down at slip in his first over and Bradfields’s openers scored freely before the game reached a controversial flashpoint when on 30 Peter Abbs survived vehement H&L appeals for a catch behind.
Matt Buckingham made the long-awaited breakthrough on 111, having Stephen Abbs caught by Stewart for 38. The fired-up Rolph managed to trap Simon Wells lbw for 49, with the total on 215. Rolph struck again to bowl Peter Abbs, who had hit 101 containing 12 fours, with the total on 236-3.
Amidst mounting tension the hosts were steered to victory by James Vann (34 not out) and Colin Smith (30 not out). With two overs left 11 were needed and Sam Ford produced an excellent over to leave eight required. Matt Buckingham also bowled superbly at the death, but agonisingly saw his penultimate ball Chinese cut for four, before a scrambled single saw Bradfield snatch a dramatic win. Their 303-3 total was boosted by 52 extras including 29 wides and six no balls.
Musker Mcintyre H&L man of the match: Jack Cook