over 50 2nds 151-all out. Norfolk over 50 2nds 152-4. Norfolk win by 6 wickets
A super opening spell by E Weber 1-18 and J Andrews 0-16 restricted Lincs from getting off to a flying start. The tight bowling continued by B Ovel who was unlucky not to claim a wicket. At the other end L De Coteau was tempting Lincs with different variations of flight and spin. He was rewarded with two lbws.
Lincs continued to find it hard to get the Norfolk bowlers away who were helped by brilliant out fielding which was shown by the teams four run outs during the innings. D Cilding was run out by J Rogers and E Weber got two one of which was a superb direct hit from the long on. J Rogers 3-17 bowled well on his debut and got the last wicket to fall with Nick Asker taking a catch behind and showed how majestic the fielding was by only giving one by. Lincs finished on a below par 151 all out.
The Norfolk openers B Collinson and D Young took Lincs on straight away with lovely cuts and drives. It was a shock when B Collinsons 23 wicket fell. A Toll continued Norfolks steady onslaught of the Lincs total. D Young carrying an injury was unlucky to be given out lbw when he was set on 33. M Broad 23 came in and took the game away from Lincs with some true and powerful hitting. Captain R Yates 26 not out was next in and after playing himself in looked steady and solid. He was joined by J Andrews 28 not out and he helped Norfolk ease to the total with ten overs to spare. After losing to Lincs earlier in the season it was a very pleasing result . The game was played at Mundford who provided a fine spread and the game was played in a good spirit.
Herts II 282-3 (45 overs), Norfolk II 130-all out (35.3 overs)
Herts brought a strong side to Mundford. After winning the toss they elected to bat, running up 282-3 with good 50s from Humphries, Clements and Bateman on a wicket which offered little for the bowlers. Mundford provided an excellent tea. Despite the efforts of Toll (31) and Andrews (34), Norfolk could make no real impression on the Herts total, and with Magee taking 4-7 in his 9 overs, Norfolk subsided for 130.
O50s 2nds lost to Herts 2nds by 62 runs at Letchworth. Herts 221-5 (Gregory 9-2-20-2) Norfolk 159-6 (Yates 44, De Coteau 37, Andrews 31, Gregory 25*).
Medite Over 50’s 174 all out
Norfolk Over 50 2nd XI 75 for 4 won by 6 wkts
With only 7 players from Norfolk at the venue & the opposition expecting an earlier start, Norfolk captain Mike Banham hoped the toss would allow him to bat but Suffolk won the toss & decided to bat first but they did magnanimously allow Norfolk to use Norfolk Under 11 player, Harry de Coteau, to play as an under-age player.
Suffolk opened with in form Suffolk O60 batsman Alan Gallant & much travelled, ex-Norfolk, Kevin Ross & they found the pitch & fast outfield to their liking as they reached 47 off 10 overs. Debutant Jon Andrews made the breakthrough by trapping Gallant LBW for 29 & followed having Suffolk captain Stuart Cooper caught by Nick Asker next ball. It was Harold van Zanten who removed the dangerous Ross for 33, caught behind by Asker. Lawrence de Coteau then began an inspired spell of 9 overs 4 maidens 2 for 15 as he combined with Asker to have Harrison stumped. Suffolk consolidated with Adams 22, Scopes 22 & Peartree 24. Banham bowled the aggressive Scopes before L de Coteau produced the dream ball to bowl Adams. Harry de Coteau produced the best first ball possible to trap Deere LBW. King tried an impossible single to Andrews to be run out convincingly while Harry de C bowled Peartree & tea was taken early when a heavy shower intervened. After the rain the innings ended with Place attempting a big swing at Banham & keeper Asker effecting the stumping for his 4th victim. Andrews, Banham & H Ce Coteau finished with 2 wickets each
Ben Collinson 15 & Mark English started the Norfolk reply confidently but it was the wily old fox Bruce Tompkins who created havoc in the hen house as he first trapped Collinson LBW & had Toll & Ridout both caught to reduce Norfolk to 33 for 3. Enter Lawrence de Coteau in a pivotal stand of 110 for the 4th wkt. It was particularly pleasing for L de Coteau to dispatch his old team mate Kevin Ross for 12 off his first over, all in an arc of 30 degrees through cover point. Always ahead of the asking rate, it was L de Coteau who finally perished caught behind by Scopes off Peartree. Jon Andrews joined English in the gathering gloom & intermittent drizzle & they proceeded to finish the job in the 40th over with Andrews 15 not out & Norfolk man of the match, English, a magnificent 95 not out although it was impossible from the scorebook to ascertain his exact score or even indicate to him how close he was to his century. This is a 2nd victory for a very makeshift Norfolk 2nd XI in a row & hopefully the team will settle for it last 4 games.
Match report Essex Over 50s A v Norfolk Over 50s A 16th June 2015
On a glorious summer’s afternoon in the picturesque Essex town of Frinton, the scene was set for a classic cricket battle between two over 50’s A teams, the Dad’s Armies of Essex and Norfolk.
Norfolk’s very own Captain Mainwaring Julian Dismore called heads but the coin landed tails, and on an excellent batting track Essex skipper Patel opted to bat first. The Essex openers got off to a rapid start, but it was a case of “Don’t panic” and tight bowling from David Gould and Barry Ovel pegged them back. Ovel’s ten over spell went for just 19 runs, a remarkable effort from the wily veteran. First change bowler Alan Miners continued the good work – his steep bounce amply illustrating that the Essex boys “don’t like it up ‘em” and as the noose tightened on the Essex batsmen it was inevitable that the pressure would lead to wickets falling...
Shortly after getting his half century Essex opener J. Stuck was run out after some excellent relay fielding initiated by Colin Atkinson. Then Alan Miners took Patel’s wicket before Andy ‘Spin King’ Horobin joined the party and snagged two wickets in quick succession. In his second spell David Gould took the wicket he richly deserved and the Essex innings was rocking. More excellent fielding contributed to another run out and when Robin Konieczy bowled the Essex number 8, operation “Get Essex Out for Not Many More than 200” was a success.
The efficient Norfolk wicket keeping duo of Nick Asker and Alec Toll conceded a mere 8 byes between them and the energetic Norfolk fielding effort must have saved 30 runs. The Essex total of 210 for 7 was formidable, as their fearsome bowling line up was a strong unit, but the Norfolk batsmen were determined to chase it down.
Openers Doug Young and Alec Toll got their team off to a solid start – before Toll perished with the score on 39 and skipper Dismore arrived at the crease. The Essex opening bowler was a mountainous figure, almost seven foot tall, and it became a David and Goliath battle between the diminutive Norfolk number 3 and his gigantic counterpart. At the other end, Young continued his good work, pressing the accelerator at just the right moment before falling LBW to the Essex off spinner for an excellent 43. Norfolk Number 4 Mike Ridout entered the fray, and after smashing a superb 4 also fell victim to the spinner, and the Norfolk run chase was in trouble.
But cometh the hour – cometh the man. The name Robin Konieczy isn’t only a potential game changer in Scrabble, the man himself is also a potential match winner with a cricket bat. Konieczy aggressively took the attack to the Essex medium pacers and with Dismore scoring regular fours at the other end a partnership developed which started to swing the match Norfolk’s way.
Dismore and Konieczy came together with the score 89 for 3 and Essex sniffing victory. An hour later the pair had added 113 before Konieczy was bowled for a valiant 61. By that point, as Private Fraser would say, Essex “were doomed” and Nick Asker hammered the final nail in their coffin with an emphatic four. Norfolk skipper Dismore played a captain’s innings, seeing his team home with an undefeated 68.
So the Norfolk Band of Brothers won a terrific contest by 6 wickets – and the Essex old boys were left to lick their wounds…
Two Counties 210-7 Norfolk Over 50 2nd XI 214-4. Norfolk win by 6 wickets
Wed 22 Apr Lincs v Norfolk Lost by 5 wickets
Wed 13 May Norfolk v Two Counties Cancelled could not raise a side!!!!
Tue 16 Jun Two Counties v Norfolk Won by 6 wickets Wed 08 Jul Meditite v Norfolk Won by 6 wickets
Thur 16 Jul Herts v Norfolk Lost by 57 runs Wed 05 Aug Norfolk v Meditite Cancelled Medite could not raise a side Wed 12 Aug Norfolk v Herts Lost by 152 runs Wed 19 Aug Norfolk v Lincs Mundford
Lincolnshire O50 vrs Norfolk O50 at Boston. 23rd April 2015
Norfolk fielded seven debutants, Lincolnshire something closer to their full strength side. On a sunny but chilly day, Norfolk elected to bat on a slow but true surface. 136 was somewhat below par, lots of players getting in and falling to early season dismissals. Keith Hunt had a good debut with the bat though, while Robin Yates top scored with 41 before being run out. Fawad Kaiser with some lusty blows found the boundary late in the innings.
In Lincolns reply, Gordon Chetwood bowled well to return figures of 9-3-1-13 and could well have taken more wickets. Norfolk looked to be in with a chance as the spinners bowled well and were rewarded with a couple of wickets. However, a robust innings from Lincoln's number 5, Lane ended that hope.
A good day in that we saw seven of our new players under match conditions and were given an insight into what they are capable of.
Norfolk 136-10. Lincolnshire 137-5: Lincolnshire won by 5 wickets