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PUBLISHED: 09:25 17 June 2011

Old Buckenham played Frettenham.

It was obvious that whoever won the toss would bat expecting the pitch to deteriorate. Frettenham made solid start only losing Davidson (11), bowled by Sean Robinson, as Norton (67) and Moggan (31) took them to 89 at the 23rd over drink break.

Old Buckenham immediately profited as Moggan played on to Mike Banham and Gant was lbw to Newbery next over.

With support from Fuller 18, Norton continued to keep the innings together with a stand of 50 before Fuller attempting to force the pace against Banham skied to keeper Alex Guinness. Banham and Newbery in tandem prevented Frettenham getting away after their sound start and the returning debutant Chris Morphew was rewarded with the wicket of Norton in the 44th over.

Paul Fitt conceding just 19 off his 12 overs was unlucky not to take a wicket.

A score of 159-5 was looking a daunting total before Alex Guinness 37 (two sixes) started the assault with Simon Newbery 20 scoring 51 in just nine overs. Smith bowled Guinness and scoring slowed not helped by three wickets for just six runs.

Websdale had the perfect first over as he had both Newbery and Ian Pape caught by keeper Gant and Harry Dunkinson was also caught by Gant off Fuller. A score of 68-4 saw skipper John Lund (57no) and Robin Thatcher (22) lead the recovery on a deteriorating pitch with a stand of 55.

Old Buckenham then lost two wickets as Thatcher and Robinson became the fifth victims of Gant, catching them off Davidson and Smith respectively. Mike Banham (8) and Lund added a further 20 before Banham became Websdale third wicket for 29 in a fine 10 overs of offspin caught by Thirtle in the deep. With Paul Fitt as support, skipper Lund completed his half-century then cracked the winning four for victory.

Frettenham: P Norton b Morphew 67, P Davison b Robinson 11, N Moggan b Banham 35, W Gant lbw Newbery 1, K Fuller c Guinness b Banham 18, D Websdale not out 7, R Smith not out 1; extras 22. Total 163-5. Bowling: P Fitt 12-4-19-0, S Robinson 5-0-28-1, C Morphew 5-0-25-1, M Banham 12-0-41-2, S Newbery 11-1-31-1.

Old Buckenham: S Newbery c Gant b Websdale 20, A Guinness b Smith 37, H Dunkinson c Gant b Fuller 9, I Pape c Gant b Websdale 0, J Lund Not Out 58, R Thatcher c Gant b Davidson 22, S Robinson c Gant b Smith 0, M Banham c Thirtle b Websdale 8, P Fitt not out 0; extras 12. Total 167-7. Bowling: R Smith 11-4-42-2, M Thirtle 6-0-26-0, D Websdale 10-1-29-3, K Fuller 6-2-22-1, J Norton 2-0-16-0, P Davidson 6-0-19-1.

NEW Buckenham returned to winning ways with a three-wicket win over Halvergate A in Norfolk League Division Five. Having lost the toss, New Bucks were asked to take the field and soon had the visiting side in trouble at 68-6 thanks to skipper John Neville (4-46).

However, some mighty blows from the Halvergate number five saw the visitors reach a 100 for no further loss.

But a four-wicket burst from pace-man Correy Connolly (4-13) — which included a fine catch in the deep by Joe Heasman — saw Halvergate all out for 137.

New Bucks’ reply was built around opener Terry Hardwick’s fine innings of 81 not out and a patient knock of 24 by Ruben Dalton.

Despite the loss of some late wickets as New Buckenham closed in on victory the result was never in doubt. Fielding star Joe Heasman sealed victory with a splendid drive through extra cover as New Buckenham picked up 24 very welcome points.

BUNWELL played Hethersett. The latter chose to bat but really struggled with the Bunwell bowling. It seemed like a test match at one stage when Hethersett were only on 30 after 20 overs. The opening pair of N Aston and D Thurtle again working well together, Aston with 14-0 from 11 kept it tight and Thurtle 27-2 from 10 bowled well, a new second-change partnership of I Nichols and J Reid worked really well I Nichols with 4-42 and Reid with 4-40. Great lines were being bowled which the Hethersett batsmen had no answer for, there was also a fine fielding display from Bunwell with Harris, Pitcher, Patterson all taking catches. Hethersett finished on 136 all out. Bunwell went into bat with J Hipperson and A Patterson, Patterson went early for two which brought in G Pitcher to the crease, Hipperson and Pitcher smashing the ball to all parts of the ground wanting to finish this early. Pitcher went for an aggressive 48 and Hipperson finished on 60, S Turner and A Henderson finishing the game off – another great win for Bunwell.

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