One ’Ell of a spell as Castle Acre bowler Whiting bags eight wickets

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In contrast to the opening week of the season, Saturday’s Norfolk Cricket League fixtures were played in true cricketing weather with bright warm sunshine on harder wickets.

This was borne out by higher scoring matches throughout the divisions as the conditions switched more in favour of the batsmen.

Division 1

In the new county-wide Division 1 the early pacesetters are Snettisham and Caister.

Snettisham made light work of Denver collecting a maximum points haul by bowling their opposition out for 102 and chasing the runs down for the loss of only one wicket, Johnny Forder leading the effort with two wickets for 10 runs from his 10 overs including six maidens and then scoring 38 in the reply.

Caister moved into second place with a six-wicket win at local rivals Blundeston.

Elsewhere there were convincing wins for Kirkley & Belton against Gt Yarmouth and Cringleford Lodge against last year’s second division champions Saxlingham.

Division 2 West

Castle Rising are the early pacesetters winning at East Harling after posting 257 for 4, East Harling 107 all out in reply.

The biggest win of the day came for Castle Acre who demolished Garboldisham B, scoring 243 for 8, before bowling their opponents out for just 25 with Elliott Whiting taking a remarkable eight wickets for just seven runs.

In the other matches Reepham chased down 179 at Gooderstone to win by seven wickets and Heacham comfortably beat Northwold.

Division 3 West

Narborough are top of the table with their second maximum points win after a convincing win against Saham Toney A having scored 280 for 4 and bowling out Saham for only 57.

In the other matches there were victories for Beeston, Beetley, Sandringham and Swanton Morley.

Division 4 North West

Thornham lead the way, being the third team in the NCL with maximum points after two matches following their defeat of Swaffham A scoring 247 for 9 and bowling out Swaffham A for 184, for whom Jordan Twiddy scored 94.

Gooderstone A won at Mundford A chasing 225 to win by seven wickets with Nathan Cross 96no.

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Mid Norfolk

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Terrington, with 10 men, won the toss and chose to bat, but fell to 5-2 against Denver.

However, along with new batsmen Yousaf, TSCCC rebuilt the innings with 87 in the next 18 overs. Yousaf and Naveed then accelerated the scoring rate quickly until Yousaf was caught for a well made 83. Naveed continued scoring freely until he was also caught for 52.

The remaining wickets fell cheaply but Terrington made a respectable 207 all out.

Terrington started the second innings well, reducing the hosts to 44-4 in the 10th over with good bowling. They took two wickets in consecutive balls to further that to 67-6 but Denver fought back.

Reaching 138, the seventh wicket partnership had TSCCC rattled until Young was brought back and took a wicket with his final ball, giving him new best bowling figures of 4-37.

The remaining batsmen were polished off quickly to give Terrington the victory by 61 runs.