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North Runcton cricket revenge on Norwich with Kirwin Christoffels' 90 in Norfolk Alliance

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North Runcton gained sweet revenge for their almost identical defeat at Norwich earlier in the Norfolk Alliance season with a 118-run victory at New Road on Saturday.

In both matches, the team batting first were massive winners – a theme generally seen across local cricket this season.

Runcton won the toss and batted with Kirwin Christoffels showing his intent by scoring a four off his first ball and, with Mark Skipper, the two played some fine cricket running brilliantly between the wickets.

North Runcton's Kirwin Christoffels.
North Runcton's Kirwin Christoffels.

Christoffels made 90 off 84 balls with 12 fours as they put together a partnership of 129 before it was broken by Enoch Uthaayarajan – a young Norfolk youth spinner who had Christoffels caught by wicket-keeper Blake running back to collect a mistimed shot that looped high off a 'chinaman'.

Jhedli Van Briesies added 14 before he was the only victim of Frankie Sutton.

Mark Skipper was joined by brother Ben (36 in 39 balls) and they took the total to 196-3 before Mark – making a fine half-century (51 in 89) – was the first wicket for impressive Buzz Kemp.

Michael Annakin had his best spell of the season.
Michael Annakin had his best spell of the season.

After a poor opening spell up the hill, Kemp found his rhythm from the tennis court end, taking out Runcton’s middle order of Lankfer, Phillips and Coote for very little between them and ending with excellent figures of 4-41 off his 10 overs.

The remaining home batsmen also failed as Watson picked up another couple of wickets, taking 3-25, with only Jack Major showing any resistance with 19 not out as the hosts were dismissed for 258 in 48.5 overs, once again not utilising all their allocation.

In reply the visitors were soon in trouble, losing both openers to a hostile opening spell from Ben Coote.

Allen Tomas man-of-the-match Christoffels then struck to have Will Bowman caught at slip by Major for nought, an important wicket as he had scored an excellent century against Runcton earlier in the season, leaving Norwich at 38-3.

Michael Annakin, in his best spell of the season, clean bowled Australian Nick Hook, then trapped Howes leg before and had top scorer Sutton caught behind leaving the visitors reeling at 70-5.

His figures of 3-23 off 10 overs were applauded by his team-mates on completing his spell.

The visitors eventually made 140 all out as Van Briesies took two excellent catches behind the wicket – one an incredible diving falling back catch to cap a good all round team performance.

Jack Major took 3-32, Will Lankfer 1-37, Ben Coote 2-21 and Christoffels 1-20.

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