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A win for Watton

PUBLISHED: 16:26 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 02 August 2010

Watton CC travel to Great Yarmouth this weekend expecting a tough game against the team positioned immediately above them in the division.

Watton hosted a youthful Hales A side at Watton Sports Centre last Saturday expecting a win to keep up the pressure on the clubs above them in Norfolk League Division Four.

Watton CC travel to Great Yarmouth this weekend expecting a tough game against the team positioned immediately above them in the division.

Watton hosted a youthful Hales A side at Watton Sports Centre last Saturday expecting a win to keep up the pressure on the clubs above them in Norfolk League Division Four.

Winning the toss, skipper Bruno Norman elected to bat first on a decent looking batting surface.

Openers Walsh and Oakey made a solid start before Oakey was dismissed lbw off the bowling of Rolfe.

Captain Norman joined Walsh at the wicket and both played circumspectly, picking up runs when they could against some good, quick bowling.

The pair took the score on to 67 in the 13th over before Rolfe accounted for Walsh (32 runs).

Norman picked his way to 50 runs whilst regularly losing partners at the other end of the wicket.

But once he reached the milestone, he kicked on, despatching the ball to all parts of the ground.

A short delay for rain didn't dampen Norman's spirits, as he moved into top gear, picking up fours or sixes from most deliveries.

He brought up his maiden century with a perfectly timed hook, hitting the ball flat for six.

With the time already past 5pm and with the threat of rain to arrive during the evening, Watton declared their innings with full batting points on 226-8 with Norman finishing not out on 118.

After tea, Watton struck in the first over with Pete Norman (3-41) uprooting Rolfe's middle stump.

Will Oakey smartly ran out Cook to leave Hales struggling on 11-2.

Beaumont and Watts formed a good partnership playing some classic drives through the off-side covers before Burridge (3-52) dismissed both batsmen in quick succession.

With victory in sight Watton introduced young spinners Will Oakey (1-25) and Aditya Vyas to gain some useful match practice.

Hales' lower-order batsmen provided some resistance but were eventually all out for 127, handing victory to Watton by 99 runs.

Watton: R Walsh c Rolfe 32, W Oakey lbw Rolfe 5, B Norman retired not out 118, C Gill b Rolfe 4, B Renton c Taylor 0, R Dicks c White 14, A Vyas c White 2, L Wilkins c Ford 8, D Burridge b Read 9, C Church not out 0; extras 34. Total (33.2 overs) 226-8. Bowling: I Rolfe 9-1-58-3, A Taylor 9-0-58-1, L White 7-1-22-2, A Beaumont 7-0-48-0, C Read 0.2-0-9-1, S Ford 1-0-16-1.

Hales: J Cook run out 9, I Rolfe b Norman 0, T Watts c Walsh b Burridge 34, A Beaumont b Burridge 14, C Read b Burridge 2, T Vale b Norman 0, L Jones b Oakey 10, M Plummer retired not out 14, A Taylor b Norman 29, L White b Vyas 0, S Ford not out 0; extras 15. Total (32 overs) 127-9. Bowling: P Norman 9-0-41-3, D Burridge 12-2-52-3, W Oakey 7-2-25-1, A Vyas 4-1-6-1.

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