Norman storms it for Watton
WATTON took the honours in the top-of-the-table clash with Hingham in Division Five of the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League. Hingham's skipper won the toss and decided to ask Watton to bat first on a cool and cloudy afternoon.
AFTER a fine all-round display by Paul Norman at the weekend, Watton have now won their first six matches of the season and have opened up a gap of 36 points.
This Saturday Watton host Rocklands A at Watton Sports Centre, hoping to extend their winning run.
Watton took the honours in the top-of-the-table clash with Hingham in Division Five of the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League.
Hingham's skipper won the toss and decided to ask Watton to bat first. Watton's openers made a fast start, with Norman particularly dominant. Fifty runs were soon on the scoreboard before the end of the ninth over.
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The opening partnership ended in the 16th over when Norman pushed the ball to a fielder at cover, chanced a single, and unluckily ran out partner Malcolm Ranson (24).
Norman made amends by continuing to thrash Hingham's bowlers to all parts of the ground with a career-best innings of 138, including 10 fours and nine sixes.
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After Norman's departure, Hingham's bowlers fought back, taking regular wickets to restrict the scoring rate.
Watton's innings ended in the 42nd over with their total on 216, giving them maximum batting points for the first time this season.
Following tea, Watton's opening bowlers immediately applied pressure on Hingham's batsmen by bowling tight lines trying to force mistakes. Joe Norman took 2-24, supported by Gavin Norman taking 1-25.
Paul Norman was introduced as the second change bowler and was rewarded for bowling accurately at pace, as he ripped through Hingham's middle order.
He finished with bowling figures of 5-32 to add to his magnificent century, capping a perfect all-round performance.
Fourteen-year old-spinner, Will Oakey, snared the last wicket and Hingham were all out for 123, giving Watton victory by 93 runs.