After the disastrous defeat at the hands of Ancaster last week Nocton were hoping for better things against Reepham. The players had worked hard again to get the pitch ready despite the rain but it was still soft and Reepham asked Nocton to bat first. Skipper Dylan Garfoot went in the first over – usually a sign of trouble but Nocton have a lot of players who can bat pretty well. Runs were hard to come by but the Nocton innings was held together by Kyle Thompson whose aggressive 41 included 2 huge sixes – no need to worry about a slow outfield if the ball is in the air. Several players, who didn’t actually score many runs, nevertheless kept him company and, once Kyle was out, kept the scoreboard ticking along. After 35 overs Nocton were all out for 99.
All the Nocton bowlers chose medium pace and spin having seen that quick bowling wasn’t effective on a slow pitch. Despite steady bowling by Dylan and Mikey, Reepham looked to be heading for a comfortable win when they were 63 for 3. How quickly things can change! Mikey trapped the determined George Halliwell LBW for 21 and a great run out by Lee Willford turned the tables. Although Reepham continued to score steadily, young Isaac Appleyard chipped in at the end with 3 wickets to end the Reepham innings just 3 runs short of their target.
Report and photos courtesy of Jonathan Sides
|Plate 1 - Newcomer Sam Allison hits out|
during his steadying innings of 12
|Plate 2 - “Go and find that!” Kyle seems to be saying|
|Plate 3 - Kyle again scoring through the off side|
|Plate 4 - Rob Appleyard pushes the ball|
through the field (not literally – just cricket talk!)
|Plate 5 - A glorious summer scene as Will Drury is batting.|
He hit his first 6 for Nocton and was very proud of it!
|Plate 6 - A confident, Aussie-style appeal as Mikey|
traps the Reepham opener LBW
|Plate 7 - Congratulations on Lee’s skilful run out|