'Eastern Voice & Data' Norfolk U12's Results 2014

'Eastern Voice & Data' Norfolk U12's Results 2014

'Eastern Voice & Data' Norfolk U12's Results 2014


Hertfordshire vs Norfolk


Norfolk Under 12's kicked off their 2014 season with a visit to Watford where they were entertained by Hertfordshire at the West Herts Sports Club. On a very hot afternoon Norfolk won the toss and debutant captain Dan Hastings chose to bat. Callum Metcalf and Harry Williams started confidently and got the scoreboard ticking over. An early wicket fell but after 6 overs Norfolk were in a strong position at 42-1. However, 3 quick wickets then fell and a rebuild was required. Harry Williams hit 21 before being run out. Aidan Browne, promoted up the order to number 4, then took command and hit an excellent 50. Once he was out the innings petered out although Jake Mermagen hit an unbeaten 19. The innings finished on 137-7 which was probably 40 runs below par. When Herts batted their opening batsmen started slowly but always looked in control. Norfolk grabbed one wicket but a number of chances were put down which, on another day, if they had been held, might have made a difference. Herts eventually ran out very comfortable victors and eased past the required total in the 37th over with the loss of only one wicket. Some lessons still need to be learnt but the squad move on to the next game with confidence still intact.


Essex Metropolitan vs Norfolk


For the second week running Norfolk under 12's found themselves travelling to the south of the M25 to take on Essex Metropolitan under 12's.  On a sunny but blustery afternoon, Norfolk lost the toss and were asked to field. The Essex openers made a slow but steady start scoring 30 runs off the first 12 overs.  The wind was making it difficult to bowl from one end and fielding was certainly not easy on a bumpy surface. Eventually, 2 quick wickets for Kieran Spencer, his first county wickets, broke the resistance and, thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals to leave Essex at 67-7 after 30 overs. The last three Essex wickets added a quickfire 45 runs to make the score a respectable 112 all out.  All the Norfolk bowlers returned respectable figures in difficult conditions, but the pick of the bowlers were Rhodes 3–19, Hardy 2-4 (his first county wickets too), Grisewood 2-10 and Spencer 2– 13.  The innings also saw some excellent wicket keeping from Matty Mayes who took two stumping's and a catch.

When Norfolk batted they lost 2 quick wickets to find themselves 30-2 after 12 overs. But an excellent partnership of 85 between Rhodes (35 not out) and Long-Martinez (50 not out) including a six off the last ball to get to his 50 enables Norfolk to record a comfortable victory by 8 wickets with 15 overs to spare.


Norfolk vs Suffolk


On a sunny afternoon at the picturesque cricket club of Garboldisham, Norfolk u12's lost the toss and were asked to field. The pitch looked a good batting track and, with a small boundary, the Norfolk bowlers had to bowl a tight line and length to ensure they maintained control.  The Norfolk fielders set a high standard and some superb stops, in particular by Will Hollis and Jake Mermagen, ensured that every fielder was equal to the task at hand.  The first wicket fell with the score at 1 after 3 overs and the pressure caused by tight bowling and superb fielding meant that after 26 overs only 49 runs had been scored for the loss of 3 wickets. A fifth wicket partnership of 45 enabled Suffolk to eventually finish on 133-8.
The pick of the bowlers was captain Dan Hastings who took 3 -18 from 7 overs.  However, all the bowlers backed him up with good performances and respectable figures. Wicketkeeper Matty Mayes also had a good day with 2 catches and was involved in 2 run outs.
When Norfolk batted they got off to a flying start hitting 46 runs off the first eight overs. The runs continued to pile on throughout, although the introduction of the spin bowlers slowed the run rate slightly. George Harrad and Harry Williams put on an opening stand of 98 before Harrad was bowled for a very fine 63. The Norfolk batsmen continued to score at a good rate before running out victors by 8 wickets in the 32nd over with Harry Williams contributing 44 not out.
All in all this was a tremendous performance with the fielding, catching, bowling and batting all being performed at a higher level than anything seen previously this season. 


Huntingdonshire vs Norfolk


Norfolk u12s travelled to St Ives to play Huntingdon hoping to continue their recent winning run.

On a very cloudy, windy and miserable afternoon Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat. Norfolk lost an early wicket but George Harrad and Callum Metcalf consolidated and took the score to 51 before Metcalf was out for 10. The score moved on to 72 before the 3rd wicket fell when Harrad was out for a very solid 37. Conditions were difficult with a strong wind and an outfield where the long grass prevented a number of good shots reaching the boundary.   Daniel Hastings then played an excellent innings to reach his maiden county 50 and he was supported by Harry Williams who made 12 and Aiden Browne who scored 25. At the end of 40 overs Norfolk reached 184-6 with Hastings 58 not out.


When Huntingdon batted they immediately lost a wicket in the first over. Two partnerships of 20 took their score to 42-3 but thereafter wickets tumbled regularly and Norfolk bowled Hunts out for 54 thus winning the match by 130 runs to continue their recent impressive form. 


Special mention must be made to the massive improvement in fielding where Norfolk managed to secure 3 run outs. The bowlers also all chipped in with good performances and the wickets were shared amongst them.


Lincolnshire vs Norfolk


The Norfolk Under 12's travelled to Spalding to take on Lincolnshire and were rewarded with their 4th consecutive win.

Norfolk won the toss on a surprisingly bright sunny afternoon and elected to bat.  The openers got off to a quick start scoring 45 runs in the first 7 overs before the first wicket fell.  With the score at 61 Norfolk lost their second wicket when George Harrad was adjudged lbw for a positive 39 runs. Three more wickets fell cheaply to leave Norfolk, who had once been in a comfortable position were now 81 for 5 after 22 overs. A period of consolidation was clearly needed. A solid 6th wicket partnership of 53 took the score to 134 for 6 before Dan Hastings was caught for 44 trying to push the score along in the 36th over.  Some good running between the wickets by the Norfolk tail end added a very useful 22 runs and Norfolk ended up at 156 for 9 after their allotted 40 overs.

When Lincolnshire batted they looked intent on not losing wickets but the Norfolk bowlers were bowling a very tight line to keep the score down.  So much so that by the time the first wicket fell at 45 Lincolnshire had used up 16 of their 40 overs. A further wicket fell at 46 with Kieran Spencer finishing his spell with 2 for 20.  Thereafter, the Norfolk bowlers set about taking wickets at a pace and in nine overs took 6 Lincolnshire wickets for the addition of just 25 runs, with Harry Williams 3 for 11, and Dan Hastings 3 for 10 the successful bowlers.  Jacob Rhodes finished off the innings taking 2 for 4 and Lincolnshire were all out for 91; Norfolk winning by 65 runs.  Norfolk have now played 5 games and won the last 4!





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