'Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket' Norfolk U11's Results 2014

'Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket' Norfolk U11's Results 2014

Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket Norfolk U11's Results 2014


Cambridgeshire Home at Saxlingham 8th June


Won by 25 runs


Norfolk won the toss and chose to bat. After a solid start we lost openers James Quilter and Ben Blowers in quick succession. This brought Elliot Fox and Tom Bailey to the crease and they initially found it hard to get the spinners away. When Elliot was out, Tom shared partnerships of 27 with Zach Taylor and 31 with Dan Sheridan before bringing up his 50 in the 35th over. At this point the innings was beginning to accelerate and went into overdrive when Louis Hart came in and smashed 35 not out in 23 balls. This took us what looked like a par score of 159.


In response, Cambs gifted us an early run out and Dan Bint took another early wicket. This brought in Garantia and Bramley who put on 45 but quite slowly. Both spinners, Edward Taylor and Ben Blowers put the brakes on and Ben took two crucial wickets including Garantia, stumped by Jack Robertson. Cambs then fell well behind the rate and Norfolk tried all their bowlers. At this point the bowling and fielding, under little pressure, became particularly ragged and Cambs scored more runs than they should have.

In total we bowled 34 wides, an unforgivable amount. However we still were clear winners in the end and special mentions should be made to Dan Sheridan and Buzz Kemp who took their first county wickets.


Northants Away at Brigstock 22nd June


Won by 1 run


We won the toss and chose to bat on looked like a good wicket.

Unfortunately we lost 2 early wickets but Elliot Fox and Tom Bailey put on 38 as we looked to repair the damage. Neither batsmen was at their most fluent and both fell as they attempted to up the tempo. We regretted this as we lost 6, 7 and 8 in fairly quick succession. Dan Bint came in played breezily before losing Dan Sheridan for a well crafted 15. In what turned out to be a crucial last wicket stand, Buzz Kemp then came in and played with no little skill to help Bint add 17 for the final wicket. However our final score of 92 was still very disappointing especially as we only batted 33 of the allotted 40. Dan Bint top scored with 22.


In reply Northants gifted us an early run out and Dan Bint and Louis Hart picked up 3 early wickets between them. At 26 for 5 Northants were in dire straits but a sixth wicket stand of 31 appeared to turn the initiative back in favour of the home side.  Buzz Kemp then crucially broke this stand bowling Metcalfe. At this point it was anyone’s game. Nathan Shaw was then brought on and he got the crucial wicket of Bascetta Pollit. Still, Northants inched to the finish line and only needed 7 to win off the last 3 overs with 3 wickets left. However Norfolk held their nerve, in particular Nathan Shaw who took two crucial wickets including a vital catch by Bint off the last ball when Northants needed two to win. All in all it was a good bowling and fielding display.


Norfolk know they can play better than this and that they were lucky to escape with a win after a sub par batting display.


Lincolnshire Away 22nd June

Won by 8 wickets

After the close shave at Northants, this was a much more comprehensive performance.

We arrived at Boston having travelled through relentless rain and were surprised to find the ground dry and ready for play. However the wicket was green and we were pleased when the home won the toss and chose to bat. Wickets soon fell and the home side were reeling at 13 for 4 and then 35 for 5. Daniel Bint and Louis Hart again asked a lot of questions of the batsmen and they were found wanting, Bint picking up four wickets in his opening spell and Hart just the one. On another day, Louis could easily have picked up a hatful himself. After an unnecessary run out compounded Lincs’ woes, their captain Caswell and Hawkins attempted the repair the damage with the odd adventurous stroke. However Caswell was next bowled by a sharply turning ball from Edward Taylor and, with him, Lincs’ faint hopes of a decent score disappeared. After 9 and 10 had gone quickly they were 65 for 9 and, when the tenth wicket pair had put on 13 to take them to 78 for 9, Bint was brought back on to round of his five wicket haul, comprehensively bowling Hawkins.


We have had trouble chasing low scores before but this time a 50 opening partnership put any fears to rest. Ben Blowers and James Quilter batted very sensibly and Quilter was very unlucky to be given out caught off a neck high delivery. After Blowers had gone, trying to finish things off quickly, Jack Robertson and Nathan Shaw calmly saw us a home to an emphatic win.


Herts Home at Garboldisham Sunday 20th July

Lost by 5 wickets

We never fully recovered from being 11 for 3 and 15 for 4 in this game. Early wickets were lost due to a combination of poor running between the wickets and some loose shots. Herts bowled very tidily throughout, only bowling one wide in the entire innings. For Norfolk , Zach Taylor and Nathan Shaw both got in and contributed pleasing twenties. However we kept losing wickets when it appeared the tide was turning and eventually were grateful to Paddy Kelly's lusty hitting for getting us to 100 for 9 off 40.

In response we did not get the early breakthroughs needed but created pressure by bowling very tidily. In particular the spinners, Paddy Kelly and Ben Blowers, applied decent pressure. The fielding was also better than at anything this season with the ring almost impenetrable. Louis Hart symbolised this with 2 superb single stump run outs. With 10 overs to go, for the first time, Herts looked nervy and it required some well judged hitting from their lower order to get them over the line.

Hunts Home at Horsford Thurs 24th July

Lost by 12 runs

Hunts chose to bat and scored 127 for 4. Norfolk were not as lively in the field as in the Herts game and, though they bowled tidily on the whole, were without their usual penetration. Unlike the Herts game, the opposing batsmen seemed to prefer playing spin and so it was the seamers who put in the bulk of the work. 

Despite a fighting 50 not out from the Hunts opener, both managers felt their score was 30 short. However this did not account for the very slow Norfolk response. In an effort not to give their wickets away the Norfolk batsmen were becalmed, reaching 12 for 2 after 10 overs and 34 for 3 after 20. The bowling was accurate but there was little attempt by Norfolk to take the initiative. Unfortunately these overs ultimately cost us as we ended up 12 runs short, despite a fine unbeaten 30 from Louis Hart who embarrassed his team mates with the ease with which he flailed the opposition bowling. This was a chastening defeat with hopefully a lot of lessons learnt.

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