'CEYMS' Norfolk U14's Results 2014 - Part 2

'CEYMS' Norfolk U14's Results 2014 - Part 2

'CEYMS' Norfolk U14's Results 2014 - Part 2


Bromsgrove Festival Day 3

NCB U14 v Cardiff U14 - Tuesday 29th June

Norfolk U14 196-6 in 45 Overs, Cardiff 158- 9

Norfolk won the toss and decided to bat on a flat pitch on another baking-hot day. Laurie Ollerton and Matt Bint put on 46 in 10 overs before Ollerton was clean bowled. Peters came and went quickly but Bint then built another good partnership with Cameron Marrable, before departing for a solid 40.  Marrable went on to add 32, punching the ball through the leg side with great power. Alfie Cooper then added a quick fire 26, and Alex Gray and Oscar Binny finally added 52 for the last wicket.

Cardiff started well in their reply, reaching 44 for the first wicket in only 8 overs.  The opening pace bowlers, George Angier and Luke Marchant both bowled with pace and control, but the pitch was as unresponsive as the wine waiter in the Bromsgrove Indian restaurant selected by the U14 parents for their annual evening out. Skipper KP turned quickly to spin, and Cam Marrable struck in his first over, claiming the opening bat LBW.  This brought in the combative Welsh number 3, who had already treated one or two of our players to his ripe and rather uncomplimentary range of cricketing greetings.  When Marrable’s next ball obliterated all three stumps, our players were unable to control their pleasure. . .”hard luck, old chap” or similar.  Kieran Peters then bowled his third excellent spell of the week, with 9 overs, 15-3.  His off-spin was was accurate, bowled at a good pace, yet with flight to tempt the floundering batsmen. 

The circumstances of the game then allowed Peters to bowl four more spin bowlers.  Joe Flatt bowled his best spell of the tour with some beautifully flighted slow left arm, including a classic delivery which dipped and turned before clipping the top of the off stump.  Alfie Cooper, Tristan Caley and Andy Carver all bowled tidily yet without success.  Cardiff finished on 158-9.  Another great performance from the team.

This was a superb tour played in the beautiful surrounds of Bromsgrove School, in ideal sunny weather, and against well-matched opponents. After a tough, competitive first game, the Norfolk boys practiced hard and gave 100% to ensure they won their remaining matches.  Well done all.


Norfolk U14 v Suffolk U14 - Tuesday 5th August 2014 at Woolpit

Suffolk U14 223-9 vs Norfolk U14 249-3

While a senior Minor Counties match was taking place between Norfolk and Suffolk at Manor Park today, the U14 teams of the East Anglian counties were also slugging it out in an ECB Royal London Cup match at Woolpit CC.   Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat , and Stephen Moyse and Alfie Cooper proceeded to put on 100 for the first wicket, before Moyse was out caught for 45.  Cooper then batted well with Matthew Bint , before he too was out caught for a sparkling 64. Bint added a half century as did the in-form Oscar Binny as Norfolk posted 249-3 in their 45 overs.

Suffolk made a positive start in their reply, adding 49 for the first wicket in only 10 overs.  Despite some excellent batting by Wright, Atkins, Whittaker and Wittish, wickets fell regularly and Norfolk kept control of their local rivals.  Fielding was again of a very high quality – with some sharp catches and error-free ground fielding.  Angier bowled with pace and beat the bat regularly, but had little luck, and the occasional short ball was dispatched ruthlessly.  Binny brought control with a tight spell.  However, it was the four-pronged spin attack featuring the left-hand wrist spin of Ashmanaugh’s Cameron Marrable (4-55); the off-spin of Horsford’s Kieran Peters (2-36) ; the slow left arm of Acle’s Joe Flatt (1-30): and the leg-spin of Swardeston’s Alfie Cooper that pegged back Suffolk and brought the wickets so badly needed by their East Anglian rivals.

In the end, Suffolk reached 223-9 after 45 overs, and Norfolk had won the fixture by 26 runs.  All in all, a good day for Norfolk cricket, and a time to reflect on what might have been for our friends across the border.


Norfolk U14 v Sussex U14 - Monday 11th August 2014 at Blackstones

Sussex U14 189 AO vs Norfolk U14 81 AO

The Under 14s travelled south, only to have the Sunday match against Surrey abandoned due to torrential rain.  The Monday match against Sussex started under grey skies, with Oscar Binny and Luke Marchant opening the bowling. Sussex added a brisk 60 from 10 overs, hitting the ball straight, and pinching quick singles.  Marrable and Peters then bowled an excellent spell, bringing some much needed control.  Marrable took a fantastic 5 wickets for 28 runs, bowling his nippy left hand wrist spin into a strong head wind.  Peters then needed to choose another robust character to bowl into the wind, and the young slow left arm from Acle , Joe Flatt, continued his excellent form taking 2-23 in 9 overs.  Luke Marchant came back on to mop up the tail and ended with 2-43.  Sussex were all out for 189, which the team felt was achievable.

Sadly, our batting was  below par.  Too many batsmen hit across the line, and ended up LBW or bowled: while the others hit too aggressive strokes and drives before being fully established at the wicket.  At one stage, we were 43-8, but a last wicket stand of 23 featuring the stylish defense of Angier and the pugnacious defiance of Marrable , took the team to a still-disappointing 81 all out. 

Sussex won the match by 108 runs.  The Sussex team ended up second in the ECB  2014 U14 Cup, so it was always going to be a tough fixture, but the team knew they should have made it much more difficult for them.

Norfolk U14 v Herts U14 - Thursday 14th August 2014 at Horsford

Herts U14 230-7 vs Norfolk U14 Rain - Match Abandoned

Another rain affected match.  Herts won the toss and batted.  Norfolk bowled well and had Herts at 32-2 and 106-4 and 147-7.  Cam Marrable was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-23 in 9 overs, but a couple of dropped catches, and a failure to knock over the tail , allowed Herts to recover to 230 -7 after 45 overs.

Still, we felt that was a gettable target with a decent wicket and small boundaries at Manor Park.  And then the rain fell.  The tea was marvellous, with a special mention to Miranda Caley, for producing another batch of truly scrumptious cup-cakes.  The match was abandoned before Norfolk could start their reply, so we now await Essex for our final game of the season


Norfolk U14 v Essex U14 - Sunday 17th August 2014 at Horsford

Essex U14 223 vs Norfolk U14 68 AO

Essex arrived at Manor Park in confident mood, having won 11 matches out of 11 including Middlesex, Sussex and Surrey.  They batted first and, with a short legside boundary on the main pitch, we wondered what score they might compile. Lockhart and Raj added 91 for the first wicket against our established opening attack of Marchant and Binny, before George Angier had Lockhart caught well by Alex Gray- a vital and steepling chance that few would have fancied. Oscar Binny then ran out Lockhart with a quick pick-up and throw, and suddenly Essex were 99-2.  Kieran Peters and Cam Marrable both bowled accurately , taking a wicket a piece, as Essex progressed to 170-5 off 35.  Alex Gray bowled a decent spell without luck, but Joe Flatt takes the main bowling credits with figures of 6 overs, 3-28.  Joe bowled really well and the wickets of Harsh Kumar (484 runs at 54 ) and Ben Allison (averaging 44 in 2014) are ones to be prized.  Luke Marchant also bowled well at the end, and the Essex total of 223 in 45 overs, given short boundaries looked achievable.

Stephen Moyse and Laurie Ollerton opened the batting, but quickly came unstuck against some quality pace bowling by Allinson, Samuel and Kumar.  Kieran Peters hung around for a gritty 16 but wickets fell regularly and soon Norfolk were 39-7.  Andy Carver then batted really well against the aggressive Essex bowlings, top-scoring with 17, demonstrating a textbook defensive technique and a steely determination to not give his wicket away.  Tom Poole also lasted 28 balls and together they added 27 runs for the 8th wicket.  Tom and Andy both fell to questionable LBW decisions, and soon Norfolk were all out 68 in 33 overs.

A disappointing end to a reasonably successful season in a very competitive league.  Our final tally was played 12, won 5, lost 5, 2 rain affected/ abandoned. 

Thanks to Horsford CC for hosting our home games, and for laying on the bar and BBQ for the end of season social after the game

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