Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 Results/Match Reports 2016

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 Results/Match Reports 2016

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 Results/Match Reports 2016

(Please scroll down to view the match reports from the 2016 season. Pictures are available to view view the links at the bottom of the page)

Norfolk U14 vs Lincolnshire U14 - Sunday 8th May 2016 - Topcroft CC (Friendly)

Norfolk Won By 10 Wickets

Lincolnshire U14 -
54 All Out
Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 -

The Norfolk Under 14s sponsored by Eastern Voice and Data commenced their season with a friendly against Lincolnshire Under 14s at Topcroft Cricket Club on Sunday. Lincolnshire won the toss on a very sunny afternoon and elected to bat.

However, the innings did not start well for the visitors as excellent bowling by Norfolk attack left Lincolnshire in tatters at 15-6 in only the fifth over. Lincolnshire simply could not cope with the pace of the Norfolk attack as each bowler in turn contributed to the wicket haul and Norfolk dismissed the visitors for only 54. The pick of the bowlers were Callum Metcalf 3 for 7 and Aidan Browne 2 for 13.

When Norfolk batted steady progress was made with the batsmen determined to see the job through in a professional manner without forfeiting their wicket. Indeed, Norfolk managed to seal the required runs without losing a wicket with George Harrad 26 and Harry Williams 23 not out leaving Norfolk the winners by 10 wickets.

A thoroughly satisfactory start to the season. Many thanks to Topcroft CC for their excellent hospitality.

Norfolk U14 vs Northants U14 - Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Saxlingham CC (Friendly)

Northants Won By 4 Wickets

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14
- 226/8
Northants U14 - 229/6

Norfolk Under 14's sponsored by Eastern Voice & Data completed their friendly fixture list with a match against Northants under 14's at Saxlingham Cricket Club on Sunday, 22 May.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat. Despite losing an early wicket a good stand between George Harrad (57) and Nat Laws (33) took the score to 80 before the 2nd wicket fell. A further partnership of 73 between Harrad and Will Hollis (33) took the score to 154 before Norfolk lost five quick wickets. A fighting innings of 49 not out (including two big 6s) from Aidan Browne ensured Norfolk reached a respectable 226-8 in their 50 overs.

When Northants batted Norfolk seemed to have the upper hand at the halfway stage with Northants at 82-4 but a partnership of 141 by the Northants middle order changed the game and Northants eventually ran out comfortable victors with 4 overs to spare.

Surrey U14 vs Norfolk U14  - Sunday 5th June 2016 - Horsey & Send CC (ECB)

Surrey Won By 38 Runs

Surrey U14
- 210 All Out
Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14
- 172 All Out

Norfolk U14s, sponsored by Eastern Voice and Data, won the toss at Horsley and Send Cricket Club and elected to field first.

Surrey started very brightly and after 10 overs had accumulated 62 runs before their first wicket fell. This motivated Norfolk and a further four wickets fell for the addition of only nine runs. With Surrey on 69 for five Norfolk were suddenly back in the game; however, a 6th wicket partnership of 88 restored Surrey's hold on the game, but again Norfolk fought back and eventually bowled Surrey out for 210. The best bowling figures were Callum Metcalf 2 for 21 and Dan Lacey 2 for 42, with the rest of the wickets shared out.

When Norfolk batted, steady progress was made and at the halfway stage of 25 overs, Norfolk were 105 for the loss of only two wickets. On target exactly. Two more wickets fell before the score reached 148 and then five wickets fell for the loss of seven runs leaving Norfolk in a precarious position. Eventually, Norfolk were all out for 172 with George Harrad top scoring with 58 and Callum Metcalfe weighing in with 21.

This was an excellent effort by a team who were not overawed by their 1st class opponents.

Norfolk U14 vs Essex U14 - Sunday 12th June 2016 - Brooke CC (ECB)

Essex Won By 9 Wickets

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14
- 127 All Out
Essex U14 -
110/1 (Duckworth/Lewis Adjusted Score)

Norfolk Under 14s, sponsored by Eastern Voice and Data, lost the toss and were put into bat by Essex, at Brooke Cricket Club.

Norfolk made a steady start before losing their first wicket with 25 runs on the board. Two more useful partnerships had Norfolk on 77-2 after 20 overs. this should have been the basis for a good innings approaching 200 runs, but Harry Williams fell for 31 and thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals until eventually bowled out for 127 runs.

When Essex batted their innings was interrupted by rain for over one hour and a reduced target was set of 110. The two opening batsmen for Essex proved to be too strong for the Norfolk attack. Essex lost their only wicket two runs short of the target and ended up running out comfortable winners by nine wickets. Special thanks to Brooke Cricket Club for their hospitality and for preparing a very good cricket pitch.

Norfolk U14 vs Cambridgeshire U14 - Sunday 19th June 2016 - Saxlingham CC (ECB)

Norfolk Won By 63 Runs

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14
- 176 All Out
Cambridgeshire U14 -
113 All Out

Norfolk took on Cambridgeshire in their 3rd match of the U14 ECB Competition looking for their first win of the competition after two defeats against Surrey & Essex over the last two weeks.

Norfolk lost the toss and were put into bat on a damp wicket where making runs, initially, would be a case of patience and hitting the bad ball. A 55 run opening partnership came to an end in the 14th over when Harry Williams was out for 22. All the top order Norfolk batsmen managed to get a start but then got out. George Harrad scored 24, Calum Metcalfe 21 and Dan Hastings 22. Eventually Norfolk were bowled out for 176 on the very last ball the 50th over.

This looked as though it might be a few runs short of what was required to defend on a wicket, which was improving as the sun began to shine. Norfolk's cause was not helped by 3 runouts for the second week in succession. Cambridgeshire made a steady start but lost their first wicket in the 13th over with the score at 37. Thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals and Cambridgeshire were eventually bowled out for 113 in the 46th over. The pick of the bowlers were James Hardy 4-10, Dan Hastings 3-18 and Harry Williams 2-11. Norfolk can feel very pleased with their first league victory of the season.

Many thanks go to Saxlingham Cricket Club for hosting the match.

Kent U14 vs Norfolk U14 - Sunday 26th June 2016 - Polo Farm, Canterbury (ECB)

Kent Won By 23 Runs

Kent U14 -
Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14
- 231/8

Kent entertained Norfolk at Polo Farm in Canterbury. Norfolk won the toss and elected to field on an overcast day in the one part of the country where there was no rain.

Kent made a steady start and after 10 overs found themselves 40 - 2. However, a partnership of 145 took the score to 185-3 by the 42nd over. With wickets in hand, Kent launched an attack on the Norfolk bowlers adding 69 runs in the last 8 overs to finish at 254-4 after their allotted 50 overs.

When Norfolk batted a solid opening partnership of 64 was made before the first wicket fell in the 15th over. A second wicket partnership of 103 between George Harrad (86) and Will Hollis (50) put Norfolk into a good position after 37 overs; needing 88 runs off the remaining 13 overs. However, the wickets began to fall regularly and Norfolk ended on 231 - 8 when stumps were drawn, thus losing by 23 runs. This was a good effort and a thoroughly entertaining match that saw nearly 500 runs being scored.

On another day Norfolk could have won this match against a strong Kent side.

Norfolk U14 vs Hertfordhsire U14 - Sunday 3rd July 2016 - Gresham's School (ECB)

Hertfordshire Won By 4 Wickets

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14
- 162/9
Hertfordshire U14 - 163/6

Norfolk under 14s entertained Herts Under 14s at Gresham's school on Sunday, 3 July 2016.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny afternoon amidst all the previous rain encountered. This soon proved to be a questionable decision as Herts skittled out the first 3 Norfolk batsmen for 12 runs in the first 4 overs. A solid 4th wicket partnership of 60, with Will Hollis scoring 34 and Dan Hastings 24, recovered the situation somewhat but wickets continued to fall regularly until late call up Matty Austin came in at number 9 and hit 26 not out. The top scorer for Norfolk was "Extras" with 50.

When Herts batted they got off to a solid start scoring 25 of the first five overs, but then lost two wickets in 2 balls to the bowling of Harry Williams (2-38). Thereafter, Herts made steady progress to 109 but after 23 overs they had lost 4 wickets and this gave Norfolk some hope. The introduction of spinners at both ends slowed the run rate and although two more wickets fell, Herts finally ran out winners by 4 wickets scoring 163-6. Matty Austin registered bowling figures of 2-39.

Special thanks go to Gresham's school for providing fantastic hospitality and a picturesque cricket ground

Sussex U14 vs Norfolk U14 - Sunday 17th July 2016 - East Grinstead Sports Club (ECB)

Sussex Won By 125 Runs

Sussex U14 - 292/6
Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 -157/9

Sussex won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket and a large boundary. The scoring rate was pegged back and after 19 overs the first wicket fell at 70. A second wicket partnership of 122 took the game away from Norfolk and thereafter it was a case of Sussex scoring runs at will. After the allotted 50 overs Sussex had accumulated 292 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Aidan Browne took 2-49 and Eddie Darley took 2-26.

When Norfolk batted a solid opening partnership of 60 (including a 22 from Harry Williams) laid a good foundation but three quick wickets left Norfolk at 76-3 after 19 overs. Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals and left Norfolk at 157 for 9 in the 50th over. Special thanks to East Grinstead cricket club for their hospitality and providing a super venue.

A special mention to wicket keeper Jack Robertson for stepping up a year and Aidan Browne who played with a broken finger.

2016 Tour - Bromsgrove - 1st / 3rd August

Norfolk U14 vs Tower Hamlets - Monday 1st August

Norfolk Won By 62 Runs

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 - 248/8
Tower Hamlets -186 All Out

Norfolk under 14's, sponsored by Eastern Voice and Data, began their Bromsgrove tour with a victory over Tower Hamlets by 62 runs.

Tower Hamlets won the toss and elected to field on an afternoon where rain looked imminent at any moment. Norfolk lost a quick wicket but a partnership of 156 between George Harrad (95) and Eddie Darley (59) took the score to 166 in the 29th over. Thereafter, the Norfolk batsmen set about scoring runs as quickly as possible including two knocks from Aidan Browne (33 no) and Harry Williams 20. After 45 overs Norfolk were 248 - 8.

Tower Hamlets set about the target with aplomb and after 34 overs were 155 - 0. With the arrival of Dan Hastings' bowling, five wickets fell for two runs to leave Tower Hamlets and 157 - 5. Wickets continued to fall regularly and eventually Tower Hamlets were all out for 186. Dan Hasting took 5 -20.

Norfolk U14 vs Cardiff U14 - Tuesday 2nd August

Norfolk Won By 43 Runs

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 - 162/9
Cardiff U14 -119 All Out

Norfolk under 14's, sponsored by Eastern Voice and Data, continue their tour at Bromsgrove with a victory over Cardiff by 43 runs.

Cardiff won the toss and elected to field on a very wet day in Bromsgrove. Batting was not easy and although most batsmen " got in" no one went on to make a big score. Wickets fell regularly and eventually Norfolk were 162 - 9 wickets after their allotted 45 overs. Top scorers were Jake Mermagon (35), Nat Laws (28), Calum Metcalf (21) and Dan Hastings (20).

Cardiff found batting equally as difficult and with the exception of one of their openers who scored 78 the rest of the team failed to get into double figures and were eventually bowled out for 119. The best bowling figures were from James Hardie 3 - 20 and Dan Hastings 2 - 19.

Norfolk U14 vs Middlesex U14 - Sunday 7th August - ECB

Middlesex Won By 6 Wickets

Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 - 117 All Out
Middlesex U14 -118/4

Norfolk Under 14's, sponsored by Eastern Voice and Data, lost to Middlesex under 14's at Gresham's school on 7 August 2016 by 6 wickets.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a good batting wicket on a sunny afternoon in North Norfolk. Losing a wicket in the first over Norfolk then had to steadily progress to 39 to 1 after 10 overs. After seeing off the Middlesex openers an all spin attack came into play and this caused the Norfolk batsmen many problems. Wickets fell regularly with Will Hollis (21) and Aidan Browne (21) joint top scorers. Eventually Norfolk were bowled out for 117.

This was particularly disappointing as every batsman managed to get themselves out with disappointing shots. When Middlesex batted 3 early wickets fell to leave Middlesex at 20 - 3 after three overs. Middlesex then steadied the ship before losing one further wicket and running out victors by six wickets. James Hardy took 2 - 35.

Suffolk U14 vs Norfolk U14  - Sunday 14th August - ECB

Norfolk Won By 6 Wickets

Suffolk U14 - 200 All Out
Eastern Voice & Data Norfolk U14 - 204/4

Norfolk under 14's, sponsored by Eastern Voice and Data, beat Suffolk under 14's by six wickets at the Ipswich School on 14 August 2016.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to field on a cloudy day in Ipswich. Suffolk started very slowly and "Extras" was, for some time, the highest scorer. This was due to the high number of wides bowled by the Norfolk bowlers. After 23 overs Suffolk were comfortably placed at 96 - 0 but 4 quick wickets left Suffolk at 105 - 4 after 30 overs. Thereafter wickets fell regularly but 2 partnerships off 30 and 37 enabled Suffolk to score 200 before their last man was dismissed. Extras accounted for 56 of these runs. James Hardy took 3-30, Charlie Adams 2-26 and Dan Hastings 2-29.

When Norfolk batted they lost an early wicket, but a fine partnership of 118 between Harry Williams (60) and Will Hollis (50) set up the base for a victory and when the third wicket fell at 158 it was left to Callum Metcalf (46 no) to seal the victory. This was an excellent all-round team performance to finish off the season in fine style against the local rivals from Suffolk.

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