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Cricket: Belhus on tour in Norfolk

Belhus 276-7
Norwich 198 all out

MARK Sansom opened Belhus Cricket Club’s 28th senior tour with a superb century at The Old Hall ground at Ingham on Monday (8th July). He scored precisely 100 from just 77 deliveries, striking sixteen boundaries, four of them being six hits. The tourists were grateful that captain Jim Banner won the toss and elected to bat in perfect conditions, as Richard Day scored 52 from 65 balls in an innings which included four fours and one maximum. The momentum continued throughout the 40-over innings as Roy Heffernan scored 44 not out and there were good cameo performances from John Lewis with 20 from ten balls and son Charlie who added 22 from twelve receipts. For the hosts, Fernando picked up 3-80 and Siyas returned 2-66.

After tea, Banner kept his unbeaten record as a tour captain intact as his spin, flight and guile picked up five wickets for just 25 runs, though number three Norwich batsman Whurr top scored with 50 not out until he ran out of partners. Martin Guilbert supported his captain with the ball by claiming 2-40 while the Lewis father and son combination collected one wicket apiece. The remaining victim came via an excellent run out by Michael Fogg.

Belhus have four fixtures in this current tour and their party comprises 16 players and many non-playing supporters.

Belhus 224-9
Vauxhall Mallards 225-3

Charlie Lewis was dismissed just one run short of a deserving century and in doing so joined a very small band of Belhus cricketers to have been felled for 99. Lewis faced 80 balls and struck twelve fours and five sixes. The main support came from Roy Heffernan with 26 as he and Lewis put on 92 runs for the seventh wicket, after Belhus had slumped to 124-6. Oxley, Turner and Futter each grabbed three wickets for the Mallards.

The home side started their innings aggressively, with Turner striking a fierce 114 from just 61 balls. Brown was similarly effective in making 47 inside an opening partnership worth 128 runs which effectively ended Belhus hopes of a second tour win. Although a fine catch by Dave Whisker from the bowling of Charlie Lewis (1-30) made a breakthrough, followed with a run out by Stewart Farr, Vauxhall were always in the driving seat as Dewan with 22 not out saw the hosts through to a comfortable seven wicket success.

Jim Banner picked up the wicket of Turner at a cost of 32 runs.


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