Cricket: Thrilling end to Belhus tour in Norfolk

Norwich 311 all out
Belhus 280-9

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RECORDS tumbled on the first day of Belhus Cricket Club’s annual tour of Norfolk as Ryan Wells hit six sixes in an over against Norwich. Although his team lost the match by 31 runs, Wells first struck a four off a no ball, then received a wide, followed by the next six balls being launched over the boundary. His half-century came from just 13 balls faced and went on to score 93 until he was eventually caught. The previous record for the number of sixes from Belhus in a single over was five, which has stood since 1984. The hosts at the Ingham ground posted 311 all out after 38.3 overs as Bowman scored a magnificent 130 and was supported by a fine 78 from Kemp. Billy Winter was the pick of the tourist bowling with five wickets for 34 from five overs. Paul Whitlock captured two wickets, as did Wells to secure a memorable all-round performance. In the post-tea session, supporting Wells with the bat were Sam Hall with a majestic 66 and Michael Cansdale, who went past the 1,000-run mark for the season with 45 runs to his name. For Norwich, Manikandan claimed 3-17 while Kemp and Lovick picked up two wickets each.

Belhus 237-8
Norwich U19 165-6

Belhus notched up their first tour win of the week against the Norwich academy team at Postwick. Billy Winter top-scored for the tourists with 75, while Roy Heffernan played a late cameo role, finishing undefeated on 34. Wells continued his good tour form with 33. Liam Waters, guesting for Norwich, took a brilliant one-handed diving catch low to his left at cover to dismiss Whitlock. Charlotte Livermore led the way for Norwich with a fine unbeaten 63 but Belhus won by 65 runs.

Belhus 118 all out
Mattishall 119-3

The tourists slumped to a disappointing seven-wicket reverse at the hands of Mattishall. Waters and Wells were top-scorers with 21 runs apiece, the only two further scores of note were 20 from James Barber and 15 from Michael Fogg. After tea, Fogg picked up two wickets but Hawkins with 30 not out saw the hosts home after opener Weaver laid the foundations with a well crafted innings of 46.

Belhus 216-9
Sprowston 213 all out

This match produced a thrilling ending to the Belhus tour as Tom Thompson took a fine catch off his own part-time bowling to conclude proceedings. Earlier, Wells was in the limelight again, this time blazing 78 runs and he received support from Cansdale with 28 while Jim Robertson contributed 20 and Mike Randall found the middle of his bat to reach 21 not out. Sprowston looked in control of the chase as Boothby, 53, then Harvey, 48 brought the home team close to their target, but Day was left high and dry on 20 not out as Thompson pounced to finish with a match-winning 3-39. Tony Udell gave valuable support with the ball by claiming 2-65.

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