Grey, but great weekend for Garboldisham

Match reports by Danny Cash

1st XI v North Runcton Norfolk Alliance Premier League Saturday 18 June 2016

Garboldisham travelled to North Runcton on what began as a dull and miserable day. In typical fashion, skipper Cash lost the toss on a very damp wicket and Garboldisham were asked to bat. The innings didn’t get off to the best of starts with Williman removed for one when his off-stump was sent cartwheeling by the impressive Coote. Leech and Constable rebuilt the innings somewhat and the score progressed to 49 before a moment of madness from Leech: having firmly struck the ball towards the cover fielder, thinking he was Linford Christie, Leech called the overseas man through for a single. Turns out he was more like Agatha Christie and was run out by half a pitch length for 14. Constable and Hogg came to the crease and typically Hogg was in patient mood, happy to play the good balls and leave the bad balls, whilst Dan was looking to be a little more positive. Hogg fell for 10 caught behind trying a rare attacking stroke. Constable made his maiden league 50 for Garboldisham but was unluckily caught behind without adding to his tally. Pask came and fell cheaply and with the score on 103 for 6, Garboldisham were looking in trouble. Allin and Captain Cash tried to steady the ship and with Cash in an aggressive mood they put on another 43 before Allin fell lbw for 10. Walker walked on – and walked off again before a flurry of wickets fell including Cash for 40 to leave Garboldisham all-out for what looked an under par 157. They had plenty of work to do to win the game.

As Runcton started their chase, Garboldisham got off to the perfect start with Barnes dismissing Skipper for nought off the second ball of the innings. Pask then removed the Runcton overseas player for another duck to leave the hosts in trouble at 9-2. Freeman and Allsop occupied time, Freeman throwing his hands at anything full and Allsop patiently awaiting a bad ball. Cash introduced Hogg into the attack with immediate effect as he removed Allsop for 9, clean bowled. Hogg and Constable were really tying the batsmen up and limiting their scoring options. Hogg returned impressive figures of 3-4 from his 10 overs including 8 maidens and Constable contributed 2 wickets himself to leave the chasing side 89-7. With time running out and still needing runs, the Runcton tail looked to be more positive with Major and Ring both hitting some lusty blows. However Fuller managed to take the last 3 required wickets to finish with 3-19 and the hosts were all out for 134. This was an important win from Garboldisham which rewarded them with 22 points and leaves them tied 3rd in the league.

1st XI v Dereham Lady Mary Trophy Sunday 19th June

Garboldisham visited Dereham in the Lady Mary Trophy looking to complete a good weekend of cricket. Early wickets from Rackham and Pask removed the opening pair before Dan and Dave Lake took the attack back to Garboldisham. Davey came on for Garby and removed Dan Lake for 33 and the hosts were 90-3. At the fall of wicket, Cash remonstrated with his bowlers and fielders asking for more quality and consistency  – and his players rose to the challenge. Hogg and Davey bowled very well and between them managed to take the 7 further wickets to end the Dereham innings on 117. Hogg impressed again with 5-14 and Davey a good 3-34.

In reply Garboldisham lost 2 early wickets to the Dereham pace attack. Wyatt seemed hurried as he hit to mid-on from Pledger, and Leech the same, when top edging Anema. Allin was also dismissed by the speedy Pledger to leave Garboldisham on 37 for 3. With a batting re-jig, Walker and Pask were at the crease and they played superbly well, batting patiently and putting away the bad balls. They took Garboldisham to their total after 19.1 overs with Pask finishing on 36 not out and Walker 57 not out. It was a timely return to form.

All in all a good weekend for the boys.

Danny Cash

The weekend’s wet weather meant that the 2nd and 4th XIs’ games were abandoned. The 3rds beat North Elmham at home by 6 wickets in a game that was reduced to 30 overs per side. Phil Carr took 3 for 30 and Andy Freake scored 68*.