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Maiden Alliance ton for Jack, 14

PUBLISHED: 12:27 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 22:04 07 July 2010

ROCKLANDS moved to the top of Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five with an emphatic victory over Vauxhall Mallards 3rd XI.

However, the day belonged to 14-year-old Jack Noonan who scored his maiden century in adult cricket.

ROCKLANDS moved to the top of Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five with an emphatic victory over Vauxhall Mallards 3rd XI.

However, the day belonged to 14-year-old Jack Noonan who scored his maiden century in adult cricket.

Rocklands were invited to bat first and the opening batsmen of Jack Noonan and Si Mann began in accomplished fashion.

They punished anything loose from the bowlers and brought up the 50 in the 14th over.

The pair continued to dominate and begun scoring freely all round the wicket. The Mallards bowlers had no answer and the century opening partnership was recorded in the 25th over.

Noonan was played equally adept off front and back foot and was comfortably outscoring his opening partner.

Both passed their 50s before Si Mann was eventually caught in the deep off the bowling of Spaxman for 75.

The opening partnership had lasted 38 overs and totalled 189.

The stage was now set for Noonan to record his first hundred which he duly did with another sublime back foot punch to the boundary.

It was a masterful display of batting without a single chance being offered.

The Rocklands innings finished on 233-1 after their 46 overs with Noonan ending 119 not out.

The Mallard reply got off to a dramatic start with Laurence Dodson and Les Abel claiming early wickets to leave them 2-2.

Unperturbed, Ben Stone decided to try and hit every ball out of the park.

This tactic worked initially with one huge six landed, however his luck run out soon after when an in-swinger from Dodson was well caught by Martin Walker in the deep.

Thereafter it was a question of whether Rocklands would be able to take the remaining Mallards wickets to record an outright victory.

At this point the offspin of Richard Smith stepped up and deploying all his variations he took five for 22 in 11 overs.

However, the Mallards tail-enders dug in for the draw and it was left to the military medium pace of Matthew Mann to prise out the last two wickets to secure a deserved victory for the home side.

Mallards were eventually bowled out for 101 in 39 overs as they slumped to defeat by 132 runs.


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