Rain leaves Saham Toney teams frustrated
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Saham Toney first XI saw their home game against Hethersett & Tas Valley abandoned because of rain with the game evenly balanced.
Winning the toss, Saham had elected to field at Pages Lane, with the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Alliance Division Two clash reduced to 40 overs due to the threat of rain.
After a flying start, Saham had to restrict the run rate rather than looking for wickets and that was done by Eube Huckle and Simon Mower but that didn’t stop Hethersett building a solid base to look for a big score as they reached 100-1 at halfway.
Saham then turned to Ady Wood (2-36) and Jordan Wood (0-22) to further restrict Hethersett with Wood picking up two vital wickets. Jordan Wood showed maturity beyond his years bowling on a tight line and length to add to the pressure.
Simon Mower returned to take two further wickets with Kristien Fletcher performing an excellent run-out off his own bowling to gain Saham an extra bowling point with the last ball of the innings.
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Saham’s overall ground fielding was impressive, with Andy McGeorge and Xavier Huckle leading the way.
The home side started their reply in double quick fashion, scoring 50 in the first seven overs, but had lost both openers with eight on the board.
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Luke Newton then went on the offensive and blazed the ball to all parts with ease until falling just before the rain came with a brisk 34 off 14 balls. Saham finishing frustrated on 58-3.
Saham claimed eight league points and stay third in the table, with Hethersett taking 11 points.
This Saturday Saham are due to welcome Dereham to Pages Lane.
The most devastating batting partnership in Division Four of the Norfolk League were at it again on Saturday, as for the second week running David Ellis and Martin Wood put together another unbeaten 225 partnership for Saham A.
But the weather came to Old Buckenham B’s rescue as proceedings were halted in the 36th over with Saham on 232-2, having been 2-2 early on.
Ellis recorded his third century in four games, scoring 125 off 101 balls to take his average to 162 for the season. Wood was unbeaten on 83 when the rain came, looking for back-to-back centuries, taking his average to 182. Saham A remain unbeaten and in third place.
This Saturday Saham are due to travel to Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers B.