Waiting game for Thetford A
Thetford A completed their debut campaign in West Norfolk Division Two with a comfortable win over Terrington. The team will await close-season developments with interest, as mooted changes to the structure of Norfolk cricket mean that where and who they will play next season remains uncertain.
Thetford A completed their debut campaign in West Norfolk Division Two with a comfortable win over Terrington.
The team will await close-season developments with interest, as mooted changes to the structure of Norfolk cricket mean that where and who they will play next season remains uncertain.
This result left Thetford A comfortably in mid-table, a very creditable finish to a first season at a higher level of cricket that had seen considerable turnover of players, not least because of the loss of regular captain Mick Cusack to injury.
The continued progress of the younger players is particularly pleasing.
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Thetford's captain Gavin Siriwardena bravely opted to bat on an unpredictable track and the batsmen responded with a solid, if unspectacular performance.
Keith Greyson and Simon Lewis began steadily but Lewis was run out in controversial circumstances just when they were beginning to build momentum. Andy Kerling and Greyson (24) then accumulated patiently to take the score to 50 in the 16th over before the latter was bowled by James Gollands (3-30).
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Thetford debutant Dave Bacchus' cameo of 18 livened up the innings with flair until he misjudged a straight ball. Kerling and Siriwardena kept the score ticking over and built a platform from which to attack over the last ten overs but then fell in consecutive overs to leave Thetford on 131-5.
Kerling's well-paced 43 was his best score of the season and underlined the impressive progress this year. The end of Thetford's innings saw Nicky Shepherd and Ray Smeed trying to accelerate but both struggled to score quickly, especially against the accurate Ben Hodgson (1-20). It fell to Jason Peters and Ryan Conroy to scramble a single from the last ball to take Thetford to a fourth batting point and a competitive total of 160-7.
Terrington's reply started slowly on a wicket that, although it looked to have deteriorated, played reasonably well. Ray Smeed (1-9) gave Rory O'Sullivan a torrid time as he struggled to put bat to ball. Jason Peters bowled O Gilder with just his third ball.
Smeed put O'Sullivan out of his misery when he skied to mid-off and Peters (2-29) took sweet revenge on Gollands who had mauled his bowling in the earlier fixture, having him well caught by George O'Neill for a duck.
When B Gilder was caught at point by Nicky Shepherd off O'Neill's first ball, Terrington were 30-4 and basically beaten. O'Neill (1-11) continued to bowl tightly and the batsmen had no answer to the turn that Adam Everitt was able to extract from the crumbling surface.
When Everitt (1-24) removed S Thorpe, Thetford were looking to wrap things up quickly but Terrington opted to bat for survival and pride.
G Moore (32no) and A Moore (23no) had plenty of scares and survived dropped catches but resisted well, although they made no attempt to score batting points, let alone to reach their victory target.
The game drifted to an end with Terrington 61 runs adrift on 99-5.