Walsh best as Watton win

WATTON CC visited the east Norfolk coast on Saturday looking for that elusive win after three straight defeats. With a full-strength team Watton hoped to win the toss and bat under glorious sunshine in order to maximise their points against one the league's weakest teams.

WATTON CC visited the east Norfolk coast on Saturday looking for that elusive win after three straight defeats.

With a full-strength team Watton hoped to win the toss and bat under glorious sunshine in order to maximise their points against one the league's weakest teams.

Winterton were short of several players and fielded a young squad, however, Watton's captain guessed incorrectly and Winterton put themselves into bat.

D Burridge opened with G Norman and in no time at all, after a failed lbw appeal the next ball trapped M Nanbrook lbw with an excellent in-swinging delivery to the right-hander.


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Surprisingly, although Burridge continued to swing the ball and deserved more wickets, bounce proved to be the undoing of the Winterton batting line-up.

The wicket was hard but uneven and Gavin Norman made full use of this with his brother Bruno keeping the Winterton team on the back foot which led to the safe hands of the wicket keeper R Walsh, taking five catches.

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Gavin ended up bowling 12 overs, two maidens, three wickets for 40 runs and Bruno ended with excellent figures of seven overs, one maiden, four wickets for 21 runs.

Morton Burt then entered the affray and on her debut Watton appearance took the last two wickets, clean bowling M Stamp-Smith (15) ending on two wickets for three runs off 14 deliveries.

With Winterton ending on 94 Watton would have to throw the game in order to lose, although losing captain P Norman to the second ball he faced provided some short-lived optimism to Winterton.

Bruno then joined R Walsh and the pair, who have batted together since their high school days, put the game to bed.

With some excellent shot play and empathic running between the wickets the two chased down the 95 needed to win in 12 overs.

Man-of-the-match R Walsh ended with 40 off 38 balls to add to his five catches and Bruno 39 off 33 balls.

Halfway through the season Watton face Asmanhaugh away next week and hope to maintain their winning ways.

With Aldeburgh losing away to Norwich Bystanders the league is wide open.

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