Norton Struggle At Bodicote
|Author: Chris Bowmer||Published: 10th June 2012 12:14|
Greens Norton showing fine style bowling
Another rainy week and the surprise was that there was cricket to play on the Saturday away at Bodicote. The pitch was damp but hard and drying, anyone’s guess how it would play, so on winning the toss the Norton skipper put the opposition in to bat.
Blundell and Jenkin started the Norton bowling with some hostile pace and good lines, but the Bodicote openers C Lynes (22) and Miller (41) started confidently with some excellent strokes. The tight bowling was met with some excellent shots on a slow but improving outfield.
The fall of Lynes to Blundell (2-47) was reward for good work but this brought in traditional Norton nemesis, Dave Allen. He put on 58 with the excellent Miller until he holed out to Bodily (1-18) and then the Bodicote acceleration began. With Harris (28), Allen (73no) in particular took the bowling apart. Bodicote built an excellent 208-4 with Norton dropping two catches and never really competing.
The batting started with no fears from the wicket which was slow and low and the skilled opening pair of Cronin (3-11) and Buckingham (1-18) were very tight. The loss of Baker (0) early brought in Horley to join Bristow and careful defence saw few runs. However 15 runs off the first 10 overs was really building the pressure for runs and this had to give, Bristow went for 10 trying to push for runs and three quick wickets really saw the end of the Norton challenge.
At the other end Horley eventually went for 22 having been in for 26 overs and eventually with Smyth unable to bat due to injury Norton threw in the towel at 60-9 with 10 overs unused.
Norton were never really in this game and Bodicote keep the only remaining unbeaten record in the Division. Hopes for a better performance next week.