GNCC vs Byfield - At Least A Game Was Possible
|Author: Chris Bowmer||Published: 17th June 2012 10:53|
Blustery conditions did not help stop this GNCC batsman being bowled.
The weather it seems is out to get us this year, another cloudy cold day dawned for cricket, rain looking likely at any time.
Nevertheless cricket was possible in Greens Norton though not everywhere else with Byfield’s own ground unplayable.
Norton lost the toss and were put in to bat on the inevitably slow and damp Norton track. A now traditional slow start in difficult conditions saw 30 off 10 overs and the loss of Bristow for his third played on out of three innings this year.
Three more quick wickets saw Norton struggle to 39-4 off 20 overs and in real trouble. Allen (16) came in to give some impetus and some confidence but he fell trying to pull another ball that did not bounce.
Robinson (25) came in to support (literally?) the injured Pittom who playing with a runner following a pulled hamstring scored a solid 29. This took Norton to 129-9 at the end and a score that would at least take a bit of getting, although on an improving track.
All in all the problems were mostly of our own making although Brough 3-23 and Andrews 4-29 bowled reasonably well it was not dangerous.
After a shower at tea Byfield started slowly, Jobbins (6) fell early but Jason Andrews was the difference between the sides he took the game quickly away from Norton with some excellent shots. His fantastic innings was not without chances being dropped in the deep twice but his departure to Blundell (2-29) for 76 saw a slim chance for Norton.
A couple more wickets and some slow progress saw Byfield reach their target eventually still with some time to spare. Norton need some more decent performances to maintain their place in this division.