Welney Croft Cricket Club

Match Reports - 2014

last amended/updated Monday, 06 July 2015

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League Table
Final League Positions, Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League, Haverson Division 3
team played* won lost no result points average
Grimston 11 8 3 3 185 16.82
WELNEY CROFT 12 8 4 2 193 16.08
Mundford 11 7 4 3 172 15.64
Castle Acre 13 7 6 1 196 15.08
North Runcton A 11 6 5 3 126 11.45
Stow & Downham 9 4 5 5 92 10.22
Leverington 10 2 8 4 91 9.10
Swaffham A 11 2 9 3 91 8.27

date: 21st Sept 2014
opponents Cam. St.Giles
status friendly
result lost by 5 wkts
WCCC 130-8 (40 overs)
opponents 133-5 (34.3 overs)
Season Ends in Defeat

The last match of the season played at Dry Drayton near Cambridge.St. Giles won the toss and invited Croft to bat first. At this small ground with short boundaries a 130 total was never likely to trouble the home side unless all the bowlers excelled. Croft’s high order bats all looked comfortable on this slow wicket. Paul Kaminiski (13) was possibly the unluckiest falling to a terrific diving catch by T.Hurst. Neil Parkinson also departed on unlucky 13, bowled by Thompson, after 65 minutes at the crease, Ashley Inwood was promoted to No.3 and after hitting 2 boundaries and 11 on the board, also went bowled - again to Thompson. The best partnership of the innings (39) came from John Gill and Steve Saberton for the 4th wicket. Steve hitting 30 – his highlights being two straight sixes and 28 of his runs coming from boundaries. Croft had recovered with a score of 83 for 4 in the 26th over.John proved to be the mainstay of the innings top scoring with a solid unbeaten knock of 31.
With 11 runs from the final over, the innings closed at 130 for 8 wkts.

John Gill 31* (3 x 4’s)
Steve Saberton 30 (2 x6’s, 4 x 4’s)
Neil Parkinson 13 (2 x 4’s)
Paul Kaminski 13 (2 x 4’s)
Ashley Inwood 11 (2 x 4’s)

After the tea interval the home side was always up with the required run rate. However David Goodwin achieved the first break through in the 11th over, dismissing opener Hurst, caught by Duncan Hobbs at Mid wicket and bowling number 3. Evans the next over. St.Giles number 4. A. Thompson proved to be the match winner, top scoring with a knock of 62. – eventually falling to John Gill (caught by David Goodwin) when 10 runs short of victory. St. Giles ran out easy winners by 5 wickets with Badger (17*) hitting the winning runs in the 35th over.
Pick of Croft’s bowlers John Gill (2 for 22) and David Goodwin (2 for 24)

David Goodwin (8 – 1 - 24 - 2) 1 bowled, 1 caught
Wayne Kercher (8 – 2 – 20 – 0)
Steve Saberton (8 – 0 – 42 – 0)
John Gill (5.3 – 1 – 22 - 2) 1 LBW, 1 caught
Matt Footman (5 - 1 - 19 - 1) 1 caught

Team - Neil Parkinson (capt.), John Gill, Wayne Kercher, Steve Saberton, Matt Footman, Stephen Kent,
Dick Carter, Ashley Inwood, Duncan Hobbs, Paul Kaminiski and David Goodwin.

date: 14th Sept 2014
venue home
opponents Leverington
result won by 4 wkts
WCCC 107-6 (28.3 overs)
opponents 105 (38.5 overs)
Report writer Tony Smart is currently un-well, This report courtesy of Jon Hunt.

A perfectly pleasant September day greeted the players and crowds for the Pop Bedford cup match vs Leverington 1sts. Welney lost the cup to CAMRA last season and although that particular defeat was emphatically avenged earlier this season, the team were keen to make this important day one to remember by getting their hands back on the old pot.

Leverington won the toss and elected to bat on a solid late season wicket, however the decision was put into question early on as a fired up David Goodwin rearranged opener Bailey's stumps. Opening the bowling with Goodwin was skipper John Loveday who quickly found himself in something of a duel with the thuggish Leverington No 3, Usher. The wiley Welney captain soon had his rivals wicket though, a floaty, slow non-turner tempting the batsman into smashing the ball (almost literally!) down Jon Hunt's throat at mid-on. A good start.

Welney were well aware of the depth of their opponents batting lineup and it proved the case as the next 2 wickets proved the most stubborn. Opener Carter was holding up an end with a degree of confidence, while James Paul was threatening to build an innings of substance with some attractive hitting at the other end. Paul was dealt with though by the bowling of John Gill. The impending independence vote did nothing to distract the resident fen Scot as he outfoxed Paul who tamely lobbed a catch up into the hands of Hunt. This bought to the wicket the dangerous Cooper at 5. Cooper was soon to be on his way on this occasion with a slightly comedic attempt at a second run resulting in a run out. Knocking what appeared to be an easy single to Ashley Inwood, the Leverington Batter had clearly not reckoned on the rocket arm of the Welney fielder.

Cooper was run out by a country mile (or simply a mile, in Welney). There followed a spell of skillful, tight bowling from Palli, Saberton and Kercher. Wickets fell regularly, Palli taking 3 with his deceptive, fizzing deliveries (including a huge, and I mean HUGE LBW shout while on a hatrick). Saberton was his usual dull self; boring the Leverington batsmen out with unerring pace and accuracy, offering so few scoring opportunities that he ended with quite ridiculous figures of 8 overs, 4 maidens, 1 wicket for 7 runs. In spite of carefully arranging his field to always be exactly where the ball wasn't, Kercher took the important wicket of Carter; Goodwin taking a good catch after some excellent pressure bowling from the Welney left armer.

This left the doddle of taking the final wicket so Saberton could get in for his customary 8 or 9 healthy slices of Victoria Sponge. But no! On this occasion the Leverington innings was to be dominated by the batting of a familiar face, Oliver Revett. No 11 Revett had clearly had his Weetabix and proceeded to savage the helpless Welney bowlers at will. His innings was peppered with good cricket shots, the best of these a gloriously timed square drive off an obviously impressed Kercher. Kercher got his revenge though, unsportingly tempting the batsman into an edge through to Keeper' Parkinson. Leverington 105 - All out.

An awkward little total to chase and the start of Croft's reply was slightly stuttering but solid enough. Footman (6) was first to go, bowled by the young opener Wilson. This bought Hunt (25) to the crease at number 3. The usually limpet-like Parkinson (8) was next back to the pavilion, again off Wilson but this time caught by Paul. Inwood (1) at 4 and Palli (1) at 5 quickly came and went without taking in too much scenery and with Hunt proving his usual agricultural self, attempting to bludgeon rather than caress, Welney found themselves at 50-5 as Hunt's injudicious swipe to leg was easily caught.

This game was well and truly hanging in the balance. Next came the dominant partnership of the Welney innings. Saberton (35) and Steven Kent (15 n/o) staying together for 47 runs. Kent mentioned a change in stance had been the catalyst for his change in fortunes and both players looked in excellent touch as they combined swashbuckling hitting from Welney's all rounder Saberton, and quality timing from top order batsman Kent. The pair were finally separated with the score at 97-6 but by this time the damage had been done. Kent and Gill (1 n/o) saw the Croft innings home and the celebrations could begin.

Special thanks should be made to everyone involved in the raffle, match support and everything else that made this a memorable day in the Welney club's history.

Webmaste's note:
see news page for details of proceeds of money raised at the match for the Club's chosen charity

date: 31st Aug 2014
venue home
opponents Castle Acre
status league
result lost by 48runs
WCCC 105 (37.3 overs)
opponents 153-5 (37.3 overs)

Welney lost by 48 runs (6 points Mid-Norfolk Sunday League - Haverson Division 3)

Another home league fixture this Sunday against first time visitors Castle Acre.

Castle Acre batted first with virtually a team unrecognizable from our away fixture earlier in the season.
After two early breaks, the dismissal of both openers Rowe (1) & Thompson (2) - bowled by Matt Footman and Steve Saberton in the second and seventh overs respect ively, Croft failed to capitalize.
No.3 bat Whales scored an impressive 73 (one 6, ten 4’s) before ‘holing out’ to Harish Palli standing inches inside the boundary line - saving a sure 6.
Whales came to the wicket in the second over and departed in the penultimate 39th over, having shared a match winning 70 run partnership with T.Brown (40*).
Yet again Steve Saberton was the pick of the home bowlers finishing with 2 for 15 runs, and 3 maidens in his allotted 10 overs.
The visitors innings closed on 153 for 5 wkts.

Steve Saberton (10 – 3 – 15 – 2) 1 bowled, 1 caught.
Matt Footman (8 - 0 - 38 - 2) 1 bowled, 1 caught
John Gill (10 – 1 – 30 - 1) 1 stumping.
Harish Palli (9 – 1 – 34 – 0)
Wayne Kercher (3 - 0 – 32 – 0)

After the tea interval Croft made their usual steady start, again with last weeks successful opening partnership Neil Parkinson and Paul Kaminski. Until Paul, having scored 16, went in the eight over - going to a brilliant diving catch from Whales at mid wicket off bowler Agnew.
This was followed up with another blow immediately next ball, John Gill unluckily playing the ball onto his stumps. Next bat Harish Palli survived Agnew’s possible hat-trick delivery ball but Croft then slumped from 20 for 0 wkts to 34 for 4 wkts after 16 overs. Neil Parkinson defiantly held one end up for 31 overs scoring 19, also going to a catch by Whales.
Only Steve Saberton and Ashley Inwood remaining, offered hope – Steve looking good until going to a great forward diving catch in the deep for 12 and Ashley batting doggedly, top scoring with an unbeaten 24, until running out of partners.
Man of the match Whales not only top scored with 73 but also took 3 catches in the field – two being outstanding.

Croft’s final score 105 all out in the 38th over – a disappointing result and yet another home league defeat.
It very much appears we seem to save our best performances away from home – having beaten Grimston, Stow, Mundford, Swaffham and Leverington all away?

Ashley Inwood 24* (3 x 4’s)
Neil Parkinson 19 (1 x 4)
Paul Kaminski 16
Steve Saberton 12 (2 x 4’s)

Team - Steve Revett (Capt.), Neil Parkinson, John Gill, Wayne Kercher, Steve Saberton, Matt Footman,
Oliver Revett, Harish Palli, Ashley Inwood, Duncan Hobbs and Paul Kaminiski.

date: 24th Aug 2014
venue away
opponents Mundford
status league
result won by 8 wkts
WCCC 105-2 (26 overs)
opponents 102 (34.4 overs)

This Sunday a visit to the Brecklands District for our league fixture with Mundford.

The home side batted first and the opening pair of McIsaac & White soon settled giving few chances in their partnership of 39. McIsaac (28) first departing, caught on the short pavilion boundary by Harish Palli, off Matt Footman’s bowling in the tenth over. Mundford progressed to 56 before the second wicket fell 7 overs later - when a 150 plus score looked possible? Both change bowlers Harish Palli and John Gill proved difficult to get away and Palli bowling White (28) made the break through. Thereafter the run rate dried up, both only conceding a mere16 runs in their allotted overs John finishing with his seasons best 5 for 16 and Harish 3 for 16. On the fielding front 5 catches were held. The important third wicket of Conquest being held by John Hunt in the deep outfield and ‘two catch of the season contenders’ – a diving caught and bowled by John Gill and a fine left handed reaction catch by Wayne Kercher at first slip. The home side posted 102 all out in 35 overs – the last 5 wickets falling for only 12 runs.

Steve Saberton (7.4 – 0 – 24 – 1) 1 bowled. Matt Footman (10 - 1 - 43 - 1) 1 caught Harish Palli (10 – 2 – 16 – 3) 1 bowled, 2 lbw John Gill ( 7 – 1 – 16 - 5) 1 bowled, 4 caught.

Resuming after the tea interval Croft opened with a new partnership Neil Parkinson & Paul Kaminski and for the first few overs were tested by young ‘quickies’ Smith & Eyres. After the sixth over runs started to flow, mainly from Paul Kaminski until the 14th over, then caught out off Yates bowling with 26 to his name (including 2 sixes) and with 47 on the board. John Hunt then came to the crease and took over Paul’s role punishing both Yates and Crucamp for a knock of 31 (6 fours) until eventually caught in the deep outfield. Score 87 for 2 off 25 overs. Enter No.4 Harish Palli who only faced one over from McIsaac, but still scoring 14 runs (2 x sixes), enough to see Croft over the winning line with skipper for the day Neil Parkinson, who batted throughout the whole innings for 15 not out. Croft’s final score 105 for 2 wkts in only 26 overs – a very good all round performance in all departments of the game - possibly the best of the season?

Jon Hunt 31 (6 x 4’s) Paul Kaminski 26 (2 x 6’s, 1 x 4) Harish Palli 14* (2 x 6’s) Neil Parkinson 15* (1 x 4)

Team - Neil Parkinson (Capt.), John Gill, Wayne Kercher, Gareth Kent, Steve Saberton, Matt Footman, Jon Hunt, Oliver Revett, Harish Palli, Duncan Hobbs and Paul Kaminiski. (12th man Percy Bulsara)

date: 17th Aug 2014
venue away
opponents Stow&Downham
status League
result won by 5 wkts
WCCC 128-5 (31 overs)
opponents 127 (37 oves)

This week, a local away fixture at Stow Hall, Stow Bardolph against Stow and Downham Bombers.
The home captain won the toss and decided to bat first.
Croft started well with Steve Saberton and David Goodwin opening the bowling.
Steve captured the first 2 wickets, removing both openers, bowled – Stow score being 25 for 2 after 9 overs.
As usual Steve had another good afternoon, conceding only 13 runs in his 7 over session, 2 maidens and 2 wickets. The home side’s No.3 bat G.Cook proved to be Stow’s main run getter, scoring 32 (7 x fours) before being bowled by John Gill.
Change bowlers John Gill and Harish Palli were able to put Croft in a good position, both bowling their full allocation of 10 overs, and conceding only 23 and 27 runs respectively, with John taking 4 wickets (bats no’s 3 to 6) and Harish two wickets, one a fine diving catch by keeper Parkinson.
After 22 overs Stow’s score stood at 73 for 7 wkts, however the home sides tail managed to add another 54.
John Loveday taking the last 2 wickets, Haynes (7) and Morgan (19) both stumped by Parkinson.
At the innings close Stow posted 127 all out in the 37th over.

Steve Saberton (7 – 2 - 13 – 2) 2 bowled.
David Goodwin (6 – 1 – 30 - 0)
John Gill (10 – 3 – 23 – 4) 3 bowled, 1 caught.
Harish Palli (10 – 1 – 27 – 2) 1 bowled, 1 caught.
Wayne Kercher (2 – 0 – 18 – 0)
John Loveday (2- 0 - 6 – 2) 2 stumpings

Resuming after the tea interval Croft’s reply started cautiously, Stephen Kent never settling before spooning a catch to square, John Gill followed two overs later, caught behind the wicket – Croft 16 for 2 wickets after 7 overs. Neil Parkinson held one up and lasted 22 overs whilst partners John Hunt (16), Harish Palli (20) and Steve Saberton (33*) went for the runs. On Neil’s departure in the 27th over Croft had scored 89 for 5 wkts. Well on target and up with the run rate.
John Hunt hit four boundaries in his knock of 16, Harish was going well until going to a brilliant catch at mid-off, whilst Steve remained to the end unbeaten on 33 with Gareth Kent (4*)
A comfortable 5 wicket victory with 10 overs to spare, thanks to the middle order batting.

Steve Saberton 33* ( 6 x 4’s)
Harish Palli 20 (4 x 4’s)
Jon Hunt 16 (4 x 4’s)
Neil Parkinson 11

Team - John Loveday, John Gill, Wayne Kercher, Stephen Kent, Gareth Kent, Steve Saberton,
David Goodwin, Neil Parkinson, Jon Hunt, Oliver Revett & Harish Palli.

date: 3rd Aug 2014
venue away
opponents North Runcton A
status League
result lost by 46 runs
WCCC 155-8 (40 overs)
opponents 201-8 (40 overs)

A visit to North Runcton near Kings Lynn to play the village ‘A’ team on a warm / sunny Sunday afternoon.
Croft won the toss and opted to field first.
The start couldn’t have been bettered with a first over wicket, Steve Saberton bowling opener Goldie.
Enter No.3 B.Coote, who remained until his departure in the 36th over, when trapped lbw by John Loveday.
During this period he punished Crofts bowling attack amassing 115 runs (including 18 x fours and 1 x six).
Only two other bats had useful knocks - Major (20) and D.Fisher (28).
A very disappointing bowling / fielding display, only Steve Saberton was able to contain Coote, finishing again with the best bowling analysis – conceding only 26 runs in his allotted 10 overs, with 2 maidens and taking 2 wickets.
The home side posted 201 runs for 8 wickets at the close of innings.

Steve Saberton (10 – 2 - 26 – 2) 1 bowled, 1 caught
David Goodwin (10 – 0 – 63 - 0)
John Gill (9 – 1 – 37 – 1 ) 1 caught
Wayne Kercher (7 – 0 – 40 – 1 ) 1 bowled
John Loveday ( 4 – 0 – 29 – 3 ) 1 bowled, 1 lbw, stumped

Resuming after the tea interval it looked a mammoth task for Croft and this proved to be the case.
The only glimmer of hope appeared in the 5th wicket, with a 78 run partnership between John Gill (26) and Steve Saberton (49). John returned to the pavilion first bowled by Pipkin and 4 overs later Steve, just missing out on his half century. The run chase was effectively over then with only 3 overs remaining and 52 runs required.
At the close Ashley Inwood remained 10 not out, partnered by John Loveday, still 46 runs short.
Undoubtedly century maker Coote proved to be Runcton’s match winner and the difference between the teams.

Steve Saberton 49 (1 x 6, 4 x 4’s)
John Gill 26 ( 2 x 4’s)
Ashley Inwood 10* (1 x 4)

Team - John Loveday, John Gill, Wayne Kercher, Stephen Kent, Steve Saberton, Stephen Revett,
David Goodwin Ashley Inwood, Neil Parkinson, Jon Hunt, Duncan Hobbs.

date: 27th July 2014
venue home
opponents Grimdton
status League
result Lost by 101 runs
WCCC 54 (30.1 overs)
opponents 155-7 (40 overs)

This week a home fixture for the return match with Grimston, the visitor’s won the toss and elected to bat first .

Steve Saberton as usual excelled with another great bowling performance conceding only 12 runs in his 10 over spell, including 4 maidens and 2 wickets – the only bowler to consistently beat the bat and was possibly unlucky not to claim more victims.
Bats 3 & 4, Fuller & Harris, were removed cheaply – however the remaining higher order bats all contributed – R.Gurbutt (19), J.Parker (30), A.Tilbrook (48) and C.Gurbutt (23*) mostly batting comfortably and scoring freely.
Although a few catching chances were missed, 6 of the 7 wickets taken were “caught out”, two being worthy of note – David Goodwin taking a running catch in the covers and a high one handed catch by Wayne Kercher on the long-off boundary, off John Gill’s bowling.
At 121 for 3 wkts (29 overs) a mid-order collapse of 4 wkts in 4 overs, Croft appeared to have achieved a breakthrough, but C. Gurbutt and Ward then added another 29 in the last 10 overs without further loss,
enabling Grimston to post a respectable 155 for 7 wickets in the allotted 40 overs.

Steve Saberton (10 – 4 - 12 – 2) 1 bowled, 1 caught
Gareth Kent ( 6 – 0 – 22 – 0 )
Wayne Kercher ( 7 – 1 – 45 – 0 )
David Goodwin ( 4 – 0 – 25 - 1) 1 caught
John Loveday ( 6 – 0 – 23 – 2 ) 2 caught
John Gill (7 – 0 – 29 – 2 ) 2 caught

Resuming after the tea interval Croft’s reply started badly and never recovered thereafter, initially struggling to opening bowlers Gurbutt (2 for 5) and Satti (3 for 12) – 12 for 4 wkts off 10 overs.
The first two wickets fell in consecutive balls, in only the second over from Satti- Stephen Kent caught by Gurbutt and Matt Footman bowled. Steve Revett lasted 5 overs before being bowled by the impressive Gurbutt.
Wickets continued to fall, with only the odd singles being taken, and after 18 overs Croft had only managed a mere 29 runs for the loss of 6 wickets? And the wicket was certainly not a major factor!
Bats 7 & 8, David Goodwin and Ashley Inwood were able to get in some batting practice - the match already out of reach. Both top scored with knocks of 11 and a partnership of 18 for the seventh wicket, Goodwin falling to a catch of Fysh.
The tail offered nothing with Croft posting the lowest score for several seasons, a disappointing 54 – of which 23 were extras??
It was so bad only 31 runs were scored off the bat in 30.1 overs – however the stat’s are studied, his was a heavy defeat by a much better team on the day.
Grimston recorded 18 boundaries, Croft’s response (none). It must be a ‘first’, but showed how the visitors were totally in command and worthy winners – the first defeat to Grimston in the 7 matches played recently.

David Goodwin 11
Ashley Inwood 11

Team - John Loveday, John Gill, Wayne Kercher, Stephen Kent, Gareth Kent, Steve Saberton,
Stephen Revett, Oliver Revett, Mat Footman, David Goodwin & Ashley Inwood.

date: 20th July 2014
venue away
opponents Swaffham "A"
status League
result Won by 75 runs
WCCC 177-3 (40 overs)
opponents 102

This week a visit to Swaffham’s ground at Shoemakers Lane.

Swaffham won the toss and invited Croft to bat first and the opening partnership of Steve Kent and John Gill
survived until the 7th over, when Kent (14) departed lbw to White.
Neil Parkinson then joined Gill at the wicket for what turned out to be a match winning partnership of 97 – John remained until the 31st over, another lbw victim, this time to bowler Reardon, for great knock of 52.
With the score at 120 for 2 wkts John Hunt came in for only 5 overs, but still made his mark for a very productive knock of 21 (4 boundaries – including a 6).
With only 5 overs remaining Steve Revett (7*) helped Parkinson to add 29 at the close of innings with Neil unbeaten on 55. Croft posted 177 for the loss of only 3 wickets,
The total had been helped considerably by the home side’s generosity in giving away 28 extras - including 20 wides?

John Gill 52 (4 x 4’s)
Neil Parkinson 55 * (3 x 4’s)
John Hunt 21 (1 x 6, 3 x4’s)
Stephen Kent 14 (1 x 4)
Steve Revett 7*

After the tea interval Croft got off to a flying start with David Goodwin removing opener Hill in the first over - caught out by Kercher at Cover Point.
With the absence of Saberton, Dale & Gareth Kent , skipper John Loveday opened the bowling and his slow left armers, and proved difficult to get away, bowling 3 maidens in his first 4 overs, including the wicket of opener Puckey, going to a catch by John Hunt.
Number 3 bat Reardon proved to be Swaffham’s mainstay, recording an unbeaten 54 (including 8 x fours), carrying his bat for 30 overs until the close of innings. Only other innings of note came from No. 6 Jacob-John scoring 21 - powerfully hitting the loose balls, until caught and bowled by Mat Footman.
After this, the wickets fell regularly with all bowlers sharing in the wickets. Skipper John Loveday produced the best analysis of the day (10 overs 4 maidens 3 wkts for 26 runs) with Mat Footman (2 for 32), Wayne Kercher (2 for 13) and Steve Revett taking the last 2 wickets in consecutive balls for (2 for 10).
The home sides innings closed at 102 in the 35th over – a convincing 75 run victory for 21 league points and maintaining second position in the league.

David Goodwin (6 – 2 – 16 - 1)
John Loveday (10 – 4 – 26 – 3)
Mat Footman (10 – 2 – 32 – 2)
Wayne Kercher (7 – 3 - 13 – 2)
Steve Revett (1.5 – 0 – 10 – 2)

Team - John Loveday, John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Wayne Kercher, Stephen Kent, John Hunt,
Stephen Revett, Oliver Revett, Mat Footman, David Goodwin & Duncan Hobbs.

date: 6th July 2014
venue away
opponents Leverington
status League
result won by 8 wkts
WCCC 109-2 (35.1 overs)
opponents 107-6 (40 overs)

This weeks Sunday league match, a short trip to our local rivals Leverington.

The home side batted first and soon got bogged down to opening bowlers Steve Saberton and Gareth Kent.
Saberton bowling Bailey and Williams in consecutive balls in his second over and Kent following suit in his third over, also bowling No.4 bat Mattless - leaving Leverington struggling on 8 for 3 wkts after 6 overs and later only 25 off 15 overs.
However Carter (26) and Lewis (24) started the recovery, adding 39 runs in their 19 over partnership for the fourth wicket. Lewis first departing by finding a fielder in Stephen Kent able to take a catching opportunity - in the deep outfield off John Loveday.
Carter remained at the crease until the 30th over, then falling lbw to John Gill – score 62 for 5 wkts.
It was then left to Clarke (24) and Wilson (21*) to go for the runs and add 41 in their 9 overs together, coming to an end with a great catch on the boundary rope by Steve Revett off John Gill, stopping an almost certain six from Clarke.
It has to be said that had chances been taken in the field the home side would have finished well short of their final total. At the close of innings Leverington posted 107 for the loss 6 wkts – yet again another good all round team performance from the bowlers, and only let down by slack fielding and missed catches.

Steve Saberton (10 – 3 – 18 – 2)
Gareth Kent (7 – 2 – 17 – 1 )
John Loveday (8 – 0 – 17 – 1)
John Gill (10 – 2 – 29 – 2)
Wayne Kercher (5 – 0 – 24 – 0)

After the tea interval Crofts reply got off to the worst possible start, losing Steve Revett in the second over, bowled out by Wilson.
John Gill then joined Steve Kent and both strived to keep opening bowlers M.Lewis and L.Wilson at bay - Wilson bowling 5 maidens in his first 6 overs. Their partnership lasted for 13 overs, Steve Kent finally being caught behind the stumps for 20 with Croft’s score on 39.
It was then left to club seniors, Neil Parkinson joining John at the wicket, to knock off the required runs – John (46) just missing out on his half century and Neil finishing on 16.
The home sides total was passed in the 36th over, Gill hitting a 4 off Mattless – the 70 run unbeaten 20 over partnership had seen Croft over the winning line.

John Gill 46 (6 x 4’s)
Neil Parkinson 16 n.o (3 x 4’s)
Stephen Kent 20 (3 x 4’s)

Team - John Loveday, John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Wayne Kercher, Stephen Kent,
Gareth Kent, Steve Saberton, Stephen Revett, Oliver Revett, Ashley Inwood, (10 players)

date: 22nd June 2014
venue home
opponents Mundford
status League
result lost by 20 runs
WCCC 123-7 (40 overs)
opponents 143-8 (40 overs)
The sun was shining again for this week’s opponents, Mundford.

After losing the toss the visitors were invited to bat first and started well, openers McIsaac and White starting at a pace scoring freely, two fours in the first over and passing the 50 mark in only 10 overs, well on target for a 200 plus score. However the first wicket finally fell in the 16th over, McIsaac (47), just missing out on his half century, caught by John Hunt at deep Mid-off, in Steve Sabertons 2nd over - Score 66 for 1 wkt.

His opening partner White (24) followed 8 overs later, also caught by Hunt in Wayne Kercher’s first over – Score 83 for 2 wkts. The increasing run rate had finally been stemmed but No.3 bat Yates proved the real problem and remained until the penultimate over, trapped lbw by Kercher - having occupied the crease for 23 overs in his knock of 32. In the last 15 overs Croft bowled tightly, with Steve Saberton conceding only 19 runs in his 10 over spell (10 – 2 – 19 – 2) with all the remaining wickets being taken by Wayne Kercher, finishing with a creditable 5 wkts for 37 from 9 overs. Mundford posted 143 for 8 wkts - another good all round team performance from the bowlers.

Jon Dale 4 – 0 – 27 – 0, Mat Footman 5 – 0 – 19 – 0, John Gill 7 – 1 – 18 – 0, John Loveday 6 – 0 – 18 – 0, Steve Saberton 10 – 2 – 19 – 2, 2 catches Wayne Kercher (9 – 0 – 37 – 5) 2 bowled , 1 lbw, 2 catches.

After the tea interval Crofts reply got off to a slow start – 10 from 5 overs & 24 from 10 overs. John Gill (10) was the first to depart falling lbw to White with the score on 25 runs. Fellow opener Steve Kent (9) followed 2 overs later bowled by the impressive Yates. John Hunt (10), another lbw dismissal, this time to M.Smith. Croft struggling at 37 for 3 wkts off 17 overs. However, No.4 bat Neil Parkinson (24) again held the fort with another long innings, occupying the crease for 23 overs until run out in the quest for runs in the 35th over. From a position of 48 for 3 kts in 22nd over Croft needed 95 in the final 18 overs – needing a run rate of 5.3 per over. Steve Saberton upped the tempo in his brief innings scoring a valuable 15 runs leaving the run chase to Mat Footman and Parkinson. Mat batted sensibility scoring singles and hitting anything loose until unluckily being run out on the very last ball. Crofty finished 20 runs short, losing the season’s unbeaten record. Mundford proved to be worthy winners, their bowling attack being the strongest faced this season but in hindsight Croft left it too late, more urgency being needed much earlier in the innings.

Mat Footman 29 (2 x 4’s) Neil Parkinson 24 (3 x 4’s) Steve Saberton 15 (3 x 4’s) John Gill 10 John Hunt 10 (1 x 4) Stephen Kent 9 (1 x 4)
left to right, standing: Mat Footman, Tony Smart (club secretary), Oliver Revett, Jon Dale, John Hunt, Jonathan Revett (scorer), John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Steve Saberton, Steven Kent. Sitting: Gareth Kent, John Loveday, Wayne Kercher.

Team - John Loveday, John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Wayne Kercher, John Hunt, Stephen Kent, Gareth Kent, Steve Saberton, Oliver Revett, Mat Footman & Jon Dale.

date: 8th June 2014
venue home
opponents CAMRA (P'boro)
status Blows Cup
result Won by 8 wkts
WCCC 172-2 (31.4 overs)
opponents 171-4 (40 overs)


Another glorious sunny Sunday afternoon for the annual visit of CAMRA (holders of the Bedford Cup) – this time competing for the Blows Brothers Invitation Cup over 40 overs.

CAMRA batted first with Steve Saberton and Gareth Kent given the task of keeping the visitors runs to a minimum.
Steve bowled brilliantly conceding only 9 runs off his first 5 over spell whilst Gareth, apart from a few wayward deliveries in finding his line and length, also performed well.
The visitors opening pair of McClean (41) and Geldart (25) added 70 runs for the first wicket partnership before McClean fell, bowled by John Gill in the 21st over. Fellow opener Geldart departed 3 overs later, John Hunt taking the catch at Mid-off off John Lovedays bowling.
CAMRA had progressed to 77 for 2wkts off 24 overs.
Enter No. 4 bat Bradbury, who has previously made Croft’s bowlers suffer, including a century last season and with 16 overs remaining could he produce a match winning performance?
Two further wickets fell in the 34th over – Wright (12) and Rowe (0) 1 with the score at 133 for 4 wkts.
Bradbury remained to the end unbeaten on 69 (2 x 6’s, 5 x 4’s) – although a good appeal for run out was refused (Umpires not looking?)
CAMRA posted 171 for 4 wkts off their allotted 40 overs and the home bowlers overall had performed well.

Steve Saberton (8 – 2 – 20 – 2) 1 bowled, 1 caught
Gareth Kent (8 – 0 – 27 – 0)
John Gill (8 – 1 - 28 – 1) 1 bowled,
John Loveday (8 – 0 - 34 – 1) 1 caught
Wayne Kercher (7 – 0 – 55 – 0)
Steve Revett (1 – 0 – 2 – 0)

After tea it was imperative that Croft got off to a good start and keep up to the run rate of 4.3 runs.
Openers Stephen Kent and Neil Parkinson did this, mainly off Kent’s bat, scoring 37 from the first 7 overs, Stephen returned next over having scored 30 (5 x 4’s) caught by Wright off Barrett’s bowling.
Just 2 overs later No.3 bat John Gill fell lbw also to Barrett – with Croft’s total 39 for 2 wkts (10 overs).
Next batsmen in, in-form John Hunt, who was to prove the match winner scoring an unbeaten century, 107 (6 x 6’s, 10 x 4’s), a near faultless performance of big hitting, an innings that will live on in our memories.
His innings and partnered by Neil Parkinson (23 n.o), enabled Croft to reach their target of 172 in the 33rd over – an unbelievable 8 wicket victory to retain the club’s Blows Brother Cup.

John Hunt 107 n.o ( 6 x 6’s, 10 x 4’s)
Stephen Kent 30 (5 x 4’s)
Neil Parkinson 23 n.o (2 x 4’s)

Team - John Loveday, Steve Revett, John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Wayne Kercher, Ashley Inwood, Stephen Kent,
Gareth Kent, Steve Saberton, Oliver Revett & John Hunt.

Note –
John Hunt’s ton was the first by a Welney player at home since 2000 - since Stuart Singleterry hit 155 not out against Feltwell.
Only two other centuries since then, both away –

26/ 06 / 2005 Billy Connor 107 (13 x 4’s) at Wilburton Rec. v Old Wilhads
04/ 07 / 2010 Duncan Hobbs 105 (12 x 4’s) at Spalding Memorial Ground v Spalding Sunday XI

The Webmaster apologises for omitting John's name from the report caption and the note above when posting this report originally.

date: 1st June 2014
venue away
opponents Castle Acre
status League
result won by 5 wkts
WCCC 130-5 (36.2 overs)
opponents 129-7 (40 overs)
Unbeaten run continues

This weeks match, a visit to the historic village of Castle Acre on a very warm and sunny Sunday afternoon.
The home side batted first, Croft winning the toss.
David Goodwin and John Loveday opened the bowling and did well restricting Castle Acre to only 16 off the first 7 overs. The first wicket then falling, Edwards (4) bowled by David Goodwin.
Whiting (17) and Hamilton (13) stepped up the run rate, hitting a few boundaries before Whiting departed, caught by Ashley Inwood, off Mat Footman’s tight bowling.
Number 4 bat Whales then came in during the thirteenth over and proved to be the mainstay of the home sides innings, hitting an unbeaten 78 (12 x fours) – although ‘lady luck’ was on his side when bowled by Goodwin on a ‘no ball’ delivery.
Crofts bowlers all did well keeping the team total down to 129 for loss of 7 wickets - Matt Footman finished with the best figures of 2 for 18, well supported by John Gill (2 for 29) and Wayne Kercher (2 for 27).

David Goodwin (9 – 1 – 37 – 1) 1 bowled
John Loveday (5 – 1 – 17– 0)
John Gill (10 – 2 – 29 – 2) 1 bowled, 1 lbw.
Mat Footman (8 – 2 – 18 – 2) 1 caught, 1 bowled
Wayne Kercher (8 – 1 – 27 – 2) 1 bowled , 1 lbw

After the tea interval Steve Revett (9) and Neil Parkinson (6) started cautiously to the accurate bowling of Hooton and Pinner, until Revett was bowled by Pinner in the sixth over and Parkinson surviving until the 17th over - total 39 for 2 .
Croft’s prospects of winning this match was very much in the hands of the next 2 incoming bats, John Gill & John Hunt. Both rose to the occasion, Gill getting 35 not out and Hunt recording 43 in ten overs, before being bowled by Andrews. On his departure in the 31st over Croft’s total stood at 87 for 3 wkts - 43 runs still required in 12 overs.
Mat Footman then strode to the crease to help the cause – batting well with two fine boundaries, until being caught out to a brilliant catch at midwicket, with the fielder taking evasive action. However his knock of 11 in a 26 run fourth wicket partnership with Gill was invaluable and had seen Croft closing in the 130 target – 13 runs now required in 7 overs.
Enter the captain to lead the long tail – briefly!
It has to be said the skipper was unlucky in recording this duck, receiving a slow delivery that kept low and bouncing at least twice before removing his bails – his comment on returning to the pavilion “this is the worst wicket we’ve played on in recent seasons” ?
Ashley Inwood then cmae to the crease played a few shots before hitting a boundary off Power, leaving John Gill to hit the winning runs - a four and a single off Hooton’s first two balls in the 37th over.
Another league win, this time by 5 wickets – possibly a surprise win with four regulars missing from the line up but it was a great effort from the bowling line up, restricting the home team to 129.

John Hunt 43 ( 1 x 6’s, 4 x 4’s)
John Gill 27 (3 x 4’s)
Mat Footman 11 (2 x 4’s)
Steve Revett 9 (1 x 4)

Team - John Loveday, Steve Revett, John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Wayne Kercher, Ashley Inwood,
David Goodwin, Oliver Revett, Mat Footman, John Hunt & Mathew Hawes.

date: 18th May 2014
venue away
opponents Grimston
status League
result won by 5 wkts
WCCC 141-5 (35.5 overs)
opponents 140 (39.1 overs)

Grimston won the toss and elected to bat first in the glorious sunshine, the hottest day of the year.
The home sides openers Tilbrook (10) and Gurbutt (9) moved steadily along until the fifth over, Tilbrook departing at 19. This being repeated in Steve Saberton’s next over, Gurbutt then returning, Sabo completing 2 successive wicket maidens.

Jon Dale similarly dismissed No. 3 Norman (0) and suddenly Grimston appeared to be struggling at 22 for 3 off 7 overs?

However, the middle order batting of HIsh (25) and Wood (75) restored the home teams fortunes by adding 88 for the fourth wicket – Hish departing, caught backward of point by the jubilant Wayne Kercher - off John Gill’s bowling. Until this point Croft had suffered in the field, spurning many catching opportunities, but No.5 bat Wood was at the crease and still posed a danger as he progressed towards his century.
Four overs later Gill again took this important wicket, another bowled victim. Wood included four 6’s and seven 4’s in his fine knock of 75.

Croft had finally broken through with the remaining 5 wickets falling for just 9 runs. Wayne Kercher (3 wkts) and Jon Dale (2 wkts) mopping up the tail – all bowled. Grimston finished on 140 in the last over, after threatening to record a much higher target.

Steve Saberton 9 – 3 – 28 – 2 ( 2 x bowled)
Jon Dale 7 – 1 – 20 – 3 (3 x bowled)
David Goodwin 7 – 0 – 39 – 0
John Gill 9 – 1 – 19 – 2 (1 x bowled, 1 x caught)
Wayne Kercher 7.1– 0 – 32 – 3 (3 x bowled)

After the interval Croft had a disastrous start in the first over, the dismissal of the ever reliable Stephen Kent, with the ball ‘shooting’ along the ground from a Gurbutt delivery.

John Gill then joined Neil Parkinson to steady matters by adding 31 for the second wicket, until caught & bowled by Wood for 12.

Steve Revett’s innings was short, falling victim to another ‘shooter’, this time being comprehensively beaten by Wood at the same end as Kent.

At this point Croft were apparently struggling at 38 for 3 off 18 overs and victory looked far off – 103 required off the remaining 22 overs,

Enter Steve Saberton into the action wielding his club - he then proceeded to help Parkinson add 61 for the fourth wicket, 40 off his bat in only 9 overs. Steve attacked the bowling whenever possible recording 5 boundaries in his knock before finally being bowled by Wood.

He left the wicket with Croft on 99 for 4 wickets in the 29th over he had single handedly put Croft back into the driving seat, whilst Parkinson still held his position.

Aided by Matt Footman and then finally Jon Dale, Neil saw Croft over the finishing line for a 5 wicket victory and with 4 overs to spare.

It has to be recorded that Parkinson’s contribution was invaluable – 39 not out, surviving the first 20 overs when the opening pair of Gurbutt and Nasser were causing problems, this enabled Croft to pull off this unlikely win along with Steve Saberton’s great knock.

Steve Saberton 40 (5 x 4’s<)br /> Neil Parkinson 39 (2 x 4’s)
John Gill 12 (1 x 4)
Team – John Loveday (C), Steve Revett , Stephen Kent, Neil Parkinson, David Goodwin,
Matt Footman, Wayne Kercher, John Gill, Steve Saberton, Ashley Inwood, Jon Dale.

date: 11th May 2014
venue home
opponents Swaffham A
status League
result draw
WCCC 22-5 (16.4 overs)
opponents did not bat

Rain stopped play – match drawn (no result or points for league table) Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League - Haverson Division 3

This first home match of the season remarkably started in sunshine with a blustery wind and ominous clouds on the horizon. On an unprotected wet wicket Crofts batsmen struggled throughout to Swaffham’s opening bowlers A.White (2 for 7) and T.Puckey (3 for 6). Puckey’s quick seamers being particularly hard to play, making full use of the following wind and the wicket conditions. Puckey clean bowled Kent, Revett and Footman with both Parkinson and Hawes falling victim to White - caught out at square leg and behind the stumps respectively. Short sharp showers brought the players off the field twice before play was finally brought to a close after 16.4 overs.
Initially an early tea was taken, but rain persisted during the half hour break and with no likely change the captains decided to an end to the afternoons play. The batting conditions were not good and the possibility of Croft setting a match winning score looked unlikely – so the rain was Croft’s likely saviour on this occasion . Scorecard - Welney Croft 1. Stephen Kent bowled T.Puckey 6 2, Neil Parkinson caught Powell bowled White 2 3. Phil Hawes caught A. Dale bowled White 1 4. John Gill not out 2 5. Steve Revett bowled T.Puckey 0 6. Mat Footman bowled T.Puckey 0 7. Ashley Inwood not out 0 Extras 11 TOTAL 22 for 5 wkts.

Team - Steve Revett (C), Stephen Kent, Neil Parkinson, David Goodwin, Matt Footman, John Gill, Wayne Kercher, Steve Saberton, Ashley Inwood, Phil Hawes, Dick Carter (dna),  bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;bsp;

date: 4th May 2014
venue away
opponents Grimston
status Friendly
result see text
Two for the price of one
Sunday friendly fixture against Grimston, near Kings Lynn. On arrival Grimston requested 2 x 20 over matches to enable all of their players to have a game.

First Match
The home side batted first and both openers were soon back in the pavilion after only 2 overs with no score on the board. Steve Saberton bowling Fysh and John Gill claiming the stumping of Liddel.
Number 3 bat Kerrison started to bat with confidence, getting two boundaries in his knock of 14, before falling to a good delivery from David Goodwin. Number 5 and 6 bats A. Tilbrook (12) and M.Garrard (23) both looked comfortable with Tilbrook hitting a huge 6 off John Gill, and Garrard getting 4 boundaries before Tillbrook was bowled by Wayne Kercher and Garrard falling to Steve Revett’s slower deliveries.
Steve claiming 2 wickets in his only over for just 4 runs. Wickets continued to fall with John Gill finishing with 3 wickets for 18 in his 4 over spell and David Goodwin 2 wickets for 17. The home sides innings closed after only 17.2 overs on 72.

Steve Saberton  4 – 1 – 15 – 1,  I x bowled
John Gill  4 – 1 – 18 – 3, (1 x stumped, lbw & caught)
Wayne Kercher 4 – 0 – 16 – 1, (1 x bowled)
David Goodwin  4 – 0 – 17 – 2, (1 x bowled)
Steve Revett  1 – 0 – 4 – 2, (1 x bowled, 1 x caught)
Jon Dale 0.2 – 0 – 0 – 1, (1 x bowled)
In response to Grimston’s score of 72, openers Stephen Kent (27) and Richard Carter (25) nearly knocked off the required runs, failing by only 5 – the first wicket of Carter falling at 67 in the 7th over and Kent also returning in the next over with the scores level. Steve Revett and John Hunt were at the wicket to get the single needed to record an 8 wicket win.
Stephen Kent 27 (4 x 4’s), Richard Carter 25 (5 x 4’s)

Second Match
After the tea interval Croft started the second match with all the top order batsmen contributing to the final total of 104 – Steve Saberton survived 3 dropped catches to top score with some big hitting, one huge six and 5 other boundaries. Steve and John Gill figured in a match winning partnership of 52 for the fourth wicket. Whilst valuable contributions also came from opener Steve Revett (16) and John Hunt (15), including another big six.
Steve Saberton 42 (1 x 6 , 5 x 4’s), Steve Revett 16 (3 x 4’s), John Hunt 15 (1 x 6, 2 x 4’s), John Gill 8, Neil Parkinson 7

Grimston’s response at one time looked threatening with the score on 39 for 4 wkts after 9 overs and whilst number 5 & 6 bats Garlett (41) and A. Tilbrook (12) were at the crease a home win was still a possibility. Garlett hit one six and seven other boundaries and was finally bowled by Wayne Kercher. Tilbrook being caught and bowled by John Loveday. John Gill mopped up the tail taking the last 3 wickets for only 6 runs in his 2.2 over spell.

Steve Saberton 4 – 1 – 13 – 2 (2 x bowled), Jon Dale 4 – 0 – 15 – 1 (1 x bowled), John Loveday 2 – 0 – 14 – 1, (1 x caught), David Goodwin  2 – 0 – 14 – 1, (1 x bowled); John Gill 2.2 – 0 – 6 – 3, (1 x lbw, caught & stumped);.
Wayne Kercher 2 – 0 – 11 – 1 (1 x bowled).

Team - John Loveday, Steve Revett, Stephen Kent, Steve Saberton, John Gill, John Hunt, Neil Parkinson, Wayne Kercher, David Goodwin, Jon Dale, Richard Carter  

date: 20th Apr 2014
opponents Hardwick
result drawn rain stp
WCCC 130 (37.5 ovrs)
opponents 101-7 (27 overs)

For the seasons opening fixture Croft visited Highfelds Caldecote, a village adjoining Hardwick. Croft won the toss and decided to bat. On arrival the outlook was bleak, drizzling rain and overcast conditions. However the match eventually started, half an hour later than the scheduled start at 12.30 pm.

Croft opted to bat first, openers Stephen Kent and Neil Parkinson batting cautiously until the 7th over when Kent was bowled by Smith with the score on 14. The foundation of Croft’s innings was to be established by John Gill (27) and John Hunt (30) batting at 3 and 4. Gill hitting 5 boundaries, whilst Hunt included 2 huge sixes over the long boundary ropes. The pair figured in a 40 run partnership for the third wicket, when Gill was caught off Jordan and Hunt, bowled one over later by Curran. Other contributions of note came from Neil Parkinson, batting doggedly over 18 overs for his knock of 14, Matt Footman batted steadily for 13 and Steve Saberton included a six his innings of 10. The tail collapsed very quickly with ducks for Ashley Inwood, David Goodwin and Oliver Revett, all falling to Anil for his hat-trick. Wayne Kercher went to the crease to stop the fourth successive wicket within one over and survived ! Anil finished with 3 for 4 off 2 overs with Crofts total standing at 130 with just 2.1 overs remaining of the allotted 40.

John Hunt 30 ( 2 x 6’s, 3 x 4’s) John Gill 27 (4 x 4’s) Neil Parkinson 14 Mat Footman 13 Steve Saberton 10 (1 x 6)

After the interval Hardwick’s early batsmen started steadily requiring a 3.3 run rate. David Goodwin achieved an early break through with the dismissal of opener O’Reilly in his first over - Oliver Revett taking a good low catch at square leg. Steve Saberton claimed the next 3 wickets - 2 bowled and 1 caught & bowled - dismissing Hoole (15) Clayden (15) and Smith (1). Middle order bat Anil (29 n.o) batted with ease along with Cliverd (14 n.o) both unbeaten until the rain came to stop further play at about 6.00 pm with 13 overs to play.

The home team’s score stood at 101 for 7 wkts, still requiring 30 runs? At one time Hardwick looked gone at 62 for 7 wickets and Croft looked favourites but the last pair had rescued the home side. At close of play the match was in the balance with Croft needing an urgent breakthrough - match drawn.

Steve Saberton (8 – 0 – 22 – 3) 2 bowled + 1 caught David Goodwin (5 – 1 – 20 – 1) 1 caught John Gill (8 – 0 – 25 – 1) 1 bowled Wayne Kercher (5 – 0 – 23 – 2) 1 bowled , 1 caught John Loveday (1 – 0 – 7 – 0)

Team - John Loveday, Steve Saberton, John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Stephen Kent, Wayne Kercher, Ashley Inwood, David Goodwin, Oliver Revett, Mat Footman, John Hunt,  

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