Norton remain top of table

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By Somerset Standard | Thursday, July 07, 2011, 11:00

Butleigh 1st XI 98 Midsomer Norton 1st XI 102-0 (Norton won by ten wickets)

Midsomer Norton 1st XI cruised to a ten-wicket victory over Butleigh to remain unbeaten at the top of the table at the halfway stage of the season.

At Butleigh's small, picturesque ground, there were thoughts that a feast of runs was likely and in winning the toss and choosing to bat, Butleigh clearly hoped to post a big total.

Norton's opening attack had other ideas, however, and Andy Cox and Joel Sims restricted the scoring before Cox had Travis caught at slip in the seventh over.

He struck again to dismiss Edmondson, thanks to an excellent catch by Martin Cox, and Chinnock was fortunate to survive a confident appeal for a catch behind off Sims.

Cox took three wickets in his next two overs to leave the home side reeling on 39-5. Although Chinnock found the boundary seven times in his 37 and Durston and Berkely both reached double figures, Nick Potter (2-13) and Martin Cox (2-0) mopped up the tail and an early finish was in sight as the home side's innings closed on 98.

After tea, Jon and James Harvey began confidently and found the boundary regularly against increasingly wayward bowling.

The total was boosted by 27 wides as the pair ensured that Norton cruised to victory in the 18th over. James was unbeaten on 32 and Jon made 40.

On Saturday, the 1st XI take on Cheddar at Withies Lane, the 2nd XI travel to Street and the 4th XI welcome Grendel 2nd XI to the Somervale Oval.

On Sunday, Hinton Charterhouse are the visitors to Withies Lane for a Sunday 1st XI fixture. The Sunday 2nd XI travel to Kilmersdon.

Wells Wanderers 231-9 Midsomer Norton 2nd XI 221-4 (Wells won by ten runs)

Midsomer Norton 2nd XI's run chase fell just short against local rivals Wells Wanderers on Sunday.

Wells won the toss and batted first, setting about Norton's opening bowlers with some excellent shots.

Opener Spearing brought up his 50 in 11 overs and the Wells 100 came up in alarming speed in the 15th over for no wicket. However, the introduction of spin at both ends changed the tempo of the innings.

The first wicket fell in the 31st over with the score on 182 and Spearing finally went for a fine 106, but a regular fall of wickets meant Wells only managed a total of 231. Luke Justin bowled well for figures of 4-22.

In reply, Norton openers Jason Maule and Tom Webb could not score quickly enough and the total reached 75 after 20 overs.

Maule tried to rectify the situation with some good shots but he was bowled for 44. Chris Tabb picked up the rate and, once he was joined by Justin, the win looked back on, until Tabb was bowled for 43.

Justin continued the fight and reached a well-deserved 50 but once he was out it was difficult for the incoming batsmen to score at the required rate as Norton finished ten runs short.

Midsomer Norton 3rd XI 215-6 Stratton on the Fosse 2nd XI 152 (Norton won by 63 runs)

Norton thirds won the toss and chose to bat on a hard, dry Somervale pitch.

Openers Dave Harvey and Dan Cox got into the Stratton bowlers, adding 87 before Cox was bowled for a hard-hitting 43.

Robin Cray came to the party and added a further 79 until Harvey was caught trying to add to his 73.

Norton lost a little momentum but continued to push the score along, Cray ending on 43 as the innings ended at 215-6, Longden claiming three wickets.

After tea, Norton's bowlers started well and by the sixth over Stratton were 11-3, although they rallied to reach 55 by the 13th over.

Andy Pack came into the attack and picked up the next four wickets to reduce the visitors to 85-7.

Steve Longden entered the fray and started to build a recovery, adding 42 for the eighth wicket until Dave Stockley was out for 18.

Stratton ended all out for 152, with Longden not out on 42. Pack finished with 4-9 from his six overs.

The match ball was sponsored by Barons Property Centre.

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  • Profile image for BigCricketFan

    Its good to see Martin Cox finally clinging onto some catches and not letting his team mates down in the field.

    By BigCricketFan at 22:02 on 11/07/11

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