All-rounder’s comeback is a happy one

LUCAS FETTES NORFOLK LEAGUE: All-rounder Graham Squire marked his return to action after a shoulder injury with an unbeaten half-century and a five-wicket haul as Hales and Loddon A lifted themselves out of the Division One relegation places with a 63-run win at Drayton.

Squire hit a quickfire unbeaten 54 containing seven fours and two sixes to help a Hales innings dominated by veteran left-hander Milton Lindsay's pivotal 75 containing 12 boundaries, to 210-5.

Drayton hammered 44 off the first seven overs but the reply ran out of steam as speedster Squire got into gear, eventually claiming five for 36 from 12 overs, with good support from young paceman Josh Knights, who took three for 20.

Chris Butler fell three runs short of a century and Dale Vincent took four wickets as Ketteringham Hall beat Cringleford Lodge by 14 runs.

Old Catton fell 12 runs short as they made a noble effort to put the first dent in Rollesby's 100 per cent record. Paul Daynes' 77 was the feature of Catton's reply after Rollesby posted a 216 total with Alex Chaney scoring 84. Adrian Gilbert took five for 18 as Horsford B bowled Aylsham St Giles out for 173 before winning their Division Two encounter by three wickets.

Costessey gave their Division Three promotion hopes a boost as Stuart Sylvester's unbeaten 85 saw them pass Drayton A's 141-7 total with eight wickets in hand. An unbeaten 51 from Richard Edwards helped second-placed Felthorpe to a 216-4 total against Happisburgh. Elliott Doyle, 14, bowled four maidens in his six overs, taking three for eight and Ant Howell took three for 13 as Happisburgh were skittled for 68.

Hingham marched on at the top of Division Four, thanks to four for 26 from Dale Welsh and an unbeaten 64 from Danny Key in their six-wicket win at Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers B.

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