Bowman plays starring role as Norfolk youngsters claim fine win


Will Bowman shone with bat and ball as Norfolk's Under-13s recorded a comprehensive 72-run win over their counterparts from Kent at Polo Farm, Canterbury.

After being put into bat Norfolk, sponsored by SCJ Nunn, lost three wickets early on before an excellent 21 from Joe Wicks got them back on track.

Ben Ashford (29) then played a steady innings before Bowman smashed a fantastic 31 ball 50 containing three sixes and four fours.

Bowman and Utting (17 not out) put on 69 in just 41 balls and gave Norfolk the upper hand as they finished on 185-8.

Kent's reply got off to a dreadful start with a good Harry Nunn catch off Freddie Fairey in the first over accounting for Smith. Bowman then bowled Niewoudt and trapped Kidd leg before with a brilliant yorker.

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Legg (11) and Turner (30) staged a mini recovery before both fell to the spin of Cameron Graveling. A fine Nunn stumping accounted for Charlie Smith off the bowling of Charlie Barber followed by a sharp Wicks catch off Harry De Coteau Spring's bowling. Needing just three wickets Fairey came back into the attack and immediately snared Callow (4) thanks to an excellent catch by Jonty Black.

A good Wilcox catch off Black's bowling left the home team 113-9 and it was fitting that a blistering Bowman yorker should claim the final wicket. All the bowlers bowled well with Bowman (6.1-2-15-3), Fairey (8-4-16-2) and De-Coteau Spring (5-2-7-1) being the pick of the bunch.

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Norfolk's next matches are on May 28 at home to Cambridgeshire and May 29 away to Hertfordshire. Meanwhile youngsters from across Norfolk will have the opportunity to try cricket for the first time this summer, thanks to over 40 clubs becoming a part of the new ECB All Stars Programme.

Parents can sign their children up for the scheme by visiting and searching for their local centre by using their post code.

After registering, local boys and girls will have a cricket 'back-pack' delivered to their door with a bat, ball and everything they need to try the game.

The national launch of the eight-week programme begins today with clubs in Norfolk either starting on this date or beyond.

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