County vets enjoy perfect league start

Norfolk Over-50s cruised to their second successive ECB Championship victory as they beat Bedfordshire by nine wickets at Ickwell on Wednesday.

Keith Bushell and Kelvin Ross claimed three wickets each in miserly spells as the hosts were bundled out for 113 in the 40th over.

Peter Coote wasted no time in guiding Norfolk to victory, hitting an unbeaten 69 from 60 balls as the visitors won in the 24th over.

Last week, the O50s got their campaign off to a winning start with a nerve-racking three-wicket victory over Huntingdonshire at Great Witchingham.

Hunts batted first and posted 240 for seven, with some late hitting from Pat Ellerbeck (58no) ruining Mark Lester's previously economical bowling figures. Ian Bix was Norfolk's leading wicket-taker with three for 43.


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Dickie Sayers pushed the hosts towards their target, reaching a century from 115 balls. The Dersingham batsman then departed, but Bernie Everett hammered an unbeaten 40 from 44 balls as Norfolk won with just three balls remaining.

Their next match is away to Suffolk on Wednesday.

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Norfolk O60s made it three wins from three in the Spitfire National Championship as they beat Hertfordshire by six runs at Letchworth.

The visitors opted to bat first and their total of 184 for eight from 45 overs was based around half-centuries from John Lund (56) and Ian Battelley (55no).

Peter Brown took two wickets in the Herts reply and there were three run outs as the hosts finished just short of their target, with six wickets down.

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