Dominant performance as Norfolk U14s get back to winning ways

The Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk Under-14 squad for 2018. Picture: Simon Black

The Great Barn Farms Holidays Norfolk Under-14 squad for 2018. Picture: Simon Black - Credit: Simon Black

Norfolk Under-14s got back to winning ways with an emphatic 111-run victory over Lincolnshire built on excellent batting partnerships and tight bowling and fielding.

Despite some overnight rain Norfolk, sponsored by Great Barn Farms Holidays, won the toss and elected to bat. Cameron Tasker (59) and Lohit Kannan (21) set the tone with an excellent 59-run opening stand before Kannan fell caught and bowled to Cook.

Sam Utting (9) and Tasker moved the score to 91 before Utting was out. Tasker and Ben Wilcox (64) kept the momentum going with another 50-plus partnership before Tasker fell.

Whilst Tom Wicks and Will Bowman fell cheaply, Joe Wicks (50no) and Wilcox produce yet another 50 stand before Wilcox fell. Jonty Black (13) and Wicks added 44 runs before a one-handed catch accounted for Black. Harry Nunn (7no) rotated the strike beautifully to allow Wicks to complete his 50 off the penultimate ball.

Three 50-plus partnerships and three batsmen scoring 50s meant 278-7 was nothing more than the hosts deserved and always looked to be an imposing target.

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Will Bowman's opening spell of aggressive pace and good variation in length (9-2-12-1) set the tone with Luke Bettridge (4-0-31-0) relishing the opportunity to open the bowling. Lincs lost their first wicket for seven thanks to a good diving catch from Utting.

Wilcox then clean bowled P Cook to leave the visitors 22-2. Already behind the run rate and batting to survive Harry De-Coteau Spring led the charge with a beautiful spell of leg-spin supported by Cameron Graveling (10-3-35-1) and Charlie Barber (3-0-25-1). In amongst the trial by spin Black made two run outs before Utting claimed the final wicket.

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Whilst De-Coteau Spring (10-3-25-3); Tasker (59) and Wilcox (64) were all strong contenders, the man of the match was Wicks for his maiden county half century.

The U14s' next match is their first ECB league game away to Sussex on May 31.

As ever, huge thanks to Saham Toney for hosting, providing an excellent pitch and providing a great welcome.

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