Norfolk will have to wait on Stone

Teenage debutant Olly Stone was one of the heroes of Norfolk's dramatic one-run victory over Bedfordshire on Tuesday – but he must wait to find out if he is able to play in the county's next match this weekend.

Stone, 17, claimed match figures of six for 107 from 38 overs and also weighed in with 58 runs to help Norfolk claim their first win of the season.

The Northants Academy youngster, who plays his club cricket for Vauxhall Mallards, was handed the responsibility of bowling at the death and at the start of his final over, Beds needed nine to win from 12 balls with three wickets left.

When the first two deliveries cost six runs, the game appeared to be over, but Stone held his nerve to bowl Beds' Chris Esh next ball and spark an incredible turnaround which saw Norfolk claim the final two wickets.

Stone, who made his Northamptonshire debut in a recent Friends life Twenty20 match, said he was not fazed by the situation: 'I wasn't too bad, I was quite up for the challenge,' he said.


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'It was a bit nerve-wracking being my first game but it went pretty well.

'The start of the over didn't go to plan, so I just wanted to get the next ball as full and straight as possible and not let him have anything to hit. It's been really good – it was an amazing win in the end.'

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Stone was drafted into the Norfolk side with Michael Eccles unavailable because of a hand injury and while the county are keen to retain his services for the next match, against Suffolk, which starts on Sunday, they are awaiting permission from Northants.

'There is a Northamptonshire Cricket Board Under-17 match on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, so it just depends if I'm needed to play in that,' said Stone. 'I would love to play for Norfolk again, especially after the way this game has gone.'

• Norfolk's Development XI play their final match of the season in the East of England Development Competition at Manor Park today.

They face an Essex Development XI, with the match starting at 11.30am.

Norfolk Development XI: DJ Turner (Vauxhall Mallards), LRK Denmark (Bradenham), LW Caswell (Horsford), TM Collishaw (capt, Great Witchingham), AE Shearer (Vauxhall Mallards), JD Hale (Great Witchingham), AJM Todd (Downham Town), JG Oakey (w/k, Brooke), BW Stolworthy (Bradenham), BA Flanagan (Norwich), KJ Bunting (North Runcton).

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