Walker calls for more grit from Norfolk
Norfolk skipper George Walker has called on his players to 'show a bit of grit' after they succumbed to a demoralising 292-run defeat at Hertfordshire.
The visitors started the day chasing a mammoth victory target of 566 and although they improved on a dismal first innings display, Norfolk were all out for 273 in the 113th over.
With the Norfolk Festival of Cricket, featuring home games against Cumberland, Bedfordshire and Suffolk, due to start on Sunday week, Walker is demanding a response from his team: 'We've got to pick our performance up a bit,' he said. 'The festival is always an enjoyable occasion and we need to show a bit of grit and get back to how we performed in our opening match at Northumberland.'
The match was effectively lost when Norfolk responded to Herts' first innings total of 412 with a meagre 140 on the second day and Walker said: 'It is pretty disappointing. It was a decent pitch, although we felt they maybe got 30 or 40 too many in their first innings.
'We did not bowl too badly but we didn't perform with the bat in the first innings. With that lead they were able to play with freedom when they batted again and in our second innings we didn't really perform again, although we weren't helped by a couple of poor decisions for James Spelman and Peter Lambert when they were both going well.'
The one positive for Norfolk was a maiden Championship half-century for Horsford all-rounder Luke Caswell, who was top scorer in the first innings with 35 and followed up to make 72 before being the last man out yesterday.
Caswell – who came into the side as a replacement for the unavailable Ashley Watson – batted for 149 balls, hitting 12 fours and a six: 'Luke batted very well and he showed plenty of determination,' said Walker, who admitted the youngster had done his chances of staying in the side no harm, even if Sam Arthurton and Harry Bush are available for the opening festival match.
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The only other highlights for Norfolk were a half-century for Spelman (55) and Lambert's innings of 40, while the last wicket pair of Caswell and Michael Eccles at least delayed the inevitable with a stand of 28.
Hertfordshire v Norfolk
Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division
Overnight: Hertfordshire 412-7 (NV Jeyaratnam 147, BJ Frazer 122, C Brown 3-93) & 293-5 (BJ Frazer 71, JP Hewitt 62), Norfolk 140 (NGE Walker 6-69) & 11-0 (JM Spelman 6no, CJ Rogers 4no).
Norfolk 2nd innings cont
JM Spelman lbw Frazer 55
CJ Rogers c Hewitt b Walker 27
SK Gray c Hewitt b Frazer 1
TR Ward c Jeyaratnam b Wynne 19
PA Lambert c sub (C Grant) b Frazer 40
MR Warnes c Greenall b Jeyaratnam 14
LW Caswell b McNally 72
GW Walker lbw Walker 2
C Brown c Greenall b Walker 10
MW Warnes c Jeyaratnam b Frazer 2
MP Eccles not out 10
Total (112.3 overs) 273
FoW: 1-67, 2-74, 3-111, 4-131, 5-152, 6-192, 7-198, 8-220, 9-245
Bowling: NGE Walker 33-10-91-3, JP Hewitt 8-3-28-0, BJ Frazer 43-14-77-4, JD McNally 11.3-3-30-1, RE Wynne 10-5-15-1, NV Jeyaratnam 7-3-22-1.
Hertfordshire (24pts) beat Norfolk (3) by 292 runs