Bungay 1st XI play cricket in Division 4 of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance
Photos from the match against Thetford on 26th May 2012
Top row (r-l): Tom York, 'Deano', George Mattocks
Bottom Row (r-l): Chris Fuller, Tom York, George Mattocks
Bungay, Untouchable at the Top
Bungay travelled to Thetford for a must win game. They held thier nerve and came out worthy winners. Bungay lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a very green wicket, which would favour the bowlers. With Bungay's top order in such good form, skipper Fuller's team talk was an easy one. Lewis and Mattocks opened and Mattocks was done by a straight one in the 5th over. This brought the ever reliable Tom Yorke to the crease. With 920 runs to his name this season, it was the wicket that Thetford really wanted. With a few lusty blows it looked like he was in his normal groove but he was caught out for 16 by a great catch in the slips. Will Lewis followed shortly after with a hard earnt 26. With the Thetford team on a high, out came Elden to the crease, one of the few players who has come through Bungay's youth scheme. He soon had all the Thetford fielders back on the boundry and after a great innings he was caught for 52. R. Davis, 17 and M. Wise, 18 pushed the score along nicely. With the score on 160-8 Thetford believed they had done enough. However, with Flood and Haines adding 30 for the 9th wicket, the innings closed on 191-9. Bungay suffered a huge blow in the tea-time warm up regime, with the reliable wicket keeper O. Flood being taken to hospital with a shattered middle finger. Bungay therefore took to the field with only 10 men. Mattocks and Fuller opened the bowling. Fuller was once again in great form, taking both openers in his spell of 4-39. He was strongly backed up by Mattocks who bowled with passion resulting in figures of 3-24. Bungay had a boost when Flood returned to the field to continue playing with his arm in a sling! Tom Yorke had an off day with the bat but made up for it with the ball, achieveing 2-17 off 8 overs. There was some fantastic fielding from the Bungay side. They bowled Thetford out for 135, with L Pawsey taking the last wicket. Captain Fuller praised the committment of his players who now need only one more win from the last 4 games to gain promotion.
Despite a fine start to the season, Bungay knew this week would be a lot harder than usual due to missing 5 players from the previous week. However, Bungay made the travel to Melton filled with confidence and determination to maintain their perfect start. Fuller won the toss and decided to bowl, hoping to keep the runs to a minimum and relieve the pressure on their inexperienced batting line up.
Fuller opened with Mattocks and the pair started well leaving the hosts on 38-1 off the opening 15 overs. On a glorious batting track with a quick outfield, Fuller turned to the reliable Haines and York. Both started well with York taking the next wicket thanks to a superb reaction catch from Fuller (best catch of the season); York was again involved as a superb piece of fielding removed the dangerous J Whiddett. Haines then struck twice in quick succession leaving the hosts 91-5 off 26 overs. Bungay looked to suffocate the batsmen and stop any easy runs being scored. However some loose bowling and poor fielding allowed the Melton batsmen to get themselves in and play their shots, helping to increase their score at a fast pace. Fuller brought himself back on in the 37th over and removed Wooldridge for 38 with the score on 156. The returning Mattocks picked up a couple more wickets but Melton continued to progress their score and finished on a very handy 198-8.
Bungay knew they would need to bat well to reach that score and the top 6 needed to take control of the run chase. Fuller and Mattocks started slowly and with the score on 20, Fuller was dismissed for 9. Mattocks and York then played the ball around nicely and had reached 79 before Mattocks departed for a very well made 22. Elden and York continued to score freely, York in particular knocking the ball around the ground effortlessly; with the score on 136 and Bungay started to sense victory, it was York who was next to depart for a fine 69. However this was a crucial wicket as the next 2 Bungay batsmen were both dismissed without troubling the scorers and this left Bungay 145-5 and starting to look frail with an inexperienced tail to come. Haines joined Elden and with the pair looking to up the rate, Elden was next to fall for 29. Carroll played some lovely shots around the ground and with the score on 176, Haines chipped a full toss into fine legs hands. Carroll then stuck with the tail and tried to bat out the remaining few overs, but after 2 more wickets had fallen the score was 182-9 going into the last over. Despite numerous players telling Carroll to bat out the final 6 balls he decided to smack the first ball of the over straight into long on’s hands and with that ended Bungays innings and their 100% record.
Despite a poor result, Bungay can take heart that they almost won despite having a very inexperienced side. The next two games will be crucial to Bungays promotion push as they entertain both 3rd placed Mundford and then 2nd placed Winterton
On a baking hot day Haines arrived late to find out Bungay had won the toss and decided to field first on a flat track with a quick outfield, much to his outrage. However this Bungay side had won their previous 3 games and had every reason to fancy their chances of extending their winning run to 4 games.
Pawsey and Mattocks opened up and bowled tight first up, going for only 40 runs in the first 12 overs. Fuller brought himself on along with York, and together the pair bowled beautifully; maintaining the runs were kept to a minimum and taking 2 wickets in the process. They were backed up by excellent work in the field which saw the Thetford captain run out without facing a ball. At the end of both Fuller and York’s brilliant spells the Thetford score was on 109-3 off 36 overs and Bungay knew if they could keep the last 10 overs tight they would have a chance of keeping the Thetford score to a very modest total on this wicket. The returning Pawsey and Mattocks however, bowled poorly and this allowed the Thetford batsmen to free their arms and hit some much needed boundaries and despite a very tight last over from Elden; Thetford ended their innings on 186-6.
Bungay knew they needed to bat well and get off to a good start. This was done superbly by Mattocks and Lewis, both playing some lovely shots and running well between the wickets. With the score on 52, it was Lewis to depart first, bowled by a very good delivery; this however, brought the in-form York to the crease and he instantly set the tone dispatching his first ball to the boundary. With the score on 83, Mattocks was caught driving a ball that wasn’t quite full enough and this brought Elden to the crease. Together with York, the pair batted excellently and were finding the boundary with regularity, taking Bungay almost to their target. On 156-2, Bungay lost York, bowled for 75 and after D.Fuller had come and gone for a quick 4; it left Elden and Payne to finish off the innings and they did so with class. Payne dispatching the best spinner in the league for two boundaries and left the Thetford team dejected.
A very good win for the Bungay side who have now won their first 4 games, and have found themselves clear at the top of the table. This hard work needs to continue if Bungay are to maintain their winning ways and if they want to continue their push for promotion.
On the back of two fine victories Bungay travelled to Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway hoping to repeat the good work and further extend their promotion ambitions. Despite an early call off from Stuart Smith, the Bungay team assembled together 11 players and arrived at the oppositions ground confident. Fuller finally won his first toss of the season (the practise has paid off) and he put the opposition in to bat.
Opening bowlers Pawsey and Mattocks started steady with Pawsey taking a wicket early on and then Mattocks removing Hayes leaving the score on 33-2 off 6 overs. However despite the positive start, Bungays bowlers were put to the sword by the Kirkley and Lowestoft captain C.Guy as he shared a 69 run partnership with R.Daniels, moving the score onto 102 off 23 overs before a superb catch by R.Davies saw Daniels removed for 15. Bungay worked hard to slow down the run rate and this saw Haines capture the wicket of Snell and then danger man C.Guy; leaving the hosts on 142-5 off 35 overs. Bungay worked very hard keeping down the runs and the returning Fuller and Mattocks removed the remaining 5 wickets for 7 runs within 4 overs; leaving Kirkley and Lowestoft all out for 172.
Bungay knew they would need a solid start, however Mattocks was trapped in front early on, to bring York to the crease. York and Lewis continued where they left off from the previous week, despatching the ball to all areas of the ground. The Bungay team watched as their two in form batsmen stole the show and produced another match winnings partnership of 168; York finally falling for another superb century (103), trying to get the extra batting point for the team and being caught on the boundary. However, the new batsman, M.Elden (after boring the rest of the team) finally hit the boundary needed to get the extra point and give Bungay the win; Lewis finishing 65 not out.
This win has kept Bungay 18 points clear of 2nd place but has put them 34 points clear of 3rd place and with the next fixture being against 3rd place it is a crucial time in Bungay’s season if they want to carry on with the promotion push.
G.Mattocks 1 run
W.Lewis 65* runs
T.York 103 runs
M.Elden 6 runs
After their win last week Bungay were confident and knew another good performance could put them even further in front of the chasing pack. Bungay skipper Fuller made only 1 change to his side with his brother unavailable for some poor reason, I forget. Fuller lost the toss again (must practise more and try harder) and Bungay were invited to bat on what looked a slightly wet wicket.
Mattocks and Lewis again walked out determined and started well racing to 25 off the first 6 overs, helped by some wayward bowling from the Narborough attack; however, it was again Mattocks it was first out playing inside a full delivery and being bowled for 16. York again responded to the task ahead of him well; him and Lewis played themselves in beautifully and then once in, dispatched every bowler all around the ground. Lewis is a beautiful straight six and playing all his shots so effortlessly; York similarly playing exquisite shots that brought the game to life and put Bungay in a very commanding position. With the score on 194, it was Lewis who fell for a very well-made 79 and that ended the partnership of 169. York, however, continued on and reached his 100 in the 42nd over before being dismissed in the 43rd over for 107. Porter then deposited the bowler for 13 runs in 5 balls before Bungay declared after 43 overs on 243-3. It was a bold move to declare but Bungay sensed the extra overs might be needed to bowl out a very good Narborough batting attack.
Again Mattocks and Pawsey opened up, however, despite Mattocks taking an early wicket; Pawsey injured himself and was forced out of the attack. Fuller replaced Pawsey and along with Mattocks struggled to stem the flow of runs due to some very lacklustre fielding. Fuller looked to have taken the wicket of N.King with Lewis taking a simple catch, but despite the batsman starting to walk it was judged to have been a bump ball and the batsman then returned much to the anger of the Bungay team. This however, woke up the Bungay fielders and a much better fielding performance followed. Fuller removed M.Coe for 16 and then Mattocks removed danger man Harwood for 2 taking a superb return catch. Fuller then turned to Haines and with his first 2 balls he produced 2 wickets (inspired captaincy); Narborough had gone from 66-1 in the 14th over to 93-5 off 19 overs. Bungay then sensed victory and Fuller turned to centurion York to produce some more magic and with his first 2 overs he took 2 wickets, leaving Narborough 105-7 at drinks. Despite some resilience from the Narborough captain and some lusty blows from young D.King, it was York again who picked up the wicket of Steeles for 19 in the 34th over caught by Fuller. He then removed D.King for 20 and in the next over, Fuller had Grass caught by Pawsey to end the Narborough innings on 146 all out.
Another very impressive win for Bungay and a further 25 points has pushed us 18 points clear of 2nd place and 25 points clear of 3rd place. Bungay need to maintain this focus and determination to win games, if they are to continue their promotion push.
G.Mattocks 16 runs
W.Lewis 79 runs
T.York 107 runs
T.Porter 18* runs
Despite the wet start to the season, Bungay finally got their campaign started away to Hethersett & Tas. Being the only game in the division to brave the conditions and play, this offered a big opportunity for both teams to establish a lead on the rest of the league. Skipper Chris Fuller had been asked before the game if he was team strengthening when Chopper Chang emerged as a surprise inclusion to the team, this question was quickly laughed off and it was then asked if Bungay were team weakening and was that against the rules also.?
Bungay lost the toss and were put into bat and the formidable Will Lewis and George Mattocks strode to the crease full of confidence; this confidence was short lived as the 5th over saw the departure of Mattocks. Up stepped Tom (thinks he can score 800 runs this season) York, and along with Lewis they took the game to the bowlers; York in particular looking to dispatch anything loose to the boundary. In the 13th over Lewis departed for 15, with the score on 61; thus brought the return of David Fuller, playing some exquisite golf shots, unfortunately his departure for 7 in the 19th over let Bungay on 81-3. York continued his good work and reached 68 before he was good in the deep. The score was 121-5 and despite some lusty blows from Porter, the Bungay batsmen failed to make too much of an impact. Cue Luke Pawsey and Harrold Haines, the final partnership combined well, with some excellent running and exquisite leaves; however, Haines was bowled and Bungay finished on 164 in the 45th over, helped by a handy 32 from extras.
Bungay knew a good bowling and fielding performance was required and opening bowlers Mattocks and Pawsey set the tone; Mattocks bowling 9 overs, taking 3 wickets and conceding only 17 runs. After the opening burst it was time for Captain Fuller and T York to try their luck and they produced 3 more wickets between them leaving Hethersett & Tas on 61-6 in the 27th over. The ball was then tossed to Haines, he proceeded to turn his arm over and claim 2 lucky wickets somehow, leaving Hethersett & Tas on 72-8. At this point Bungay sensed they were close to victory and the returning Pawsey claimed the final 2 wickets and a win for Bungay, Hethersett & Tas Valley finishing on 78 all out. A fine team performance and this puts Bungay 18 points clear of the chasing pack.
G.Mattocks 3 runs
W.Lewis 15 runs
T.York 64 runs
D.Fuller 7 runs
T.Porter 26 runs
Moley 2 runs
M.Wise 2 runs
T.Chang 2 runs
C.Fuller 1 run
H.Haines 6 runs
L.Pawsey 5* runs
Bungay were left in the starting blocks as heavy rain ensured a total wipeout of the Norfolk Alliance fixture list.
Bungay's warm-up fixture fell victim to the weather as rain meant that the match was called off.
Unfortunately the rain put a halt to any play on Saturday as all teams in the division were called off. On a brighter note, Captain Fuller, enjoyed Latitude Festival and will return to action next week, if the A team are willing to have him.
Bungay travelled to Thetford to find them preparing the wicket upon arrival and knew they were in for a difficult day at the office from the offset as usually reliable Fuller lost only his 2nd toss all season and were inserted onto a very green and soft wicket.
Bungay started well however and with the score on 54 in the 13th over lost their first wicket, Mattocks falling for 26. York joined Lewis and the pair started to produce some quality shots and reached drinks on 84-1 off 23 overs, this was a solid start and gave Bungay a platform which they could build from. However in the 25th over, Bungays’ good start went from bad to worse as a middle order collapse almost ruined the good work at the top of the order. Bungay went from 99-1 to 100-4, losing Lewis for 36 and then Elden and Ramm both for ducks. Davies then joined York and the pair crashed boundaries all over the pitch and rattled the score up to 138, before Davies was removed for 31. Captain Fuller then joined York and helped the score to 157 before both Fuller and Wise were both removed leaving the score 157-7. York then sensed he needed to up his own rate and started to crash boundaries all round, bringing up his 50 in good time. However, York was the next man to fall with the score on 178 and this was to bring an end to Bungays boundaries tally. As the finally two wickets fell for just 7 runs, Bruno Carroll, finishing on 3 not out.
In reply Bungay knew they needed to be alert in the field and bowl very tight. Captain Fuller set the tone, bowling his first 7 overs for only 11 runs and picking up the opening 2 wickets, and very unlucky not to have picked up more with some very dodgy decision favouring the home side. York, Mattocks, Elden and Bruno all tried their luck with the ball but despite bowling wicket to wicket and looking to hit the stumps were continuously turned down in their LBW shouts due to the batsmens’ pads somehow being either outside the line or the ball bouncing over on a pitch which offered little bounce. This was very disappointing to the Bungay side that performed well in the field and were left but to face defeat as the batsmen knocked off the runs inside 44overs for the loss of only 2 wickets.
This is a very disappointing result for Bungay but it must be remembered that whilst they may now struggle to get promoted, they are in a much stronger position than they were last year when they were struggling to remain in the division at this point in the season.
Diss proved their superior quality on a sunny afternoon in Bungay on Sunday as they ran out comfortable winners in the Lady Mary Cup Semi Final. After Captain Fuller had won the toss and elected to bat, it all went downhill for Bungay.
Openers Lewis and Mattocks struggled to get the ball away during a decent opening spell of bowling from Shepard and West, and with the score on 33 after 9 overs, Bungay lost their first wicket, Mattocks bowled by West. Following this, 3 further wickets fell adding only 16 runs, with Lewis, York and Fuller all failing to make any significant contribution. It was then left for the middle order to resurrect the innings and post a respectable score with which Bungay could try to defend. Porter, Wise and Elden all reached double figures but no one really pushed on and they struggled to cope with the spin of Cooper as he took 4-11 from his 8 overs. Bungay finished on 101 from their allotted 40 overs, well below par.
Bungay started brightly, and came out determined to really test the Diss batsman. Fuller dismissed Spinks for just 5 and then took the wicket of Wilby for 25, returning figures of 2-23 from his 7 overs. Captain Fuller, tried to vary his bowlers but only York found any more joy as he dismissed Diss captain S.Cooper for 11. In the 20th over Haines was bludgeoned around the ground and this led to a Diss victory as they got the remaining 19 runs in the single over and won with 7 wickets in hand.
Full credit to the way Diss proved a class act with the ball and showed the difference in quality between the Premier Division and Division 4. Bungay can be happy with their efforts in the competition, reaching the semi-finals without having to win a game.
Bungay vs Old Buckenham A
Bungay hosted Old Buckenham A on Saturday in another promotion clash; having won the toss, skipper Fuller elected to bowl first.
Bungay started poorly with Fuller and Mattocks being punished for poor bowling and this helped Old Buckenham race to 70-0 after 14overs, with a big score looming captain Fuller turned to the spin of Haines who managed to stem the flow of runs, combining well with the returning Fuller; the two bowlers put the game back in Bungays hands. With the score on 151-5 and with 10 overs remaining Elden and York bowled very tightly to keep runs to a minimum and restrict the visitors to 197-7, a very good performance from the fielding side and this looked a total within reach.
An early departure for Mattocks brought York to the crease to join Lewis and they rebuilt the innings, York in particular looking good. However, with the score on 83-1 at drinks, Bungay lost both Lewis and York in consecutive overs to leave Elden and Fuller the job of finishing off the game. They took their time to get in before starting to punish the bowling. Elden was dismissed for 25 with the score on 136 after 34 overs and Fuller allowed his batsmen the chance to swing and go for the win, especially with the field spread out every time Fuller faced a delivery. However two interesting LBW decisions swayed the game back into the visitors hands and Bungay had to rebuild slightly and with 3 overs to go and 20 runs needed Bungay went for the win, but could only muster a further 12 runs and were left with a 90% losing draw, ending on 189-8 with Fuller making 43.
Bungay are still in contention for a promotion place but need to make sure they win their next few games to put themselves right up there and in a good position for the final few games which will be against the current top 3.
Bungay CC entertained Brooke on Tuesday night, in the Ashby-Thurton Cup semi-final. It was an enjoyable game which Bungay managed to win, proving they can up their game against the best teams, with Brooke being a Premier division side. Captain Fuller won the toss and elected to bowl first on a bowler friendly track.
Bungay bowled tight to the Brooke batsman and tried to keep the runs down, however the batsmen played well and scored at a good rate, however, after a mix up between the batsman and with Ramm getting under the skin of the young opening batsman Brooke soon found themselves 74-4 with 6 overs to go, Bungay then put the squeeze on and Haines bowled a superb spell of 3-10 aided by Masters, Fuller and Mattocks to keep the score to 94 after their 15 overs.
Bungay went out determined to score runs quickly and after 3 wickets, Masters and Fuller steadied the ship, putting on 53 runs between them, but when Masters was dismissed for 20, Davies came out to hit some lusty blows and Bungay ended up scoring the runs required with 4 overs to spare; Davies ending on 24 not out and Fuller 33 not out.
This result puts Bungay into the final, which is to be played at Hales on the 14th July against the winner of the 2nd semi-final between Ashby and Marlets.
On a rain affected day when many teams were called off, Bungay managed to play their game away at Hardingham despite it having to be reduced to 35overs. Skipper Fuller won the toss and elected to field hoping the pitch would get better as it dried.
Bungay started well and kept runs to a minimum, especially thanks to the athletic fielding of Alfie James and Dickie Davies. It was inspirational stuff to watch and lifted the team’s overall performance. With the score on 55-1, Will Lewis bowled one of the strangest spells of bowling this season, managing to bowl 7 no balls, 3 wides but also take a wicket in his 3 overs and 120 ball spell. Bungay regained their composure and performed better than last week in the second half of the innings, unfortunately unable to keep within the captains’ prediction, with Hardingham ending on 159-7.
The Bungay openers started slowly with both opening bowlers starting well, Mattocks and Lewis fell in the same over and Bungay were on 37-2 after 14 overs. Bungay needed to up the run rate and York stepped up to the stage, ably supported by Ramm, as they took the game to the opposition bowlers and 10 overs to go Bungay needed 70 runs, with 6 wickets still in hand. However, Bungay batsman came and went in an attempt to keep up with the required rate until Fuller joined Elden at the crease and they played well to try and gain the 90% losing draw falling 4 runs short.
Still, despite only getting a losing draw Bungay can be pleased with their efforts and the result sees them climb to 4th place and still in contention for promotion. Just to mention, Captain Fuller has still only lost 1 toss this season.
Bungay travelled to Bradenham on Saturday hoping to continue the good work from last week and further their chances at promotions. The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first, and came out with the intent to swing hard and score runs very quickly. Bungays opening pair, Fuller and Mattocks controlled the scoring rate and Fuller took the wicket of Gibb; the change of bowling worked wonders as York and Carroll controlled the scoring rate and bowled very economically with York taking the next wicket leaving the score 82-2 at drinks. Bungay then really put the pressure on and after 31 overs Bradenham A were on 110-3. Bungay then let Bradenham back into the game with some poor fielding and poor bowling, allowing them to score 88 runs in the last 15overs. Bungay did take 5 more wickets through a good spell from Lewis but Bradenham A still ended on 198-8 from their 46overs.
Bungay knew they would have to bat well to chase down the total and a record of previous difficulties chasing totals, a good start was needed; cue Will Lewis to step up, a brilliant knock of 107 not out ensured Bungay were never struggling to chase down the total. Lewis and Mattocks opened up and good running between the wickets and some lovely drives ensured the good start. Mattocks fell in the 16th over for a well-made 33, and then Wise and York came and went cheaply. Fuller then joined Lewis at the crease with 92 runs needed to win. Lewis produced some exquisite shots and combined it with some very clever running between the wickets, and Fuller chipped in to help Bungay over the line in the 39th over bringing up his 50 in the process.
Bungay have now put themselves in a good position to push for promotion but know the next few weeks will be vital to their promotion chances, when they play the top 4 teams above them. Bungay go into these games full of confidence and knowing they have the ability to win all 4 if they perform at the level they know they can. Bungay entertain Narborough on Saturday and support will be welcomed.
A cold, windy, day greeted the players on Saturday as Bungay looked to get back to winning ways against Mundford. Captain Chris Fuller, won the toss and elected to bowl first hoping to keep the runs down and chase down whatever was posted.
Bungay opening bowlers, Fuller and Mattocks, set the tone for the innings by putting pressure on the batsmen and not allowing them any easy runs. After 15 overs the score was 39-1, changes in the bowling saw Tom York and Henry Carroll maintain the pressure and pick up a further wicket before the drinks break. 30 overs had passed and with the score 91-2, Bungay knew they needed to restrict Munford to under 150, a fabulous diving catch by George Mattocks brought Bungay’s 3rd wicket, however, there is more chance of Stuart Smith turning up for a game of cricket after a night on the beer, than seeing George pull off another catch like that. A good team performance in the field ensured the pressure was maintained throughout the innings and after Harrold Haines cameo spell brought the end of Webster for 63, Fuller returned to mop up the tail taking 5 wickets in his final 3 overs.
With Bungay searching for that final wicket and maximum bowling points, Mattocks bowled Ovel with the penultimate delivery of the innings, with Mundford ending on 147 all out.
Bungay knew runs wouldn’t come easy on a slow pitch, and that the top 4 needed to take control of the innings. Mattocks and Will Lewis, opened up and started cautiously. Mattocks’ was the first wicket to fall, clean bowled for 12. Matt Wise joined Lewis at the crease and they set about building the platform for the rest of the innings, Lewis played some good shots, but a slow outfield and poor running between the wickets he did not score as many runs as his innings deserved. Just before drinks Wise was dismissed caught for 14 with the score on 58-2.
Tom York joined Lewis and the fight for runs became apparent with both batsmen struggling to get the ball away. Lewis was next to fall for a well-made 42, followed by York for 29 both trying to up the tempo. Dickie Davies came and went for 1 and a recovery was need with Chris Fuller and Mark Elden at the crease. They batted sensibly, and were running hard between the wickets looking to score a run every ball.
Their 21 run partnership gave Bungay a chance of winning the game and when Elden fell for 7 it was left to Fuller and Barber to finish off the match. They continued the good work and went into the last over with Bungay needing 2 runs to win; this led to Fuller trying a shot over the top of the infield but was caught for 28. However, the very next ball was despatched over the infield by Barber and this gave Bungay a much needed victory.
It was a lovely summer evening but unfortunately Gillingham just didn't turn up! Bungay ran out easy winners with youngsters Will Hunt keeping wicket excellently and Alfie Wright taking 3 wickets again on only his 2nd 1st Team appearance
A weekend to forget for Bungay Cricket Club, as the First Team was comprehensively beaten by Cromer A on Saturday. Arriving in Cromer on a sunny day, Captain Chris Fuller won the toss and elected to bowl first on a flat wicket and a short boundary, hoping to keep runs down and trusting his batsmen to chase whatever total was presented against them.
Bungay set out in the field full of confidence however were presented with 2 batsmen who looked as if they could hit whatever was bowled at them dispatching boundaries all around the ground, Clarke especially looking in good touch. It was hard work for Bungay and they didn’t help themselves by bowling badly and fielding poorly, letting themselves down after a very fine fielding performance the week before. It was the old magician who finally worked some magic, Harrold Haines, coming on and taking the wicket of Clarke with the score on 216, Bungay knew they needed to keep runs to a minimum after this wicket and did well, Mattocks in particular unwilling to give runs away. 4 more wickets fell but Cromer A still continued to score runs and posted a formidable 308-5 off their 46overs.
Out came Bungay’s opening pair of Will Lewis and George Mattocks, both knowing a good solid start was needed if Bungay were to chase down this total. All was going well until in the 7th over Mattocks had the one ball that stayed low all day and was trapped in front for 17. After this batsman got in but allowed poor shots to lead to their downfall as they tried to chase a large Cromer total. It was a disappointing display for Bungay as they slumped to 129 all out and a very heavy loss. However this must be forgotten and we should look forward to next week when Bungay entertain Mundford. Bungay must improve in every aspect of their game if they wish to continue their push for promotion.
Bungay Cricket Club Match report
Bungay v Hethersett & Tas Valley A - Bungay won by 5 wickets
Early rain meant a delayed start and an agreement between both Captains to reduce the match to 35 overs each. Bungay won the toss and elected to bowl on an interesting pitch despite the rapid and regular deployment of the covers.
Chris Fuller and Will Lewis opened the bowling with both being very economical. Lewis in particular bowled his 9 overs straight off taking 2 wickets for only 18 runs. Henry Carroll replaced Fuller and the runs dried up even further with neither Carroll nor Lewis in the mood to concede. Hethersett decided that they had to chance their arm and at 60 for 4 in the 25th over drastic action was required. Tom York’s slow tweakers were duly despatched to the boundary with regularity as suddenly the runs started to flow. Innovative thinking was required from Captain Fuller and he threw the ball to Rab Rellik who cleaned up the tail, taking four wickets for 13 from only 3 overs.
Hethersett completed their innings with the score on 106 all out in the 34th over.
Bungay’s turn to bat saw last week’s heroes, George Mattocks and Lewis, stride to the crease. Mattocks soon departed for 1, quickly followed by Martyn Ramm for 4. A brief flurry of shots from Lewis and Tom York took the score rapidly to 50 in the 14th over but they both departed within a few balls of each other and Bungay had to start again.
A steady partnership from Carl Cudden and Dave McPhillie saw the total rise to 80 off 24 overs but with 11 overs still to play and little strong batting left in their locker Cudden was bowled by McMullen for 9.
Another loss was looking likely when Chris Fuller made his way to the middle but luckily his batting is proving more vital than his bowling as he struck the winning boundaries to see the team home. Bungay finishing on 108 for 5 with 5 overs to spare.
Bungay Hethersett & Tas Valley
G Mattocks 1 Hayes 2
W Lewis 17 Mitchel 13
M Ramm 4 Mathews 12
T York 26 McMullen 6
C Cudden 9 Cooper 41
D McPhillie NO 19 Wenham 5
C Fuller NO 24 Walmsley 2
Warmesley 9/6/12/2 Fuller 9/1/30/1
Austin 7/1/32/1 Lewis 9/4/18/2
Mathews 8/1/28/1 Carroll 9/4/16/4
Howard 3/0/7/0 York 5/0/32/0
McMullen 3.4/0/26/1 Rellik 2.5/0/8/3
Bungay won the toss on a good batting track, decided to bowl first because we felt we could chase anything.
Chris Fuller and George Mattocks opened the bowling, and after some erratic bowling from Mattocks he produced a brilliant delivery to take the opening wicket.
Norwich B then had a positive 2nd wicket stand with the number 3 especially taking a liking to the pies Harrold Haines was chucking down
Will Lewis came on to bowl more in desperation than choice and had great success taking two important wickets.
Captain Chris Fuller came back on and took the wicket of their captain and stroke maker.
Norwich fought back and positively took the attack to the bowlers for the remaining few overs but Tom York bowled a tight spell of gentle dolly drops again.
Wickets 7 and 8 were shared between George Mattocks and Chris Fuller and then in the last over of their innings Mattocks bowled one player and then the last bastman was ran out after fine work from Will Lewis.
Norwich B posting 208.
Bungay's turn to bat as George Mattocks and Will Lewis looked to dominate early on.
Especially Lewis who punished anything short racing to 71 before being caught in the deep by a very well taken catch.
After Lewis' departure Martyn Ramm joined Mattocks who upped the tempo and started crashing elegant front foot drives to the boundary fence.
In the 30th over the game was won with Ramm on 28* and George Mattocks making a stunning 93*
The opening game of the season was played in bright sunshine and as Bungay’s new captain, Chris Fuller, won the toss and elected to field first.
Bungay started brightly, the new opening pair of Chris Fuller and Henry Carroll bowled good lines, with good pace and in the 5th over Fuller took the first wicket of the season with the score 12. After 12 overs, Thetford were 40-1 and Bungay brought on Will Lewis and George Mattocks. The change worked as Mattocks took a wicket in only his second over leaving the visitors 50-2 off 16 overs.
The visitors’ next partnership looked to have steadied the ship, reaching 77-2 at drinks but a change of ends for Will Lewis saw him capture the wicket of their danger man who was on 49. Thetford then looked to push on but good work in the field by Bungay ensured their scoring was limited and with 10 overs to go the score was 139-3. In the very next over, Tom York claimed his first wicket of the season. bowling his miserly spin in the style of Harold Haines, soon taking another wicket leaving him with 2-40 from his 12 overs. Henry Carroll came back into the attack and with the very last two balls of the innings took 2 wickets to leave the visitors on 192-8 from their 46 overs.
This looked to be an achievable total and the Bungay opening pair of Will Lewis and George Mattocks started well, running between the wickets and profiting from some early extras given away by the fielding side. Mattocks was the first to go, missing a straight one, leaving Bungay on 27-1. Bungay then seemed to recover, however, at 48-1 they saw Stuart Smith edge behind for 6, and then in bizarre circumstances Will Lewis was unfortunate to be run out when the bowler got a finger onto a ball drilled back onto the stumps by York. This left Bungay at 48-3 and in a position where they needed a partnership. Next man to go was Mark Elden, clean bowled for 2, leaving Bungay on 64-4.
Tom York had got himself settled by this point after being dropped by the opposition captain on 7 he then went on to start decimating the bowling, hitting cleanly all around the ground. With the score on 101, Bungay saw another wicket fall, this time Matt Wise offering a simple catch to mid wicket when on 4. This brought skipper Fuller to the crease, he and York took control of the game but with the score on 151 and Bungay needing 42 off 14 overs, Fuller, edged behind and soon after Jordan Barber was bowled; leaving York to bat with the tail, still needing 34 runs. He completed his 100 in the 38th over but 3 balls later he was caught for 107 with Bungay still needing 16 runs for victory, the tail tried to win the game but in the end couldn’t find the gaps and Bungay lost their last 2 wickets for just 5 runs, ending on 182 and 10 runs short of the Thetford total.
Bungay played Rollesby on a lovely warm afternoon with the aim being to give as many players as possible a run out with bat and ball.
George Mattocks struggled early on but found form as he stayed at the crease scoring 75 runs, ably supported by Will Lewis who amassed 31 before being beaten by Jon Cooke. Martyn Ramm grabbed a dozen runs before edging one behind off young Ryan Lewis. Chris Fuller ensured the home side posted a formidable 214 for 6 off the 40 overs by helping himself to 48 not out, and Jordan Barber hit 20 useful runs in support, while George Barnden picked up 2 late wickets.
In reply, Rollesby started off brightly as Mr Extras took 16 off the first 4 overs. Henry Carroll bowled a good opening spell, removing Tim Porter for 1 and Ryles for 2. Cook and Duxbury got into double figures, but the visitors were falling behind the rate, and Luke Pawsey deceived Cook for 22 as he lofted one to mid-wicket. Drinks were taken at 61 for 3, but despite Alex Chaney's defiant 26, the visiting middle and lower order crumpled as Rollesby collapsed to 96 all out, Fuller picking up 3 wickets. The previous week, Bungay had hosted Beccles in a pre-season friendly, which was abandoned with Beccles on 30-0 after 12 overs chasing Bungay's 148 all out, Tom York scoring half of the runs.