Norden deliver harsh lesson for Boro
LITTLEBOROUGH’S young team is on a learning curve, and they got an unwanted lesson when beaten by Norden at Stag Park on Saturday.
Stags ran up a total of 246 for two then dismissed Boro for 141.
The match was a personal triumph for Dominic Humphreys who scored a century, but there was heartache for Josh Tolley who ran himself out – when on 98.
Boro were never really in the hunt, but their effort couldn’t really be faulted, and skipper Clinton Perren must have seen some pleasing points, although he was clearly not happy with some of the bad ones.
Norden eased their way to 64 before Harvey Fitton was trapped leg before by Ryan Burl in the profes- sional’s first over.
From then on it was runs in the sun as Tolley and Humphreys kept the scorers busy to an extent that we had the now rare sight of Perren having a bowl in a bid to break through.
Stags had 183 on the board when Tolley set off for a run that wasn’t really there, turned back, and failed to make it before the bails came off.
Humphreys kept on going, but with only one over left he was on 95 and it looked as though he might miss out.
A single to him followed a dot ball, but a Gowers single put him back on strike, and the milestone was reached next delivery from Lewis Willman which Humphreys smacked for six.
It was an unfortunate ending for Willman whose figures of 0-63 from 14 overs do not do him justice, as he beat the bat several times without luck, especially in his opening spell.
Boro’s reply started with promise, but with the score on 24 Chris Humphreys clipped pad and out went Tom Pye.
Three runs later Perren was caught behind by Ash Gowers, off a Chris Hartley delivery, and Hartley quickly struck again by bowling Hernon middle stick.
Burl and Gary Nash showed some fighting qualities in a partnership which took the total up to 96, but Nash then top edged a rare, and perhaps not intended, legger from Hashum Malik and saw Gowers run into position to take the catch on the drop.
From then on wickets tumbled.
Willman was bowled by Greg Butterworth, Rose was bowled by Malik without scoring, and the end was nigh when Burl was leg before to Malik for 62.
That made it 132 for seven and the tail produced only nine runs between them.
Paddy Jones was run out following a throw in from Dean Lord, Ryan Knight was bowled by Butterworth, and Joe Whatmough was out first ball, bowled by Butterworth.