Hales A entertained Winterton on Saturday. Put into bat, Hales were soon in trouble at 46-5 with ‘danger man’ Brian Read out. His son, 12-year-old Chris, and veteran M. Plummer put on 54 to swing the game back in Hales’ favour. Lewis White then joined Plummer, and the pair put on a further 33, White solid in defence and Plummer brilliantly picking out the leg-side boundary from wherever the ball was bowled. When he was eventually out, the last 3 wickets brought only 10 runs, but Hales still managed to muster a more than competitive 145 all out.
The Hales opening bowlers struggled with early season inconsistencies, and Winterton were soon on top at 46-0, although they were occasionally troubled. Knights and Read replaced the openers, and that bowling change turned the game around. Knights bowled with pace, and with Read consistent in ‘line and length’, they soon had the visitors struggling on 63-7.
As Hales went in for the kill, Winterton staged a mini recovery, before skipper Rolfe bowled Witlow. The skipper’s younger brother Jake took a wicket in his over, and Alfie Kaye cleaned up things by bowling Smith with his first ball, leaving the visitors all out for 89, 56 runs short of the Hales total.
Browne and Son Man of the Match was Chris Read.
Beccles and Bungay Roll of Honour nominations: M. Plummer 50 runs, C. Read 3-7.