CRICKET: NORTON Lindsey and Wolverton Cricket Club continued their strong start to their Cotswold Hill League campaign with all three teams winning.
The first XI hosted Shipston on Stour, a club with long Premier League history.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but they were soon made to regret their decision as they were bowled out in the final over for 182.
Only opener Dube (26), Hall (77), and D Murphy (15) managed to get into double figures, assisted by 29 extras.
In reply, openers Martin Perfect (45) and Steve Rushton (81) gave Norton the perfect start.
The middle order wobbled with 35 still required, but Rory Baker (26) and Andrew Cooke steadied the ship, with the winning run coming from a no ball.
A hard fought victory which now sees Norton clear at the top of the Premier Division.
Norton’s second string made the trip to Shipston and were invited to field.
An eventful first over saw opener Harper retire after the third ball suffering from back injury.
The visitors then delivered a magnificent performance in the field to dismiss the hosts for 130 in the 42nd over.
A total of eight catches did the damage, with Conor Green and Steve Dellow starring.
After tea, Norton put on 32 for the opening wicket before Mark White (6) was judged out lbw.
Conor Green (25) then joined Dan Fell (77*) – dominating the Shipston bowling and when Green departed with the score on 109, the job was almost complete.
Andrew Dellow (8*) then joined the skipper and within two overs he finished the game with a huge six straight back over the bowler’s head.
Norton are now one point behind Division 3 leaders Dorridge and Hockley Heath.
The third team visited Bretforton – who won the toss and deciding to bat.
Skipper Martin Hall took an early wicket with only 14 on the board, but the home team then started to accumulate runs.
Another wicket fell on with the score on 46, but this brought Evans (113*) to the crease.
He took runs off all the bowlers, setting Norton a stiff target of 201 – not helped by four dropped catches.
Despite this, youngster Guy Mullen was the most economical with just 11 runs off his five overs.
Opener James Thomas (107) set the pace for the reply.
With the score on 196 in the 42nd over, the fifth wicket fell – but most of the work had been completed.
Newcomer Marcus Gregory (26 not out) and Charlie Mann (1*) saw the visitors to victory the following over.
This leaves Norton in second place in the 16-team Division 6, one point behind Warwick.