Welney Croft Cricket Club

Match Reports - 2013

last amended/updated Friday, 15 May 2015

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date: 29th Sept 2013
venue home
opponents Littleport
status Friendly
result Lost by 5 wkts
WCCC 133 (34.2 overs)
opponents 137-5 (29.4 overs)


The last match of the season played in the autumn sunshine at home against local rivals Littleport. The visitors won the toss and decided to field first in this limited overs match reduced to 35 overs.

Stephen Kent and Neil Parkinson opened the innings and once again batted steadily reaching 30 after10 overs- Stephen then skied one for a catch off Jason Leonard. Darren Ebbs stay was short lived, out bowled first ball, again to Leonard. Ashley Inwood then came to the wicket on a hat trick ball and survived for just 2 overs before being run out. Steve Revett joined Neil at the crease to bring the total to a respectable 92 for 4 wkts. Neil being narrowly run out for 23 in the 24th over – a stand of 58. Steve finally falling to a catch off Logan, having hit a seasons best of 31 (including 5 x fours). Gareth Kent (8) and David Goodwin (12) both shone briefly hitting boundaries before being bowled by Logan and Connop respectively. The “tail” survived until the final over with the total on 133 - Wayne Kercher (7) bowled by Logan, the last wicket.

Steve Revett 31 (5 x 4’s) Neil Parkinson 23 (1 x 4) Stephen Kent 16 (3 x4’s) David Goodwin 12 (2 x 4’s)

After the tea interval openers Race & Murfitt were restricted to 31 off 12 overs facing Steve Saberton and Jon Dale. Race fell first, caught out by Darren Ebbs off Saberton, followed by No.3 Buxton, 3 overs later, also caught by Gareth Kent off Wayne Kercher. A match winning stand of 76 by Murfitt (70) and Shipp (26) followed with the visitors then needing only 19 runs with 7 wickets and 9 overs remaining. C. Logan hit the winning runs in the 30th over for a 5 wicket defeat by our near neighbours. All 5 wickets were catches with Gareth Kent finished with the best bowling figures of 3 for 38 off his 6 over spell.

Steve Saberton 7 – 1 – 13 – 1 Jon Dale 5 - 1 – 13 - 0 Wayne Kercher 7 - 0 - 34 - 1 Gareth Kent 6 – 0 – 38 - 3 Percy Bulsara 2 – 0 - 20 - 0 David Goodwin 2.4 – 0 – 16 - 0

Team - Steve Revett (Capt.), Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Wayne Kercher, Ashley Inwood, Steve Saberton, Darren Ebbs, Jon Dale, David Goodwin & Percy Bulsara.

Note - 2013 season was the best since the club reformed in 1999 - finishing 3rd in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League, winning the Blows Cup and playing the most matches in a season (22 ).
No fixtures were lost to the weather, what a great summer, although there was 2 rain affected matches? Three village youngsters have played regularly and are starting to show promise and with the addition of a few other seasoned performers, the future looks promising.

date: 22nd Sept 2013
venue home
opponents Leverington
status Friendly
result won by 2 wkts
WCCC 113-8 (31.3 overs)
opponents 110 (38.2 overs)

Another friendly fixture against Leverington played at Welney with an early mid-day start.

Croft won the toss and decided to field first in fine sunny conditions. Steve Saberton and David Goodwin opened the bowling for Croft with David removing Leverington’s opening pair in his 3 over spell, taking 2 for 11. The visitors recovered from their poor start of 6 for 2 wkts - Peter Scott (37) and Ben Clarke(13) having a 36 run partnership. After Clarke’s dismissal James Carter (27*) joined Scott and both were batting comfortably until Scott skied one into the safe hands of David Goodwin. Thereafter the wickets fell at regular intervals with the main wicket taker being Wayne Kercher (4 for 12) removing the last 4 batsmen. Gareth Kent had a lively spell and chipped in with (2 for 20) and John Loveday (2 for 21) to close Leverington’s innings at 110 in the 39th over.

Steve Saberton 6 – 1 – 12 – 0 David Goodwin 3 – 0 – 11 – 2 Matt Footman 8 – 0 – 27 – 0 John Loveday 8 – 1 - 21 – 2 Gareth Kent 8 – 1 – 20 - 2 Wayne Kercher 5.2 – 0 – 12 - 4

After the break, the ever reliable partnership of Stephen Kent and Neil Parkinson set Croft up for reaching the target of 111 – an opening stand of 43. Stephen (27) returned first, quickly followed by Neil (13) just 3 runs later. From 46 for 2 wkts Darren Ebbs and Ashley Inwood looked at one stage as if they would knock off the required runs, and at 86 for 2 wkts Croft appeared to be strolling along to victory. How fortunes soon change? The wickets soon started to tumble, six fell in quick succession and with the score on only 103 – 8 wkts, still 8 runs required and signs of desperation definitely creeping in. The procession back to the pavilion started with the dismissal of Darren Ebbs (23), Steve Revett (0) lbw, Steve Saberton (3) caught in the deep outfield, Ashley Inwood (19), Gareth Kent (1) and John Loveday (2). It was left to Matt Footman (7*) to restore order, along with David Goodwin (6*), who hit the winning runs with a straight 4 to the boundary.

After the last match of dropped catches, few chances were missed this week, 7 being held in total - Darren Ebbs (3), David Goodwin (2), Ashley Inwood and Neil Parkinson. No doubt this was a major factor in this narrow 2 wkt. win.
Stephen Kent 27 (4 x 4’s), Darren Ebbs 23 (3 x 4’s), Ashley Inwood 19 (3 x 4’s) Neil Parkinson 13 (1 x 4), Matt Footman 7 n.o David Goodwin 6 n.o

Team - John Loveday (Capt.), Stephen Revett , Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Wayne Kercher, Ashley Inwood, Steve Saberton, Matt Footman, Darren Ebbs & David Goodwin.

date: 15th Sept 2013
venue home
opponents Hockwold
status League
result abandoned
WCCC did not bat
opponents 179-6 (35 overs)

Rain stopped play. – match drawn (invalid - no points to either side).

The last league match of the season played at Welney was in doubt up to the 1.00 pm start time with ominous overcast conditions and rain / high winds predicted it was surprising to get 35 overs played. Hockwold won the toss and decided to bat first. Jon Dale opened the bowling and struck second ball, bowling S. Barrett with a full toss but then struggled to complete the over with a back complaint.

Hockwold's batsmen adapted to the wintry conditions with L. Bland top scoring with 68 and well supported by M. Barrett (35) - both punishing any wayward bowling and able to ride their luck due to inept fielding. It was generally agreed it was Croft’s worst fielding display of the season, but in fairness the cold / wet and windy conditions were very difficult. Pick of the home bowlers was Matt Footman, who replaced Jon Dale, the only one to trouble the visitors, bowling with purpose and penetration. Matt finished with the creditable figures of 2 for 28 in his 10 over spell, including 2 maidens. II

ntermittent fine showers had persisted throughout until the weather deteriorated in the 35th over and play was initially suspended for an early tea. During the interval conditions did not improve and the captains agreed to abandon the match. Rain was the saviour for Croft as Hockwold had another 5 overs to play and could well have scored 200 plus, a match winning score under the conditions.

Jon Dale 8 – 1 – 39 –1, Gareth Kent 5 – 0 – 32 - 0, Matt Footman 10 -2 – 28 - 2, Wayne Kercher 8 – 0 – 56 – 0, John Loveday 7 – 0 – 34 - 1.

Team - John Loveday (Capt.) Stephen Revett , Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Wayne Kercher, Oliver Revett, Ashley Inwood, Jon Dale, Matt Footman & Paul Kaminski.

Final League Positions.
team played* won lost no result points average
Denver 12 9 2 1 201 18.27
Hockwold 12 8 3 1 193 17.55
WELNEY CROFT 12 5 5 2 141 14.10
Bradenham 12 6 6 0 167 13.92
Shipdham 12 3 9 0 125 10.42
Stow 12 4 7 1 93 8.45
Swaffham 'A' 12 4 7 1 85 7.73
Mundford withdrew after 3 matches


date: 8th Sept 2013
venue home
opponents Leverington
status Friendly
result Lost by 73 runs
WCCC 115 (32 overs)
opponents 188-5 (40 overs)


Welney won the toss and invited Leverington to bat first. Steve Saberton and David Goodwin opened the bowling and contained the run flow initially. Four of the top 5 batsmen were removed cheaply, Bailey (9) bowled by Saberton , Clarke (1), Scott (0) and Wilson (1), all falling to David Goodwin, who finished with the best bowling analysis of 3 for 25, including 3 maidens. However Croft was beaten essentially by opener Fairbrother, who carried his bat for the full 40 overs for an unbeaten century, 109 not out – a fine innings that included 15 fours and a six. Things could have been so different, unluckiest bowler of the day being Wayne Kercher, twice having Fairbrother dropped, neither being too difficult chances, this being before he reached his half century. With hindsight this was where the match was lost. From 52 for 4, James Carter helped Fairbrother add 57 for the fifth wicket and No.7 Lewis (30*) had a partnership of 79 at the close of innings – 188 for 5 wkts.

Steve Saberton 8 – 1 – 29 - 1, David Goodwin 8 – 3 - 25 - 3, Gareth Kent 5 – 0 – 32 - 0, Wayne Kercher 8 – 1 – 33 - 0, Jon Dale 8 – 1 – 39 –1, Percy Bulsara 3 – 0 – 22 - 0 .

On resuming after tea, Croft had a solid start with the first wicket falling at 32, Neil Parkinson falling to a great diving catch by wicket keeper Scott. Two wickets then fell soon afterwards, Steve Revett (0) run out, and Ashley Inwood (6) bowled by Matheses with the team score at 45 for 3 wkts. Stephen (32) and Gareth Kent (23) then produced a mini-recovery adding 29 for the fourth wicket - score 74 for 4, still with an outside chance of reaching the target. Jon Dale (12) and John Loveday (13) tried to get the scoreboard moving, until both being caught out, off Clarkes bowling. The tail soon collapsed with Croft having reached only 115 – a defeat, well beaten by 73 runs.
Stephen Kent (32), Gareth Kent (23), Jon Dale (12), John Loveday (13)

Team - John Loveday (Capt.) Stephen Revett , Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Wayne Kercher, Steve Saberton, Oliver Revett, David Goodwin, Ashley Inwood, Jon Dale, Percy Bulsara (12 players)

date: 25th Aug 2013
venue away
opponents Shipdham
status League
result won by 1 wkt
WCCC 131-9 (39.4 overs)
opponents 127 (34.1 overs)


The last league away match of the season, played at Shipdham. Croft won the toss and invited the home team to bat first. Traveling with an under strength team and depleted bowling attack it was left to the club’s youth to show the way. David Goodwin and Gareth Kent lead the attack and both met the challenge with great effect. Gareth claimed a wicket second ball, bowling opener Godsden and next over No.3 Gryce, caught by Matt Footman in the outfield. After 12 overs the pair had restricted Shipdham to 27 for 3 - David bowling Hinchcliffe (10) for the third wicket. Throughout the innings opener P.Dodd had batted steadily, punishing any loose balls – after 21 overs the home team had progressed to 71 for 3 wkts. and Dodd reaching his half-century. Second change bowler Matt Footman came on the scene and also proved very effective, producing a fine 10 over spell, conceding only 10 runs, including 4 maidens and claiming 3 wickets. With Dodd nearing his century, Gareth Kent returned for his second spell, soon removing two tail enders in his second over and finally trapping Dodd (lbw) for the last wicket. Shipdham had totaled 127, of which opener Dodd had scored 86 (3 x 6’s, 10 x 4’s) and had batted the whole innings of 34.1 overs.

Gareth Kent 9.1 – 2 – 36 – 5, David Goodwin 7 – 2 – 15 – 1, Wayne Kercher 5 – 0 – 38 – 0,
Matt Footman 10 – 4 – 10 – 3, Stephen Revett 3 – 0 - 23 - 1.

After the interval Croft needed a good start, but after only 6 overs, 3 bats had already returned to the pavilion for 25 – S.Kent (10), S.Revett (2) & G.Kent (0). Former club ‘old boy’, veteran Dick Carter, helped the quest for runs by adding 17 (3 x 4’s) in his 21 run partnership with Matt Footman. After Dick’s dismissal, unluckily bowled / played on by Hinchcliffe, it was left to Matt to show the way for Croft’s long tail. Coming in at No. 6 with Welney on 38 for 4 wkts. Matt had carried Croft to within 8 runs of winning, returning at 121 for 8 wkts - having batted sensibly with great determination for his knock of 42 (3 x 4’s). After his departure with just 2 overs left and 2 wickets remaining, No.9 Wayne Kercher took on the mantle – having supported Matt since the 29th over. Another tense finish ensued with last man Percy Bulsara joining Wayne - 7 balls remaining and 6 runs required. Wayne faced the final over from B.Haynes and dispatched the first ball to the boundary, scores are tied, two dot balls followed, 1 run needed from 3 balls? Wayne, the unlikely batting hero, had achieved what seemed impossible, hitting another four with 2 balls to spare.

A win against the odds, a great team effort, thanks to ‘man of the match’, Matt Footman, his knock of 42 and bowling spell being the biggest factors, plus fine contributions from Gareth Kent (5 wkts) and of course Wayne Kercher, breaking his run of ducks with a club best 22 not out.

Matt Footman 42 (3 x 4’s), Wayne Kercher 22* (4 x 4’s), Dick Carter 17 (3 x 4’s), Stephen Kent 10 (1 x 4).

Crofts good form of late, 8 wins from last 11 fixtures (league + friendly matches) has consolidated fourth position in the league with 2 remaining home fixtures – can the club now finish 3rd ?

Team - Steve Revett (C), Stephen Kent, Gareth Kent, Neil Parkinson, David Goodwin, Matt Footman, Richard Carter, Oliver Revett, Wayne Kercher, Percy Bulsara & Colin Taylor.

date: 18th Aug 2013
venue away
opponents Stow
status League
result won by 6 wkts
WCCC 136-4 (38 overs)
opponents 135 (39.4 overs)


Playing at Stow Hall Park, the home side won the toss and elected to bat first. After a cautious start, openers Blower and Cook (14) added 26 before Cook departed, caught behind the stumps off Steve Saberton. Steve also capturing the wicket of L.Richmond bowled for nought. Saberton posed a big problem for the home batsmen and finished with the remarkable figures of 2 for 12 off 10 overs, including 6 maidens. Stow batted steadily progressing to 61 for 3 after Blower’s dismissal, bowled by Wayne Kercher. T.Webb top scored (42) and along with J.Ring (24) added 53 for the fourth wicket, again bowled by Kercher. After the fall of the fifth wicket at 120 Stow collapsed, adding only a further 15 runs With the dismissal of Webb, stumped by ‘keeper Neil Parkinson, Stow’s hopes of a match winning score seemed to disappear. Croft’s ‘new boy’, slow left-armer Wayne Kercher proved to be the match winner claiming 7 wickets (5 bowled and 2 stumpings) for 40 off 9.4 overs.

Gareth Kent 10 – 2 – 37 - 0 , Steve Saberton 10 – 6 – 12 - 2,  Paul Kaminski 10 – 3 – 43 - 0, 
Wayne Kercher 9.4 - 0 – 40 – 7.

On resuming after tea, the opening partnership of Stephen Kent (35) and Neil Parkinson again produced the goods - scoring 79 before Stephen departed caught off L.Richmond. At the drinks interval after 20 overs, Croft’s fortunes looked promising, a further 56 runs required, at less than 3 runs per over and 9 wickets in hand. Stephen Revett continued the run chase scoring 6 boundaries in his score of 26 before being bowled by J.Ring - just 4 runs short of winning. Number 4 bat John Hunt came to the wicket for the anticipated formality of knocking off the required runs. Stow’s new bowler M. Dye looked too tempting for John as he went for the big one, and “skied” the ball, allowing a comfortable catch for the wicket keeper. With the scores now tied and just one run needed, the balls and overs were passing by. Gareth then joined Neil in pursuit of the solitary run - what happens next? A complete misunderstanding in communication, leaving Neil stranded in his efforts to complete the run - extremely unlucky for Neil, who had carried his bat throughout, scoring 33 and providing the mainstay of the innings. Back in the pavilion, with the sudden loss of 3 wickets yet another batsmen was required to ensure victory – appropriately it was left to “man of the match” Wayne Kercher to hit the winning run. As always Croft seems to make a habit of making life difficult for themselves - somehow in the end nervously edging over the winning line with only 2 overs to spare. However Wayne produced an outstanding bowling performance (a career best for the club), and Neil Parkinson’s defiant innings, enabled Croft to record their first away league win of the season.

For the statisticians it was the first 7 wicket haul for the club in many seasons, certainly the first since the club reformed in 1999?

Stephen Kent 35 (3 x 4’s), Neil Parkinson 33 (4 x 4’s), Stephen Revett 26 (6 x 4’s).

Team - Stephen Revett (Capt.) Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Wayne Kercher, Percy Bulsara, John Hunt, Paul Kaminski, Steve Saberton, Oliver Revett, Colin Taylor.  

date: 11th Aug 2013
venue home
opponents Wicken
status Cup (Blows Bros)
result won by 5 wkts
WCCC 142-5 (35.5 overs)
opponents 139-7 (40 overs)

Blows Invitation Cup Holders Wicken were again invited to contest the annual Blows Brothers Invitation Cup.

Welney won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. Openers Wade and J.Pope added 33 for the first wicket, until Wade left the scene, bowled by David Goodwin. Three further wickets fell, two with Wayne Kercher’s assistance, bowling Ben Green and removing skipper Frank Digman with a one handed catch in the deep outfield off Gareth Kent’s bowling. Gareth Kent also got the prized wicket of Josh Pope (39), John Loveday holding onto a one handed overhead catch at Deep Gully. Pope, who has caused big problems to Croft in the past, had already hit 7 boundaries and looked set for another big score. Wicken team score then stood at 102 for 5 wickets after a 42 run partnership with Darren Bentinck. Bentinck batted out the remaining overs to finish 47 not out with the visitors reaching 139 for 7 wickets in their allotted 40 overs.

David Goodwin 8 – 1 – 32 – 1, Jon Dale 8 – 2 – 18 – 0, Wayne Kercher 8 - 0 – 17 – 1, Gareth Kent 5 - 0 – 26 –2, John Loveday 2 – 1 – 2 - 0, Matt Footman 4 – 0 – 17 - 1, Percy Bulsara 2 – 0 – 17 - 0.

After the break Croft got off to the best possible start, a 72 run partnership between Stephen Kent (31) and Neil Parkinson. With approximately 20 overs remaining, prospects looked good, on target with the run rate and 9 wickets in hand. Two further wickets fell shortly after with the arrival and departure of both Dennis Birch (4) and Matt Footman (0) - a slight hic-cup with the score at 92 for 3 wkts. Any fears that Croft was about to throw the match away were allayed with a quick-fire 25 by Gareth Kent, scoring 5 boundaries in his 25. Ashley Inwood joined Neil Parkinson to knock off the required runs for victory with 4 overs to spare – Neil carrying his bat throughout for 49 not out.

Neil Parkinson 49* ( 3 x 4), Stephen Kent 31 ( 6 x 4’s), Gareth Kent 25 ( 5 x 4’s).

 A welcome return home for the Blows Brothers Cup

Team - John Loveday (Capt.) Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Jon Dale, Ashley Inwood, Wayne Kercher, Percy Bulsara, Dennis Birch, Matt Footman & David Goodwin.

date: 4th Aug 2013
venue home
opponents Bradenham
status League
result lost by 120 runs
WCCC 69 (20.1 overs)
opponents 189 (39.2 overs)

Welney won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first on yet another sunny afternoon. With a depleted batting line up, due to injuries and holidays, the plan to get Bradenham in and out quickly did not go to plan. The ever improving David Goodwin opened the bowling with Steve Saberton and soon had opener Cole back in the pavilion with the score on 3 – good start. Thereafter Croft struggled to contain the free scoring visitors – S.Matthews (77), including 9 x boundaries, being the mainstay of the innings and well supported by opener T.Christian (23) & middle order bats P.Hills (19), Dewing (18) and Evans (26). Christian and Mathhews added 88 for the second wicket until Christian fell, caught by Steve Saberton off Wayne Kercher’s bowling. Matthews looked set for his ton until bowled by stand in John Rowland – memories of years gone by came flowing back for us all – including ’Rolo’. At 123 for 3 wickets, Croft looked like facing a 200 plus score and getting very few bowling bonus points. However the wickets did fall eventually and quickly after Hills dismissal - the last 4 falling for only 8 runs in the final over. John Dale was held back (6th to bowl ?) and claimed 3 wickets for 25 runs in his 5 overs. David Goodwin finished with the best analysis and most wickets taking 4 for 38. Other wicket takers being Wayne Kercher (2 for 31) and John Rowland (1 for 24). Outstanding catch of the day coming from John Hunt, diving in the outfield at deep mid-on. The visitors total of 189, although less than expected at one stage, still looked out of reach.

Steve Saberton 10 – 1- 33 – 0, David Goodwin 8 – 2 – 38 - 4, Gareth Kent 5 - 0 – 26 – 0, Wayne Kercher 7 – 0 –31 – 2, John Rowland 4 – 0 – 24 – 1, John Dale 5.2 – 0 – 25 - 3.

After the tea interval Croft started badly against the erratic bowling of Corder and Stearman and continued to be woeful throughout. Neil Parkinson top scored with 11, after ‘Mr.Extras’ contributed 25. The biggest stand was 21 runs for the third wicket between Neil and Gareth Kent - leaving the team total at 40 for 3 wickets. Thereafter the wickets fell regularly, Croft all out in only the 21st over for the season’s lowest score of 69. The importance of John Gill, Stephen Kent, Stephen Revett and latterly Darren Ebbs for batting cannot be under estimated? The one glimmer of hope for the future came from David Goodwin, batting at No.9 and scoring 10 runs - including two good strokes to the boundary.

Neil Parkinson 11 ( 1 x 4), David Goodwin 10 ( 2 x 4’s), Gareth Kent 8 . A very disappointing 120 run defeat against the team immediately above Welney in the league.

Team - John Loveday (Capt.) Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, John Hunt John Dale, Ashley Inwood, Wayne Kercher. Oliver Revett, Steve Saberton, John Rowland & David Goodwin.

date: 28th July 2013
venue away
opponents Shipdham
status Friendly
result lost by 1 wkt
WCCC 115 (30.1 overs)
opponents 117-9 (35.1 overs)

Another trip into Norfolk, this time for a friendly fixture against one of our league opponents, Shipdham.

Winning the toss and batting first seemed the best option. However, home bowlers Haynes and Moore soon had Croft wondering whether this was the best decision – both proving very difficult on a very lively wicket with variable bounce. After only 10 overs Croft had 5 batsmen back in the pavilion S. Kent (2), J .Hunt (1), G .Kent (2), O. Revett (0) & N. Parkinson (1). With less than 30 on the board, the big question from the bench was - will we make 50? Only early bat to survive and make an impression from the early onslaught was Stephen Revett making 24 - including a six over third man? It was left to lower middle bats 7 & 8, Steve Saberton (44) and John Gill (14) to battle on and restore some order to the innings. Steve’s knock included 6 boundaries and one huge six whilst John gamely played on with a hand injury. Skipper John Loveday’s brief innings included a big six over the long on boundary. Steve Saberton was last man out, being stumped off Grice’s bowling in the 31st over and was instrumental in seeing Croft to 115.

Steve Saberton 44 (1 x 6, 5 x 4’s), Stephen Revett 24 (1 x 6, 5 x 4’s),  John Gill 14 (3 x 4’s),  John Loveday 8 (1 x 6)

Following the tea interval prospects looked good for Croft in the opening overs – Steve Saberton removing Shaw, Grice & Friend - all out caught. A special mention of a super catch by Steve Revett, a contender for catch of the season – a low diving catch in the gully. At one point the home team was 9 for 3 wkts. – opener Godsden (23) and Junge (13) then stayed for a 27 run partnership, until Junge departed, bowled by John Gill. The next 5 wickets then fell for only 15 runs – leaving Shipdham really struggling at 51 for 8 wkts. Opener Godsden’s dogged innings eventually came to an end in the 23rd over, caught and bowled by the impressive Wayne Kercher. With only 2 wickets remaining and the home team requiring a further 65 runs, Croft thought a winning result was in the bag? John Gill (2 for 11) and Wayne Kercher (2 for 14) had followed up the good work of Saberton (3 for 16) and Kent (1 for 20). However the match turned in just 4 overs costing 50 runs? No. 10 bat T. Dennis (48*) proved to be Shipdham’s match winner, hitting 5 x 6’s, taking a particular liking to the slow bowlers. John Loveday in his first over had Haynes trapped lbw with the score on 110 for 9 wkts. Dennis then secured victory for the home team hitting a massive 6 off Lovedays first ball of his second over – somehow Croft had incredibly given the match away, from a near certain win. Credit must be given though to ‘man of the match’ Dennis who had turned the match single handedly.

Steve Saberton 8 – 2 - 16 – 3, Gareth Kent 8 - 0 – 20 - 1, John Gill 8 – 4 – 11 - 2, Wayne Kercher 7 – 0 – 14 – 2, Percy Bulsara 3 - 0 - 36 - 0, John Loveday 1.1 - 0 - 14 - 1

 Team - John Loveday (Capt.), Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, John Gill, Wayne Kercher.Steve Saberton, Stephen Revett, Oliver Revett, John Hunt, Percy Bulsara.

date: 21st July 2013
venue home
opponents Swaffham A
status League
result Won by 8 wkts
WCCC 98-2 (25.5 overs)
opponents 97 (33.4 overs)

Our good weather on Sunday afternoons continues on yet another baking hot day - unfortunately the skipper lost the toss to Swaffham, who obviously opted to bat first.
After the early loss of opener J.Reardon (0) bowled by Jon Dale with the score at 4, the visitors then settled to add a further 47 runs for the second wicket – J. Joochim (20) and A.Reardon (38) weathered the early overs from Steve Saberton and Jon Dale. From 51 for 2 wkts Swaffham collapsed, loosing 5 quick wickets for only a further 11 runs. First change bowler John Gill proved the most destructive capturing the wickets of 3 middle bats and finishing with figures of 3 wkts for 10 runs in his 6 over spell. After a little resistance from Powell & Reardon, adding 18 for the 8th wicket, it was only a matter of time before tea was taken. Slow left-armer Wayne Kercher came on the scene late as fourth change but soon made his presence felt, also taking 3 wkts for 13 runs, including 2 maidens in his 5 completed overs. Wayne snapped up the last wicket to close the visitors team total at 97runs. On the bowling front Gareth Kent was unlucky taking only 1 wicket, having conceded only 5 runs in 5 overs - including 3 maidens. On the fielding front Jon Dale had a great day performing heroics, diving and catching 3 victims in the outfield.

Steve Saberton 5 – 0 - 21 – 0, John Dale 6 – 0 – 25 – 1, John Gill 6 – 1 – 10 - 3, Gareth Kent 5 - 3 – 5 - 1, John Loveday 4 - 1 - 11 - 1, Wayne Kercher 5.4 – 2 – 13 – 3, Stephen Revett 2 - 0 - 6 - 1

Following the interval openers Stephen Kent and Darren Ebbs looked at one point like taking Croft to victory without loss. However needing 30 runs Darren returned to the pavilion having top scored with 29. Shortly afterwards his partner Stephen, also departed having scored 25 and establishing a good foundation for Croft to build on. John Gill soon let his intentions known, with overs and wickets in hand, hitting all the loose balls to the boundary – J.Coggles (1 for 33) receiving the worst treatment. Croft passed the visitors target in the 26th over.

Darren Ebbs 29, Stephen Kent 25, John Gill 25*

Another convincing 8 wicket victory - only the second league win, but enough to take Croft up to fourth position in the division.

Team - John Loveday (Capt.), Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, John Gill, Wayne Kercher. Steve Saberton, Darren Ebbs, John Dale, Ashley Inwood & Stephen Revett.

date: 14th July 2013
venue home
opponents Grimston
status Friendly
result won by 9 wkts
WCCC 95-1 (19.4 overs)
opponents 94 (26.4 overs)


This friendly fixture was played away on another scorching hot Sunday afternoon.

Grimston won the toss and elected to bat first. The home side soon set about Croft's opening bowling attack of Steve Saberton with John Loveday / Percy Bulsara. John only being able to complete 1.2 overs before coming off injured in a delicate area – Percy completing his over. Grimston scored freely for the first 9 overs reaching 42 before Tilbrook (26 – including 5 x four’s) was dismissed by Saberton. The only other batsman to register double figures was opening partner Noltran (22), returning when the team total stood at 69 for 3 wkts. Following their departure John Gill (4 for 9) and Gareth Kent (2 for 15) bowled economically, well supported by Wayne Kercher (1 for 7), with wickets falling regularly – the last 7 adding only 25 runs in 9 overs. At the close of the innings in the 27th over, the score board showed 94 runs.

Steve Saberton 6 – 0 - 30 - 1, John Loveday 1.2 – 0 – 13 - 0, Percy Bulsara 1.4 – 0 - 15 - 1, Gareth Kent 7 - 1 – 15 - 2, John Gill 7 - 1 - 9 – 4, Wayne Kercher 3.4 – 1 – 7 - 1.

 After tea Croft suffered an early set back in only the second over, Darren Ebbs returning caught behind the stumps with the score on 5. His opening partner Stephen Kent’s good form continues hitting 41 not out and with Matt Footman 21 not out, knocked off the required runs in the 20th over without further loss. This convincing 9 wicket victory was Croft’s sixth win of the season and remain unbeaten in friendly matches.
Stephen Kent 41* (7 x 4’s) Matt Footman 21* (4 x 4’s)

Team - John Loveday (Capt.), Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, John Gill, Wayne Kercher. Oliver Revett, Steve Saberton, Darren Ebbs, Percy Bulsara & Matt Footman

date: 7th July 2013
venue away
opponents Denver
status League
result lost by 4 wkts
WCCC 99 (30.5 overs)
opponents 103-6 (31 overs)


Welney won the toss on the hottest day of the year and were able to bat first, hoping to field later, in slightly cooler conditions. Croft were soon struggling losing 2 wickets in the first 2 overs. Stephen Revett returning on the third ball and Harish Palli next over, both bowled. However the ever reliable John Gill (41) battled on for 27 overs, until being run out - an unfortunate misunderstanding with Ashley Inwood. Steve Saberton (19) earlier formed a 36 run partnership with Gill and the pair looked like restoring Croft's fortunes. Darren Ebbs (9) joined Gill also adding 24 in 8 overs to take the score to 81 for 6 wkts. The tail soon folded in 3 overs with Kercher, Goodwin and Bulsara all recording 'ducks'. The team total finishing on a disappointing 99.

John Gill 41 ( 7 x 4's) Steve Saberton 19 (4 x 4's) Darren Ebbs 9 (2 x 4's)

After the interval Croft tried a new opening bowling partner for Steve Saberton - Harish Palli and both made the home team work hard for their runs -- restricting them to only 26 off the first 10 overs. Palli captured the wicket of Brooking in his 4th over, and next over Saberton caught & bowled Cornwall (20) - a hopeful break through? Medium pacer Palli bowled a good line and length to great effect and removed No.3 Hooper - bowled. First change bowler John Gill also proved difficult to get away and finished with bowling figures of ( 7 - 3 - 15 - 1) in his two spells. With a low score of only 99 the home side were made to struggle for every run - No.5 bat Thulborne being their saviour remaining 40 not out - the home side eventually reaching their target in the 31st over.

Harish Palli (2 for 33) Steve Saberton (1 for 30) John Gill (1 for 15) John Loveday (1 for 14) Percy Bulsara (3 for 22)

Team - John Loveday, Steve Revett, Steve Saberton, John Gill, Neil Parkinson, Wayne Kercher, Percy Bulsara, Darren Ebbs, Ashley Inwood, David Goodwin, & Harish Palli.

date: 30th June 2013
venue away
opponents Grimston
status Friendly
result Won by 139 runs
WCCC 193 (39.2 overs)
opponents 54 (18.5 overs)


On the hottest day of the season so far, Grimston won the toss and surprisingly invited Croft to bat first in this friendly fixture. Welney’s innings was dominated by the big hitting of John Hunt, recording 67, a personal best for the club - including 5 enormous 6’s, all in different areas of the ground. In the end he was subject to an unfortunate umpiring decision caught by the wicket keeper off his shoulder, however his outstanding innings enabled Croft to relax in a comfortable position at 169 for 5 wickets. John shared a 98 run partnership with Neil Parkinson (19) for the fourth wicket. Steve Saberton kept the runs flowing with his contribution of 24 batting at No.6. In the quest for runs the last 5 batsmen fell very quickly, scoring only 4 runs, the last wicket falling in the final over with the total on 193. Crofts final total was helped considerably by “extras” being second top scorer with 58, including 27 wides?

Grimstons two opening bowlers, Illyas and Gurbutt both performed well, finishing with identical figures of 3 for 12 off their 8 over spells.

John Hunt (67) Steve Saberton (24) Neil Parkinson (19) Stephen Revett (12)

After the interval the visitors were soon in trouble to the opening bowling partnership of David Goodwin and Wayne Kercher, both taking 3 wickets a piece. Wayne bowled very economically, conceding only 7 runs in his 5 over spell, 3 being maidens. David produced his best display of the season taking 3 for 14. Special mention of 2 catches, one by John Loveday in the slips and another held by Mat Footman near the long on boundary, dismissing opener Tilbrook. After 10 overs Grimston were really struggling at 21 for 6 wickets and the match looked nearly over - however the match lasted another 9 overs with a further 33 runs added. Newcomer Mat Footman and Matthew Hawes making his debut, both taking wickets and Stephen Revett completing the rout, taking the last 2 tail enders.
Croft were able to record a 139 run without using regular opening bowlers Steve Saberton, John Gill and John Loveday.
David Goodwin (3 for 14) Wayne Kercher (3 for 7) Mat Footman (1 for 8) Matthew Hawes (1 for 19) Stephen Revett (2 for 6)

Team - John Loveday (Captain), Neil Parkinson, Stephen Revett, John Gill, Wayne Kercher. Oliver Revett, Steve Saberton, John Hunt, David Goodwin, Matt Footman, Matthew Hawes.

date:/td> 23rd June 2013
venue home
opponents Shipdham
status League
result won by 100 runs
WCCC 196-7 (40 overs)
opponents 96 (33.4 overs)


This league fixture was played at home with a not too promising weather forecast. Although the rain held off, it certainly wasn’t ideal for cricket – the cold and blustery wind making conditions very difficult.

Shipdham won the toss and elected to field first. Opening pair Stephen Kent and John Gill looked settled for another good partnership until John departed, bowled with the score on 20. Shortly afterwards in the 10th over Neil Parkinson also returned caught behind the stumps. Steve Revett (23) joined Stephen Kent (41) to add 58 for the 3rd wicket, both eventually bowled by Shaw. Kent’s good form with the bat continues. The middle order bats then pressed on with the run rate, Steve Saberton (28) unlucky to be caught in the deep, Gareth Kent’s innings (38) included a massive 6 over mid-wicket, Jon Dale (9) had a brief heave-ho, and it was left to Matt Footman 14 n.o and John Loveday 11 n.o. to maintain the momentum. At the close of the innings, Croft finished on 196 for the loss of 7 wickets – a season’s best.

Stephen Kent 41 (7 x 4’s) Gareth Kent 38 (1x 6, 3 x 4’s) Steve Saberton 28 (2 x 4’s) Steve Revett 23 (4 x 4’s) Matt Footman 14* (1 x 4) John Loveday 11* (1 x 4)

After tea the opening home bowlers soon had Shipdham struggling at 20 for 4, off the first 10 overs. John Gill removed opener Shaw with a good diving catch at mid-off from Lovedays bowling. The fifth wicket added 37 runs for a mini recovery, then totalling 57. No. 4 bat Hinchcliffe was the pick of the visitors batsmen and remained not out on 41, including two 6’s, having batted for 38 overs. The final wicket fell in the 34th over with Shipdham 100 runs short of their target - enabling Croft to record their first league win of the season.

John Loveday (1 for 27) Steve Saberton (3 for 16) John Gill (2 for 17) Jon Dale (2 for 27) Wayne Kercher (1 for 5) Gareth Kent (1 for 0)

Team - John Loveday (Capt.), Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Stephen Revett, John Gill, Wayne Kercher. Oliver Revett, Jon Dale, Steve Saberton & Matt Footman.

date: 16th June 2013
venue away
opponents Wicken
status Friendly
result won by 5 wkts
WCCC 111-5 (22.3 overs)
opponents 108 (31.5 overs)


Played at the neighbouring village of Isleham the home side batted first. In recent years Wicken have held the upper hand in our friendly / Blows Cup fixtures.

Croft got off to a tremendous start with the dismissal of skipper Frank Digman, second ball, a great catch by John Loveday at slip, off Gareth Kent’s bowling. However his opening partner Josh Pope (43) looked in fine form and threatened to produce a really big innings, powerfully dispatching the ball to all corners of the ground.
Pope and French added 53 for the second wicket, before Wayne Kercher bowled French, another breakthrough.
A double wicket maiden by John Gill followed, seeing off Green and Houghton, bowled & LBW respectively, this adding to Wickens problems, followed by Pope, bowled also by Gill in his following over . Richard Abbott (20) remained until the 30th over, then run out by good work from Kent. John Loveday and Percy Bulsara finished off the tail taking the last 3 wickets. Stephen Revett held 2 catches, one a little special diving forward at the last minute at mid-off. Wicken recorded a final score of 108 in only 31.5 overs.

Gareth Kent (1 for 21) Paul Kaminski (0 for 16) John Gill (4 for 16) Wayne Kercher (1 for 33) John Loveday (2 for 13) Percy Bulsara (1 for 0)

After the tea interval Croft had another good start by the openers, this time from Stephen Kent (44) and Neil Parkinson (21), reaching 56 before Stephen lofted an easy chance to Houghton at mid-wicket (off Leaford’s bowling). In the same over Paul Kaminski arrived and quickly departed after only two balls, LBW to Leaford.
Stephen Revett (15) helped to keep Croft on track adding 27 with Neil Parkinson. Ashley Inwood’s brief innings produced a boundary before being bowled in the 19th over and Stephen Revett going LBW for the fifth wicket.
It was left to Gareth Kent and Oliver Revett to see Croft home – Gareth hitting the winning runs with a boundary.
Home bowler W.Leaford took all 5 wickets finishing with 5 for 26 runs.
Croft reached their target in the 23rd over for a comfortable victory in the end by 5 wickets.

Stephen Kent (44 – 8 x 4’s) Neil Parkinson (21 - 1 x 4 ) Stephen Revett (15 – 2 x 4’s) Gareth Kent (11 – 2 x 4’s)

Team - John Loveday (Captain), Neil Parkinson, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Stephen Revett, Ashley Inwood, John Gill, Wayne Kercher. Oliver Revett, Paul Kaminski, Percy Bulsara

date: 9th June 2013
venue home
opponents CAMRA P'boro
status Pop Bedford Cup
result lost by 47 runs
WCCC 146-7 (40 overs)
opponents 194-4 (40 overs)

Peter ‘Pop’ Bedford Memorial Cup

CAMRA won the toss and batted first with openers McLean and Geldof looking comfortable until the 8th over when David Goodwin bowled McLean with the total on 29. White (2) followed shortly, stumped by ‘keeper Neil Parkinson off John Gill’s bowling. Score 41 for 2 off 13 overs. Nick Bradbury (31) then joined Geldof (73), both looking at ease against the home bowling line-up, until Jon Dale produced one of his better balls bowling Bradbury. However Croft then had to contend with No.5 bat Hilton-Robinson (65*) who with Geldof scored at will adding 90 in the last 14 overs.
In the end Welney did keep the visitors total down to less than 200, a final total of 194 for4 wkts - still a hard task requiring nearly 5 runs per over.
Home bowlers Goodwin, Kaminski, Gill and Dale shared the 4 wickets with one each.
Steve Saberton (0 for 32) Jon Dale (1 for 40) David Goodwin (1 for 29) John Loveday (0 for 20) John Gill (1 for 33) Gareth Kent (0 for 26) Paul Kaminski (1 for 8)

After the interval Stephen Kent (23) and John Gill again got Croft off to a good start adding 44 for the first wicket before Stephen departed caught and bowled by Jex. Paul Kaminski (7) soon returned to the pavilion, being trapped LBW by M.Bradbury. Another middle order collapse then quickly followed with the fall of 3 wickets - Stephen Revett (4), Neil Parkinson (3) & Gareth Kent (0) adding just 11 runs – score 84 for 5 wkts after 27 overs and well behind the required run rate.
Steve Saberton’s (8) brief innings looked promising, until also out LBW, this time to Wright. Although it was possibly a lost cause John Gill and Jon Dale (39*) added 54 in the last 9 overs, leaving Croft well short of the target at 147 for 6 wkts.

Special mention for John Gill carrying his bat for the full 40 overs and against a good bowling line-up from the visitors. John Gill (38* - 1 x 4) Stephen Kent (23 - 2 x 4’s) Jon Dale (39*- 5 x 4’s)

CAMRA were again worthy winners, this time by 47 runs, retaining the trophy won last year. Immediately after the match John Loveday with Keiran Markham presented the trophy and miniatures to all the players.

All proceeds for this years chosen charity is going to “The Bobby Moore Fund Tackling Bowel Cancer” estimated to be in the region of £600.

Team - John Loveday (Captain), Neil Parkinson, Steve Saberton, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, John Gill. David Goodwin, Oliver Revett, Paul Kaminski, Stephen Revett & Jon Dale.

date: 2nd June 2013
venue away
opponents HOCKWOLD
status League
result Lost by 82 runs
WCCC 95 (30.5 overs)
opponents 177 (32 overs)


Mid-Norfolk Sunday League – Haverson Division 3  Bonus Points (8) - Batting (3), Bowling (5).

The home side won the toss, elected to bat first and soon got off to a flying start - opener Askew (76) dominating the partnership until the first wicket fell in the 11th over (John Gill’s opening over) C.Smith (13) being stumped by keeper Neil Parkinson.
Another 2 wickets fell in the following over to Steve Saberton, both C.Smith & M.Barrett being bowled without scoring – a mini collapse for Hockwold at 50 for 3 wkts.
Croft seemed to be making good progress with wickets falling regularly up until the 26th over, 9 wickets having fallen for 124.
Then the last pair of T.Harry and S.Groom restored Hockwolds fortunes by adding 53 valuable runs – Groom eventually holing out to David Goodwin off Gareth Kents bowling. These runs allowed the home side to finish with the total of 177.
Although a few catches were put down, 6 were held, 2 by both David Goodwin and Wayne Kercher, one brilliant diving catch, also from Oliver Revett and Stephen Kent in the outfield.

Steve Saberton (2 for 45) Jon Dale (3 for 38) David Goodwin (0 for 30) John Loveday (3 for 27) John Gill (1 for 25) Gareth Kent (1 for 7)

Croft started after the tea interval with the early dismissal of John Gill, fifth ball caught behind the wicket.
Fortunately Stephen Kent (18) maintained his good form until the 10th over, also falling to a wicket keeper catch.
Middle order bats Neil Parkinson (15), Steve Saberton (17) and John Dale (18) all showing signs of producing match winning knocks before returning the pavilion. However with their departure went Crofts chances of pulling off a surprise win.
After Neil Parkinsons dismissal, four wickets fell for only 1 run, leaving Croft struggling at 86 for 9 – Oliver Revett and John Loveday adding 9 for the last wicket.

Croft finished on a disappointing 95 all out – well and truly beaten by 82 runs.

Neil Parkinson (15 - 2 x 4’s ) Stephen Kent (18 – 3 x 4’s) Steve Saberton (17 – 3 x 4’s) Jon Dale (18 - 1 x 6)

Team - John Loveday (Captain), Neil Parkinson, Steve Saberton, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Ashley Inwood, John Gill, Wayne Kercher. David Goodwin, Oliver Revett, Jon Dale.

date: 26th May 2013
venue away
opponents Bradenham
status League
result Lost by 1 wkt
WCCC 126-4 (40 overs)
opponents 127-9 (40overs)


How cricket should be played – in the idyllic setting of the village green like Bradenham’s, in mid-Norfolk on a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon?

Welney started the match with openers Stephen Kent (17) and John Gill (35) getting Croft off to a good start, 50 on the board after 15 overs. Proceedings were then halted briefly with the retirement of Stephen. Steve Saberton (6) and Gareth Kent (1) both fell in the 20th over, bowled and run out respectively with the score on 60. Neil Parkinson (28) then partnered John Gill until the 31st over, John being stumped, after adding 26 runs for the 3rd wicket. With only 9 overs remaining, urgent runs were badly needed to enable the setting of a possible match winning score. Matt Footman (10*) and Ashley Inwood (10*) came to the rescue with vital runs – Ashley only receiving 3 balls, including a huge 6 over long-on. The final team total closed at 126 for 4 wickets – not a good score in hind-sight, although the home fielders performed brilliantly and the out-field was very slow?

 John Gill (35 - 3 x 4’s) Neil Parkinson (28 - 1 x 4 ) Stephen Kent (17) Matt Footman (10*) Ashley Inwood (10* - 1 x 6)

After the interval Croft’s bowlers dominated for the first 20 overs – 11 off 10 overs & 31 off 20 overs. An injured Steve Saberton again excelled, even ‘hobbling’ off a 3 yard run up, conceding only 15 runs off his allotted 10 overs. Catching was again very good, all being held by John Gill, Gareth Kent, Oliver Revett with an outstanding diving catch in the covers by Ashley Inwood. After 35 overs (Score 107), Croft’s prospects looked poor, only 4 runs per over needed and No. bat M. Evans (65*) was still at the crease? However, prospects looked brighter after the 38th over, when skipper John Loveday completed a hat-trick (2 bowled and Ashleys’ diving catch) Young David Goodwin then did well conceding only 3 runs, leaving Bradenham needing 10 runs off the final over to be bowled by John - effectively any ones match? First ball another six hit by Evans, followed by 2,1,0,0 and scores tied with one ball remaining. On the last ball Bradenham scrambled home for the winning run and 1 wkt. defeat.

Steve Saberton (1 for 15) John Gill (2 for 27) John Loveday (4 for 23) Gareth Kent (0 for 19) Wayne Kercher (1 for 22) David Goodwin (1 for 17)

Team - John Loveday (Captain), Neil Parkinson, Steve Saberton, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Ashley Inwood, John Gill, Wayne Kercher. David Goodwin, Oliver Revett & Matt Footman.

date: 12th May 2013
venue away
opponents Swaffham A
status League
result Draw (rained off)
WCCC 51-2 (10 overs)
opponents 111 (35.3 overs)


This Sunday League match started in sunshine with a cool breeze and hopeful of a full match, although rain was forecast in the area from 4.00 pm onwards.

Skipper John Loveday won the toss and invited the home side to bat first.
Steve Saberton opened the bowling along with John and kept the home opening pairs’ run rate down to a minimum, only 29 off the first 14 overs when the first wicket fell - J.Balls being bowled by Steve Saberton.
Number 1. bat P.Anniken stayed much longer 80 mins. for his knock of 22 and along with Andy Dale 34 (in 63 mins) held the Swaffham innings together. Steady fine rain came earlier than predicted, about 3.00 o’clock and persisted through the rest of the match.
Once these two were removed only John Lee John (12) looked comfortable as Crofts bowlers removed the remaining batsmen for a final score of only 111 in the 36th over.

Steve Saberton continued his good start to the season bowling economically, conceding only 14 runs in his 10 overs (5 being maidens) and was well supported again by John Gill (3 for 23), John Loveday (2 for 27), Jon Dale (1 for 20) and Gareth Kent (2 for 20).
At tea, as the players trooped off the pitch, the big question was whether play would resume after the break.

Steve Saberton (1 for 14),  John Gill (3 for 23), John Loveday (2 for 27) Gareth Kent (2 for 20) Jon Dale (1 for 20)

After the short interval the captains agreed to continue - possibly surprising?

However Stephen Kent (17) and John Gill (17) soon set about knocking off the required runs despite the conditions, Stephen departing in the 6th over and John in the 8th, both for the same score of 17. Steve Saberton (6*) and Paul Kaminski (5*) briefly continued and then with the score at 51 on completion of the 10th over Swaffham decided to call it a day - even though the batsmen and umpires were prepared to continue?
With only 50 runs required in the 30 remaining overs Croft looked favourites in reaching their target and possibly the home side had seen the match slipping away from them - as the conditions had not changed since resuming after tea?

Team - John Loveday (Captain), Neil Parkinson, Steve Saberton, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Ashley Inwood, Jon Dale, John Gill, Steve Revett, Paul Kaminski & Wayne Kercher.

date: May 5th
venue home
opponents Leverington
status friendly
result won by 43 runs
WCCC 180-5 (40 overs)
opponents 137 (39.3 overs)


A Sunday friendly against our annual opponents Leverington - played on the best day of the season so far - warm and sunny throughout. Openers John Gill and Stephen Kent laid a solid foundation for Croft's innings
scoring 62 for the first wicket, Stephen being bowled by Ranjit when on 31.John Hunt and Paul Kaminski both appeared briefly, also being victims of Ranjit. Three wickets fell within 2 overs for 12 runs leaving Croft on 74 for 3 wickets.

Enter Neil Parkinson at No.5 to join John Gill at the crease and both remained until the last over, John lasting until the final 3 balls, out caught & bowled for 70 and a 104 run match winning partnership in 65 mins. Neil being out last ball for 45 (6 x fours) - both falling to Suraj. John's innings included 11 x fours in 2 hours 29 mins. and Neil's 6 x fours. Croft finished on 180 for the loss of 5 wickets.

Leverington resumed after tea and started brightly scoring 16 from the first 2 overs but Steve Saberton soon found his line and length bowling the next 7 overs for an incredible 1 run, including 6 maidens and finishing his alloted overs with the amazing analysis of 8 overs, 6 maidens, 3 wickets for only 7 runs. John Loveday played a good supporting role along with John Gill, restricting Leveringtons run chase to only 48 off the first 20 overs.
For the second half of the innings Crofts bowling line up of Paul Kaminski (2 for 19), Wayne Kercher (2 for 42) and Percy Bulsara (3 for 22) were able to keep a check on the run rate. All 3 of Percy's wickets were stumped, going down the wicket, by wicket keeper Neil Parkinson.
For Leverington Ranjit (44) and Steve Clarke (22) offered stubborn resistance and starred with the bat enabling a final all out score of 137 in the 40th over - 43 runs short.

Steve Saberton (3 for 7) Paul Kaminski (2 for 19)
John Loveday (0 for 27) Wayne Kercher (2 for 42)
John Gill (0 for 14) Percy Bulsara (3 for 22)

Team - John Loveday, Steve Revett, Stephen Kent, Steve Saberton, John Gill, John Hunt, Neil Parkinson, Paul Kaminiski, Oliver Revett, Wayne Kercher, Percy Bulsara.

date: April 28th
venue home
opponents Denver
status League
result Lost by 108 runs
WCCC 101 (28.3 overs)
opponents 209-5 (40 overs)


The first league match of the season against Crofts nearest opponents Denver, was played in extremely cold conditions - with two sweaters definitely being the order of the day.

Denver batted first and openers Morton (90) and Cornwall (22) soon settled making an opening stand of 65 in 17 overs. Cornwall then departed being caught in the deep, a good catch from Jon Dale off John Loveday’s bowling.
All the visitors batsmen kept the score board ticking – Johnson (31), Thulborn (25*) and Clifton (14*), all contributing to the final score of 209 for the loss of 5 wickets. This could have been much higher but for the fine fielding display – few chances were put down, 4 catches were held, including 2 more in the deep outfield by John Gill and Gareth Kent, and another caught & bowled by Jon Dale.

Steve Saberton (1 for 39)
John Gill (0 for 42)
Gareth Kent (0 for 30)
John Loveday (2 for 19)
Jon Dale (2 for 55)
Percy Bulsara (0 for 17)

After tea, opener Stephen Kent soon returned to the pavilion hitting a boundary and then out next ball.
However his opening partner John Gill stayed much longer 67 mins for his knock of 33, before again being trapped lbw. Steve Saberton (21) previously joined John to add 31 for the second wicket, taking the score to 76 after 18 overs, still keeping Croft in with a chance of reaching their target.
Jon Dale started building a useful innings before being bowled by Parker for 15.
After his departure the last 4 wickets fell for just 4 runs – a final score of 101 off only 28.3 overs, resulting in a resounding 108 run defeat.

John Gill 33 - (3 x 4’s)
Steve Saberton 21 – (3 x 4’s, 1 x 6)
Jon Dale 15 (2 x 4’s)

Team - John Loveday, Neil Parkinson , Steve Saberton, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Ashley
Inwood, Oliver Revett, Jon Dale, John Gill, Percy Bulsara . (D.Goodwin d.n.a)

date: April 21st
venue away
opponents Grimston
status Friendly
result Won by 5 wkts
WCCC 141-5 (38.5 overs)
opponents 140 (33 overs)


The cricket season started in glorious sunshine with a pre-season friendly at Grimston, near Kings Lynn. Grimston won the toss and elected to bat first and possibly, initially, regretted their decision on what proved to be a very unpredictable wicket. The first 4 wickets fell within 7 overs for only 9 runs – all wickets being taken by Steve Saberton, taking 4 for 5 runs in his opening spell.

However, number 5 & 6 bats, Aldous and Simmons restored the home teams’ fortunes adding 110 for the fifth wicket partnership (Aldous – 57) and (Simmons – 40). After the departure of Simmons the score had reached 135 for 7 wkts. and the tail soon fell for an all-out score of 140..

For Croft in the field it was very much the Steve Saberton and John Gill show - Steve taking finally 4 for 18 plus 2 catches and John 3 for 14 and 3 catches, one brilliant catch at mid-off. Paul Ingram chipped in with 2 wickets..

Steve Saberton (4 for 18) Paul Ingram (2 for 22) Gareth Kent (0 for 15) Jon Dale (0 for 30) David Goodwin (0 for 35) John Gill (3 for 14) John Norman (1 for 1).

After the tea interval Croft’s reply started very cautiously with John Gill and Stephen Kent opening. John returned in the 7th over with the score at 21, unluckily given out lbw - well down the pitch?.

Enter Paul Ingram, who then gave an outstanding display of big hitting in his half century – scoring 40 in boundaries ( 2 x sixes and 7 x fours). With Croft’s reply at 66 for 1 wkt. off 13 overs, Croft seemed well in control, but after the dismissal of Kent (22) and Ingram (84 for 3 off 20 overs) the incoming batsmen got bogged down scoring only 10 more runs off the following 10 overs and suddenly the match was in the balance. Skipper for the day, Neil Parkinson gave another dogged performance 19 (77 mins.) and John Norman also added 19 valuable runs.. After Neil’s departure it was left to Steve Saberton (9*) and Gareth Kent (8*) to see Welney home – Steve hitting a 6 over the pavilion in the 39th over. The win being achieved with 7 balls remaining of the allotted 40 overs..

Paul Ingram 50 (2 x 6’s, 7 x 4’s) Stephen Kent 22 (4 x 4’s) Neil Parkinson 19 (3 x 4’s) John Norman 19 (2 x 4’s) Gareth Kent 12 (2 x 4’s) .

Team - Neil Parkinson (Captain), Steve Saberton, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, Ashley Inwood, Oliver Revett, Jon Dale, David Goodwin, John Gill, Paul Ingram & John Norman.

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