Harmer hits century
Hales put the previous week's dismal performance behind them as they dominated the game against Thetford only to secure a winning draw. David Harmer scored a stunning century as Hales posted a total of 242, after being asked to bat on a damp seamer-friendly pitch.
Hales put the previous week's dismal performance behind them as they dominated the game against Thetford only to secure a winning draw.
David Harmer scored a stunning century as Hales posted a total of 242, after being asked to bat on a damp seamer-friendly pitch.
With the ball swinging and seaming early on Andersen and Harmer had to dig deep to keep the Thetford attack at bay.
With assertive batting though Hales managed to get the scoreboard ticking, and although both openers rode their luck in the early part of their innings, they managed to play themselves in well.
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C Andersen showed fine temperament again, playing the senior role at times as a century partnership blossomed between the pair.
Andersen eventually fell for 36 with the score on 117 in the 28th over.
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Squire and Ramsdale then fell in quick succession but Harmer was putting his foot on the gas.
With two leg spinners bowling in tandem, Harmer got himself in an excellent position for a century.
Working the ball for singles at ease and hitting some huge sixes, with 15 off four balls, Harmer raced in to the mid-90s and then picked off the singles needed for a well- deserved ton.
Harmer fell in the 38th over for an excellent 107 which left Lovick and Dan Andersen to take Hales to the 240 mark. Lovick was brutal as usual in his 31 not out and Andersen chipped in with 23 as 242 was reached in 46 overs.
The Thetford innings got off to a slow start as Squire and Robin Andersen both took an early wicket and conceded virtually nothing.
Lovick then ground his way up the hill and into the wind whilst Squire and Andersen enjoyed their usual advantage of the elements.
Lovick was controlled and tight, while Squire worked up a rapid pace and Andersen steamed in to virtually halt the Thetford innings.
K Bryonton was the only Thetford player to offer any sort of fluent positive batting until he was well caught by Cornish off R Andersen.
Cornish then brilliantly ran out Dennis with a superb diving stop at point and pin-point throw.
Hales were totally on top, but with this came the negative batting as Thetford ground out the game, offering nothing as far as scoring was concerned.
Thetford closed on 127-6 after 46 overs, scoring at a rate of less than three an over.
A disappointing end to the game, but a much improved performance from last week.
Hyper Hyper Scooters Ltd MoM: Harmer for a fine ton.
Hales Sunday entertained Great Ellingham at the Green in gloomy, damp conditions and came out on top after Dan Andersen top scored with 90 and Jaymarr Vale tweaked himself three wickets with his cunning finger spin.
Hales batted first and made a slow start in the sticky conditions. Graham Squire made a decent half century at the top of the order and with Dan Andersen, they put Ellingham under pressure with some big shots.
With a wet ball and dull conditions, Squire and Andersen took advantage with some brutal batting as Andersen chased down another hundred. Squire fell for 50 and Aron Jones chipped in with 24 as Hales managed 206 all out as Andersen fell just short, being caught behind for 90.
In reply, Great Ellingham never really got going and Hales managed to restrict them to 137-9 in their 40 overs.
Despite some awful fielding all the bowlers chipped in. Vale (3-19), was the pick. Harmer chipped in with two and Todd Jones bowled with great maturity with the new ball again.