Montagu tops 50 in fine knock

Hales & Loddon B lost to second-placed Hingham by seven wickets in Norfolk League Division Four at George Lane.

Hales & Loddon lost the toss, but made a decent start. George Montagu was in excellent form, scoring well, despite a strong bowling attack.

He deservedly reached his half-century, which contained eight fours, before he was bowled by Weston for 59.

Morgan Rusted cracked four boundaries at the end of the innings, in his cameo 17 not out, as H & L passed 120 to secure a third batting point.

In reply H & L made an early breakthrough, through Josh Pitcher. George Montagu and Charlie Duffield also took a wicket apiece, but a few missed chances meant these were the only three wickets to fall as Hingham passed their target with overs to spare.

Read Bros Timber Man of the Match: G Montagu.

Hales & Loddon held their final youth presentation barbecue of the season, with club sponsor Derek Barnard presenting the awards, which were sponsored by local firms.

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The Sprake & Kingsley Solicitor’s Award: Alicia Seaman.

Evergreen’s Family garden Centre Award: Sam Jary.

M & H Plastics Award: Josh Etteridge.

Read Bros Timber Award: Ben Turner.

Musker Mcintyre Award: Josh Birch.

Alan Boswell Insurance Award: Ciaran Warnes.

Other Awards were presented to Alex Jary U13s; Morgan Rusted and county U13 player Chris Read recieved a voucher for Barnard sports to recognize the excellent knock he made for the county U13s on Sunday.

Against Surrey, he opened the innings and made an almost faultless 65 runs.

The club will be running sessions for the next two Mondays, finishing on August 15.

The barbecue was provided by Karen Knights Catering, with funds from a raffle and the barbecue going towards the club.

Chairman Pete Dye Thanked all the sponsors, who allow the club to provide equipment and trophies for the award winners.

He thanked Quorn Handley for the Chance 2 Shine Schools Programme, and finished praising U13 Chris Read’s knock against Surrey, which he described as a privilege to watch.

Dye, who was a county manger, said: “To score in the way he did against a first-class county, such as Surrey was an amazing achievement.”

He said there were several club members there to support Chris, and he provided one of the best innings at county level he had seen

The county coaches, along with his father Brian and the club, have all played a part in seeing Read have an exceptional season.

The runs, and the way he scores them, has just continued in the most outstanding manner.