Topcroft look to keep winning form
Topcroft travel to Cromer this weekend, looking to continue their current good form.Topcroft welcomed Swardeston to Topcroft Sports Field on Saturday looking to build on the previous weekend's good results.
Topcroft travel to Cromer this weekend, looking to continue their current good form.
Topcroft welcomed Swardeston to Topcroft Sports Field on Saturday looking to build on the previous weekend's good results. Topcroft lost the toss and were asked to bat first.
Hancock and D Todd opened the batting but Todd soon fell, bowled by Swardeston overseas player Gardener.
Hancock was joined by Du Plessis and they looked to accumulate runs against the tight bowling.
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The pair put on 50 for the second wicket before Hancock was adjudged lbw for a well-made 23.
This brought skipper Goodfellow to the crease and the pair looked to increase the scoring rate.
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At drinks the total had been taken to 95 which looked to be a good platform for the Topcroft batsmen to build on.
After the drinks break the Topcroft batsmen began to pile on the runs with Du Plessis bringing up his 50 with a well-timed boundary.
The runs continued to flow as Topcroft brought up their 150 with 17 overs remaining.
Du Plessis soon brought up his 100 as the runs continued to flow.
Goodfellow approached his 50 as Topcroft took the total past the 225 mark to gain maximum batting points.
Du Plessis, after some glorious strokes, played one attacking shot too many and was bowled for a fantastic 136 by Murphy.
In the hunt for quick runs Goodfellow brought up his 50, while the wickets of Rostron and Mattocks fell at the other end.
Some lusty blows from Goodfellow (73 not out) took the score to 265 before Topcroft signalled their intent by declaring with two overs left.
Topcroft knew they required early wickets to allow them to push on for victory and openers Marshall and A Todd looked to put early pressure on the batsmen.
In the third over A Todd had the dangerous Murphy caught by Mattocks for nought and then four balls later removed Harathge for four, well caught by I Todd.
Batsmen Hogg and Olpin took the score to 48 before Todd claimed his third wicket, having Olpin caught by I Todd for 28.
Swardeston were riding their luck at times and took their score to 93 before Rostron removed Hogg for 44, caught by wicketkeeper Taylor.
From this point the runs began to slow as Swardeston sensed that the total was going to prove too much for them.
Tight bowling from Du Plessis and D Todd made runs hard to come by and the pressure told when D Todd removed Cadge for 21,
leaving Swardeston 106-5 after 33 overs.
At this point Topcroft brought the fielders in looking to claim wickets quickly, but in doing this the Swardeston batsmen were able to add some runs to their total and Bilham and Nicholls put on 50 for the sixth wicket before Nicholls fell for a quick fire 25 to Du Plessis.
Thomas (12 not out) joined Bilham (55 not out) and batted out the remaining overs taking the Swardeston total to 202-6 off their 52 overs.
This winning draw was another fantastic performance from the players who will continue to take confidence from their great start to the season.
Topcroft gained 17 points from the match and currently lie third in the Premier League table.