The south Norfolk villagers were pitched into action in a national final
for the second time this season and made a fantastic start to their
Royal London Club Championship final.
South Northumberland wicketkeeper Rob Peyton was dismissed for just
one from Michael Eccles’ third ball of the day, wafting at a speedy
delivery and edging to Joe Gatting.
The North East Premier League
side lost their second wicket two balls later, Jonny Craigs being bowled
by Eccles for a duck to leave his side at one for two and in big
However, the Bulls had captain Marcus North in next, a
former Australia Test player who had played in the heat of Ashes
matches. The 37-year-old joined Adam Heather in the middle and the pair
put on 72 for the third wicket to steady the innings.
dropped Heather off the bowling of skipper Mark Thomas in the 20th over
but was let off the hook two overs later when Jordan Taylor caught North
off the bowling of Thomas.
Soon after, in-form 19-year-old Matt
Taylor began his nine-over spell – and what a spell it was, with the
Northamptonshire second XI player in familiar surroundings at the County
He started with South Northumberland at 82-3 and finished
with figures of four for 28, with the Bulls on 135 for eight, with
Jordan Taylor also taking an excellent run-out from his bowling.
returned to dismiss their opponents for 159, wicketkeeper Stephen Gray
running out Jonny Wightman off the penultimate ball.
It looked a
very realistic target but from the moment opener Peter Lambert skied
Stephen Humble’s opening delivery to be caught, it was all downhill.
slumped to eight for three, with star batsman Gatting being dismissed
second ball to a swinging delivery from Wightman. Lewis Denmark provided
the only real fight with a 48-ball 34 but Thomas’s side were bowled out
It was a painful 75-run defeat but finished a superb
campaign which saw a fifth consecutive EAPL title won, as well as the
Carter Cup and the Natwest Club T20.