GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Horsford 122-2 beat
Halstead 121 by eight wickets
HALSTEAD slipped to a large to defeat at the hands of Horsford on Saturday on what was a largely disappointing day in all aspects in Norfolk.
Tom Philp won the toss and elected to bat, Josh Wells (10) looking in good nick after his 101 the previous Sunday.
However, he was soon adjudged to have edged behind, with Darren Smith eventually taking the catch after an initial fumble.
Daniel Sincuba (21) scored quickly as he and Philp tried to steady the ship, though an arm ball from Chris Brown accounted for him, stumped by Smith.
A collapse then ensued as Halstead’s batting frailties showed themselves. Philp (10) was given out LBW and Blackwell (0) was caught behind, both off Brown, to leave Halstead at 49-4.
Charlie Douglas-Hughes (6) and Matthew Surry (10) soon followed as Halstead were six down at the lunch interval.
Resolute defensive work from first Ed Clark (6) and then Adam Morris (4) supplemented the more attacking Mark Johnson (40) as Halstead attempted a recovery, but after the dismissal of Morris they could only add four more runs, being bowled out for 121.
Philp dismissed Matthew Spenceley (0) in the third over of the reply, caught by Clark, to give Halstead hope.
Christopher Sabburg (73) dealt mainly in boundaries as he and James Wild (29) took the score past the halfway mark. When Douglas-Hughes dismissed Wild, Sabburg began to score quicker and, alongside Luke Caswell, soon gave Horsford a decisive eight-wicket victory.