Norton Bowlers stun Brislington side – Midsomer Norton CC 1st XI (181) Brislington CC 1st XI (78)

By Leah Smith in Cricket

Previously unbeaten Brislington were brought down to earth last Saturday, rocked by a stunning Midsomer Norton bowling performance. Four-wicket hauls for Andy Cox and Captain, Nick Pang, saw Norton roll over visiting Brislington for 78, allowing the home side to defend what had appeared an under-par 181 all out.

Sent in on a green Withies Lane wicket, the home side struggled mightily. Dean Clifton and Alex Lear started positively, but seamer, Jon Rogers, took the first three wickets to reduce Norton from 41–0 to 56–3.

Dan Nolan played a positive, brisk innings to push Norton’s score on, making 44 from just 41 balls, while Ben Strang struggled at the other end, simply sticking around.

When Nolan fell, the middle and lower order proved soft as a marshmallow. Strang fell for thirty soon after, but elsewhere, resistance was in short supply.

Andy Cox did score a quick fire 23 late on, including one six which almost flew to Panama, to see Norton to a competitive 181. Batting was tough, but the way some players were dismissed showed Norton left a number of runs out on the pitch. Chip shots to fielders under no pressure was the tale of the day.

Knowing they had chased more than 300 in a pre-season game against Norton, Brislington were in confident mood heading out to bat. Early wickets dented that confidence, and soon Andy Cox and Pang were barrelling through the batting order.

Pang, opening with his off-spin, had the first wicket in his first over, and less than ten overs later, Brislington were 31–4, with only opener, Milo Ayres, sticking around.

Ayres had little help, compiling an aggressive 28, and fell during a collapse which saw his side go from 50–4 to 57–9. The last wicket partnership of 21 added a little respectability to the total.

Norton, on 52 points, move to fourth in the table after four rounds of games, two spots below Brislington on 58 points.

Winterbourne are top with 69 points, having won three of their four games to date. This Saturday, Midsomer Norton visit the side one place above them in the table, Bristol.

Following last week’s convincing victory at Cleeve, the Second XI are at home this Saturday to Hampset.

On the same day, the Third XI are at home against Bristol West Indians – both games start at 1.30 p.m. The Sunday side visit UBH CC.

Charlie Matthews