Hales and Loddon (59) lost to Denver (62-1) by nine wickets in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.
Hales and Loddon returned home empty-handed from their first ever trip to Norfolk Alliance newcomers Denver as they were blown away in windswept West Norfolk.
The visitors were shot out for a paltry 59 as the hosts vindicated their decision to bowl first on a sunny and blustery afternoon. Just 21 overs were needed as H&L’s batsmen succumbed tamely, with only two men managing double-figure contributions.
Milton Lindsay (13) and Jack Cook (20) put on 36 in 10 overs in the only partnership of note before Denver’s bowlers took a grip on proceedings. Paceman Chris Rolfe (seven overs 2 for 19) broke through Lindsay’s defences and had Cook caught, paving the way for father and son Kevin Cornwell and Dan Cornwell to wreak havoc. Kevin Cornwell, a wily slow bowler operating off three paces, took 4 for 12 from four overs of seasoned guile, while his son added three victims for four runs from four overs to the H&L toll of misery. Dan Harper (seven overs 1 for 20) took the other wicket to fall.
On a pitch which played low, but contained few demons, H&L’s batsmen only had themselves to blame for the no-show with application and concentration in short supply.
Denver needed under 13 overs to reach their target as veteran opener Paul Morton hit an unbeaten 30 containing six boundaries and youngster Harvey Wardle weighed in with an unbeaten 25 in a comfortable 44-run second-wicket partnership. Mark Stewart (five overs 1 for 10) claimed the only wicket to fall, bowling opener Gurpal Singh for 16.
Tea was taken after the match before the H&L players embarked on the long trek home, arriving back in plenty of time for the FA Cup final kick-off.