All Stars Cricket!


A quick announcement. Hales & Loddon CC will be taking part in the ECB’s new drive to increase participation in cricket among 5-8 year olds, called All Stars Cricket.

The sessions will be taking place on Monday nights at Hales Green (NR14 6TB) for 8 weeks, from May 22nd onwards, starting at 6pm, for 45 minutes to an hour. The sessions will be run by two ECB-trained “activators”, Dave Redford and Tim Outlaw, but we also encourage parents to come along and participate in these fun sessions.

The cost is £40 for the 8 weeks – £5 of which goes to the club, with the rest going to the ECB to cover the cost of the personalised shirts, bags, water bottles, bats and balls for each kid. No previous experience of playing cricket is necessary, in fact it’s encouraged, and the idea is that these sessions are an enjoyable introduction for 5-8 year old kids to the game.

To find out more and to book your place, click HERE.


Youth Awards 2016

Hales & Loddon Cricket Club president Sir Nicholas Bacon presented trophies at the club’s annual youth awards event.

There were 15 different winners of the 17 trophies sponsored by local businesses and individuals. Sir Nicholas Bacon donated the award for sportsmanship, while the Roy Roebuck Award was donated by his family and the Jimmy Dye Award was recognition of his 67 years involvement in the club as a player and now helper.

“Sir Nicholas has been a great supporter of our club, and particularly the youth over many years now,” said club chairman Pete Dye, who announced that for 2017 Raveningham Gardens will be the main youth and shirt sponsor for the U11s, U13s and U15s teams.

Dye thanked Sonya Roebuck for the marketing and sponsorship of the youth awards and Dave Redford for the design of the event brochure and sponsors boards, as well as the club’s volunteer coaches for their efforts throughout the season.

“We have some excellent players within the club, and it is wonderful to be able to reward them with trophies, but without the support of local businesses and people, this wouldn’t be possible.”

Eleven sponsor boards were unveiled and will be placed around the club throughout the season.

“Special thanks go to Adnams of Southwold, who provided great support which allowed us to put on a day fitting for the President as well as the sponsors and supporters of the club,” added Dye.

The list of Youth Award winners was the following:

Ben Burgess & Co U8 Player: Thomas Green.

B R Rivett Motor & Agricultural Engineers U10 Player: Daisy Frost.

PJ Waylands U11 Most Improved Player: Oscar Whiting.

Ben Burgess & Co U11 Player of the Season: Edwin Dos Santos.

Ben Burgess & Co U13 Most Improved Player: Will Palmer.

Read Bros U13 Player of the Season: Billie Folkard.

SJ Scarlett Motor Engineer U15 Most Improved Player: Ellie Lyon.

Ben Burgess & Co U15 Player of the Season: Matt Buckingham.

Ben Burgess & Co Girls Player of the Year: Ellie Lyon.

Jimmy Dye U11 Coaches Award: Lloyd Battison.

Raveningham Gardens U13 Coaches Award: Kyle Feery.

Sir Nicholas Bacon Sportsmanship Award: Harley Roebuck.

Woodland Stoves Junior Clubman of the Year: Richard Cook.

Prism Print Monday Night Girls Training Award: Amy Bevan.

Sprake and Kingsley Monday Night Boys Award: Henry Frost.

Garrard and Flack Best Batsman: Matt Buckingham.

Roy Roebuck Best Bowler: Richard Cook.

All players who attended Monday night sessions received a certificate for effort and achievements and a medal.

Sir Nicholas Brings Home The Bacon

H&L President’s XI (193-4) beat H&L Chairman’s XI (120) by 73 runs.

Sir Nicholas Bacon led his H&L President’s XI to a comfortable 73-run victory in the annual encounter with the club chairman’s side.

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On the Attack: Sir Nicholas Bacon on his way to 29

A half-century from man of the match Chris Read paved the way for success in a good-natured encounter at Hales Green.

In his first game for three years, Sir Nicholas wielded his vintage Gray-Nicolls steel spring bat to good effect in an opening stand of 104 with Read, a former H&L youth player now successfully plying his trade at EAPL level with Horsford.

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Cutting edge: Chris Read cuts the ball square for four

When Sir Nicholas departed for an attractive 29, caught by Jon Andrews off the bowling of Matt Buckingham, Read continued to show his style, posting a fine 60 before being caught by Tom WiIkins off a Buckingham delivery. Jack Crichton (21), Archie Innes (15), Milton Lindsay (21 no) and Tom Bacon (21 no) maintained a brisk tempo as the scoreboard rattled towards the 200 mark.


President’s XI

Veteran Jon Andrews led the reply for chairman Pete Dye’s XI with a decent 39 before skying an Innes delivery to mid-on where Milton Lindsay took a well-judged steepling catch. The potentially dangerous Mark Stewart fell for 15, contriving to edge a flatter delivery from the wily Joe Perry on to his stumps. Auldwyn Lindsay (14) and Matt Buckingham (13) were the other double-figure contributors as the Chairman’s XI reply ran out of steam against an eight-man bowling attack.

Following the game, Sir Nicholas stayed on to present awards and certificates to our deserving youth section. Congratulations to all our youth team players, coaches and parents for all the effort you’ve put in this season. See you in 2017!

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Sir Nicholas and Pete Dye with our Youth Award winners

Hockwold Report, plus President’s Day / Youth Awards announcement

Hales & Loddon (171-9) lost to Hockwold (174-5) by five wickets in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Freescoring Joel Gilmour hammered a quickfire half-century as Hockwold celebrated their runaway league title success with an emphatic victory over Hales and Loddon.

Gilmour blitzed the H&L bowling with a 33-ball 70 containing five sixes and six fours as the hosts made light work of chasing down a 172 target. Skipper Roy Bland (42) and Euan Gilmour (24 not out) also tucked in as the buoyant champions reached the target in the 22nd over to pave the way for a night of prolonged celebrations.

After winning the toss H&L decided to bat with the aim of posting a big enough total to spoil the hosts’ promotion party, but on a compact ground with a fast outfield and short boundaries on all but one side, the 171 total looked well below par against a team renowned for their prowess with the willow in hand. Milton Lindsay (25), Jon Andrews (23), Mark Stewart (24), Dean Fisher (20) and Will Yates, who hit a spirited unbeaten 43, all made valid contributions but exited without finding the impetus to post the 250-plus total H&L felt was required.

Spin bowler Simon Groom led the hosts’ bowling effort with a 3 for 2 return from five overs, while Bland claimed 2 for 30 from his five. There were wickets for Jonathan Storey, Carl Smith, Anthony Ruddick and Gary Butcher as Bland invited nine players to turn their arms over.

H&L enjoyed some success with the ball, reducing the hosts to 32-3. But this proved to be a false dawn as Bland had reshuffled his batting line-up to give opportunities to players deprived of batting action this term. When the big guns arrived the game was swiftly put to bed, as Gilmour began peppering the short leg-side boundary at will. The hapless Yates in particular was forced to endure some brutal punishment as his two overs were despatched for 41 runs. Gilmour eventually departed, caught in the deep by Sam Ford off the bowling of Mark Stewart after a 99-run fourth wicket stand with Bland.

Teenager Ford took the H&L bowling honours with 3 for 26 effort from his five overs, a very plucky effort in testing circumstances, while Stewart (1 for 25 from 5) and Dean Fisher (1 for 14 from 2) took the other wickets. The defeat saw H&L finish the campaign in sixth place with a record of seven wins and eight defeats.

President’s Day + Youth Awards this Sunday

Hales and Loddon welcome Sir Nicholas Bacon to the Green on Sunday for a President’s Day game (start noon). All sponsors, ex-players and supporters are welcome. The club’s youth presentation is being held after the match at around 4.30 pm.

Club chairman Pete Dye explained: “Sir Nicholas has been a great support to us as President of the club over many years now, so it is a real pleasure to have him and his side at the club on Sunday. This season we decided to combine the day with our youth presentation, as well as inviting sponsors who have supported the club, to enjoy the end-of-season finale. There are 18 awards, which will be presented by Sir Nicholas after his match”. Dye added: “In this day and age it is getting harder to fund clubs, to keep cricket affordable for young players. We are very lucky at Hales & Loddon to have some very good supporters. We have a strong youth presence throughout the club, and have built up a good relationship with local businesses.”

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No Yarmouth Amusements For Bowlers

Hales & Loddon A (190) lost to Great Yarmouth A (192-0) by 10 wickets in Norfolk League Division 4SE.

Skipper James Buckingham posted his maiden half-century but was unable to prevent Hales & Loddon A from suffering an emphatic 10-wicket defeat in their seasonal finale at home to Yarmouth.

Buckingham displayed a mixture of power and patience, hitting eight fours in his 60 as he topscored in a 190 total after his side was invited to bat. Prolific opener Charlie Duffield weighed in with a patient 45 while the experienced Andy Baker (22) and Sid Spooner (19) boosted the scoring in the later stages.

Paul Kitchen (nine overs 2 for 20) and Andy Petersen (10 overs 2 for 27) led the Yarmouth bowling effort with tight opening spells, while Boyce and Daniel Cable also claimed two wickets apiece.

Buckingham varied his options but all seven bowlers were unable to find a way past Yarmouth’s determined openers. Spinner Matthew Plummer send down 10 overs for a mere 11 runs and Richard Cook (6 overs for 17) also showed good economy but the vastly-experienced veteran Keith Nicholls and his partner Michael Boyce were not to be denied. Nicholls ended on 61 not out while Boyce managed to reach his century as victory was achieved in the 36th over.

Bradfield Dent H&L Promotion Push

Bradfield A (251-7) beat Hales and Loddon (101) by 150 runs in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Hales & Loddon’s hopes of a late promotion surge were dealt a blow as a Bradfield A side inspired by young spinner Jacob Wiseman scored a revenge win in emphatic fashion.

Wiseman bagged four wickets as Hales & Loddon’s attempts to chase down a sizeable 252 victory target were foiled by a combination of tight bowling and the best fielding display by an opposing side this season.

Despite a good batting track and fast carpet-like outfield, none of the H&L batsmen were able to assert their authority. Both Milton Lindsay (14) and Mark Stewart (15) played in positive fashion but, after being repeatedly denied runs by the athleticism of the youthful fielders, succumbed to Wiseman’s teasing deliveries. The previous week’s centurion Stewart popped up a catch off the leading edge at mid-wicket while Lindsay was pouched low down at cover trying to force the pace after being repeatedly foiled by the Bradfield ring of steel. When Will Yates was clean bowled by the young spinner for 14 H&L’s resistance swiftly evaporated and they limped to a disappointing 101 all out in the 38th over. Josh Pitcher (11) was the only other batsman to reach double figures, leaving 17 extras as top scorer.

Wiseman returned figures of 4 for 13 from his nine overs while medium pacer Thomas Coe showed a similarly parsimonious attitude, bagging 3 for 16 from his maximum spell.

Earlier the hosts had decided to take first use of the biscuit-coloured road. It looked like a bad toss to lose for H&L skipper Josh Pitcher. And so it proved as the hosts piled on the runs from the outset. Opener Carl Wiseman set the tone, progressing swiftly to 30 before his powerful cameo was ended by the safe hands of Tim Outlaw at deep mid-off off a Sam Ford delivery. But the runfest continued largely unabated as the H&L bowlers and fielders laboured in the oven-like conditions at Bradfield’s remote farmland outpost.

Although none of the hosts’ batsmen were able to reach the half-century mark, they all came and went having done significant damage. John Hewetson topscored with 45 before slapping a rank delivery from fifth-change bowler James Rowswell to Yates at mid-on, while Kieron Bunn (29), Stephen Abbs (19), Michael Reynolds (27), James Vann (27) and Stephen Bidewell (29 not out) all made hay while the sun shone.

On a difficult day for a depleted H&L bowling unit, Stewart claimed 2 for 31 from his nine overs while Pitcher, Ford, Yates and Rowswell took a wicket apiece.

The defeat saw H&L slip to fourth place behind champions-elect Hockwold, Happisburgh and Thetford A.

H&L entertain Topcroft next (12.30 start) before travelling to Hockwold for the final game of the campaign.

Stewart Dedicates Ton To His Dad

Hales & Loddon (264-9) beat Diss A (233-8) by 31 runs in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Freescoring Mark Stewart kept Hales & Loddon in the Norfolk Alliance Division Six promotion hunt with a century and then dedicated his match-winning knock to the memory of his father.

In-form Stewart unleashed a repertoire of powerful strokes on his way to a personal best 133 in his first game since the recent death of his father Martin, at the age of 66.

“He was the reason I started playing and when I was nearing the century I was thinking of him,” he said. “I just felt it was appropriate to dedicate the innings to his memory.”


H&L were in a precarious position of 17 for 2 when Stewart arrived at the crease in the 7th over, having witnessed the departures of Isaac Rolph for a golden duck and skipper Jon Andrews for 5, both bowled. But in the space of the following 30 overs, Stewart steered the side past the 200 total with a boundary blitz featuring four sixes and 14 fours.

After teenage opener Charlie Duffield had weighed in with a much-needed 31, a very mature innings in the circumstances after stepping up from the A team, Stewart enjoyed an entertaining 100-plus partnership with Auldwyn Lindsay. In his first match since a recent eye operation, the Tobagan recruit returned to form with a season’s best 45 – a contribution which earned the club’s calypso cricketer an invitation to join the Norfolk Over 50s set-up.


Stewart eventually exited the arena in the 40th over, after an excellent diving catch at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Jody Sparrow. But a wagging tail featuring 19 from the fast-improving Tim Outlaw and 15 not out from Sam Ford helped H&L to post a 264 total – a sizeable score which had looked unlikely after Diss inserted the hosts on a pitch which did not suggest a runfest was imminent.

Sparrow was the visitors’ most successful bowler with 3 for 53 from nine overs while Sam Hunt (9 overs 2 for 29) and Joshua Heaton (7 overs 2 for 61) shared four wickets.

H & L grabbed the early initiative with the ball as Ford broke through the defences of openers Andrew Gregory (1) and Andrew Horobin (15). When seamer Stewart tore through the middle order on his way to figures of 4 for 25, the hosts were in the driving seat at 120-7. But once H&L’s three recognised frontline bowlers had finished their spells, Andrews was forced to use a variety of options which took the tally of bowlers used to eight.

Sam Hunt, the mainstay of the Diss batting, took advantage to progress to an unbeaten 96 as the visitors eventually finished on 233-8 with Sparrow contributing an unbeaten 20. Aidan Browne (21) and Andrew Paine were the other key contributors, while 46 extras including 21 wides bolstered the total, and prolonged proceedings.

The revenge victory against a team who had bowled them out for 70 this term left H&L in third place, 47 points behind leaders Hockwold, and 20 points behind Happisburgh and with everything to play for in the three remaining games away to Bradfield, home to Topcroft and away to Hockwold.

Southwold Showers

Hales and Loddon A (271-2), Southwold A (59-1). Match abandoned. Norfolk League Division Four South East.

Hales and Loddon A’s batsmen enjoyed a runfest which produced their biggest total of the season before their efforts were washed away by a rainfest at Southwold Common. Veteran Milton Lindsay and teenager Charlie Duffield posted half-centuries in a boundary-laden 173-run opening stand after H&L were invited to bat. The partnership was broken in the 37th over when Suffolk Under-13s spinner Ezra Fuller found a way through Duffield’s defences, bowling him for a fine 69, containing nine fours. It was the first time Duffield had been out in four matches, leaving him with an average of 230.
Lindsay followed soon afterwards when his century was within sight as a firmly-hit drive off the bowling of Fuller was plucked out of the air by Southwold skipper Trevor Clifford at long-off. Lindsay’s 86, featuring 12 fours and a six, was the perfect response after confidence-sapping ducks in his two previous innings.
The departure of the openers, which came after a rain break during which tea was taken, paved the way for Jack Cook and Ben Turner to produce the fireworks in the final six overs as they enjoyed a blistering 75-run stand. Turner grabbed a rare batting opportunity with relish, hammering a brutal 43 not out in just 22 balls, while Cook made every delivery count in his 20-ball unbeaten 38. Fuller returned figures of 2 for 42 from nine overs on a difficult afternoon for the Southwold bowlers.
The seasiders’ assault on the large total was also spearheaded by the diminutive figure of Fuller, who, despite his slight stature, dealt confidently with everything put in front of him. He had reached an unbeaten 38 when the players were forced to leave the field after the heavens opened again.
Although the covers were swiftly put in place, a fierce downpour had left parts of the square sodden and with a maximum 30.4 overs still to be bowled and time running out skippers Trevor Clifford and Mark Whiting agreed, with heavy hearts, to abandon the match. Southwold’s total was 59-1, with James Rowsell claiming the wicket of opener David Woods, caught for 10 edging a delivery to wicketkeeper Jack Cook.