Horden go fourth after Norton victory

Horden V Philadelphia - Horden batsman Stephen McCoy in action.
Horden V Philadelphia - Horden batsman Stephen McCoy in action.

Horden climbed back up a place in the table to fourth when they defeated Norton by three wickets in a low scoring encounter.

With a lot of rain having fallen in the past week, Horden yesterday asked Norton to bat first and it was a day for the spinners to take advantage on a drying pitch.

Max Bailey got the breakthrough with his pace taking the first two wickets to fall, both caught behind the wicket by Paul Jenkins, John Watson for two and Alan Shepherd without scoring.

Gary Ward then came on to break a third-wicket partnership that looked promising at one time when he dismissed opening bat Harry Linton for (29).

Adam Dixon was then introduced into the attack and it was he along with professional Mirza who slowed the scoring rate down with their accurate bowling and at the same time were taking wickets.

Dixon went on to finish with (four for 20) in his nine overs whereas Mirza conceded only 29 runs in his 14 overs that he sent down picking up one wicket in the process.

A tactical change from skipper Adrian Hedley saw Stephen McCoy come on to bowl, and he finished off the innings taking the last two wickets to end with two for three in his 1.5 overs as Norton were bowled out for 133.

The chase for the runs started at a brisk pace with Stephen McCoy and Paluv Kumar opening the innings and both were smashing the bad ball to the boundary.

With the score on 62 the first wicket fell when McCoy went for 26 which included four boundaries and one huge six.

A further 19 runs was scored when Kumar who had just reached his half century was bowled by left armor Jonny Kean and from 83 for two a mini collapse came with another three wickets falling for 10 runs with Kean doing most of the damage with his pace and bounce he was getting out of the pitch.

Gary Ward and Paul Jenkins seemed to put Horden back in the driving seat but Kean dismissed both of them too.

At 116 for seven another 18 runs was needed to win the match for Horden and similar to the Philadelphia match recently, Adrian Hedley played his part in steering his side to victory along with Stephen Brett seeing Horden get the necessary 18 runs to win by three wickets with time and overs to spare.

Norton: H Linton ct Kumar b Ward 29, J Watson ct Jenkins b Bailey 2, A Shepherd ct Jenkins b Bailey 0, M Thomas b Dixon 27, N Thomas st Jenkins b Dixon 28, J Kean not out 10, A Arslan b Dixon 3, T Jabid lbw b Mirza 3, T McGinn b Dixon 7, A Din b McCoy 1, G Lancaster lbw b McCoy 0, Extras 23, Total 133 all out.

Bowling: Kumar 9.5-0-25-0, Bailey 6-4-13-2, Ward 5-0-32-1, Mirza 14-4-29-1, Dixon 9-2-20-4, McCoy 1.5-0-3-2.

Horden: S J McCoy ct Aslan b Kean 26, P Kumar b Kean 50, J Minis ct N Thomas b Shepherd 0, A Dixon b Kean 2, M Mirza ct Watson b Shepherd 4, P Jenkins b Kean 9, G Ward ct Javid b Kean 8, S Brett not out 8, A J Hedley not out 11, Extras 16, Total 134 for 7.

Bowling: Kean 14.5-0-68-5, N Thomas 5-0-18-0, Aslan 2-0-18-0, Shepherd 7-0-28-2,

The second team had a more convincing win despite losing an hour at the start of the day due to the condition of the outfield at Horden.

Once play got under-way Horden’s bowling attack was in devastating form with Kevin Lightowler in particular bowling exceptionally well.

At one time he was on a hat trick as the Norton batsman had no answer to his bowling and he finished with five for seven in a seven over spell.

Kevin Iceton and Lee Fortune also got two wickets apiece with the visitors bowled out for 31.

Horden reached their modest total without loss in the fifth over of their innings thanks to 29 from Matthew Billyard and 10 from Anthony Peace.

The win lifted the second team up to mid-table.

Easington were denied the opportunity to go top of the league when their match was postponed at Silksworth.

However, the rest of the programme was washed out so they remain in second place.

Hartlepool’s home game against Guisborough fell victim to the weather while Blackhall had no scheduled fixture.