Redgrave too strong for bottom side

Redgrave & Bressingham entertained Caister in a clash of top versus bottom in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League.

The match was as one-sided as many suspected, with Will Dawson playing a fine hand. Redgrave ended up beating Caister by 312 runs.

Captain Dawson decided to have a bat first on a very flat deck. Redgrave continued with the successful opening partnership of Daniel Betts and Mark Williamson, however both found the going tough early on, with Tennant in particular swinging the new ball with unerring accuracy.

After deciding attack was the best form of defence both started to find the boundary regularly, but Betts was to perish to a fine inswinger from Ali for 35, having hit six succulent fours, and end an opening partnership of 70 in 14 overs.

Enter Dawson. What was to follow in the next 20 overs was nothing short of remarkable, as he took on all the bowlers without hesitation, seemingly middling every delivery either to or over the fence. Williamson, on the other hand, was happy to play second fiddle, mixing stout defence with glorious drives, and both brought up their 50 in consecutive overs, albeit at slightly different pace.

With Caister continuing with a slip and a gully throughout, Dawson soon brought up a magnificent 100 off 49 balls, and by the time Williamson was dismissed for 71, pulling a rank half-tracker to deep-square leg, the pair had put on 150 in 14 overs.

James Wilby was next to join the fun, but despite hitting one gigantic six, fell for eight trying to hit the ball far too hard.

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With Sam Cremnitz now at the other end struggling for timing, Dawson created pandemonium among the fielders as he uncontrollably bullied every bowler, bringing up his 150 with yet another brutal hit.

He eventually tried one hit too many, with Tennant picking up a deserved wicket as he miscued to mid-wicket, having hit no fewer than 10 sixes in an astonishing 182 off 81 balls.

There was to be no let-up for Caister however, as David Tooke was in the mood and he bludgeoned a pugnacious 33 from 11 balls before being deceived by a double bouncer. Cremnitz remained on a vigilant 5 not out, Redgrave ending on a menacing 351-5.

Caister knew they had a tall order, and once the returning star Robert Kayley, and the ever-reliable Trevor Musk found the right areas immediately, they were struggling at 27-5 off the first 10 overs, as Kayley 3-14 and Musk 2-12 ripped the heart out of the top order in their five-over spells.

This brought debutant Rhys Meehan and spin guru Cremnitz on, with Cremnitz outstanding from his very first ball, posing questions with superb flight and guile.

He picked up a brace thanks to a wonderful pair of hands from Betts that accounted for both batsmen.

But it was Meehan who finished off proceedings, ripping out middle stump with the last ball of the 15th over to the very first ball he had pitched in the batsman's half, and wrap up victory.