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Lowestoft beat fellow strugglers to move out of bottom two

PUBLISHED: 07:43 11 August 2017

Spinner Luke Schlemmer in full flight for Great Witchingham against Sudbury. Picture: Tim Ferley

Spinner Luke Schlemmer in full flight for Great Witchingham against Sudbury. Picture: Tim Ferley

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Lowestoft Town took a giant step towards safety in Division One of the Norfolk Alliance at the weekend.

Town beat fellow strugglers Mattishall in double quick time at The Denes Oval to move out of the bottom two, four points ahead of Norwich A with a game in hand.

But they can’t afford to rest on their laurels, with their next match away to Norwich. A win in that one would just about guarantee Lowestoft’s second flight status - but a defeat would put them right back into trouble with just two matches left to play.

After arriving in Suffolk with just 10 players Mattishall decided to bat first after winning the toss - and they must have quickly regretted the decision.

They were dismissed for just 61, with Ed Webber’s unbeaten 26 preventing an even bigger humiliation, as Craig Guy ripped through the visiting batting line-up with brilliant figures of 6-21 in 6.4 overs.

With rain around Town didn’t waste any time in knocking off the runs required, reaching their target in the eighth over.

After the early loss of Nathan Garrod the hosts cruised home, with Tom Brice and Adam Savoury both finishing unbeaten on 23.

It’s a case of as you were at the top of the table, with the leading three sides all winning.

Diss were restricted to 163 at Thetford, but then bowled their hosts out for just 77, while second-placed Swardeston A edged past Bradfield’s total of 146 for the loss of seven wickets.

They were helped by no fewer than 52 extras, while Ed Botwright had earlier scored 73.

After two successive abandonments Dereham finally got back to winning ways – and in emphatic fashion too – when they romped home by seven wickets after bowling Vauxhall Mallards A out for 93. Lowestoft A were involved in an extremely one-sided game at Division Five leaders Snettisham.

The West Norfolk side maintained their perfect record this season as they won by 275 runs after getting all the way up to 332-4 before bowling out the visitors for just 57, the star men being Jon Forder (123 not out), Ryan Twiddy (111) and Kieran Herbert (5-13).

Only George Sims (16) and No 10 Harry Mayne (16) reached double figures for Lowestoft.

Lowestoft’s seconds are at home to their Cromer counterparts on Saturday (1pm).

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