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Academy provide bright spot

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:09 06 July 2010

Lowestoft Town Cricket Club notes by Stuart Baker

AT last some cricket has been played….but sadly Lowestoft suffered two severe defeats against Stowe and Sprowston.

Lowestoft Town Cricket Club notes by Stuart Baker

AT last some cricket has been played….but sadly Lowestoft suffered two severe defeats against Stowe and Sprowston.

There was however a ray of sunshine at Saxmundham last Sunday when the Academy team, led by Andy McAvoy picked up 26 points in a thrilling victory with just eight balls to spare.

The heroes of the day were the four Town lads who are in the Norfolk under 13 squad this season.

Batting first Saxmundham made 136-6 with Michael Shay and Kieran Jones picking up two wickets apiece.

With the bat, Town reached 137-5.

Opener Paul Rice, who has just been picked for England at over 60s level for a series of matches, weighed in with a cultured 23 but it was the young opener Josh McAvoy who carried his bat for 41 not out,

With Kaiden Goldspink, 31, they put on a match winning 70 run partnership.

At Stowe, Town got way behind the clock with only148-4 on the board after 40 overs, with new recruit, Indian Damien Edwin making 35 not out and 25s from Pete Sims and Tommy Brice.

Stowe got to the winning line on 149-2 to take a comfortable victory.

At Sprowston it was runs galore for the Norwich team who in 40 overs crashed 231-4 with Palmer hitting 51 and skipper Murrell 84.

For Lowestoft, Matt Reid claimed 2-38.

In reply the in-form Tommy Brice carried on the good work with 78 but Town could only reach 174 -6.

More net practice is desperately needed by all players on Tuesdays and Friday nights at the Oval this week.

Town travel tomorrow to West Norfolk champions Narborough who have a unique ground with a plateau outfield - one of the only kind in England.

Then on Sunday its off to another interesting ground at Garboldisham, which has no electricity.

Both games are due to start at 1.30pm.

At the Denes Oval on Sunday the second Academy match sees a first ever visit of the Brantham side, again it is a 1.30pm start for Town.

There is a warm up game at the Oval on Saturday between the under 13s side and the newly formed ladies team.

Junior nets, with all newcomers welcome, take place for under 13s on Wednesday nights from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and girls and under 16 boys on Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

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