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Another draw for Lowestoft Town CC

PUBLISHED: 10:45 01 July 2011

AFTER a fine opening to their away trip to Stow, Lowestoft were left to cling onto to a losing draw in the Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division clash.

Ninth placed Town were left to rue the second part of their run chase on a day that started so well and continued serenely after tea.

With five under-15 players in their side, Matt Reid’s men opened the bowling with a new-look pair of Michael Shea – who despite remaining wicketless bowled an excellent spell causing the opening batsmen all kinds of problems in a 0-22 spell from six overs – and David Fletcher who took 1-17 from five overs.

First change bowler, youngster Keiran Jones – who according to skipper Reid has also been “fantastic this season for the first team bowling very accurate spells all season” – took 1-30 on Saturday and also fielded “very well”.

But it was the spin duo of former skipper Nathan Garrod (3-36 off 10.2 overs) and South African Mpho Sekhoto (4-30 in ten overs) that wreaked havoc in the Stow batting line-up. So much that they were dismissed for 178 in 42.2 overs, giving Lowestoft the additional time of 57 overs to chase the win.

Reid said: “Kaiden Goldspink also made his debut for the first team and fielded well, while Willie Cooke played his first game of the season for the first team as wicketkeeper and kept very well, taking a good catch down the leg side and scoring 16 runs.”

Cooke’s “excellent” keeping display, was added to a fine diving catch from Karl Storey in the field.

And victory looked likely for Town as the opening batsman Josh McAvoy and Storey set them on the way to the win with 27 and 28 respectively.

Town were 91 for 1 after 29 overs, but when the openers both departed and Sekhoto fell for 26, Lowestoft’s middle order was blown away as they slipped to 129 for 9 from 48 overs.

Home bowlers Redhead and Ring both bowled excellent spells of accurate spin and so it was left to skipper Reid and youngster Jones to see out the final nine overs for a draw – which they achieved to close on 147-9 and collect seven points.

l Tomorrow Lowestoft Town are at home to Diss, umpires: George Lenihan, David Robinson

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