Awesome Avontuur off to a flying start

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:23 06 July 2010

Sammy-Joe Avontuur and his Lowestoft Cricket Club colleagues re-wrote the record books in a remarkable Bob Carter Cup first round tie at Dereham on Sunday where they won by a huge 226-run margin.

Sammy-Joe Avontuur and his Lowestoft Cricket Club colleagues re-wrote the record books in a remarkable Bob Carter Cup first round tie at Dereham on Sunday where they won by a huge 226-run margin.

Winning the toss, skipper Matt Reid decided to bat and what came next was truly breathtaking.

Avontuur opening with Joe Larter was on fire as his 50 came off 16 balls and his century in only 39 balls, as he was finally out for a brilliant 124 runs.

Avontuur hit 20 fours and a six in his incredible innings.

Dereham were put to the sword as Lowestoft helped themselves to a club competitive record score of 401-6 in 60 overs

Peter Sims carved his way to 80 not out batting at seven and the cultured Nathan Garrod caressed 69 to the final total.

With the ball it was that man Avontuur again in the thick of the action snapping up 4-28 fellow spinner Garrod took 2-23 and Billy Brice snapped out the dangerous Cheetham and Wallace which ended in a comprehensive win the58th over.

The previous day saw another run feast as Town kick-started their Norfolk Alliance Premier Division campaign and yet again Avontuur was in the thick of the action as town racked up 263.

He made a chanceless 120 runs in good partnerships with Garrod 22 and Daniel Edwin who finished with 37 not out.

But it was with the ball that several of the Town bowlers failed to find the line with a massive 31 wides being bowled.

All together 51 extras were in the scorebook as Runcton came perilously close to a win but Town had to settle for a 90 per cent draw and 14 points as Runcton finished on 244-7 with Avontuur claiming 2-54 and Reid 2-47.

There was an excellent innings by England over 60s opener Paul Rice who played a sparkling knock of 116 for Lowestoft Town A against Mundford plus a fifty by Karl Storey in a total of243-5.

But it was to no avail as visitors Mundford did not come out to play and dug their heels in to finish on121-5.

The B team had a winning start on the postage stamp New Buckenham ground scoring163 with 13-year-old Josh McAvoy making a top score 42.

In reply the home side ended on 152-9 in a close game. Steve Mann was among the wickets and a new also bowled a good spell on Sunday at home in a friendly.

Southtown scored 160 with Tim Mobbs hitting a half century. In reply Lowestoft made 123 with John Jenner scoring 41 and Brad Skelly 27 not out.

On Monday a fine knock by Joe Larter of 78 with Skelly hitting 37 in an under 17s match against Great Melton saw a final score of 184-6.

Melton were all out for 128 with Larter taking three wickets.

In the national under 13s cup at Swardeston, Town made 127 with Kaiden Goldspink, Kieran Jones and Owen French all getting thirty. Swardeston got home with eight balls to spare.

On Wednesday night the under 15s beat Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers in the national Portman Cup. Wanderers made 64 with three wickets apiece for Patrick Richardson, Harvey Hebditch and Kaiden Goldspink. With the bat early wickets were lost but an aerial attack by Michael Shay with 23 saw Town to victory.

Tomorrow the first team host champions Downham at oval 1pm, the A team are at Hethersett and Tas Valley A, the B team are away at aldborough and the C team, whose opponents Hemsby a could not raise a team last week, are at Normanston Park v Hingham A.

On Sunday, the acadamy side are at Stradbroke and there is a friendly at the oval v South Walsham. Junior games are on Tuesday with the under 13s v Hales.

At home 6pm Wednesday the under 11s have Topcroft away and on Thursday under 15 have Norwich home.

Subscriptions are now due to treasurer Neil Brice. It's £75 for adults and £20 for juniors. Payment is due before the May 31. If not players will not under any circumstances be selected for any of the clubs teams

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