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CRICKET: Mpho of the same

PUBLISHED: 12:53 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 06 July 2010

ANOTHER sparkling century from Lowestoft's overseas star Mpho Sekhoto ensured that Town collected their third successive Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Premier Division victory, this time over North Runcton.

ANOTHER sparkling century from Lowestoft's overseas star Mpho Sekhoto ensured that Town collected their third successive Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Premier Division victory, this time over North Runcton.

Town are now third in the table, and just a point behind second placed Cromer, as they continued their fine run of recent form.

After winning the toss, Runcton put Lowestoft into bat and they had soon accounted for the two teenage openers Billy Brice (nine) and Joe Larter (five).

But this merely brought South African Sekhoto and former skipper Nathan Garrodto the crease - and the pair took the home attack apart.

Sekhoto smashed a stunning 128 - and completed another miserable afternoon for Runcton as this century follwed up his 112 scored against the same opponents last month.

And this latest “top-class innings” - according to skipper Matt Reid - ensured his mammoth run of form with the bat continued, despite the recent bad weather, having made 143 not out, 112, 60 and 128 in his last four competitive innings.

In partnership with Garrod, the pair stunned Runcton as they posted a club record third wicket partnership of 187. Garrod weighed in with 64 in a fine innings that included a good array of shots.

A quickfire 26 from Dom Smith and 13 from Tom Brice meant Lowestoft closed on 259-7 off their 50 overs.

Three quick wickets in the home team's reply ensured they were immediately on the backfoot as opening bowlers - skipper Matt Reid and Tom Brice - produced fine spells.

Brice tested the batsman as he bowled great areas in his spell - as he eventually took 3-28 off seven overs. Skipper Reid weighed in with 1-16 off seven overs, before Billy Brice 2-22 off seven overs, club captain Peter Sims with 2-20 off 10.1 overs (with four maidens) and youngster J Newman with 2-24 off four overs ensured Town kept up their winning ways, as they collected 25 points to Runcton's three.

This performance was full of a “high standard of bowling from the bowlers, which was well supported by good fielding,” according to skipper Reid.

MoM: Mpho Sekhoto.

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