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CRICKET: Potential there to see

PUBLISHED: 12:54 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 06 July 2010

REID ALL ABOUT IT



ON Saturday the first team travelled to Old Buckenham and secured maximum points in a 26 run victory.

Having lost the toss, we were put into bat and got off to a solid start reaching 24, before we lost two quick wickets.

REID ALL ABOUT IT

ON Saturday the first team travelled to Old Buckenham and secured maximum points in a 26 run victory.

Having lost the toss, we were put into bat and got off to a solid start reaching 24, before we lost two quick wickets. Nathan Garrod joined Mpho Sekhoto and both batted well punishing any overpitched bowling.

They shared a partnership of 83 to leave us in a good position with 21 overs left. Dom Smith helped accelerate the run rate along with Mpho who was now dispatching any loose bowling to the boundary.

In the 43rd over Mpho reached a fine century but he was not finished and with some aggressive hitting he reached 143 not out off 134 balls and helped the team reach maximum batting points scoring 225 for 5.

Tom Brice made early inroads into the Old Buckenham line up taking three wickets and after 14 overs the home side were 62 for 4. Peter Sims bowled with great accuracy picking up 2 for 20 and was well supported by both Harvey Hebditch and Billy Brice.

With three overs remaining we needed two wickets for victory, while Old Buckenham were looking to reach a 90pc draw, but we managed to hold our nerve and pick up the remaining wickets with Tom Brice taking a good catch to record our first victory of the season.

On Sunday we made the long journey to high flying North Runcton in the Umpires Cup and again fielded a side containing seven players under 19.

After winning the toss we chose to bat with Billy Brice opening the batting and showing great ability and potential. Mpho Sekhoto also started where he left off on Saturday punishing any bad balls.

Billy and Mpho shared a second wicket partnership of 127 before Billy was stumped for an excellent 60. Mpho then reached his second century in as many days before being run out for another top class innings of 112 off only 92 balls.

Dom Smith, Tom Brice and Nathan Garrod all batted well adding over 20 runs each to help us reach an imposing total of 283 for 6.

Tom Brice again bowled well in his opening spell picking up three wickets leaving Runcton on 54 for 3 with danger man C Jonker back in the pavilion for 14.

Harvey Hebditch and Billy Brice bowled superb areas and made it very difficult for the batsman to score leaving Runcton with a mountain to climb at 100 for 3 off 27 overs.

Under 14 bowler Kieran Jones was introduced into the attack and soon picked up two wickets in a great spell of 2 for 28. Mpho picked up three wickets, leaving Nathan Garrod to wrap up a tremendous victory by 125 runs.

On a personal point of view it was a very pleasing weekend with the team showing great potential and ability attaining maximum points on Saturday and progression in the cup.

The A team suffered their first defeat on Saturday at home to Mattishall. Lowestoft were bowled out for 126 with Paul Rice scoring 46. The visitors reached the winning target losing only three wickets.

The B team won by six wickets against Old Buckenham B. Skipper Shane Porter and Adam Palmer both bowled well to limit Old Buckenham to 160, before Ben Foster 33 and Tony Udell 41 helped Lowestoft secure a well deserved second victory of the season.

The C team won a low scoring game against Great Melton C. Lowestoft posted a target of 101, before bowling out Great Melton for 67 with Andy Thompson taking 3 for 3.

On Sunday a young Lowestoft side took on Beccles in a friendly. Beccles scored an impressive total of 280 but Lowestoft just fell 30 runs short with youngster Henry George scoring a magnificent 154 and Ben Foster hitting a fine 74.

Tomorrow we host last season's runners-up Acle at the Denes Oval, while the A team travel to Bradfield A. On Sunday we travel to Saham Toney in the Lady Mary 20/20.

Matt Reid was speaking to Mark Boggis

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