CRICKET: Railway start with defeat

PUBLISHED: 12:45 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 06 July 2010


Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway travelled to Swaffham for the opening game of the new cricket season, without their captain Paul Hunter who was away on holiday, knowing that a good start to the league campaign was essential.


KIRKLEY & Lowestoft Railway travelled to Swaffham for the opening game of the new cricket season, without their captain Paul Hunter who was away on holiday, knowing that a good start to the league campaign was essential.

Vice captain Moore won the toss and elected to bowl on a bright afternoon in the Norfolk countryside. Opening the bowling for Kirkley and Lowestoft was Meadows and Hayes,Kirkley nearly got off to the perfect start when with the very first ball of the game Hardy tried to pull a ball and skied it up in the air only for the fielder to drop the catch at square leg.More misery was to follow as two more catches went down in the next few overs.Unfortunately for the visitors this was the story for the next few overs as Hardy and especially Williams - Ward rode there luck and somehow managed to get Swaffham to 115 for no wicket after 20 overs.Moore decided that it was time for a double change of bowling and introduced both his spinners in tandem.This proved to be pivotal as the next 15 overs produced 30 runs and Swaffham lost 6 wickets in the process as the batsmen were completely bambozzled by Lambert and Guy and they had no answer to there spin.

However the story changed again as Captain Yates and Exley somehow managed to take the attack to the Kirkley bowlers with a mixture of good running and good stroke play and again some indifferent fielding.The pair managed to add a 100 runs and take the game away from the visitors as Swaffham finished there alloted overs on 264 for 6.Although Guy and Lambert will take the plaudits for there bowling special mention must go to Pavier and Meadows as they bowled superbly and there figures dont represent how well they did bowl.

The reply start slowly as Guy and Willgoss were tasked to keep wickets in hand and with a combination of good defence and some attacking flair managed to get Kirkley off to a good start.However this was short lived as Willgoss was caught and bowled of a ball that rose sharply off the pitch and Guy tried to force the pace unnecessarily and was caught at mid off. Moore joined Pavier and immediately set about taking the attack to the bowling.Having dispatched Clark for two fours and a six in one over the field suddenly spread and scoring became much easier.Pavier However after playing nicely,played all around a straight ball and was bowled.Lambert after his heroics with the ball was unluckly bowled playing a defensive shot as the ball hit the bat then the pitch then Lamberts leg and rolled onto the off stump. Ayers joined his captain and unfortunately was bowled without scoring,Steve Howes came in and with his partner in full flow the score raced along until Moore was caught behind trying to cut a short and wide delivery from Clark for 54.Howes and Barnard defied the bowling in the gloom and the rain as Kirkley dug deep to secure a draw,Both Barnard and Howes chopped onto the stumps and that left Hayes and Meadows and Howes Junior to defy the bowling for long periods of time playing very solidly in defense,until with only three overs left Howes was bowled to leave Swaffham victors by 101 runs. This was a lesson to the visitors as the old adage of catches win matches applies,however there was a lot of positives to take forward into the season and this bodes well for the future.

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