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Cricket round-up: Lowestoft secure winning draw

PUBLISHED: 10:01 10 June 2011

Lowestoft Town batting versus Brooke

Lowestoft Town batting versus Brooke

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A KEENLY contested encounter at Denes Oval saw Lowestoft Town just miss out on overall victory against their nearest rivals Brooke.

Eighth-placed Lowestoft closed to within two points of their Norfolk neighbours in the Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Divison, as they collected 14 points in a winning draw.

In a match that swung either way, the visitors were indebted to two major partnerships for the fifth and seventh wickets, which eventually halted Lowestoft’s victory charge.

After skipper Matt Reid won the toss, Lowestoft elected to bat first with the fruitful opening pairing of the experienced Karl Storey and youngster Josh McAvoy continuing their flourishing form.

Storey made 29 and McAvoy 34, but with both falling in quick, succession Lowestoft were further rocked as South African sensation fell for a second successive league duck.

Former skipper Nathan Garrod steadied the Town ship, in partnership with the returning Dom Smith. They formed a fine alliance until Garrod eventually fell LBW for a well-made 37.

Smith, fresh from his footballing exertions, top scored with a classy 46 until he fell to Brooke’s overseas star Jumat. The Brice brothers only managed a single run between them, leaving club captain Peter Sims (21 not out) and youngster Harvey Hebditch (11 not out) to push Town’s late quest for runs as Lowestoft closed on 211-7. In reply, Tom Brice quickly accounted for both openers in a fiery spell. And when second change bowler Sims had Panter LBW, the visitors top three batsman had contributed just 22 between them.

Sims then removed Habershon for a duck, and Brooke were in all sorts of bother – but Jumat (34) and J Oakey (a top scoring 67) held firm for the visitors. Continuing his fine man of the match spell, Sims then had Jumat caught and bowled and R Timm caught behind for nought as Town sensed a victory.

But J Andrews, batting at eight, made 33 not out to keep Town at bay – and despite a late run out, Lowestoft couldn’t quite take the initiative to seal the win.

Tom Brice (2-45 off six), Billy Brice (1-45 off ten), a run out and Sims’ superb 4-16 spell from ten overs were the wicket takers on the day as Brooke closed on 201-8 to collect 11 points.

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• On Sunday, Lowestoft Town’s squad continued their unbeaten run of success in Sunday League games as they hammered Bacton by 142 runs. Batting first, after winning the toss, Lowestoft made 255-5 from their 37 overs, while Bacton closed on 113-8 in reply.

• KIRKLEY and Lowestoft Railway’s first team lost by one wicket to Great Melton on Saturday.

Batting first, kirkley lost Laws early but John Halstein and Craig Guy had a very good partnership, with Guy looking in great form on his way to 53.

But once he was out that started a collapse as Kirkley lost four quick wickets. Ben Willgoss, with the help of Meadows who made only six but held firm to create a partnership with Willgoss, kept Kirkley in the game.

With Howes making a good 23, Willgoss finally finshed on 53 not out as Kirkley managed to get to 195 all out.

In a thrilling game Great Melton just managed to scrape over the line in reply. Kirkley bowled and fielded superbly - the best they have fielded all season - as wickets were shared between Block, Bishop and Guy who took two apiece with Caplin and Howes also taking one wicket each.

Good catching and fielding was the key to Kirkley running the league leaders so close, but they eventually got home winning by one wicket.

Kirkley’s next fixture is against Acle A at home tomorrow.

• KIRKLEY and Lowestoft Railway A entertained the league leaders Martham on Saturday, with skipper Spurgeon having two regulars back from the week before he won the toss and in a change of tactics elected to bat. Klrcc got off to the worst possible start, with the returning Duncan suffering an innings first ball duck. This bought Snell to the crease and he and Guy were cautious against the very good opening attack of Randall and Spelman. Snell got into his stride quicker dispatching the ball on several occasions before being bowled by first change Dunn. Ayers and Guy then continued before Ayers was bowled by Saggers for 20. Palfrey started brightly but was caught at the wicket off a glove for seven and when Guy went for 27 Klrcc looked in trouble at 97 for 5.

Hayes and Barnard hung around for a while passing 120 before Hayes played round one and young Rix joined Barnard but went for four. Critoph scored six in two scoring shots before he became the first of a Kemp hat rick as KLRCC closed on 136 all out, which never looked enough.

After tea Spurgeon opened with Ayers and himself and after three overs the game looked over with Martham racing to 32, Hayes then took a regulation catch in the deep off Spurgeon accounting for Whatmough and Klrcc and the opening pair looked a different proposition. Ayres and Spurgeon picked up three wickets apiece as Ayers looked far better hitting the deck hard and Spurgeon bowled with his usual guile. Just before drinks what may have been a big moment in the game came when the pace of Ayers took the edge however the luckless Duncan was unable to hold on and Rix dropped a catch off Spurgeon. This would have been seven down however it was six down at drinks as Kirkley had to introduce Critoph and Guy into the attack with the opening pair having bowled their allotted 12. Another chance went begging in the deep before Critoph cleaned up Randell and Kirkley’s hopes were raised. But he then dropped a chance off his own bowling and Martham made short work of passing 136 with eight overs to spare.

This was a game effort against the league leaders, yet the outcome could have been so different but for missed chances,

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• KIRKLEY and Lowestoft Railway U15 team continued their fantastic start to the season making it two wins out of three thanks to a convincing nine wicket victory over the newly merged Hales and Loddon at Gunton Park last Tuesday.

Kirkley skipper Rix won the toss and invited the Hales batsman in, on what looked look a good pitch. Opening Bowlers D Howes and M Khan bowled well, keeping it tight, and the pressure continued with the first change bowlers D Stacey and N Critoph. Soon after Critoph had bowled opener Warnes (6) with the score at 26. Pask came on and after two expensive overs, found his rhythm and eventually dismissed J Pitcher (7) with a caught and bowled, while at the other end Critoph continued to bowl well and picked up the wicket of fellow opener J Kershaw (11) in similar fashion to his first victim. Mansbridge came on to bowl at the death and once again bowled superbly picking up another two wickets, taking both the Turnell brothers wickets thanks to a good catch from young Malcolm-Jones. Mansbridge finished the allotted overs with Howes coming back on and picking up the wicket of Hales skipper L Jones (17). After the 20 overs Hales finished on 73-6 with Mansbridge being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-5 off his four overs, yet again another fantastic performance from him and he was backed in the field with some fantastic ground fielding by Heath, Malcolm-Jones and Khan.

In reply K & LR opening batsman Mortimer and Rix set about chasing the total and got off to a good start thanks to Mortimer playing some fantastic drives through extra cover. However, he was soon caught behind for a well made 15, this brought Walker to the crease. He and skipper Rix batted well, with Walker taking most of the strike, and showing his class off the back foot. They met their target in the 16th over ending on 77-1 which completed a comfortable nine wicket win. Walker finishing on 20 not out and Rix 26 not out which was a sensible innings given the circumstances.

• SOUTHWOLD finally laid their Melton hoodoo to rest as they beat them for the first time in over a decade, advancing to the Suffolk Alliance Cup quarter-final for the first time since 2004.

Put in to bat, opener Tim Porter signalled early intent, thrashing the first ball of the match through cover, and thumping 20 off the first two overs. With the roles of the last few weeks reversed, Gareth Gorst-Allman provided the support as the pair tucked into the bowling, putting on 92 in 16 overs before Gorst-Allman tried one ambitious shot too many.

Porter, having reached his half-century in the 10th over, kept the score moving, bludgeoning an enormous six before offering a return catch to Wash - who was the pick of the home bowling to depart for 74.

Jordan Barber was deceived by Utting, and it was left to Craig Gorst-Allman and Ryan Moore to shepherd the home side over the 200 mark on a deteriorating wicket.

After an excellent tea, skipper Steve Hines and Craig Gorst-Allman opened the bowling, and the pair bowled a niggardly line and length, as the Melton openers found runs at a premium. Utting picked out Porter at mid-off to depart for four, and when Dineen thrashed a wide one off Hines to Barber at cover point, the hosts were 27 for 2 after 15 overs.

A superb catch at long on from Craig Gorst-Allman gave Roger Sweet his debut wicket for Southwold, and a blistering mid-wicket catch was pouched by his brother Gareth off the same bowler to account for Lord.

Jackson offered some late resistance, but the home side were well behind the clock, as Mick Thornton and Middleditch mopped up the tail to leave Southwold easy winners by 89 runs.

Southwold return to league action this weekend, hosting Caribbeans and looking to keep hold of top spot in Section B.

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