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CRICKET: Sekhoto shines for Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 12:51 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 06 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Town picked up a vitally important first league win of the season to beat fellow Premier Division strugglers Old Buckenham by 26 runs.

Matt Reid's side were indebted to a stunning onslaught from South African Mpho Sekhoto, who timely innings provided a fitting occasion to seal his first league century for the club.

LOWESTOFT Town picked up a vitally important first league win of the season to beat fellow Premier Division strugglers Old Buckenham by 26 runs.

Matt Reid's side were indebted to a stunning onslaught from South African Mpho Sekhoto, who timely innings provided a fitting occasion to seal his first league century for the club.

Victory now moves Lowestoft up to eighth in the table, with 38 points from four games - thanks to their 25-point haul on Saturday - while Old Buckenham replace them at the bottom of the table following this loss.

After winning the toss, the host invited Lowestoft to bat in sunny conditions - and they were made to regret that decision despite picking up a couple of early wickets.

With Ryan De Coteau making his first appearance of the season, a new-look opening partnership with teenager Joe Larter was soon back in the pavilion as they made 12 and seven respectively.

Sekhoto, batting at number three, then settled in with former skipper Nathan Garrod (17) as they faced some good bowling. The pair shared a good stand of 83, which left Town in a fine position with 21 overs still left.

And as Sekhoto began to find his rhythm, he teamed up with youngster Dom Smith (26), who accelerated the run rate when at the crease, to launch a blistering onslaught.

So much so that as Sekhoto punished anything loose, he eventually reached his century in the 43rd over.

But that was when the fun began…..as the South African then smashed another 43 runs inside six overs - including a fantastic 16 runs off the final over as Lowestoft closed on 225 to collect maximum batting points.

Mpho's masterful hitting ensured he reached 143 not out off 134 balls

Bucks fell short in their reply, as skipper Reid and Billy Brice each collected three wickets each, with Brice picking up a trio in a lively opening spell.

Change bowlers Peter Sims and Billy Brice both bowled well, with club captain Sims back to his miserly best in a super spell of 2-20 off 13 overs - with seven maidens bowled.

The game itself swung from end to end, and with three overs still to go all results were still possible. Lowestoft needed two wickets for victory, while Old Buckenham were looking to reach a 90pc draw, with the chance of an outside victory as well.

But Lowestoft held their nerve when it was most needed to take the remaining wickets with Tom Brice's fine catch in the final over helping Town record their first league victory of the season.

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