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Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway squeak home

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 July 2010

Kirkley &Lowestoft Railwaytravelled to Great Witchingham in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League Challenge Cup first round, which was played at North Elmham CC.

Kirkley &Lowestoft Railwaytravelled to Great Witchingham in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League Challenge Cup first round, which was played at North Elmham CC.

K&LR captain Block lost the toss and Great Witchingham elected to bat.

On a slow wicket, Dave Hayes opened the bowling and struck in the first over, removing Bamforth without troubling the scorers. Witchingham began to rebuild through Foweather and Tye, with the latter going for 43 after unfortunately stepping back onto his stumps attempting a glance, off the bowling of Jon Block.

Paul Hunter then claimed the wickets of Foweather (22) and McCann, allowing Railway a foothold back in to the game. Craig Guy spun his way to two wickets by removing both Fisher brothers for no score, while at the other end, Josh Stewart took the wicket of Hook (10), taking the catch off his own bowling.

With K&LRCC now dominating, this allowed 13 year old Carl Rix, playing in his first game in adult cricket, the chance to take the wicket of Witchingham captain Cavours (3), with Josh Stewart taking a good catch at square leg. Skipper Block took the final two wickets, which would have seen him on a hat trick and Witchingham ended the innings all out for 133.

Chasing 133, Mike Pavier went early on, but Craig Guy and Jamie Ayers put on a 45 run partnership to steady the Railway ship. When Ayers went for 11, K&LRCC were looking good for the win with Guy still at the crease and with batting to come. Three further wickets fell, including that of Guy for a well constructed innings of 53, including seven boundaries. After Hunter fell for 17, Block and Stewart began to rebuild, with plenty of overs in which to reach the target. When Stewart was out for 17 and young Carl Rix went without scoring, it was a shaky finish, but Dave Hayes hit the winning runs to see K&LRCC through to the second round.

Hubble & Co MoM: Craig Guy.

Tomorrow Kirkley entertain Worstead in the league, 2pm start at Gunton Park.

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