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Lowestoft CC lose their opening Norfolk Alliance fixture

PUBLISHED: 05:36 05 May 2017

Archant Norfolk 2016

An excellent innings from skipper Tom Brice was not enough as Lowestoft Town lost their opening Norfolk Alliance Division One fixture of the season on Saturday.

Brice scored a fine 77 but in the end he was upstaged by Swardeston A youngster Flynn Drinkell who shone with both bat and ball as his side won 35 runs.

Drinkell made 73 out of a total of 206-7 as the home side opted to bat first at the Common, with 52 from skipper Ben Hogg helping them along the way.

Nathan Garrod was Town’s most successful bowler, taking 4-48 in his 10 overs, while Cameron Nichols took 2-26.

Lowestoft were still very much in it at the halfway stage but sadly no-one could provide Brice with adequate support as Drinkell weighed in with figures of 4-15.

The visitors were eventually all out for 173 in the 46th over, with Elliott George the second highest scorer on 15.

Lowestoft A got off to a winning start in Division Five, but only just, as they edged past Swardeston/CEYMS by six runs in a desperately tight match at the Denes Oval.

The hosts made 175-9 in their 45 overs, with Prassanna Tirimanna (31) and Sam Ballard (28) the main contributors.

In reply Swardeston were left stranded on 169-8 as William Frary (1-22) and Steve Mann (1-20) bowled tight nine over spells while Charlie Duckmanton took 3-37 in five.

On Saturday the first team play host to Bradfield while the seconds are at Great Melton A. Both matches start at 1pm.

Bradfield got their Division One campaign off to a fine start following promotion last season as they bowled out Diss for just 110, with Jez Wright taking 5-22, before winning by seven wickets in the 19th over.

Fellow new-boys Thetford eased home with just as much comfort against Dereham.

Chasing just 123 they also won by seven wickets, with Ryan Conroy (54 not out) guiding them home. In the top flight champions Brooke overcame a stern challenge from Old Buckenham to get their title defence off to a winning start.

Close season recruit Daniel Vihm shone with both bat and ball (4-40, 36) as John Habershon’s side edged home by three wickets after looking in complete command at the halfway stage as the Bucks were bowled out for just 149 in the 44th over.

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