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LOWESTOFT CC: Mpho Sekhoto smashes 174

PUBLISHED: 12:40 02 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 06 July 2010

ANOTHER masterful batting display by Lowestoft Town's first team - led all the way by overseas star Mpho Sekhoto - ensured they smashed the 300-barrier on Saturday.

ANOTHER masterful batting display by Lowestoft Town's first team - led all the way by overseas star Mpho Sekhoto - ensured they smashed the 300-barrier on Saturday.

But despite making hay in the sunshine, they had to make do with a winning draw from their visit to Brooke in the Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance premier division - and with results elsewhere it meant that despite staying in touch with the leading pack, Lowestoft slipped to fourth in the league.

The home side won the toss in the sunny, hot conditions and skipper Matt Reid was “surprised” that his team were put into bat. It looked a good decision though when Habersham had young Joe Larter LBW for two.

But this only brought in-form Sekhoto and Ryan De Coteau together for a magnificent second wicket partnership of 170, as they blitzed the bowling to all parts.

De Coteau eventually fell for 69, before former skipper Nathan Garrod continued the assault with a quickfire 32.

It was however Sekhoto how took the plaudits once more. His “magnificent innings” according to skipper Reid of 174 from just 151 balls ended late on - but he'd blazed a trail around the Brooke ground, as he smashed the ball to all quarters in hitting 23 fours and five sixes.

Lowestoft scored a superb 112 runs in the last ten overs to ensure they closed on 301-5 off their 50 overs.

Brooke set off quickly in pursuit of their large target, with overseas player Dewan smashing 40 before he was caught in the deep by Garrod off Peter Sims.

It was first change bowler Sims who then tore through the home side's batting order as he finished with fine figures of 5-48 from 13 overs.

Opening bowler Tom Brice also bowled “excellent spells of bowling at the start and end of the innings,” according to skipper Reid as he collected 2-49 off 13 overs.

His brother Billy Brice took 1-39 off seven overs as Brooke closed on 226-8 off their 50 overs, with A Shearer hitting 56.

Lowestoft collected 18 points in this winning draw to keep the pressure on North Runcton and Vauxhall Mallards A above them, and it sets up a tasty clash away at leaders Downham Town tomorrow.

MoM: Sekhoto.

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