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LOWESTOFT CC: Reid All About It

PUBLISHED: 12:51 09 July 2010 | UPDATED: 21:52 01 August 2010

WE travelled to reigning champions Downham on Saturday after being disappointed with our performance in the first game of the season against them.

However, on this occasion we gave a much better account of ourselves, although still resulting in a loss by six wickets.

WE travelled to reigning champions Downham on Saturday after being disappointed with our performance in the first game of the season against them.

However, on this occasion we gave a much better account of ourselves, although still resulting in a loss by six wickets.

We were put into bat on firm pitch. Joe Larter looked very solid early on and played an excellent array of shots before being run out for 45. Mpho Sekhoto once again looked in fine form scoring another remarkable 109. Larter and Sekhoto put on a superb second-wicket partnership of 150 to help us post a respectable score of 249 for 7 against a strong Downham bowling line-up.

We knew Downham would attack from the off and were always up with the run rate. Billy Brice managed to slow the rate during the middle overs. However, the hosts always managed to hit a boundary just as we applied some pressure.

Billy was the pick of the bowlers from both sides producing unplayable deliveries in a match dominated by the bat.

The home side reached the target with four overs to spare. However ,we had proved to be more difficult opposition than on the opening day of the season. The bowling is still an area we need to work on ensuring we are bowling consistent probing areas.

Tomorrow we host Diss, who have been performing very well of late and after their eight-wicket victory over Acle on Saturday find themselves in third place.

The A team stayed in touch with the leaders with a winning draw at home to Beccles A. The home side posted 257 for 3 with a superb innings of 98 from Marcus Bishop and Karl Storey once again scoring an excellent half century. Beccles hung on for the losing draw finishing on 193 for 7.

The B team lost by three wickets away at Rocklands. Lowestoft posted 204 all out, with a good knock from Ben Foster scoring 55 and a fine 41 from Stewart Larter. Rocklands reached the winning target with five overs to spare.

The C team hosted Hethersett and Tas Valley and ran out comfortable winners. Lowestoft elected to bowl and thanks to some disciplined bowling only 23 runs had been scored for the loss of three wickets after 20 overs, with Dean Pierpoint bowling 10 overs for a miserly four runs. Chandith swept away the Hethersett middle and lower order taking five wickets.

Phil Ellis and Elliott Reynolds put on an opening stand of 62 to leave the home side well placed to reach the winning target of 118. Ellis scored an impressive 78 to secure yet another victory for Lowestoft C team moving them to third place in this competitive league.

Matt Reid was speaking to Mark Boggis

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