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Lowestoft CC well beaten in their final Norfolk Alliance game of season

PUBLISHED: 04:03 01 September 2017

Long-serving Steve Goldsmith receives a guard of honour from his Vauxhall Mallards team-mates after coming out to bat for the club the final time at Halvergate on Saturday in the Norfolk Alliance match against Stow. Turn inside for a report.  Picture: Alan Tinkler

Long-serving Steve Goldsmith receives a guard of honour from his Vauxhall Mallards team-mates after coming out to bat for the club the final time at Halvergate on Saturday in the Norfolk Alliance match against Stow. Turn inside for a report. Picture: Alan Tinkler

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Lowestoft rounded off their Norfolk Alliance Division One season in disappointing fashion when they well beaten at Diss, who secured promotion to the top flight as a result.

Lowestoft won the toss and elected to bat first at Rectory Meadow and Diss struck early with Chris Cooper having Adam Savoury (4) caught at slip by David Tooke.

Daniel Taylor (1-32) also struck by getting the key wicket of Tom Brice for a duck. Cooper began to rip through the Lowestoft top order, removing Josh McAvoy (1), Craig Guy (0) and Nathan Garrod (12) all in quick succession to reduce Lowestoft to 23-5. They briefly recovered through David Brown (20) and Will Brice (14), but they both ended up falling to Cooper as he finished with figures of 6-28 and made it 35 wickets for the season.

Skipper Mark Williamson (2-14) also joined the fun, notching a couple of wickets himself and a good piece of fielding from Mark Brawn ensured a run out. In the end Lowestoft were dismissed for 88 in just 29.4 overs.

The run chase started with a bang as Williamson thick edged the first ball for four over third man. He and Cooper were determined to see out the game before the tea break and Williamson in particular did just that, pelting 43 in just 38 deliveries with some delightful shots, including a six.

He was eventually bowled by Will Brice (1-15), but David Tooke helped Cooper see out the victory, and guarantee the hosts 25 points.

He finished nine not out and Cooper 29 not out.

Lowestoft, who had already ensured their safety, finished third from bottom in the table, 25 points above Norwich A.

Lowestoft A openers Peter Sims and Jordan Neasmith put on an unbroken 197 for the first wicket to help their side to comprehensive 10-wicket win over Old Catton in Division Five. Sims finished on exactly 100 while Neasmith made 64.

Old Catton were bowled out for 196, with Robert Sims taking four wickets. The seconds finish the season in eight position.

In the Norfolk League Southwold ensured they would finish second in Division 2E when they won their final game at home to Sprowston B by nine wickets.

Craig Gorst-Allman took 4-22 as the visitors finished on 149-9 and Southwold then got home in 32 overs with Gareth Gorst-Allman making 68 and Ezra Fuller an unbeaten 42.

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