Lowestoft Cricket Club prepare for weekend derby matches

PUBLISHED: 11:05 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:05 10 July 2015

Lowestoft Town skipper Billy Brice  batting for Lowestoft in their recent Norfolk Alliance Division One win at Acle. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Lowestoft Town skipper Billy Brice batting for Lowestoft in their recent Norfolk Alliance Division One win at Acle. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

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Lowestoft CC’s first team travelled to third from bottom Horsford last Saturday, and were put into bat by the home team on a pitch that can only be described as batting paradise – even if it did offer a little help for the seamers.

New opening pair Dom Smith and Craig Guy were removed early with not many runs on the board, bringing Nathan Garrod and Billy Brice together.

Garrod got off to a flyer, taking the attack to the Horsford seam bowlers, at one point hitting five fours in a row, as he brought his 50 up in stylish fashion with a clip through midwicket.

At 100-2 off 20 overs, Town were well placed to go on and make an impressive score. However, the removal of Garrod for a flamboyant 60 sparked the collapse.

Brice’s defiant knock came to an end, scoring 32, and there was a brief cameo for Marcus Bishop, but the lower order struggled against the Horsford spinners and Town were eventually bowled out for 173.

The visitors got off to the perfect start with skipper Brice taking a sharp caught and bowled chance in the first over, but this was to be the only wicket for some time as a couple of Horsford’s youngsters showed the true value of the pitch.

However with the introduction of Craig Guy, wickets started to fall. A few wickets in quick succession suddenly had Horsford wobbling with only 40 runs for victory.

It came down to the home side needing 10 runs with two wickets remaining, but Horsford held their nerve and went on to win by two wickets with Guy finishing with solid figures of 4-40 off 13 overs.

The A team also lost by six wickets facing Hethersett and Tas Valley last Saturday. Batting first Town scored 190-5 off 46 overs with skipper Sims making a century. The visitors knocked the runs off with three overs to spare with Steve Mann and Alex Haverson picking up two wickets each.

The B team continued their winning form, also batting first Town made 197-9 with Brad Skelly returning to cricket after a few years hitting a century. Rollesby were then bowled out for 114.

Tomorrow, the first tame take on Beccles at home, while the A team travel away to Beccles, for a double derby clash with the local rivals. The B team are also at home to local rivals Blundeston A at Normanston Park, all 1pm starts.

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