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Lowestoft slip to home defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:21 11 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:28 06 July 2010

NEW Zealander Steve Murdoch continued his impressive start to the season with champions Downham as he destroyed Lowestoft on Saturday.

Having been put into bat, Downham found themselves on 20 for two before Murdoch (52), Patrick Yates (42) and Duncan Lanchester (41) helped them to a total of 182 all out, Matthew Reid taking four for 33.

NEW Zealander Steve Murdoch continued his impressive start to the season with champions Downham as he destroyed Lowestoft on Saturday.

Having been put into bat, Downham found themselves on 20 for two before Murdoch (52), Patrick Yates (42) and Duncan Lanchester (41) helped them to a total of 182 all out, Matthew Reid taking four for 33.

But the Lowestoft batsman had no answer to the bowling of Murdoch, whose haul of six for 18 included the dismissal of South African Sammy-Joe Avontuur for just 10. Greg Tulett claimed three for 15 as Lowestoft tumbled to 55 all out.

Acle maintained their winning start with a 20-run win at home to Brooke.

Haydn Murray (66) and David Huggins (56) helped Acle to post 210 all out, with Rob Panter (four for 43) and John Habershon (three for 43) the best Brooke bowlers. In reply, Chris Sheehy fired 53 and John Reynolds made 43, but Paul Newman took five for 31 as Brooke were all out for 190 on the penultimate ball of the match.

A third wicket partnership of 172 between Topcroft skipper James Goodfellow (73no) and overseas player Philip Du Plessis (136) helped Topcroft to a winning draw against Swardeston.

Topcroft's total of 265 for five proved out of reach for Swardeston, who had reached 202 for six at the close, Alex Billham hitting 55no and Adam Todd taking three for 54.

Rayno Arendse blasted 152no as Vauxhall Mallards battered North Runcton into submission.

Steve Goldsmith also made 74 in Mallards' 303 for four, before Runcton were bowled out for 173, James Ing returning figures of four for 72.

Cromer's miserable start to the league season continued with an eight-wicket loss at newly-promoted Diss.

Robbie Tooke's figures of four for 35 sent Cromer slipping to 119 all out and Diss found few problems in knocking off the runs.

Bradfield are the pacesetters in Division One after picking up maximum points from their opening two games.

Ed Botwright fired 64 to help them to a total of 251 for seven at Bradenham, with Blake Whyte picking up four for 71.

Dave Yarham then ran through the home batting line-up, claiming six for 15 - to add to his seven-wicket haul the previous week - as Bradenham were all out for 108. Yarham's figures included one devastating over where he collected three wickets. Teenager Lewis Denmark provided most resistance for Bradenham as he made 30.

Old Buckenham have also started the season in fine style and they picked up their second win thanks to a sensational performance from Ben Mann against Stow.

Mann hit a century in Bucks' 298 for eight - skipper Terry Perry made 53 - before ripping the heart out of the Stow reply with a hat-trick in his final figures of four for 14.

Norwich are the other team with a 100pc record after they chased down a big target at Barton Turf against Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.

Wanderers had reason to be delighted with their score of 257 for five, but Nick Hurford soon wiped the smiles from their faces as his 120no steered Norwich to a five-wicket win.

Sheringham picked up their first win following promotion last year as they won by four wickets at Mattishall.

Aaron Garner made 61no in Mattishall's 207 all out, Shahid Rafique taking five for 60. But Chris Sutton smashed an unbeaten century to help Sheringham past that target.

Sam Hales and Geoff Roff bagged four wickets each as Sprowston beat Saham Toney by eight wickets.

Hales (four for 19) and Roff (four for 27) restricted Saham to 101 all out and that presented no problem for the Sprowston batsmen.

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