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Lowestoft Town finally have something to smile about after hard-fought victory

PUBLISHED: 05:07 09 June 2017

Garboldisham's Dan Constable in full flight during his side's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division win over Fakenham on Saturday. Picture: Ian Burt

Garboldisham's Dan Constable in full flight during his side's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division win over Fakenham on Saturday. Picture: Ian Burt

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Lowestoft Town got their Norfolk Alliance Division One campaign up and running with a much needed win at fellow strugglers Mattishall.

Town went into the game having lost their open five fixtures but the gloom was lifted when they won a tight encounter by 29 runs.

They remain bottom of the table but are now just two points behind Mattishall ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Norwich A, who currently third from bottom.

After being asked to bat first on Saturday the visitors did well to get up to 288-5 in their 50 overs.

There were half centuries for Adam Savoury (55) and Nathan Garrod (54) but the star man was Arun Nair, who fully justified his promotion from the second team as he made an unbeaten 78,

Mattishall got close in reply, but not close enough, as they were dismissed for 259 in the 47th over.

Three of their batsmen also got past 50. Jason Cole was the star man, scoring 75 in just 58 balls with five fours and three sixes, while Ben Parkyn made 56 and Gordon Chetwood 50.

David Brown was the most successful Lowestoft bowler, even though he took some stick, taking 4-43 in 5.5 overs, while Nair completed an excellent day’s work by taking 2-26.

There are new leaders in Division One, with Diss taking over at the top after knocking Thetford off their perch. Rob Tooke shone with both bat and ball as the home side won by 31 runs to inflict a first defeat of the season on their near neighbours.

Tooke top scored with 56 in a total of 202 and then took 4-31 as Thetford were dismissed for 171 (Craig Baulch 53, Ryan Conroy 49). Diss have played one more game than the chasing pack which is now being led by Swardeston A, who were also relegated last season.

Lowestoft A had a testing match against high-flying Snettisham in Division Five at The Denes Oval and after a brave fight went down by 111 runs.

The visitors didn’t have it all their own way when batting first, but managed to get up to 237-6 in 45 overs, with Jonathan Forder making 68 and Damien Twiddy 52.

Nine players had a bowl for Lowestoft, with Ridwan Hoque (4-50) having the most success.

In reply skipper Tom Brice made 47 and Hoque 30 but those were the only scores of note as the seconds were dismissed for 126 in the 39th over.

Lowestoft A are away to Cromer A on Saturday.

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