Lowestoft Town see off Stow
PUBLISHED: 16:10 17 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:14 17 May 2012
LOWESTOFT entertained Stow at the Oval on Saturday and collected their first victory of the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division season.
The wet weather that preceded the game during the week ensured that the pitch would be slow and low and the team winning the toss would always be likely to field first as was the case, when the Stow captain called correctly.
Lowestoft batted and got off to the worst possible start losing opener Willgoss in the third over and then disastrously, Ruan Du Plessis the very next ball as he clipped to mid-wicket.
Garrod and McAvoy consolidated, each making useful 20s before both were bowled by deliveries that kept low. David Fletcher also managed to stay around for a while contributing 26 before falling to a low catch.
The remaining Lowestoft batsmen failed to come to terms with the Stow attack on the surface, as wickets fell regularly as the home side’s innings subsided to 106 all out in 40 overs.
This was another disappointing batting performance and the visitors looked to be in the ascendency at the halfway stage with Town staring at defeat. The one source of optimism for the home side was that the surface had not altered with the breezy afternoon’s lukewarm sunshine and in Kieran Jones, Lowestoft had a bowler who would prove himself capable of exploiting these conditions.
The youngster removed the top four batsmen, including overseas professional Van Wyk first ball, for just four runs in his permitted seven over spell. Jones had bowled with fantastic control and achieved significant lateral movement in a devastating burst to which the Stow batsmen had no answer.
Peter Sims bowled with similar control from the other end and, after Jones had ripped the heart out of the Stow batsmen, began to collect wickets of his own. At the 20 over stage Stow were 17-8 and looking at the Alliance’s lowest ever total before some lower order blows enabled the number of runs scored to overtake the number of overs bowled.
Lowestoft’s fielders supported the bowling magnificently with all chances caught and runs restricted to a minimum through near-perfect ground fielding. Ultimately, the visitors had to settle for equalling the lowest ever score on the Denes Oval in a league game as they were all out for 39 - meaning Town won by 67 runs and collected 20 points to move up to fifth in the table - just four points behind leaders Norwich.
Sims eventually collected five wickets for nine runs, with nine maidens, bowling unchanged for 13.4 overs, while Damian Abeyratna collected his first Lowestoft wicket after replacing the brilliant Jones.
This was a fantastic bowling and fielding effort that compensated for another below par batting performance. When Lowestoft produce the batting they’re capable of, they will be able to compete with all the teams in this division.
Gary Bennett Driving School MoM: Kieran Jones.
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