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Sims show not enough

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:53 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town were thwarted by the last pair of Topcroft batsmen and had to be content with a winning draw in their Norfolk Alliance Premier Division clash.

Lowestoft Town were thwarted by the last pair of Topcroft batsmen and had to be content with a winning draw in their Norfolk Alliance Premier Division clash.

A fine performance with both bat and ball by Peter Sims was not enough to earn the victory Town deserved.

However, they have closed the gap at the top of the table and now trail new leaders and current champions Downham Town by just 16 points with seven games remaining after picking up 17 points.

Sims starred with the bat first of all, hitting 85 in Lowestoft's 220-6 total.

He was ably supported by Karl Storey with an excellent 41, while Carl Scott weighed in with a valuable 18 not out at the end.

Sims then shone with the ball nipping out four Topcroft batsmen at the personal cost of 16 runs.

And still he was not finished, taking two remarkable catches at gully and he was also involved in a run out of Ian Todd.

But the final Topcroft pair of Rob Marshall and David Todd batted out the last 10 overs as the hosts finished on 152-9.

Meanwhile, Lowestoft A remain top of Norfolk League Division Five despite a four wicket defeat to Vauxhall Mallards B.

Town hit 167-8 but the mid-table Mallards overcame the score for the loss of six wickets.

There was better news for the B team.

They picked up 25 points against Aldborough A after compiling 191-9 in Division Eight.

They then managed to dismiss Aldborough for 182 to clinch victory by nine runs.

Lawrence De Coteau's young team had a splendid six wicket win over Norfolk league side Rackheath on Sunday.

Rackheath made 108 all out with Gabriel Mansbridge taking 2-19, Callum Wright 2-27 and Hayden Rogers 2-2.

They then reached 109 for the loss of four wickets with 12-year-old Josh McAvoy hitting a cultured 36, Mansbridge 20 and Daniel George 17.

Brian Gale t-shirt winner was Kieron Jones.

This week the firsts are at home to North Runcton on Saturday, the A team face Civil Service away, and the B team are away at Diss B.

The C team entertain Martham A at Normanston Park at 2pm.

On Sunday it's Eaton away in a friendly and, Beccles U17's home.

Next Friday sees a friendly against Ufford Park at 1.30pm.

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