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Skipper knock not enough

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:43 05 July 2010

ON a damp day Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway A skipper Hayes lost the toss for the first time this season.

And opposition Aylsham SG had no hesitation in putting K&LR in to bat and with a wet out field runs were always going to be hard to come by.

ON a damp day Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway A skipper Hayes lost the toss for the first time this season.

And opposition Aylsham SG had no hesitation in putting K&LR in to bat and with a wet out field runs were always going to be hard to come by.

Duncan and Palfrey opened the batting with Palfrey going early to a good catch when attempting to find the boundary over midwicket

Hayes joined Duncan and the two of them set about putting a total on the board.

Scoring was slow but these two took it along, Duncan eventually playing on for a good 23 when trying to up the run rate.

Hayes continued to build and watch as wickets fell.

Josh Warnes played a great straight drive for four then being bowled.

Hayes was joined by Barnard and these two started to get the scoreboard moving as the grass started to dry and one or two boundaries came.

They took it to 120 in the 35th over before Hayes top edged one going for another leg side boundary he was out for 60 and this left K&LR looking to try and gain the extra point at 160 with nine or so overs left, but Block and Barnard seemed to go into their shells once Hayes had fallen and K&LR moved on to 142-6 with Barnard run out off the last ball for a well constructed 32.

After tea, Spurgeon and Warnes opened the bowling with Warnes bowling an unplayable ball third up to dismiss the opener.

Spurgeon was impossible to get away at the other end causing everyone problems when he got Bingham to clip one to Cruickshank's at square leg, a bold effort saw him ground the chance hurting himself in the process.

Unfortunately the next chance came his way as well and this time running backward just managed to palm it away.

It didn't look like it was going to be Spurgeon's day and when the excellent Duncan couldn't cling on to a fine edge standing up to Spuddy Spurgeon Railway knew it wasn't going to be theirs.

Willimott replaced Warnes at the other end but struggled to find his lines although an excellent catch by Stewart and an even better one by Duncs standing up earned him another over.

The pressure from Spurgeon brought about what Railway thought was a run out but adjudged to be safe by the umpire which was probably fair enough.

Hayes then bought Cruickshanks on for Spurgeon and he again bowled some tidy deliveries but was obviously suffering slightly from the two missed catches letting this affect his length on occasions.

Barnard removed the opener the very next ball after his 50 and Railway, thanks to tight fielding were still in with a shout.

Things just were going the way of the batsmen, as Block replaced Cruickshank's, and again caused problems however a couple of no balls for back foot infringement seemed to frustrate him and he lost confidence, however still picking up a wicket.

Spurgeon was re-introduced with five overs left but unfortunately only half a dozen required but the ball just avoided mid on, on the second occasion proving enough for the Aylsham win, young Bryan, finishing on 40 not out a well constructed innings.

But K&LR must take confidence from this performance all of which will be needed as they take on top of the table neighbours Lowestoft at the Denes Oval this weekend.

Thanks to match ball sponsors Eng-Tech.

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