Skipper leads victory charge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:27 05 July 2010

ON a pitch that was as bouncy as a beach ball, Lowestoft showed true mettle and spirit to win through to the second round of the Stan Biss Trophy after overcoming Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers by a five wicket margin.

ON a pitch that was as bouncy as a beach ball, Lowestoft showed true mettle and spirit to win through to the second round of the Stan Biss Trophy after overcoming Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers by a five wicket margin.

They will now face East Anglian Premier League Swardeston

Winning the toss, Wanderers batted first and some wayward bowling with wides and no balls at the start saw the home team race to the 50 mark in only 12 overs, writes Stuart Baker.

But then came the spin master into the attack and yet again Lawrence de Coteau weaved his magic spell with a tremendous spell of 10 overs for only 16 runs with four maidens.

Lady Luck was against him as he constantly beat the bat with no edge. This slowed the rate down and as the 30th over approached only 83 were on the board but with eight wickets in hand.

Opener Taylor took an eternity making 32 before Johan Mostert had him stumped by Dominic Smith.

Then the demon come on in the shape of Nathan Garrod who bamboozled Wanderers, clean bowling three victims in a 4-29 spell as the twin spin attack saw Mostert end up with 3-35.

The Town side had a bad start as Wanderers revved up the engine to get lift with sheer pace. Tommy Brice soon fell victim but Mostert went serenely on his way against the lightening pace of South African Lionel Brown who was on a hat trick getting Dom Smith and Joe Larter's wickets.

Karl Storey, along with Mostert, both made 36 and displayed courage as Town eased to the winning post, which came quick in the end once Brown had finished his spell.

Skipper Garrod saw it through with 29 not out and with Peter Sims, batting low down at number seven, put on 30 to win the match for a jubilant Town team against fellow Premier league opponents.

Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire MoM: Nathan Garrod.

TOWN brought off a coupon busting away win by two wickets at North Runcton in the Lovewell Blake Norfolk Alliance Premier Division, where not many teams this season will come away with 24 points.

In a sensational victory, to hoist the club into the upper echelons of the league table, the destroyer in chief on the day was all rounder Marcus Bishop, writes Stuart Baker.

Having just joined the club this season from Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway, Bishop plundered 45 runs before he was cruelly run out in a knock that included two sixes and five fours.

Yet again, for the second week running, opener Peter Sims played the anchor role with 54 off 129 balls and was the fourth batsman out on 163 with the job done. Other notable scorers making the successful run chase of 200 were Ryan de Coteau, Johan Mostert and Dom Smith, who all chipped in with valuable runs.

North Runcton had set Town 200 and in their innings the old stager Peter Coote stuck around for 54 until a smart stumping by Dom Smith saw him depart.

It was fourth change bowler Bishop who ripped the innings apart with his guile and spin in a non-stop 13 over spell taking 3-38. Mostert mopped up the tail, finishing with 3-41 and it was game, set and match to Lowestoft in a great team performance that bodes well for the future.

T M Ski and Travel MoM: Marcus Bishop.

THERE is a double header with Old Buckenham this weekend - firstly with them in the league on Saturday, 1pm start, then on Sunday in the Bob Carter Cup second round at 11am.

Although they have not started the season off too well, Old Bucks will still be a force to be reckoned with.

Town A make a trek into north Norfolk at Bradfield on Saturday in the league to take on their A team after being inactive last week while the B team are at home to Watton at Normanston Park in division 8 - their home match was also rained off last Saturday.

Tourists from London, Greenheath, are entertained by a Town side on Sunday at Normanston Park 2pm, and on bank holiday Monday, 1.30pm on the oval, Town's Under 17 team play Gt Melton in a coloured clothing fixture as a warm up to the forthcoming Bob Carter Junior Cup tournament.

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