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Spirited bowling effort not enough for Kirkley and Belton CC

PUBLISHED: 08:37 12 May 2017

Lowestoft Town CC in the field against Bradfield at Denes Oval. Picture: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Town CC in the field against Bradfield at Denes Oval. Picture: Mick Howes

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Kirkley and Belton played their first game of the season at Gunton Park against Happisburgh.

Visitors’ captain Aaron Underwood won the toss and decided to put the home team in to bat on a lively pitch.

The home team innings never got going as they lost wickets regularly with just one notable partnership between Sam Nash (25) and Aazam Mir (18) and they were bowled out for 123 in the 31st over.

The Happisburgh innings didn’t start very well either when Nash claimed two wickets in consecutive overs. Vinay Guleria (2-22) and Anil Bilurkar (1-16) kept the pressure on but Carl Allen held his nerve by scoring 39 as the visitors reached the target of 124 runs in 39th over.

The next match for the team, sponsored by Kia John Grose Lowestoft, is on Saturday against Sandringham at Gunton Park.

Kirkley A, sponsored by Alan Boswell Insurance Services, beat Ketteringham Hall by one wicket.

After winning the toss, and electing to field, it looked a good toss to win, runs being kept to a premium with 60-year-old David Read taking two early wickets. He was well supported by Neil Muirhead but after five overs Muirhead went down with a calf injury.

Matt Gander came on early and again bowled a tight line, taking two important wickets. Paul Hodds and Trigger Beach also bowled well, both taking wickets while Simon Bessey marked his return by taking a wicket with his first ball and completed the innings with another good ball, reducing Ketteringham to 99 all out.

The reply started solidly although again Beach and Bobby Thomas were out cheaply. Kev Barnard and Scott Francis started to move the run rate along although a mini collapse occurred, with both going with the score on 30.

Dave Hayes and skipper Daniels started to do their usual job in getting closer to the victory target, but again there was a setback as both fell to lbw decisions.

Bessey then started to go for his shots and got Kirkley to 89 for six before Gander (6), Hodds (2) and Read (0) were out to make it 91 for nine. Muirhead joined man-of-the-match Bessey, struggling to even walk, but Bessey with a brilliant 40 not out got Kirkley over the line.

They next take on Acle B away while the Sunday team are at Diss.

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