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Storey has bittersweet ending

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:41 06 July 2010

Lowestoft Town A's Karl Storey hit the winning runs to earn victory against Saxlingham - but in doing so robbed himself of a century.

Storey hit a four to earn Town a seven wicket victory but found himself marrooned on 99 not out as a result in the penultimate over of tight contest which consolidates Town's position at the top of Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Lowestoft Town A's Karl Storey hit the winning runs to earn victory against Saxlingham - but in doing so robbed himself of a century.

Storey hit a four to earn Town a seven wicket victory but found himself marrooned on 99 not out as a result in the penultimate over of tight contest which consolidates Town's position at the top of Norfolk Alliance Division Six.

Town captain Wayne Nixon won the toss and invited Saxlingham A to bat first at the very blustery Denes Oval on Saturday afternoon in the Norfolk Alliance Division Six clash.

Watkins and Haverson opened the bowling and the opening batsmen found scoring tricky against some tight bowling, in particular from Haverson.

However it was Watkins who made the initial breakthrough by having English caught at the wicket by Paul Rice.

Jenner replaced Watkins and immediately reduced the run rate with some accurate medium pace bowling.

David English and Ely had taken the score to 86 before Jenner bowled Ely with one that nipped back off the pitch.

Larter replaced Haverson and bowled with control.

This sparked a collapse from Saxlingham as they slipped to 111-6 after 32 overs. However Sykes and Hedges revived the innings as they finished their allotted overs on 194-7.

Jenner finishing with excellent figures of 4-32 from 12 overs.

Lowestoft began their reply knowing that they had let a promising position slip and that they had work to do to achieve the target.

After the early loss of Larter for three, Rice and Storey proceeded to form a good solid partnership despite Rice having a few slices of good fortune.

They moved the score along with ease. Rice reaching his 50 first.

Storey reached his 50 just after Rice.

Lowestoft were keeping good pace with the required run rate when suddenly Rice departed caught at mid-on.

This brought Larter senior to the wicket who immediately increased the tempo with some positive running and bringing much needed urgency to the chase. However he was unlucky to be adjudged lbw by the umpire.

This saw Moore come to the wicket who nudged the ball around to rotate the strike.

And it was left to Storey to finish the game in style hitting the winning boundary to finish 99 not out and guiding his side to victory by seven wickets in the penultimate over.

The Lowestoft Town first team suffered their second Norfolk Alliance Premier Division defeat in a row when they were beaten by 99 runs against Vauxhall Mallards.

Rayno Arendse hit 86 and James Shipley made 73 in Mallards 278 for nine.

Steve Goldsmith then took four for 15 to rip through the Lowestoft innings as the visitors could only make 179 all out despite 52 from Ryan DeCoteau.

Town picked up seven points for their efforts and now sit third bottom of the table with three games of the season gone.

There was also a second defeat of the season for Lowestoft B in Division Five of the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League.

Chasing 159 to beat Halvergate A, Lowestoft could only reach 136 for seven from their overs to lose by 22 runs and collect just five points compared to 22 for the Halvergate side.

The result leaves Lowestoft fourth bottom of the table.

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