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Will Lewis stars as Bungay give their promotion hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 07:35 11 August 2017

Spinner Luke Schlemmer in full flight for Great Witchingham against Sudbury. Picture: Tim Ferley

Spinner Luke Schlemmer in full flight for Great Witchingham against Sudbury. Picture: Tim Ferley

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After last week’s setback against Swardeston B, Bungay travelled to Winterton knowing that a win was vital to keep their Division One promotion hopes alive.

They needed to beat the opposition and the weather, and managed both, with an emphatic eight wicket success leaving them 14 points behind second placed Great Melton.

With three games left and plenty of points still to play for, they remain right in the mix ahead of tomorrow’s home match with Old Buckenham A (1pm).

Stand-in skipper Tom Yorke won and important toss and chose to bowl first on a decidedly bowler friendly wicket. Nick Lo made the first breakthough with the help of a good catch by Charlie Mattocks and at the other end young Callum Clarke, having been promoted after some excellent performances for the A team ,was continuing his good form.

Lo and Clarke formed a miserly partnership, neither giving away much and both beating the batsmen on numerous occasions. Clarke finally got his just rewards, removing Noble-Parker with a great delivery.

By the end of the 18th over the scoreboard read 35-2 and both bowlers returned figures of nine overs 1-16. For Winterton Walker and Edmonds were trying to repair the damage, running hard and trying to use the short straight boundary whenever they could.

When the rain came after 38 overs Winterton were on 131-5 but after an early tea was taken and a mopping up process undertaken Winterton’s middle order came out all guns blazing and with Bungay’s fielders struggling in the wet conditions it looked like a challenging score would be posted. However, for the second week running Jack Masters bowled a great finishing spell to finish with eight overs 4-25, taking two wickets with the last two balls of the innings. Winterton closed on what felt like a competitive score of 177-9.

However, despite losing opening bat Lo early to an excellent inswinging yorker from Rohit, fellow opener Will Lewis was in one of those moods where he looks immovable. He was watchful early but then clicked through the gears to make what looked a tricky run chase look easy. He was well supported by Yorke (26) and Charlie Mattocks (39 not out) and the total was reached in the 32d over just in time for fiancée Sarah to see Lewis hit the winning runs and finish on 94 not out.

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