Beccles fall short

Beccles travelled to Bradenham chasing their first win against the leaders.Bradenham decided to bowl on a wicket that was to offer some assistance to bowlers.

Beccles travelled to Bradenham chasing their first win against the leaders.

Bradenham decided to bowl on a wicket that was to offer some assistance to bowlers. It started well with opening bowler Mosert clean-bowling Puxley for one which brought Patnell to the wicket where he and Sydenham shared a 31-run stand before Patnell was bowled by spinner Findlay.

Richard Porter was out cheaply bowled by Gates for five in a patch where Beccles lost 2-5. This brought Sydenham and Vihm together looking for a partnership to get things back on track. They put on 20 before Gates had Sydenham stumped for 22.

It was a spell where he claimed 4-20 to tear a hole in the Beccles middle order where the only batsmen to pass double figures were Vihm who top scored with 29, Sydenham 22 and Richard Holmes who smashed a quick 20 at the end before being one of Gates' victims.

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Good support from Patnell (16) and Ruddock (15) before Beccles was eventually bowled out for 138.

Bradenham began the chase for 139 requiring only three runs an over but it started poorly losing two early wickets off the bowling of Vihm - Findlay for five and South African Mostert for two having them on the back foot at 2-20.

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But a 70-run partnership between Thurley and Dewing had them on the way before off spinner Ruddock bowled Dewing for a well-compiled 38 leaving them 3-90. But it was Thurley 66 not out and younger Findlay 20 not out saw them reach the total of 138 with four overs to spare to be 3-139 with Vihm claiming 2-23 off 12 and Ruddock the other wicket-taker 1-44 off 10 in the end. About 20 runs short.

It was Beccles' opening Sunday game against Ashmanhaugh when they won the toss and batted, losing opener Jordan Barbour with the score on just 10. That brought Richard Porter and Daniel Vihm together seeking to partner up against a fired-up South African quick bowler in Dean Curdish. They put on 245 for the second wicket before Porter departed for a marvellous 131.

Vihm soon followed for 80 not long after with the pair knocking the ball to all parts of the ground. The only other bat to reach double figures was James Sneddon with 18. Dean Curdish claimed 4-37 and Spinx chipped in with three wickets in which Beccles finished on

300-8 after 50 overs.

Ashmanhaugh started their innings terribly with Vihm picking up the first four wickets to have them 4-55 before Khusshid (109no) with good support from Everitt (39) and Barlow (32) saw them reach a respectable 6-231.

Vihm picked up 4-29 to be the best of the bowlers and Aldridge Keely and Alex Wright claimed a wicket.

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