Bungay A record comfortable win to stay in the Norfolk League title hunt

Hales and Loddon first team, sponsored by Musker McIntyre estate agents, face the camera. Back: lef

Hales and Loddon first team, sponsored by Musker McIntyre estate agents, face the camera. Back: left to right, Jack Cook, Dave Redford, Matt Buckingham, Tim Outlaw, Alexander Metcalfe, James Bemment, Richard Cool. Front: Pete Dye, Mark Stewart, Auldwyn Lindsay, Milton Lindsay. Picture: Milton Lindsay - Credit: Archant

Bungay A kept in the hunt for the Norfolk League Division 4SE title as they beat Great Melton C. Captain Dickie Davies won the toss and elected to field, and this quickly appeared to be the correct decision, as opening bowlers Luke Pawsey and Callum Clark took quick wickets to reduce the opposition to 11-4 within the first 10 overs.

Whilst Melton dug in,they couldn’t get the scoreboard moving and by the time 20 overs were up, the score had only crept up to 40. Pawsey finished his spell of 10 overs taking two wickets for just 10 runs.

Reece Ling came into the attack and with his first ball had Bridges, who had been holding things together, caught and bowled for 15. Fletcher then picked up an injury and could not continue and this exposed the young and inexperienced Melton tail. They held out valiantly until the 37th over and d took the final total to 77, Callum Clark finishing with 3-11.

Bungay’s reply started briskly, with openers Carl Cudden and Alex Codd looking comfortable as they quickly put 27 on the board before Cudden was bowled. Will Thomson then joined Codd and set into the bowling and by the time Codd was caught behind for a fluent 20, the target was very much in sight. Davies then came to the wicket and the final required runs were quickly scored to complete a comfortable eight wicket victory. Thomson finishing unbeaten on 28.

In the same section freescoring Sri Lankan Usuru hit a half-century but could not prevent Hales and Loddon A from slumping to a six-wicket home defeat at the hands of Yarmouth A.

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Usuru top scored with a breezy 50 with Matthew Plummer (19) and Will Yates (42) the other chief contributors as H&L were bowled out for 160 with nearly 10 of the scheduled 45 overs unused.

Yates struck early to remove experienced opener Keith Nicholls for one but Yarmouth were steered to victory by an unbeaten 93 from Michael Boyce as the visitors reached their target with seven overs to spare.

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PJ Waylands Minibus and Taxis man-of-the-match Yates was the pick of the H&L bowlers, taking two for 22 from 10 overs, while Matthew Plummer (five overs one or 11) and Jonathan Ward (two overs one for seven) took the other wickets.

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