Bungay bounce back with win

Bungay looked to get back to winning ways in Norfolk Alliance Division Four against Mundford – and did so by three wickets.

They will want more of the same tomorrow when they visit bottom team Bradenham A.

Captain Chris Fuller won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping to keep the runs down and chase down whatever was posted.

Bungay’s opening bowlers, Fuller and Mattocks, set the tone for the innings by putting pressure on the batsmen and not allowing them any easy runs.

After 15 overs the score was 39-1, changes in the bowling saw Tom York and Henry Carroll maintain the pressure and pick up a further wicket before the drinks break.

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Thirty overs had passed and with the score 91-2, Bungay knew they needed to restrict Munford to under 150. A fabulous diving catch by George Mattocks brought Bungay’s third wicket.

A good team performance in the field ensured the pressure was maintained throughout the innings.

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After Harrold Haines’ cameo spell brought the end of Webster for 63, Fuller returned to mop up the tail, taking five wickets in his final three overs.

With Bungay searching for that final wicket and maximum bowling points, Mattocks bowled Ovel with the penultimate delivery of the innings, with Mundford ending on 147 all out.

Bungay knew runs wouldn’t come easy on a slow pitch, and that the top four needed to take control of the innings. Mattocks and Will Lewis, opened and started cautiously.

Mattocks’ was the first wicket to fall, clean bowled for 12.

Matt Wise joined Lewis at the crease and they set about building the platform for the rest of the innings. Lewis played some good shots, but a slow outfield and poor running meant he did not score as many runs as his innings deserved.

Wise was dismissed caught for 14 with the score on 58-2. Tom York joined Lewis and the fight for runs became apparent with both batsmen struggling to get the ball away. Lewis was next to fall for a well-made 42, followed by York for 29, both trying to up the tempo.

Dickie Davies came and went for one and a recovery was need with Chris Fuller and Mark Elden at the crease. They batted sensibly, and were running hard between the wickets looking to score a run every ball.

Their 21-run partnership gave Bungay a chance of winning the game, and when Elden fell for seven it was left to Fuller and Barber to finish off the match.

They continued the good work and went into the last over with Bungay needing two runs to win; this led to Fuller trying a shot over the top of the infield but was caught for 28. However, the very next ball was despatched over the infield by Barber to earn a much-needed win.

BUNGAY A suffered another thumping defeat as Martham breezed past their inadequate 134 in only 13.4 overs without loss. Alex Sayer and John Whatmough grabbed 74 not out and 53 not out respectively. Bungay wilted in the onslaught, as the pair did not offer a chance and treated the visiting bowling with disdain – and it ended in a 10-wicket defeat.

Earlier, electing to bat, Bungay lost Cudden early, but Tim Porter and Tony Chang kept the board ticking in the face of some hostile bowling. The pair put on a half-century stand before Chang gave a catch to gully off Dunn.

Porter provided the only real resistance, continuing his good form by posting a half-century before being caught behind. Matthew Long and debutant Tristan Hipper provided some late resistance, but the home side worked their way through the lower order before the fireworks later on.

Bungay A: T Porter c Beckett b Whatmough 53, C Cudden c Ewing b Spellman 1, T Chang c Kemp b Dunn 21, A Codd c Kemp b Dunn 1, A James c Randell b Dunn 1, W Hunt lbw Ewing 6, D Mowday c Randell b Ewing 5, M Long b Kemp 12, L Pawsey b Whatmough 1,T Hipper not out 10, B Cudden c Sayer b Kemp 0; extras 21. Total (42.3 overs) 134. Bowling: S Randell 9-0-31-0, P Spellman 3-1-12-1, L Dunn 12-3-33-3, A Sayer 7-2-15-0, J Whatmough 4-1-14-2, J Ewing 4-0-8-2, S Balls 3-0-9-0, A Kemp 2.3-0-5-2.

Martham: A Sayer not out 74, J Whatmough not out 53; Extras 8. Total (13.4 overs) 134-0. Bowling: D Mowday 6-0-57-0, L Pawsey 5-0-38-0, M Long 1.4-0-29-0, T Hipper 1-0-7-0.

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