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Footy star helps Bungay to win

PUBLISHED: 11:01 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 07:29 01 August 2010

Bungay pulled off an unlikely victory over Acle A by two wickets with two balls to spare at home, thanks to a fine 81 not out from ex-Canary keeper Joe Lewis.

Bungay pulled off an unlikely victory over Acle A by two wickets with two balls to spare at home, thanks to a fine 81 not out from ex-Canary keeper Joe Lewis.

Bungay captain David Fuller, won an important toss and invited the visitors to bat first.

Acle's Andy Franks opened along with captain G Handley and took the attack to the bowlers, and after 13 overs had raced to 54 without loss.

Chris Fuller bowled Franks for 20 then Handley for 46 and V Cox to make Acle 90 for three.

S Mallett and R Sidell started to re-build, but a fine catch at slip by A James removed Mallett, and then Sidell was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Steve Davey. Some big blows from M Handley, and some risky running which resulted in a further two run outs, meant Acle finished on a very competitive 174 for nine.

The top three Bungay batsmen were out inside the first four overs for just six runs.

Captain David Fuller joined Joe Lewis, but the loss of early wickets and good bowling from C Barnham and M Handley made scoring tough. Fuller looked to be positive and was caught at mid-on for 22, and 34 for four soon became 36 for five, and then 75 for six.

With 100 runs required from just 13 overs, the game was effectively over for Bungay, but Lewis was joined by D Davis and the pair added 30 for the seventh wicket, with Davis striking three sixes in his 22 from seven balls.

Bungay started scoring at 10 an over to drag them back into the game. Lewis passed his 50 and T Chang scored a season's best 27 in his 50 partnership with Lewis before he was bowled by Handley, and Bungay needed 17 from the final two overs.

In a nerve-racking finale, Lewis struck the first ball for six and the second for four before taking a single off the third ball. And with six to win off the last over, Lewis struck the third ball to the boundary to finish 81no and win the game by two wickets.

Bungay travel to Aldborough tomorrow as they look to keep up their improvement.

Bungay Sunday beat Bunwell by 87 runs to ease themselves out of the relegation zone.

Bungay lost Bedingfield and Jones in a cautious start. York and Fuller put on over 90 until Fuller was bowled. The spin bowler Nichols proceeded to complete a hat-trick.

York was then run out for a fine 80. A gutsy 38 from Danny Mowday pushed the score up to 197-8. Bunwell, in reply, lost two quick wickets to Mowday (2-43). Although early on Bunwell scored fairly quickly, the scoring rate began to slow.

An excellent eight overs by Long (1-30) tightened things up for Bungay. After 25 overs Bunwell were 88-5, and there was still a chance of an unlikely chase. However, they chose to block out their remaining overs to close on 110-6 with Jackson getting a late wicket.

Bungay won by 87 runs.

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