Good win on new ground

Bungay CC's new ground saw its first league action get off to a great start with the home side winning by 100 runs against newly-promoted Rollesby on Saturday.

Bungay CC's new ground saw its first league action get off to a great start with the home side winning by 100 runs against newly-promoted Rollesby on Saturday.

Bungay captain David Fuller was asked to bat first on a green looking surface. Vice-captain Matt Watts and young Chris Fuller started steadily as D Cook and J Flett made good use of the early movement.

With the score on just three, Fuller played down the wrong line and was bowled for one. The 2007 player of the year, Will Lewis, then received a superb delivery from Flett and was also bowled for one leaving Bungay reeling at 5-2 after just four overs.

T York and Watts began to rebuild the innings. York typically played some big shots as Bungay reached 65-2 from the first 20 overs. Rollesby brought the experienced N Flett into the attack but the slow bowler could not restrict the run rate as Watts in particular looked to continue his aggressive tempo. When Rollesby finally made the breakthrough, Flett bowling York for 37, the home side were 77-3.

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Watts and his captain continued to dominate the Rollesby attack. Watts brought up his first 50 of the season as the pair took the score past the 100 mark after just 25 overs. Fuller also looked in good touch. They added a further 87 runs until Flett, in his last over, bowled Fuller for 33 which left Bungay at 164-4 and a great platform with 10 overs still remaining.

Bungay failed to continue the pressure as first young R Lee was bowled and then Watts was finally dismissed nine short of 100 after a superb effort to record his highest score for the team.

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The lower order got Bungay over the 200 mark, but the home side were disappointed to be bowled out inside the 45 overs for just 202.

The new look Bungay opening bowling partnership of W Lewis and C Fuller looked to make early inroads. Lewis struck first, bowling P Cook in the third over. M Browning played a typical aggressive innings, but Fuller made the second breakthrough. As the ball appeared to brush the pad of the batsman M Duxbury, and was caught by the wicket keeper, the Bungay players' appeal for lbw was turned down. The Rollesby batsman declared it couldn't be lbw as he had hit the ball. The bemused Bungay players then watched as the umpire declared him out caught behind!

Lewis struck again in the sixth over as Chaney was caught at midwicket by Watts and the visitors were 26-3 from six overs. T York then ripped through the Rollesby middle order, dismissing Browning and the dangerous J Catchpole first ball on his way to a five-wicket haul.

Although York took the plaudits, credit was due to a fine debut performance by D Mowday who bowled with great accuracy but little reward.

At 53-8 the game was effectively over, however N Flett and D Cook frustrated the Bungay bowlers as they put together a 42 run partnership until C Fuller and Lewis ended Rollesby's resistance, all out for 102.

Tomorrow, Bungay travel to the second promoted team and one of the favourites for the league title Hethersett & Tas Valley. The A team entertain Easton, 2pm.

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