Hoare hits ton for Beccles Thirds

Beccles first X1 played host to Bradfield and lost by three wickets.Beccles had no hesitation in batting first again after the success against Cromer the week before.

Beccles first X1 played host to Bradfield and lost by three wickets.

Beccles had no hesitation in batting first again after the success against Cromer the week before. Things did not go to plan as they soon subsided to 15-3. A mini recovery by Patnell and Rich Porter took them to 63 against the tight spin bowling of Yarham before Patnell was stumped and Porter ran out by his brother in a terrible mix-up.

Porter with 40 was top scorer, 28 not out by Rob Porter and 17 by Caswell saw the final total reach 138-8, which was at least 50 runs short on a flat wicket. Beccles fielded poorly conceding easy singles in the inner ring too often, before a brilliant low catch at slip by Holm saw the back of opener Abbs.

A run out and a clean bowled by Caswell left Bradfield tottering at 37-3. A good spell of off spin by Holm slowed the run rate but Bidewell stayed at the crease nudging the ball around and with contributions down the order pushed them towards their victory target. a few late wickets gave Beccles a glimmer of hope but 138 was not enough and Bradfield won by three wickets.

Travis Perkins MoM: Richard Holm.

BECCLES A travelled to Old Buckenham and were asked to field first. Fisher bowled with both pace and accuracy and Gunton bowled to a defined line. The pitch was looking flat and true and it was always going to be difficult to take wickets.

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Barber made the breakthrough, dismissing Harris for 23 thanks to an excellent catch by the ever-alert Wright in the slips.

However, all this did was to bring Pakistan U19 international Abbi Dazz to the middle, and with the seasoned Dunnett at the other end, the pair always looked comfortable.

The most pleasing aspect was that the Beccles bowlers never let the batsmen take control of the game and with some outstanding ground fielding, particularly by Hunter, the run rate never went above five per over. When Clarke caught Dazz of the bowling of Cable for 42 and Dunnett was run out for 76 the innings was delicately balanced at 153-3 after 32 overs. The bowling remained tight and with two wickets for Gunton the Buckenham score finished on 219-5 after their 45 overs.

Disaster struck in the second over when Hunter called for an impossible second run and was run out.

Beccles were in deep trouble at 10-2 after six overs. Puxley was out to a mis-timed pull to end the good work him and Clarke had been doing in repairing the damage. For a little while it looked like Clarke (30) and Warnes (11) were going to bring the game back in Beccles favour. But when both were dismissed in quick succession in the 19th over things looked bleak at 70-5. Wright snr (12) followed after an amazing catch in the deep and it was then that Wright jnr showed just what was possible on such a good pitch. With the assistance of Thorpe at the other end the pair firstly dug in to take the score past 100 and then with some textbook cricket shots they took the game to Old Buckenham reaching 150 in the 38th over. Dazz finally removed Thorpe for an excellent 24 and it was left to Wright to guide the tail to the finish as the innings concluded on 175-9.

Glen Wright remained undefeated for an outstanding 47 and was the highlight as Beccles, although defeated, offered real hope for the future.

BECCLES third team showed a great deal of enthusiasm and confidence in beating Horsford C.

T Hoare and B Patrick put together 168 when B Patrick was clean bowled for 54. Hoare smashed 144 runs, including three sixes and 10 fours. M Smith took 4-13 and C Squire 3-6 as Beccles bowled Horsford out for 83 runs for a superb win.

Travis Perkins MoM: Tim Hoare.