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Rain helps Hales title bid

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 07:36 01 August 2010

With only three games left in this year's league season, Hales are in control to win Alliance Division Three.

On a wicket which had been covered overnight, skipper Rowe had no second thoughts but to field first against Swaffham on a day which favoured the bowlers also knowing that weather could play a part.

With only three games left in this year's league season, Hales are in control to win Alliance Division Three.

On a wicket which had been covered overnight, skipper Rowe had no second thoughts but to field first against Swaffham on a day which favoured the bowlers also knowing that weather could play a part.

Andersen and Squire opened up as usual, Andersen hitting good line and lengths early on making both batsmen continuously play and miss outside the off-stump. Andersen showed his full potential by swinging the ball in, hitting the seam and going past the outside edge.

At the other end Squire couldn't quite find his rhythm and was bowling loose deliveries which were punished by the Swaffham openers.

Rowe was forced into an early bowling change as Squire was not hitting his straps.

Rowe started off well but he then began to get punished as anything which was full would disappear to the fence for runs.

Lovick then replaced Andersen, who was clearly the pick of the bowlers, finishing wicketless but only going for 13 runs off his six overs.

With a soaking wet ball Lovick also found it hard to bowl a consistent line and length and anything loose was getting dispatched by the Swaffham openers.

Boardman reached his half-century in quick time by capitalising on some poor bowling by Hales.

Squire came back on and replaced Rowe and got the breakthrough immediately, getting Boardman caught at deep cover by Kaye for a well played 62.

After this only three more overs were bowled, then the heavens opened and the match was then abandoned with Swaffham well poised on 109-1 off 24 overs.

Another fine tea was produced by Belinda Rowe.

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