Double delight for Thetford
THETFORD managed to secure their second win of the season, and complete the double over hosts Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway.The 24 points gained from the 43-wicket win elevated Thetford to fifth in the Alliance Division Three table.
THETFORD managed to secure their second win of the season, and complete the double over hosts Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway.
The 24 points gained from the 43-wicket win elevated Thetford to fifth in the Alliance Division Three table.
The home captain put Thetford into bat on a wet wicket, which proved to be a slow, difficult run-scoring track. P Terry and D Newey put on 40 for the first wicket, with the latter being trapped lbw for just 15.
L Conroy soon followed and found scoring difficult, making only seven off of 49 balls.
The run rate needed to improve and P Sparkes did just that. Scoring his second successive 50, this made the scoreboard look a lot better than previous. He soon fell (for 50) and so did another wicket, leaving the score on 108 for five.
P Mleczek then came in, scoring a run a ball 36, he stayed while others fell and put on an eighth-wicket partnership of 44 with the returning S Scott.
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This left the visitors with 177 for eight, perhaps a very good score on the wet wicket.
Kirkley began their reply with an element of luck, the two openers edging between slips and playing and missing plentifully. Dropped catches also gave them more lives than they deserved - frustrating the opening bowlers J Lingard and C Newey. The latter eventually made the breakthrough, bowling D Snell for 11, this was then followed by Lingard taking C Guy, with help from a sharp catch in the gully.
Two new batsmen were now at the crease, although they scrapped around for hardly any; S Scott taking both scalps. A mini stand was then put on for the second wicket, but L Greyson's two quick wickets again unsettled the batting team.
L Conroy removed J Ayes, with a gritty knock of 26. Newey followed this up with two more, but J Lovelock's resistance, top-scoring with 29, looked as though Kirkley would save the draw.
However, he skied a catch to M Terry at long-on, leaving the home-side 33 runs short in reply. C Newey was the pick, taking 4-23.
The Sunday team faced charity side Black Sheep, raising �250 for charity. Black Sheep scored 183 for nine wickets; however, Thetford chased this down for the loss of four wickets. P Terry (87 not out) and R Conroy (49) put on 141 for the third wicket, steering the team home.