Misery for Mundford again

IT seems that watching Mundford's first team this season should come with a health warning, as once again they narrowly lost out on an away day at Garboldisham.

IT seems that watching Mundford's first team this season should come with a health warning, as once again they narrowly lost out on an away day at Garboldisham.

Over the last three weeks the Stags have lost in the final over - this match going to the final two deliveries.

Mundford now face a massive game this weekend at home to struggling Hillington.

Against Garboldisham, Alex Bailey once again lost the toss, Garboldisham putting their visitors into bat.


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The out-of-sorts Yates and Harrison fell alongside the injury-hampered Woods again. But it was skipper Bailey who held the top order together, promoted to open minutes before the game was due to start.

He dominated the quick opening attack of the home side, Barnes and overseas Llewellyn cut and placed to perfection in his knock of 38. Mundford then found a middle-order gem. The power and running of Dan White, selected after his free-scoring runs in the second team, immediately put the Garboldisham attack under pressure. His 47, including several fours, was a joy to watch.

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Aaron Burt was solid, giving White the strike wherever possible. But he was to fall, just three runs short of a maiden first team 50. With this wicket it only increased the run rate as Dave Grady looked to play a longer innings than his normal cameos at the death.

Grady's 60 relied heavily on his power as he looked to clear the ropes with every other shot. Mundford were indebted to his total at the end as they knew that anything under 175 may not have been defendable.

Their target of 210 for a home win was always going to put pressure on the home side's batting if they could bowl well.

Garboldisham started well until Dave Grady worked out which line and length to bowl, removing numbers one and three in quick succession. At the other end Smeed was once again a model of consistency his line and length superb.

Grady still was to bowl the occasional four ball which was gladly despatched to the boundary as the home side kept up with the run rate.

Smeed was to pull up injured just two overs from the end of his spell, once again Mundford ruing bad luck at a crucial time.

Skipper Bailey bought himself on to tie and end up with Leeder attacking more from the other end.

Bailey and Leeder each did this going for just about four an over but crucially they were only to get a wicket apiece.

This proved vital as, needing about six an over from the final 10 overs with six wickets in hand, Garboldisham were able to play their shots and crept home with two balls to go to break Mundford's hearts.

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