Mundford back on track
MUNDFORD'S season got back on track with a precious away win at Swardeston.Captain Bailey said: “The last 110 overs were very pleasing for myself and vice-captain Allsop as we held our nerve and worked the ball around instead of holing out to the fielders in the deep.
MUNDFORD'S season got back on track with a precious away win at Swardeston.
Captain Bailey said: “The last 110 overs were very pleasing for myself and vice-captain Allsop as we held our nerve and worked the ball around instead of holing out to the fielders in the deep.
“We must now push on with victories over Dersingham and North Runcton this Saturday.”
Bailey decided Mundford would bowl first. Yates struggled and Grady followed suit as the home side raced to 49 from the first 10 overs.
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The introduction of Bailey did nothing to stem the extravagant flow of runs. Bailey, Yates and, to a certain extent, Brady's early overs all included one four-ball an over.
The pairing of McColl and Grady was to prove pivotal in the game.
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Opener Grady found his length and removed both openers McColl numbers three and four in the middle of his spell as Swardeston's top order was dismissed as the visitors applied the brakes, McColl recording his best figures in England of 2-35.
Allsop replaced McColl and he didn't let up the pressure. Mundford took control of the innings, conceding just 68 runs in the final 20 overs, Allsop going for 35 from his 11 and Pat Yates returning at the death to pick up 3-9 in his last three overs as Swardeston limped to 176-8 with Mundford walking off pleased with the second half of their bowling display.
Mundford set about chasing down the target with half an eye on the weather. Grey clouds had threatened to disrupt the match all day but the visitors first had to see off the new ball.
Harrison will be pleased with 17 on his return to the side, Price once again falling in the 20s. Surely a big score is just around the corner.
Gooderham was patient at the other end before heading back to the pavilion for 31, McColl 15, McNeilly 16 and a vital innings of 12 from Gathercole got the visitors nearly home.
With 14 to win, the heavens opened and for a while it seemed that there would be no result, but with the skies clearing Yates was able to finish the match and score his first 50 this season.