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Mundford lose out

PUBLISHED: 17:24 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 07 July 2010

Mundford visit North Runcton A this week, hoping to bounce back from defeat by Dersingham.

Alex Bailey said afterwards: “We had the game in our hands with McColl and Yates batting but losing six wickets for just 15 runs cost us.

Mundford visit North Runcton A this week, hoping to bounce back from defeat by Dersingham.

Alex Bailey said afterwards: “We had the game in our hands with McColl and Yates batting but losing six wickets for just 15 runs cost us.

“Ultimately our normally reliable bowling attack gave away 33 boundaries and that is another reason why we must improve in the game at North Runcton.”

Mundford entertained Dersingham hoping to build in the previous week's away victory at Swardeston.

Once again captain Bailey was unable to select the same winning 11, a problem which has not really affected the side - that was until this match.

After winning all of the coin tosses so far it was an unexpected situation when he was not given the choice of what to do. His opposing skipper chose to bowl first in the camp and overcast conditions with the ball seaming and swinging around the opening overs were always going to be testing and Harrison (4) and Price (13) were early casualties.

At 42-2 the innings could have gone either way, but Bailey's choice of opening with the left-handed Allsop proved to be a master stroke as he battled away for a timely 32, his patience allowing McColl time to find some form in the middle.

Once he was settled he found his power and boundary-hitting return.

With Mundford's vice- captain gone youngster Yates joined the Australian in what should have been a match-winning partnership of 78.

But when Mundford's overseas import fell for 78 with the score on 167 and 10 overs to 60 the dominating home side's innings fell apart.

Yates' departure for 43 signalled the end of any hope they had of reaching a plus 220 score.

Mundford lost five wickets in 12 deliveries and this meant Dersingham had three extra overs to bat a situation which would prove pivotal at the death of the game as they chased 196 for victory.

The target was never going to be out of reach and a strong opening burst was needed to put the away side under pressure but the normally reliable Yates and Grady bowled one poor ball an over and this was severely punished in the first 10 overs.

Captain Bailey entered the attack and was looking for an ally to put the game back into Mundford's hand after Yates had removed one opening.

Bailey removed the dangerous S Dharagra, well held by Yates in the deep and at 53-2 the home side had a chance but after Grady had conceded over five runs per over, McColl and Allsop conceded nearly 10 per over.

As Dersingham's Southgate (95) and opener Barrett (46) made a match-winning partnership of 82, Yates returned to give Mundford an outside chance but with no- one joining Bailey (1-28) half of these came from one over.

Dersingham crept home with 13 deliveries left.

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