New-look Saham begin well

A new-look Saham Toney visited Mattishall in their first league game of the season - and got a cracking start with a comprehensive win. Saham, with no overseas players and a loss of a few others, had a different look as brothers Xavier and Ubi Huckle, along with Perry Sims have been brought up from the A-team - and new signing Steven Parr made his debut.

A new-look Saham Toney visited Mattishall in their first league game of the season - and got a cracking start with a comprehensive win.

Saham, with no overseas players and a loss of a few others, had a different look as brothers Xavier and Ubi Huckle, along with Perry Sims have been brought up from the A-team - and new signing Steven Parr made his debut.

Saham were asked to bat in good conditions by the home side and looked for a solid start, but a freakish first over had Saham on the back foot.

Adi Wood played on to his second ball for no score, and Ian Lovick took his second ball to the nose and had to retire hurt, while skipper Simon Mower looked on from the other end.


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Saham had to start again. Mower and Damien Fahy then formed a platform of Saham innings, dealing in mostly boundaries they added 105 before Fahy was caught behind for 41.

Lovick returned to the crease but was stumped for five. Mower carried on attacking the home side before he was adjudged lbw for 75. Parr (3) and Dale Sims (16) fell quickly with Saham on 168-6. Xavier Huckle and Will Dyer then produced a match-winning stand of 72. Huckle's 39 was a pleasure to watch, using his feet well and placing the ball into the gaps and was supported well by Dyer (32).

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Will Smart fell last ball of the innings with Perry Sims two not out. Saham closed on 248-9.

A Garner was the pick of the home attack, finishing with 4-45.

Saham's bowlers were asked to take early wickets and didn't have to wait long as Will Smart struck with his second ball.

Will Dyer then took over with a wicket in each of his first two as Saham took control. A third catch for D Sims off Dyer reduced the home side to 39-4.

Then a partnership of 65 between the dangerous Cole and Stoltz in quick time put the home side back on track.

But it was broken by a

run-out by Dyer as Cole pushed for a single.

Mower then bowled Stoltz and the home side crumbled. Mower picked up another and Lovick wrapped up the tail with 3-11 as Mattishall were all out for 136, giving Saham a perfect 25-point start.

Saham visited Bungay on Sunday in the Carter Cup with several players missing. Saham asked Bungay to bat first. Ubi Huckle, 16, opened the bowling with Will Dyer. Wickets fell regularly intervals as the home side made 204 all out off 58 overs.

Simon Mower returned the best figures of 3-29 off 12.

Saham's reply was simply awful. Saham had no answer to the home side's accurate bowling. Wickets fell regularly as Saham were all out for 81.

The one highlight was seeing 12-year-old Ryan Lovick get his debut and first run for the club, on an afternoon better forgotten.

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