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Stags' silver lining

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 21:36 07 July 2010

MUNDFORD'S first XI picked up points as they played host to Saxlingham on Saturday.

The Stags were coming into the game on the back of three positive results so confidence was high for another against the inconsistent visitors.

MUNDFORD'S first XI picked up points as they played host to Saxlingham on Saturday.

The Stags were coming into the game on the back of three positive results so confidence was high for another against the inconsistent visitors. With changes once again in the home side's ranks Mundford were hoping for a massive team performance. Captain Bailey felt his side needed all three departments of their game to come together in the match to come away with a result.

Winning the toss he inserted Saxlingham and asked his bowlers for an hour's tight bowling. Unfortunately Smeed and Grady were to give the top order of the batting side one four ball an over, as they raced along at nearly six an over.

Woods and Norfolk over-50s A opening bowler Yates entered the fray. Both were to remove three batsmen each as Saxlingham entered the final 10 overs with just three wickets down. They bowled an improved line and length compared to what had been seen on the day.

Saxlingham posted a massive 283 from their 46 overs. The highest target reached on Mundford's batsmen-friendly wicket this year.

Mundford knew they would need a strong opening 10 overs if they were to stand any chance of reaching the winning total, and Goodrham would have to play a big role in doing that. But he was to walk back to the pavilion with only five to his name alongside Bailey.

Things looked dark for The Stags at 26-3. But there was to be a silver lining in the cloud as White was paired with the rejuvenated Yates in a partnership of 101 for the fourth wicket. White, dropped second ball, was to make the visiting side pay dear for that error as he punished anything full and wide off of his back foot.

Dan White has been a huge bonus this season for Mundford. His stylish partner Yates was happy to join in the boundary fest with 50 as his innings was played at near a run a ball.

With these two at the crease Mundford dared to dream of an upset but when Yates was to play on and White run out, hopes died of a victory. Mundford's mind turned to reaching maximum batting points and a 200 target. Allsop, looking far more composed than in recent weeks, nudged and nurdled his way to 27 not out and Jones was to play the sort of innings which Mundford will need him to play at the top of the order in the coming weeks, with 23 not out.

Saxlingham, realising these two were not for the shifting, tried every way to get under the batsmen's skin but to no avail as these two saw Mundford through to 210 at the close and 10 points for the day's work.

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