Win relief for Mundford CC
IT'S the middle of July and Mundford finally have their first win of the season with a dominant performance over Thetford.Captain Bailey won the toss and chose to bowl first on a warm but breezy day.
IT'S the middle of July and Mundford finally have their first win of the season with a dominant performance over Thetford.
Captain Bailey won the toss and chose to bowl first on a warm but breezy day.
The game started at a pedestrian pace with both Bailey and R Smeed trying down the Thetford opening partnership but without making a breakthrough.
After an opening spell of five overs for five runs, Bailey gave way to Thetford old boy M Leeder, who in partnership with M Allsop started to get amongst the wicket as Thetford started to wobble.
After a classy opening stand of 76 between Conroy and Terry, the medium pace of Allsop accounted for both batsmen and then the floodgates opened.
Eventually Allsop was replaced by P Brassett and together with his 'spin twin' Leeder wrecked havoc with the Thetford batsmen.
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The pitch was playing really well but did take a little spin as both 'tweaked' their way to three wickets each, condemning Thetford to collapse from 76 for no wicket to 146 all out.
The total never looked enough, with the outfield giving value for your shots, a total of 200 would have been more appropriate so credit has to go to Mundford's bowling and out fielding.
A Bailey made the brave decision to promote R Smeed to opener after a series of good batting displays in the middle order from the former Thetford player.
Despite losing Bailey early doors, R Yates joined Smeed and together they started to dispatch all that the Thetford bowlers could throw at them to the boundary.
Yates came into the game searching for runs but with the bowlers having an off day,
Yates was grateful for the opportunity to get into some sort of form.
A grand total of 25 runs doesn't sound a lot but Smeed's runs were exactly what the doctor ordered for Mundford, as it gave them a solid base from which to work.
D White was next in and didn't take long to find his feet as he made the fielders chase leather.
Thetford were visibly wilting in the summer sun as Yates (52 not out) marched to his first 50 since the opening game of the season and White narrowly missed out on another half-century by ending up on 44 not out.
Mundford ran out comfortable winners by eight wickets, in a game played in fantastic spirits between two teams who still have much more to give in the remainder of