MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 2
EXNING I v LAKENHEATH I
EXNING I 270 FOR 4 LAKENHEATH 1 269 FOR 8
EXNING I (19 POINTS) BEAT LAKENHEATH I (7 POINTS) BY 1 RUN
In a match where the bat generally held sway over the ball, it was appropriate that the result, a win for the hosts by 1 run, was not achieved until the full 90 overs had been bowled on a long, sunny afternoon for the persevering bowlers.
Exning were fortunate enough to win the toss, batting first, giving the opposition the ordeal of fielding with the sun at it’s highest.
Matthew Catley and Kent Tomsett, no delicate slouches with the bat, tore into the Lakenheath opening bowlers to have 87 on the board before the introduction of the wily bowling head of Paul Pallant in the 14th over. He managed to restrict the scoring rate from one end, but the runs continued to flow at the other, until Catley was somewhat surprised to be adjudged LBW to Pallant, having contributed 66 to an opening partnership of 139.
Tim Catley then entered the fray, with the score continuing to build up as he and Tomsett pieced together a 2nd wicket stand of 74. Then Pallant (2 for 62) snaffled a tiring Tomsett, caught and bowled, just 9 runs short of a deserved century, before Tim Milner (1 for 83) had Ben Readman caught in the deep, sacrificing his wicket in the chase for more runs in the final 5 overs.
Catley (70) finally perished in the 44th over, being snapped up by Pallant off the bowling of Shane Leech (1 for 1), but skipper, Simon Allen, and Ollie Bell saw the final total up to a massive 270 for 4.
Lakenheath’s response didn’t hint at the excitement that was to ensue by the later stages of the match. Dominic Palmer and Adam Horrex (14) opened circumspectly until the latter was clean bowled by Ian Starling (2 for 72) attempting a somewhat expansive shot, then Michael Reeve (12) helped Palmer move the score up to 59 for 2 before he became Starling’s second victim, caught behind by Gavin Jones.
With the support of his skipper Shane Leech (48), Palmer, belying the inexperience of this 16 year old, started to push the scoring along. They added 102 for the 3rd wicket in 17 overs, but the ‘occasional bowling’ of Tim Catley did keep a little lid on the scoring, much in the way Pallant had in the Exning innings.
Catley then appeared to have turned the match in Exning’s favour when he clung on to a steepling miss-hit to have Leech caught & bowled, while two overs later, he dived swiftly to his right to see the end of Rob Horrex – 182 for 4.
However, the Lakenheath batsmen decided they were not going to die wondering as Palmer and Liam Flack (23), with the innocence of youth between them, took the attack to the bowlers, Catley and Kent Tomsett. But, just after reaching a deserved maiden 1st XI century, Palmer (106) attempted one big hit too many to be well caught by Tomsett on the deep long on boundary, from Catley’s bowling – 205 for 5.
To keep the excitement on an even keel for both teams, Tomsett then bowled an over conceding 15 runs, but also resulting in the wickets of Flack, caught behind, and Andy Leech, clean bowled first ball – 220 for 7, with 5 overs left.
The somewhat ‘senior’ pairing of Mark Milner (22) and Paul Pallant (23 not out) then gave an example of the experience of the aged as 30 runs were added in 3 overs, until Milner was somewhat controversially dismissed, LBW, by Catley, leaving 21 runs required for victory in 2 overs. That came down to 12 in the final over bowled by Catley, then 3 from the final ball.
The 9th wicket pair could only scramble one run, to leave Exning the victors in this important ‘bottom of the table’ clash. By way of the runs conceded, Catley and Tomsett’s figures of 4 for 89 and 2 for 63, respectively, left a lot to be desired, but they kept taking wickets and managed to keep their team’s nose above water – just!
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 8 WEST
BURY ST EDMUNDS IV v EXNING II
EXNING II 58 ALL OUT BURY ST EDMUNDS IV 62 FOR 6
BURY ST EDMUNDS IV (20 POINTS) BEAT EXNING II (3 POINTS) BY 4 WICKETS
If it was the bat that ruled the contest for the 1st XI at the Park, it was certainly the opposite way around at the Victory Ground Bury St Edmunds where 16 wickets fell for just 120 runs in 39 overs. Your correspondent will make no judgement here on the abilities of either set of ground staff! Having watched the whole 1st XI match at Exning Park, it could be said that some of the bowling left a bit to be desired; maybe at the Victory Ground, it was the batting that was at fault!
However, Exning won the toss, chose to bat, and lost their first wicket without a run on the board. Young Josh King (25) then held the early order together, but by the time he was dismissed at 48 for 4, Alex Malcolm had figures of 4 for 20 from 6 overs. The writing was on the wall.
One more over from Malcolm (6 for 20), saw the score lurch to 49 for 6 and there was no way back for the visitors. In the space of 3 overs, Ollie Riddick (1 for 4) and 12-year-old Sam Aldous (3 for 3), saw the end of the Exning proceedings for just 58. After Josh King, the only other double figure score was extras with 11.
The tea break came and went, as Exning took to the field in search of a miracle or two. But miracles don’t happen – or do they?
Six overs later, with 2 wickets a-piece for Kris Judge and Vince Colby, the host’s score had stumbled to 10 for 4. A miracle on the way? Bury St Edmunds batsmen, Tony Riddick (19) and skipper, Simon Aldous (19 not out) thought not. In a low scoring match, their stand of 30 runs was monumental, although another wicket a-piece for Judge (3 for 37) and Colby (3 for 22), saw the swingometer move back towards Exning with the score on 48 for 6.
Sadly for the Park side, that was as close as the miracle came. With the confidence of youth, young Sam Aldous dispelled any worries his captain/father had by giving him staunch support until within striking distance of the target, the young Aldous stroked two boundaries to give the hosts a 4-wicket victory. Game over!