TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Sudbourne Hall 95
Nowton won by 263 runs
NOWTON moved within six points of promotion by demolishing Sudbourne Hall.
After losing the toss and being put into bat, Nowton’s Stuart Danson (64) and Howes (42) got off to a steady start, putting on 116 before they fell to consecutive balls.
Laron Kretzmann and Mark Ainsley steadied the ship until Ainsley got carried away. After three huge sixes, he succumbed to a spectacular catch off James Foreman while on 32.
At 173-3, Nowton were in control, but the best was yet to come.
Jamie Walker joined Kretzmann at the crease and the two built a huge 185-run partnership.
Kreztmann’s 116no off 78 balls showed why he is the best batsman in the league and Walker’s destructive nature showed as he ended on 68no off 48.
Sudbourne tried to rotate the bowlers, but nothing they did could force another wicket and Nowton finished on 358-3 off 45 overs.
Nowton were equally impressive with the ball and Hill (7-2-28-3) produced his best spell of the season, while Warton (11-4-38-4) was also destructive.
Mark Turner, the league’s highest wicket taker with 37, came on and promptly bowled Moss for 22, Warton picked up his fourth and, at 55-8, the game was as good as done.
Nowton had not legislated for Whayman and Vincent to come in and hit a few lusty blows but, with the score at 94, Dan Hill, at long on, rounded to take Vincent with a superb diving catch off Mark Turner’s bowling. Turner cleaned up with Sudbourne on 95 all out.
Six points are required for Nowton to earn promotion on Saturday.
HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK LEAGUE
Cavendish Wanderers 173-9
Nowton II 120 all out
Cavendish Wanderers won by 53 runs
NOWTON journeyed for their final game of the season with the hosts needing a win or an abandonment to avoid relegation.
Forgetting the sun would set directly behind the bowler’s arm at around 6pm, Rolfe put Cavendish in to bat.
Ridgeon pulled off a great catch in the outfield to dismiss the aggressive Burton before Curtis and Rolfe made further inroads into the Cavendish top order.
A partial mid innings recovery was inspired by Kevis before an obdurate last wicket stand as Cavendish posted a reasonable score.
Ciaran Harris showed much promise with his leg spin and fellow slow bowler Jonnsen was his usual impressive self.
The reply started steadily, with the experienced Meeson and Heaps taking the score to 49 without loss off 16 overs.
A rain delay spiced up the wicket, although there was no excuse for Nowton capitulating from 60-0 to 65-5.
Jonsson battled hard, posting a fine 29, but there was little support as the Cavendish spinners ran through the innings for a deserved victory.