Stow stumble in basement battle

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TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION THREE

Sudbury II 120-6

Stowmarket 119

Sudbury II won by four wickets

HAVING lost the toss, Stowmarket’s total of 119 was never going to be enough in this vital basement game.

Adam Hawes (26no) and Gayan Sinmanne (29) added late runs but Stowmarket could not bat for 45 overs.

Sudbury’s reply was patient, with Seigert (42) being the backbone. The introduction of Kevin Holland (4-20) gave Stowmarket some hope, but the home side won by four wickets.

DIVISION SEVEN

Stowmarket II 150-8

Felixstowe II 198-8

Felixstowe II won by 48 runs

FELIXSTOWE proved too strong for Stowmarket on Saturday. The home side took the initiative by winning the toss and taking two early wickets.

However, Felixstowe captain Bennett compiled a good 75 and the returning Rob Jones scored a classy 75no as the visitors closed on 198. Jonathan Dickie (3-36) was the pick of the bowlers.

The early loss of Roy Newman (8) did not help Stowmarket’s reply, but Peter Holborn (42) and Stefan Bernard (32) slowly accumulated and, at 85-1, all looked good.

Unfortunately, after their loss and a middle-order collapse, it was left to veteran Clive Witherly (31no) and under-13, Elliot Chaplin (5no) – playing his first Two Counties game – to bring some respectability to the score as extra bonus points were secured and 150 was reached by the close.

HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

Walsham-le-Willows I 244-1

Stowmarket 211 all out

Walsham-le-Willows I won by 33 runs

STOWMARKET’S Sunday XI hosted the league leaders in an entertaining clash at Chilton Fields.

With the pitch looking and proving to be a batsman’s dream, skipper Blake was disappointed to lose the toss and Walsham elected to bat first. 

The Stowmarket bowlers toiled and did well to keep the scoring rate down, although wickets were hard to come by, with Madanayake the sole wicket taker as Walsham posted 244-1.

The Stowmarket reply began at a fine rate, with openers Blake and Madanayake bringing up 50 in just the sixth over. 

However, both fell in quick succession, Blake becoming the first of five wickets for Rotham and Madanayake the first of three wickets for the impressive Australian bowler, de Carvalho. 

Stowmarket’s middle order had little to offer and, at 78-5, the game looked lost. However, Dale Watling began the counter-attack with some lusty blows. 

Once Watling was joined by the ageing Codd, he began to accelerate and, after coming to the crease in the seventh over, reached his maiden century in the 33rd over with a beautiful cover drive. 

Sadly, he was unable to add to his score, being stumped on the next ball and, with this wicket, the hopes of an unlikely victory also subsided.

Although final pair, Williams and Haynes, ensured full batting points were obtained, Stowmarket were all out in the 40th over with a score of 211.

This was an excellent test for the home side who, despite this defeat, look safe to maintain their Division Two status.