Nowton keep on promotion charge with strong victory

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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION SEVEN: Felixstowe II 96 lost to Nowton 230-7 by 134 runs: Nowton continued their push for promotion in Division Seven with a comprehensive 134-run success away at Felixstowe II.

Despite the early loss of Jack Ridgeon, the experience of Paul Arnold and Henry Desch ground out a 57 run partnership to get Nowton back on track.

When Arnold (27) fell Danny Reynolds joined the skipper at the crease. The two then built an 84 run partnership, before Desch (71) also fell with the score on 162-3.

Reynolds continued, reaching his 50 until Felixstowe changed tack and brought on young Holly Parker.

Her accurate bowling tightened the runs and she managed to prize out three key wickets in Jamie Walker (17), Reynolds (61) and Clive Heaps (five).

Tom Clifton and David Meeson then helped the away side post a target of 230-7.

In reply, Nowton’s bowling attack made light work of Felixstowe’s batting order having them all out for just 96 with wickets coming from Jamie Walker, Andy Ward, Connor McLees and Danny Reynolds.

nThere was less joy for Nowton II (214) as they slipped to an 11-run defeat at home to Stradbroke (225-8) in Division Eight West.

Having won the toss and electing to bat Stradbroke got off to a flying start before James Warton removed the dangerous Allum.

Dropped catches proved crucial as Mann and Higgins went on to score almost 150 together.

Mann made a century while Higgins reached 65.

Wickets finally fell, with Lord collecting six but Stradbroke managed to close with a solid total of 225-8.

And despite good contributions from Marco Cacchioli, Kieran Podbury, Liam Podbury and James Warton, the target proved just too much.