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Browns aim to repeat bowling feats

PUBLISHED: 13:21 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

CRICKET: Browns may be struggling so far this season, having lost their opening four games in the First Division of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.

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BROWNS may be struggling so far this season, having lost their opening four games in the First Division of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.

But they achieved a hat-trick last campaign that will take some beating. Remarkably, they filled the first three places in the 2001 bowling averages for Division One.

Australian Brendan Meagher topped the charts with an average of 12.48 runs per wickets. He was followed by Charlie Sadler who enjoyed a 14.07 average, and third was John Manning with 14.60.

It was their amazing bowling strength that helped Ipswich-based Browns finish in fifth place, as they did not have one player in the top 14 batting averages.

While Browns still have plenty of time to move up the table – and reproduce last year's bowling feats – it looks as though Tattingstone will be making a concerted push to win the title this year.

They have added ex-Felixstowe player Ian Connell to their ranks this season and with Stuart Hammond in consistent form look capable enough to make a big impact.

And Copdock and Old Ipswichians will surely be there or thereabouts after losing out to Exning in the final stages of the 2001 run-in.

Skipper John East is an under-rated bowler and his spin blowing last year accrued 25 wickets and left him in fourth place – one behind the Browns' contingent.

The saddest news in the Two Counties during the close season was the decision by Felixstowe to pull out of Division Two following relegation last September.

They lost a lot of first teamers during the winter, but many will argue they should not have been allowed to pull the plug on their first XI and then continue to play what was originally their second team fixtures in Division Six.

They may well have been heavily beaten with a number of raw, but talented youngsters, but they would soon have found their own level – and not have left teams like Harwich, Eight Ash Green and Long Melford fuming.

These finished third from bottom in Divisions Two, Three and Four respectively in 2001, but went down following Halstead's drop from the East Anglian Premier League into the First Division which meant a re-organisation further down the league.

Felixstowe's withdrawal from Division Two rendered all three relegations a waste of time and critics feel they should have pulled out of Division Six instead.


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