Corinthians go three points clear

TATTINGSTONE suffered two defeats in Division One of the indoor cricket league at Gainsborough sports centre, Ipswich, while leaders Felixstowe Corinthians eventually overcame Achilles to give them a three-point lead over their nearest rivals, BTR.

TATTINGSTONE suffered two defeats in Division One of the indoor cricket league at Gainsborough sports centre, Ipswich, while leaders Felixstowe Corinthians eventually overcame Achilles to give them a three-point lead over their nearest rivals, BTR.

Nacton and Capel were the other winners that saw considerable changes to the Division One table.

In the first game, BTR was given the usual good start by Dave Griffiths and Justin Fiddaman, adding 31 before Griffiths was run out. Thereafter

wickets fell regularly with Kumaraswami, Vijay and Mark Smyth failing to reach double figures. Steve Hicks (11) joined Fiddaman (35 n.o.) and they stayed until the last over, by which time the score had reached 84 for five.

Mallards also found run scoring hard work especially after the early loss of Neil Warmisham for three, nine balls into the innings.

Kevin Williams joined Ivan Leggett, but added only 16 before departing. Adam Polley, Keven Baldry and Russell Abbott all made minor

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contributions, but Leggett overcooked his pull shot and was out for 27 with two and a half overs to go, to leave Mallards short by 32 runs and still looking for their first success of the season.

Tattingstone decided to bat against Capel, but had an early shock when Graham Denny popped up a catch with only three on the board.

Chris Bell joined Mel Phair in a stand of 57 before Bell retired, to be followed by Phair four runs later in the tenth over

Then followed a dramatic collapse as Nigel Wallis (0) was run out in the eleventh over. Gary Kettle then dismissed Mark Sproats (five), Adam Stevens (one) and the returning Mel Phair (25) were run out and Chris Bell (25) became the second Kettle victim of the over to leave Tattingstone all out for 70.

Capel batted sensibly with a

comparatively small target to reach, Tattingstone's only success being the wicket of Adam Kettle for 21 with the score at 54.

Steve Bumphrey (25 n.o.), Mark Creasey and John Howe then added the necessary runs to give Capel a five wicket victory after an abject

performance by Tattingstone that saw them end pointless.

Nacton, having won the toss, put Tattingstone in to bat. Tattingstone made a much better shot second time around, with Graham Denny (18) and Mel Phair (14) adding 26 before Mick Utting dismissed the latter.

Mark Sproats (15) joined Denny in a stand of 12 and then contributed with Steven Bell to a further stand of 39 before being dismissed at 77. Chris Bell (11 no) then joined his brother and they took the final score to 91 for three, with Steven Bell on (19 no).

Nacton were positive in their reply with Dave Hunt (27 n.o.) and Mick Utting (27 n.o.) adding 51 for the opening stand. Dave Hogarty (17 n.o.) stayed with Utting until the latter retired at 57, and was then joined by Jonathan Warner who became Tattingstone's first success at 79.

Ellis Baker joined Hogarty at the death after John Bafico went at 88 and his one not out clinched a four-wicket victory for Nacton, leaving Tattingstone to reflect on the loss of two games with only one point to show for their efforts.

Achilles, hoping to achieve similar results to Nacton and Capel, inserted Felixstowe Corinthians. Ian Connell and Dave Smith had other ideas and added 48 for the first wicket before Smith departed for 12 and Connell retired. Lawrence Willmington (12) and Andy Harrison (11) kept the board moving and with Mark Smith and Ben Connel pushed the score towards the century mark. Ian Connell returned and took his score to 32 and was out off the last ball of the innings trying for a six. He failed but Corinthians finished on 94 all out. Ian Knight finished with three for 26 and Ady Taylor two for 18.

The Achilles' reply started fairly well although Phil Mohan went at 11. Ady Taylor (18) and Ian Knight (15) took the score to 52 for three, but it all went downhill after that. Dave Smith, Ian Stockley and Rob Harris only added a further four runs to leave Corinthians winners by 37 runs.

DIVISION ONE RESULTS

BTR 84 for 5 (Fiddaman 35), Mallards 52 for 6 (Leggett 27). BTR (7 points) beat Mallards (1) by 32 runs.

Tattingstone 70 for 6 (Phair 25, C. Bell 25, G. Kettle 2 for 11), Capel 71 for 1 (Bumphrey 25no). Tattingstone (0) lost to Capel (7) by five wickets.

Tattingstone 91 for 3 (S. Bell 19 n.o.), Nacton 92 for 2 (Hunt 27 n.o. Utting 26 n.o.) Tattingstone (1) lost to Nacton (6) by 4 wickets.

Felixstowe Corinthians I 94 for 6 (I. Connell 32), Achilles 57 for 6. Felixstowe Corinthians I (7) beat Achilles (2) by 37 runs.

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