Cup matches follow form
ALL five of the first round matches in the Gainsborough Indoor Cricket Knockout Cup competition went according to form.Browns Seniors, Felixstowe Corinthians and Tattingstone overcoming their Division Two opponents quite comfortably, Capel beat Achilles and Nacton beat Martlesham in all Division One and Division Two clashes respectively.
ALL five of the first round matches in the Gainsborough Indoor Cricket Knockout Cup competition went according to form.
Browns Seniors, Felixstowe Corinthians and Tattingstone overcoming their Division Two opponents quite comfortably, Capel beat Achilles and Nacton beat Martlesham in all Division One and Division Two clashes respectively.
Brown Seniors, missing several of their regulars, asked Woodbridge/OWs II to bat first. Graham Deere (25 no) took whatever runs were offered by a steady attack but was never able to dominate to any extent.
After his retirement at 42, only Bruce Tompkins with a late flurry reached double figures and Woodbridge finally managed to amass 71 for 2 wickets off their 12 overs.
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Terry Bailey (25 no) and Keith Akers (25 no) batted Browns into a winning position leaving Will Spreadbury and Don Quennell to finish the job off two balls into the tenth over to record a six-wicket win for Browns.
Browns A decided to bat against Felixstowe Corinthians I and with Roger White (26 no) in fine form set about the Corinthians' bowling after a slow start.
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Neal Manning and Michael Hilton both reached double figures and their final total of 87 for four gave their bowlers something to defend.
Ian Connell (26 no) anchored the Corinthians' innings with notable contributions coming from Dave Smith (24) and Lawrence Willmington (20 no).
The Browns' attack showed plenty of effort, but a lack of penetration and Corinthians I cruised home comfortably to a five-wicket win in the tenth over.
Tattingstone batted first against Felixstowe Corinthians II and after a slowish start, Mel Phair (26 no) and John Bartrum (25) took control.
Martin Sproats (26 no) carried on with the run chase and with Graham Denny also scoring freely, Tattingstone reached the day's highest score of 112 for the loss of only one wicket.
Corinthians' openers had no real answer to the Tattingstone opening attack of John Oates and John Ball.
Both openers were dismissed before the score had reached 20 and despite the efforts of Bob Wilson (18 no), the overall scoring rate of five an over was way below the asking rate, and Tattingstone cruised home by 51 runs, with John Bell taking 2 for 9.
Capel took on Achilles with a more familiar team, Ian Carlin and Steve Bumphrey being restored to their line-up.
Achilles were missing Ian Knight, their opening bowler, an omission which proved costly as Capel openers, Ian Carlin and John Howe put on 48 before the latter was out.
Steve Bumphrey carried the attack to Achilles and despite the losses of Adam Kettle and Derek Martin for nought and six, Craig Lawton and Carlin (29 no) stacked up 102 for four.
Phil Mohan stood firm against the Capel attack, being finally run out for 22, but apart from a late flurry from Rob Harris, lacked support from his other batsmen.
Despite gifting Achilles 22 in wides and no balls, Capel dismissed all six Achilles' batsmen for 77 with five balls to spare, leaving them clear winners by 25 runs.
In the final match of the day, Martlesham asked Nacton to bat and had immediate success with the run out of Colwill off the first ball of the innings.
Durrant (34 no), Dave Hunt, Dave Hogarty and Malcolm Robson all made major contributions to a final total of 104 for five, with Andy
Wile-Smith taking two for 20.
Martlesham had a similar start to Nacton, losing Wyndham early on. Paul Smith (20 no) and Garry Venn (27 no) put Martlesham in with a chance of an upset, but none of the latter batsmen made much impression and the Martlesham innings closed at 81 for three, leaving Nacton clear winners by 23 runs.
With Castle CC conceding to BT Research and Woodbridge/OWs I to Hadleigh and Mallards receiving a bye into the second round by the with-drawal of Copdock/OIs from the league, the revised second round draw is as follows:
Capel v Hadleigh, Mallards v Tattingstone, Nacton v Felixstowe Corinthians I, BT Research v Browns Seniors. Matches to be played on Sunday, March 3, 2002, from 11.30am.
There will be no Indoor League
fixtures while Gainsborough Centre receives its annual renovation over Christmas holiday period.
The next games are five Division Two matches scheduled for January 6, 2002.