Few surprises

THE final round of matches before the Christmas break at the Gainsborough Indoor Cricket Centre provided few surprises.BT/Waldringfield comfortably overcame a young Nacton side in the Knockout Trophy, thanks to a five-wicket haul by Kumar Kumaraswami, but Achilles somewhat surprisingly managed to repeat their league win over Hadleigh.

THE final round of matches before the Christmas break at the Gainsborough Indoor Cricket Centre provided few surprises.

BT/Waldringfield comfortably overcame a young Nacton side in the Knockout Trophy, thanks to a five-wicket haul by Kumar Kumaraswami, but Achilles somewhat surprisingly managed to repeat their league win over Hadleigh.

The superior batting strength of Ipswich A overcame a very inexperienced Martlesham team while Ipswich B found runs hard to come by against Mallards. In the final game of the day Felixstowe Corinthians overcame a rather subdued Kesgrave side more easily than expected.

The other first round ties will be played early in the New Year with Woodbridge/OW's having a bye into the second round in March.

BT/Waldringfield won the toss and after a promising, although slow, start by Jonathan Warner (12) and Dave Hogarty (20) the latter became the first of a five-wicket haul by Kumar Kumaraswami at 41.

Jake Blowers became victim No. 2 next ball but Ian Fry managed to reach seven before becoming the wicket that completed what was technically a hat-trick by Kumar in the final over - three wickets interspersed by two wides - for 19 runs. BT/W lost only one wicket in cruising to victory in the seventh over.

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Achilles decided to field against Hadleigh, who started impressively. Both Kalpesh Ellis and Carl Holder reached 24 before being dismissed at 57 and 71 respectively, and from then on Achilles took control as Hadleigh closed on 86 for five.

Spreadbury (25no) played the anchor role early on as wickets fell at the other end and at 49 for three with four overs to go, all looked lost for Achilles but skipper Ian Stockley (18) and Rob Harris (19 no) saw them home with three balls to spare by two wickets.

Ipswich A, having won the toss, decided to bat against an inexperienced Martlesham team. First blood went to Martlesham, however, when Mel Phair (14) was run out at 44. Steve Bumphrey (25 no) joined Alex Gooding (25 no) until the latter retired at 55 and batted on with Terry Bailey (24 no) for a further 37 runs. Matt Porter (7) and Roger Cherry finished off the innings at 119 for two wickets.

Martlesham only managed to reach 67 for three wickets by the close giving Ipswich A a win by 52 runs.

Ipswich B fielded a relatively inexperienced side that failed to take advantage of some quite loose bowling by Mallards that gifted 24 in wides and no balls. Consequently, Mallards only had a total of 56 to chase. Mallards took until the tenth over to achieve the win as Ivan Leggett (24 no) anchored the innings in a four-wicket success.

Kesgrave were asked to bat first by Felixstowe Corinthians and slumped to 51 all out. The early loss of Julian Gibbs had no real effect on the result as Kevin Bowen (20no) and Andy Harrison scored at more than a run a ball to complete Corinthians' win by five wickets in the eighth over.

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