Nottingham no-show sends Ipswich top

INDOOR CRICKET: The Ipswich Warlocks Masters side took centre stage when Nottingham Bulldogs men's side failed to turn up for their Indoor Cricket League game last week.

The Ipswich Warlocks Masters side took centre stage when Nottingham Bulldogs men's side failed to turn up for their Indoor Cricket League game last week.

Medite Ipswich Manager Brian Barnard showed his displeasure when commenting: "This really isn't on, we make every effort to arrange the teams and then get let down like this without even a call to say they were unable to make it".

On the positive side, it looks like Medite Ipswich will be awarded seven points for the game and puts them top of the league, four points clear of Stumps of Aston Villa.

Nottingham Masters and Nottingham Angels did make the journey, however, and the Masters were well and truly beaten by an in-form Warlocks side.

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The Warlocks lost the toss and were ptt into a bat, but with Mark Henson (30) and Nigel Parmenter (20) putting on a partnership of 50, backed up by Steve Bulger (37) and Adrian Taylor (13) also scoring 50 a score of 135 would be well beyond the capabilities of their visitors.

In the end Nottingham were reduced to just 26 in reply with Mark Storey (-16) Taylor (-14) and Parmenter (-3) doing most of the damage.

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Team manager Steve Bulger said: "Mark Storey took over the captaincy this year and seems to be bringing the best out of all the players."

For the Ipswich Vixens it was a different story. Having won the toss and electing to field, Nottingham Angels set about the bowling in emphatic style and although the Vixens fought hard in the field they were unable to contain a side packed with England internationals.

Nottingham finished on 227. Jess Fletcher (14), making her Vixens debut impressed with her bowling as did captain Tracy Lennard (10).

The Vixens also found the going very tough with the bat and scored just 29 in reply. Pick of the batting were Tracey Westley (16) and Gill Morris (15)

The Ipswich Ladies were also in action, losing narrowly to the Nottingham Angels by five runs.

The Ipswich sides travelled to Cradley Heath on Saturday for their first away fixture of the season.

Medite Ipswich Men were looking to continue their unbeaten league form and go into the Christmas break top of the table.

They were without South African brothers Sean and Russell Ongers for the trip but manager Barnard did not see this as a great problem.

"We have a strong squad with a lot of talented players who can perform at the highest level and there will be an opportunity for those playing to stake a claim for a regular place," he said.

The Warlocks were also in action playing against the British Open Champions, Midland Rebels.

Both of the Ladies sides were expected to play against a strong Dartford Ladies, who play out of the Cradley Stadium.

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