Town stars go batty

STARS from Ipswich Town took to the wicket in a special challenge match against Ipswich and East Suffolk Cricket Club.Jim Magilton, Darren Bent and Matt Richards were among the Town XI who turned out to celebrate the host's 150th anniversary.

By Georgina James

STARS from Ipswich Town took to the wicket in a special challenge match against Ipswich and East Suffolk Cricket Club.

Jim Magilton, Darren Bent and Matt Richards were among the Town XI who turned out to celebrate the host's 150th anniversary.

The Twenty20 match surprisingly ended as tie and had to be decided by a bowl-out at Chantry Park.

Striker Darren Bent proved he was just as handy with his hands as is he with his feet when he took three catches, including one superb diving effort and one wicket as the home team made 112 for seven.

Greg Rice top-scored in the match with 32 before retiring.

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Town replied with 112 for nine, Scott Barron making 27, Matt Bloomfield 19 and Stuart Boardley 16, before Bent was bowled for a duck off the last ball.

After 11 attempts each the bowl-out stood at 2-2, but Chris Stokes earned his side the Rovian Sports Trophy, presented by IES chairman Elvin King, who said: "It was a wonderful night and we had a good few hundred people turn out to watch.

"I would like to thank the football club for helping make the evening such an enjoyable one."

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