Hales and Loddon A (105) lost to Bungay A (106-3) by seven wickets in Norfolk League Division 4 South East.
Medium-pacer Jak Clark bagged five wickets as Bungay A scored a convincing seven-wicket derby victory over Hales & Loddon A in the Norfolk League Division 4 South East curtain-raiser.
Clark returned figures of 5 for 21 from 10 overs as the hosts took the upper hand after winning the toss and deciding to bowl on a wicket which played low and slow.
Left-arm paceman George Shipley applied the early pressure, giving little away in a miserly 10-over spell which returned figures of 2 for 17. Economy was the common theme of the Bungay bowling unit as Callum Clark took 2 for 16 from eight overs to add to his brother’s five-wicket haul.
Hales and Loddon A’s innings folded disappointingly to 105 all out in the 37th over. Batting highlights were sparse, although Sri Lankan debut-maker Isuru caught the eye with a breezy 25 before being bowled by Shipley, while opening partner Milton Lindsay contributed a dogged 20 before falling victim to a delivery from Callum Clark. Matthew Plummer added a typically carefree 11 and Tim Outlaw showed commendable resilience with an unbeaten 16.
The low total proved no problem for the hosts who quickly feasted on some loose bowling as Carl Cudden (39) and George Shipley (39 not out) paved the way to victory in the 16th over.
During his display of neat glovework wicket-keeper Isuru ran out Alex Codd for 6 to give H&L a modicum of early hope but Bungay’s brisk scoring kept them well in control. The other wickets were claimed by Tom Wilkins, who bowled Jak Clark for a duck and Martin Wells who saw Carl Cudden pouched by the safe hands of Outlaw.
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