Redgrave race to gr-eight away win
PUBLISHED: 09:40 17 June 2011
Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway 181-8 (40 overs) Redgrave and Bressingham 182-2 (24.3 overs)
REDGRAVE continued their winning streak in the league with a clinical eight-wicket victory at Kirkley.
Redgrave were forced into a change from the week before as charismatic all-rounder Sam Cremnitz had an injury to his spinning finger and was replaced by Chris Cooper.
Having lost the toss on a wet and windy afternoon, fielding first was always going to be tough.
However, new-ball pair Robert Tooke and James Shepherd bowled with great control and kept the score under control, unfortunately though they were let down by some very poor outfielding, with two simple chances being spilled.
It wasn’t until the 20th over that Redgrave struck with the score on 81, Cooper, to everyone’s surprise, bowling Laws for 24.
Three quick wickets followed after, as Cooper found a near-perfect line and length to bag a couple more and captain Will Dawson getting an lbw verdict.
Cooper continued to weave his web and ended with figures that were pleasing on the eye, taking 4-17.
With the innings now coming towards an end, quality death bowlers in Daniel Betts and Dave Prince were on, as Alastair Shepherd was quickly dispatched, having failed to find the wicket to his liking.
Prince bagged a brace, with Betts picking up just the one and Kirkley managed to scramble their way to 181 as Bailey batted sensibly to finish on 39 not out.
In reply, Redgrave started in positive fashion with Mark Williamson and Betts again assuming the opening role.
However, with the score on 21, Williamson top edged a ball that got big on him late and was caught by mid on running in for 11.
With the aggressive Cooper now at the crease Betts was happy to take a back seat and his team-mate immediately found his range with some hefty blows.
With no fewer than nine bowlers given a trundle by home skipper Guy, they failed to find a break-through until the score was on 178, as Cooper, obviously feeling the nerves in the nineties, bottled a big ton and was caught in the deep for a cavalier 98.
This brought Rhys Meehan to the crease for his first bat for the club and he and Betts finished off proceedings within 25 overs.
Betts showed ruthlessness in finishing the game and batting through for a splendid unbeaten 65, to win him the man-of-the-match accolade and take Redgrave to an efficient eight-wicket win.
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