Brilliant Judge is unable to prevent a defeat for Exning

Mark Westley Photography'Cricket: Exning'Exning II v Lakenheath II'Exning batsman Frank Digman ANL-150620-235821009
Mark Westley Photography'Cricket: Exning'Exning II v Lakenheath II'Exning batsman Frank Digman ANL-150620-235821009
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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION EIGHT WEST

Exning II 185 lost to

Lakenheath II 187-8

by two wickets

Exning II slipped to a narrow two wicket defeat against Lakenheath II, despite a fine all-round performance from Kris Judge.

After losing opening batsman Ian Turner with only 21 runs on the board, Josh King (24) and Judge (51) put together a second wicket partnership of 51.

Judge was joined by Frank Digman (47) at the crease, and the duo batted soundly to ensure a total of some substance was raised.

With the withdrawal of the injured Jordan Sharpe on arrival to the ground, Exning needed to set a difficult target for Lakenheath.

However after Nicholas Lomas (25) was dismissed Exning fell from 169-5 to all out for 185.

Despite the limitations of the home side’s bowling attack, there was plenty of hope in the camp as Judge (4-45) continued to perform well to reduce Lakenheath to 54-5.

Lomas (2-58) and King (1-10) also took wickets to see the visitors’ score slide to 75-7, but an inspired eighth wicket partnership changed the game.

Chris Palmer (62 not out) and Tom Dupe (52) added 97 runs in 20 overs before the latter was caught off the bowling of Ian Turner (1-39).

Lakenheath required three runs from the final over to clinch the win, which they achieved from the second ball after Palmer sent Judge’s delivery over to the boundary to complete an exciting two wicket victory.

n Elsewhere, Exning saw their Division Two clash away at Copford abandoned, with the visitors having been bowled all out for 145.

n In Tucker Gardner Cambs and Hunts Premier League Division Two, Fordham’s trip to Weston Colville was abandoned after 27 overs.

n Fordham II defeated Sutton by 48 runs after recovering from a slight blip to finish on 178-8.

Ian Baldwin (52) and Scott Blaber (25) had helped the hosts stand at 100-3 before slipping to 178-8, but spin bowler Mark Barton (4-38) ensured Sutton were bowled all out for 130.

A superb run out from Harry Darling, on top of wickets from Charlie Forden (3-20) saw Fordham secure victory by 48 runs.

n Fordham III were also winners at the weekend after beating Milton III by seven wickets.

Andy Barker’s knock of 87 and Trevor Pawley’s key contribution of 29 helped Fordham overhaul Milton’s total of 146.

Chris Rule (4-17), Phil Dean (2-21) and Gary Duplooy (2-22) did the damage for the hosts with the ball, despite Ian Coston’s (48) best efforts for Milton.