Exning 270-4 beat
by one run
Exning edged a closely fought local derby by a solitary run against Lakenheath to move out of the relegation zone in Division Two.
Matthew Catley and Kent Tomsett started the Exning innings and tore into the Lakenheath opening bowlers to reach 87 without loss.
Pallant slowed down the home side’s run rate before dismissing Catley (66) for lbw to end their partnership on 139 runs.
Tim Catley entered the crease and helped continue to build Exning’s score up, as he and Tomsett pieced together a second wicket stand of 74.
Pallant (2-62) removed a tiring Tomsett, who finished just nine runs short of a deserved century, before Tim Milner (1-83) had Ben Readman caught to leave the hosts on 229-3.
Catley (70) finally departed in the 44th over after Pallant caught him off the bowling of Shane Leech (1-1), with captain Simon Allen (13 not out) and Ollie Bell (10 no) seeing out the final overs to help close on 270-4.
In reply Lakenheath’s run chase showed no hint at the excitement that was to ensue in its later stages, as Dominic Palmer and Adam Horrex began slowly before Ian Starling (2-72) bowled the latter out for 14.
Michael Reeve (12) helped Palmer move the score up to 59-2 before he became Starling’s second victim, with Lakenheath skipper Leech joining the opener to add 102 runs for the third wicket.
Exning appeared to turn the match back in their favour when Tim Catley caught and bowled Leech for 4, before diving swiftly two overs later to remove Rob Horrex.
Palmer reached his maiden century as Lakenheath’s score ticked over the 200 mark, but attempted one big hit too many shortly after to be dismissed for 106.
Tomsett (2-63) took two wickets an over to reduce the visitors to 220-7 with five overs left, with experienced Lakenheath duo Mark Milner (22) and Paul Pallant (23 no) adding 30 runs from the next three overs.
Catley (4-89) bowled the final over with the visitors needing 12 runs to win, and then just three from the last delivery, which only one run could be scrambled from as Exning secured victory by the narrowest of margins.
n In Division Eight West, Exning II were made to pay for a poor batting performance as they lost by four wickets against Bury St Edmunds IV.
Josh King (25) held the early order together before Alex Malcolm (6-20), Sam Aldous (3-3) and Ollie Riddick (1-4) ripped through the Exning innings.
After finishing all out for 58, the visitors were looking for a miracle after tea which looked possible when Kris Judge (3-37) and Vince Colby (3-22) both took two wickets to reduce Bury to 10-4.
However Tony Riddick (19) and Simon Aldous (19 no) put together a decisive stand of 30 runs to finish with a winning score of 62-6.