Exning pick up much needed home triumph

Cricket.
Cricket.

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION TWO

Exning 157-9 beat Lakenheath 123 by 34 runs

Bottom of the table Exning claimed their second win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Lakenheath last Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and invited Exning to bat on what was a slow and varied bouncing wicket.

The Exning innings started well with the first four partnerships putting on 119 thanks to Oakley Colby (11), Tim Catley (23), Kris Judge (7) and Nick Lomas (20).

However, it was the skipper Simon Allen that showed signs of a return to form with an unbeaten 65 in his team’s final total of 157.

The Lakenheath bowling attack made the best of the conditions with Dan Rodic (3-40) doing most of the damage, supported by Tim Milner (2-41) and Sam Bowers (2-22).

Ordinarily, the Exning total would not have been sufficient, but the nature of the wicket gave the team a level of encouragement at the turnaround.

With Lakenheath losing their first wicket without a run on the board, it only served to provide more encouragement, with Matt Lister (1-12) and Seb Lawson (3-37) proving to be a potent opening attack.

More positive bowling and fielding followed as wicket-keeper Gavin Jones stumped Dominic Palmer (33) off the bowling of Simon Lawson (4-39) and a great full-stretch low catch from Oakley Colby claimed the wicket of Shane Leech (18).

The dismissal of Leech proved crucial as the Exning attack kept up the pressure, with Lakenheath eventually falling 34 runs short.