Rain halts Exning as Fordham pick up impressive away win

DIVING STOP: Lakenheaths Adam Horrex attempts to prevent runs from being scored against Long Melford.
DIVING STOP: Lakenheaths Adam Horrex attempts to prevent runs from being scored against Long Melford.
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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION TWO

Clacton 324 v Exning

(match abandoned)

Exning’s under-strength first team were halted by the weather during their trip to Clacton on Saturday.

Having won the toss, the hosts from Essex opted to bat first.

Presented with the chance to collect some bowling points, Exning had a good start with Kris Judge (1-64) taking an early wicket of Facey (4) in his second over.

With the score on 61, Matt Lister (1-48) picked up the wicket of Sheikh (35).

This brought Kirk (76) in to join Chamberlain (93), who put Exning to the sword with a flurry of boundaries in a partnership of 157.

With the flash of lighting and rolling thunder the teams took an early tea, eventually returning 90 minutes later.

The break instigated a change of plan with both batsmen looking to accelerate the scoring.

Chamberlain fell seven short of his century to Oakley Colby.

Then, Vince Colby and Simon Allen were given the ball and the pair managed to sweep up the remaining seven Clacton wickets.

The home team were still able to put 324 runs on the board, but Exning’s chase never got underway because of the rain.

n There was better news for Fordham, who won by 40 runs at March.

Chris Summerskill and Luke Duplooy did well early on, before a partnership of 58 for the fifth wicket between top scorer Matt Foulds (41 no) and Tom Williams (33) gave Fordham the momentum.

They concluded their innings on 168-8.

Jason Harding and Chris Reay snared three wickets apiece as the visitors bowled out March for 128 to go joint top of the table.

n Lakenheath’s home clash with Long Melford fell victim to the weather.

Visiting Melford were on 135-5 when the rain stopped play.

n Mildenhall’s game with Haverhill was washed out, but their Sunday team beat Lakenheath by four wickets.