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North Runcton gained a 90 per cent losing draw against top of the table Lowestoft.
Lowestoft were put into bat by skipper Mark Skipper.
Early inroads were made by North Runcton quick bowler Ben Coote, who dismissed both openers cheaply.
A slow Lowestoft revival began, as North Runcton bowled tightly, especially Ben Allsop who only went for 22 runs off 10 overs.
Just as Lowestoft captain Tom Brice started to look more free-flowing an unfortunate injury meant he had to retire hurt and play no further part in the match. The Lowestoft fight back came from P. Mitchell (41) and hard hitting S. Clabburn (87) who shared a partnership of over 100.
Once Ben Coote dismissed Clabburn North Runcton regained control, due to some good bowling from Ben Coote who finished with figures of 4-36 off 13. The only other North Runcton wicket taker was off spinner Jack Major who bowled well, finishing with figures of 2-43 off 8.
Lowestoft finished 248-6 off their allotted 50 overs.
In reply North Runcton lost opener George Rawlings cheaply, and Skipper looked good early but was dismissed for a quick fire 19.
The North Runcton rebuild started with solid batting displays from A. Dobing (25), V. Yadav (12) and M. Crisp (15). The bulk of the North Runcton runs were scored by all-rounders Ben Coote (46) and Allsop (61).
Both batsmen scored their runs at a brisk pace, with Coote striking two straight sixes and Allsop giving the fielders a work out with some aggressive running. When Coote was dismissed North Runcton required 83 runs off 14 overs with only four wickets in hand. In came Tim Coote (26 no) who batted well with Allsop, a particular strength was their energetic running between the wickets.
After a tense last few overs Runcton eventually finished 245-8, four runs short of victory to leave them in a strong second position in the table.
Next weekend Runcton travel to Great Witchingham.
Builders Shop man of the match: Ben Coote.
Peter Parfitt Division Three
North Runcton 2nd XI 106 all out lost to Thornham 107-7 by 3 wickets
North Runcton Sunday 2nd XI finally lost their unbeaten record this season with defeat at home to Thornham on Sunday.
In a match reduced to 30 overs a side because of rain North Runcton were bowled out for just 106.
The stand out contribution was from Tim Coote who scored a superb 62.
In fact he was the only Runcton player to get into double figures in what were difficult batting conditions.
In reply however their bowling and fielding couldn’t be faulted and so nearly pulled off an unlikely victory, taking seven wickets.
Opening bowlers Tom Pipkin (0-4 from four overs) and Joe Gent (1-7 from six overs) bowled superbly.
They were backed up by other wicket takers George Means 3-42 from six overs, including two wickets in two balls, Brock Townley who took 2-10 from six overs and Jack Trundley who took 1-10 from two.
Next weekend North Runcton are once again at home against Snettisham where they will look to get back on track with a victory.
EOC MoM: Tim Coote.