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Record impact on Carter Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:59 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 03 July 2010

ACLE batsmen smashed club records in a startling Carter Cup first-round win over Swaffham on Sunday.

Acle followed up their Norfolk Alliance win over Swardeston with a record-breaking 301-run defeat of Swaffham in the county's premier cup competition.

ACLE batsmen smashed club records in a startling Carter Cup first-round win over Swaffham on Sunday.

Acle followed up their Norfolk Alliance win over Swardeston with a record-breaking 301-run defeat of Swaffham in the county's premier cup competition.

Acle were powered to a club record 399-2 by a superb second-wicket partnership of 358 between Geoffrey Handley and Hayden Murray. The partnership, and Handley's individual total of 200 not out, were also both club records.

Coming together with the score on seven after Porter had chipped to cover, the pair batted beautifully and weren't separated until Murray was dismissed for 145 with just four overs of the innings remaining.

A series of imperious straight drives from Handley were particularly impressive, as was the electric running between the wickets which at times ran the hosts ragged.

Handley brought up a well-deserved double hundred with the innings' only six in the penultimate over while Murray continued his excellent early-season form, confirming the initial impression that he will prove to be a fine acquisition for the club.

A last-over cameo from Tom Wilson just failed to bring up the 400 as the visitors finished a single run short.

Faced with a daunting task the home side batted positively but consequently lost wickets at regular intervals.

James Foreman took a wicket with his first ball, while Josh Rowe generated good pace and struck twice in an over on two occasions to finish with 4-38.

Acle's catching was impeccable, with a spectacular diving effort at point from Tom Wilson the highlight.

Foreman finished with 3-36, with a wicket apiece for three of Acle's four-pronged

spin attack.

With strong performances throughout the side Acle look set for a successful season having started with consecutive victories.

Man of the match - Geoffrey Handley.

Acle opened their Alliance Premier campaign with a seven-wicket win over Swardeston, overseas debutant Murray (4-22) earning man-of-the-match honours (report on page 4 of the sport supplement).

Tomorrow, Acle entertain Brooke.

In Alliance Four, Acle A (206-6) took 24 points from their match with Bungay (205-8).

The A-team is at Norwich B tomorrow.


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