Vauxhall Mallards fall short in their chase of 101

Paul Bradshaw struck early for Vauxhall Mallards. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Paul Bradshaw struck early for Vauxhall Mallards. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Vauxhall Mallards slipped to a disappointing defeat at Horsford in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday - despite bowling the hosts out for just 101.

They were dismissed for just 94 themselves at Manor Park to lose a low-scoring game by seven runs.

The weather was a factor to consider with a predicted forecast of rain late in the afternoon. Horsford captain Ryan Findlay won the toss and elected to bat first.

The home side were quickly in trouble as Paul Bradshaw and Adam Todd removed their first three batsmen for 11 off 7.1 overs.

Batting proved very slow for Horsford as they needed to establish their innings. It took until the 11th over to see the first boundary, hit by Stephan Marillier, who was the only batsman to make a substantial innings.

He was eventually bowled for 46, the first wicket for Brett Stolworthy who had come on as first change bowler and who finished as Mallards’ best bowler with 3-20 off 10 overs. Horsford’s tail was held up by their youngest player, Callum Metcalf, who remained not out for 10 when the home side were dismissed for 101 off 40.4 overs.

With a reachable target in sight, although such low totals often need to be worked for carefully, Mallards began their reply.

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This was immediately challenged when Luke Caswell was removed in the first over followed in the fourth by the departure of John Ewart and Mitch Todd. The balance of the game swung even more to Horsford’s way in the 11th over when Chris Brown took two wickets in his first over. He was on a hat-trick but Alistair Shearer defended safely.

Batting together with Harry Barker, Shearer made the highest score for Mallards of 18. A heavy

shower forced a fairly short break when Vauxhall Mallards were 88-6 after 24 overs.

After play restarted Findlay had a big impact on the game, with the result at that stage looking favourable for Mallards. He took Mallards’ last four wickets to finish with 5-26 and also had a hat-trick chance.

With three Mallards batsmen, Green, Bradshaw and Caswell, all going first ball, and unable to contribute the visitors fell seven short, despite having many overs to spare, on 94 all out.

Mallards make the short journey to Ingham to take on Norwich tomorrow (11am).