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Yarmouth pay for slow start

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:11 03 July 2010

Great Yarmouth's slow start to the campaign continued on Saturday as they went down to a battling three-wicket defeat at Topcroft A.

The toss was always going to prove crucial and Topcroft had no hesitation in asking their visitors to bat first.

Great Yarmouth's slow start to the campaign continued on Saturday as they went down to a battling three-wicket defeat at Topcroft A.

The toss was always going to prove crucial and Topcroft had no hesitation in asking their visitors to bat first. Runs were at a premium as the Topcroft bowling and fielding shut down Yarmouth's openers, with only 13 runs coming from the opening 12 overs.

Fitzsimmons (11) hit first change bowler Rostrom's first ball to the boundary, but the bowler had the last laugh three balls later bowling him to force the breakthrough. Sole (4) followed the next over and when a further quick wicket fell, Yarmouth were staring down the barrel at 23-3 from 19 overs. Hak and Derry looked to get things moving and with some entertaining shots they got the scoreboard ticking. Disaster struck, though, with the score on 55 as first Derry (17) was run out, then Hak (18) departed three runs later. Yarmouth captain Simon Ruddick, along with brother Richie, produced Yarmouth's best partnership of the day. The pair added 39 for the sixth wicket before R Ruddick offered a return catch to Elden. S Ruddick (31 not out) with valuable contributions from Vickers (6) and White (7) helped Yarmouth to close on 129-9.

Yarmouth took to the field, and White and Vickers did not disappoint. White struck first, bowling Vincent (4) and then Vickers removed the other opener, Adcock (5) and Holmes (0). Things could have been even worse for the home side but Habergham survived a strong appeal for caught behind. Habergham and Reader then looked to have taken the game away. At 102-3, the game looked dead and buried but Anguish (1-15) removed Reader (21) and then White returned and immediately claimed the wicket of Habergham (62), with Hak claiming his fourth catch of the day. Two new batsmen and 20 runs still needed with five wickets to go. White (3-30) struck again and Oxborough (1-37) made it seven down, but ultimately there were just not enough runs to defend and the home side completed their win in the 40th over.

GREAT Yarmouth A welcomed Norwich and Coltishall to the Beaconsfield Rec, and stand in skipper Johnston elected to bat first. Hodds and Harvey got off to a steady start scoring 25 before Harvey was brilliantly caught for 13 off the bowling of Buttifant (1-34). Nicholls joined Hodds in the middle and continued his good form from the previous week as the pair got the scoreboard moving quite rapidly, they added 117 in 26 overs before Hodds was bowled by Elms (1-63) for 37 with the score on 142-2. Hunter added a quick 25 as he and Nicholls moved the score along to 180-3. Nicholls soon followed for 86 in pursuit of quick runs at the end. M Thompson hit a quick-fire 20no as the innings closed on 210-6.

The visitors' innings started slowly, with tight opening spells from Harvey (0-22) and Cockerill (0-4), with Truman deciding to play the anchor role. Brown was feeling the pressure at the other end, as he seemed to be the only one looking to score runs. The pair added 93 in 27 overs before Truman played his first attacking stroke and was caught and bowled by Hunter(3-40) for nine. This soon became 96-4 as the visitors looked to repair the early damage as Buttifant run out for 0, and Brown and Wallace became Hunter's next two victims both for 0, with Elms run out for two and Brown finally bowled by Johnston for 80, the visitors' slim hope of victory had gone. Myhill hit a rapid 27no to get them an extra point but the innings ended on 160-6 giving Yarmouth victory by 50 runs.

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