Isleham Squeezed Out By Rivals

ISLEHAM 1st XI lost out by just 10 run to local rivals Dullingham 1st XI in a Junior division 1A clash at the Recreation Ground. Dullingham were invited to bat first by Isleham but Halfpenny (31) and D Baldwin (70) made Isleham lament the decision as the

ISLEHAM 1st XI lost out by just 10 run to local rivals Dullingham 1st XI in a Junior division 1A clash at the Recreation Ground.

Dullingham were invited to bat first by Isleham but Halfpenny (31) and D Baldwin (70) made Isleham lament the decision as they put on 89 for the first wicket.

Dullingam finished with 183 from their 40 overs, a solid yet not insurmountable scoring rate of 4.5. S Dunsmuir was the pick of the Isleham bowlers finishing his workmanlike spell with figures of 2-44.

The Isleham reply started badly with Diver being dismissed in the second over, however G Cowling (47) once again got the innings back on track and when Dunsmuir scored 39 late in the innings it appeared that Isleham were in with a sniff. Unfortunately for the home side though, some impossibly tight bowling from Dullingham at the death saw them fall just short.


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Isleham's unbeaten 2nd XI travelled to Willingham 2nd XI with six under 14s in the team. Willingham batted first and lost one of their openers in the second over but R Leach (30) and J Blunt (30) soon restored order for the home side with a partnership of 74 for the second wicket. Peacock (40) also contributed useful runs and Wilingham finished their 40 overs with a very respectable score of 164. L Sheldrick took 5-37 for Isleham.

Isleham needed to score just over four runs per over to win and R Blair and J Goff kept the scoreboard ticking over at the required rate putting on 81 for the second wicket in just 17 overs. Blair became increasingly keen to push the scoring rate and despite brought up his 50 with two huge sixes over mid-wicket, he was eventually removed for 53. Though a few finishing nerves saw a couple of late wickets tumble a timely partnership of 45 by veteran I Dunbavin (29 not out) and Sam Hillary (20 not out) saw Isleham home with five overs to spare.

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