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Lowestoft record impressive win over Thetford - and the weather

PUBLISHED: 09:20 30 April 2018

Lowestoft skipper Tom Brice led the way as his side beat Thetford - and the weather - on Saturday. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Lowestoft skipper Tom Brice led the way as his side beat Thetford - and the weather - on Saturday. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

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Lowestoft Town recorded a notable victory on Saturday - and not just over opponents Thetford Town.

The fact that they managed to beat the weather on a truly miserable spring afternoon was an even bigger achievement on a day when all other games in the region’s three main leagues were called off.

Friday’s downpour, coupled with steady drizzle on match day, wiped out the entire programme in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League and the Norfolk League sponsored by Ashburnham Solicitors.

It was similarly gloomy scene at Cecil Amey Opticians Norfolk Alliance grounds across Norfolk - but just over the county border Lowestoft’s Denes Oval was deemed playable and the home side benefitted from beating the elements as they recorded a thrilling seven run win.

“When we got down to the ground everywhere was pretty wet but the rain had just about stopped and we thought it was worth giving it a go,” said Lowestoft secretary and player Steven Mann.

“We discussed it with the groundsman and he was happy to leave the decision with us. He cut and prepared the wicket, the Thetford lads came over and we decided to have a 35 over a side game.

“It obviously wasn’t easy for the bowlers or the batsmen. The light was really poor and it got so bad at one stage that you couldn’t see the wind turbine, which is only 500 yards from the ground.

“With such a damp outfield it was difficult to get the ball away and batsmen were also losing their footing on regular basis. I think Thetford had three run-outs caused by slipping over.

“The bowlers obviously found it difficult to grip the ball and it needed to be dried after virtually every ball.

“It was tough out there - but we got the game in and the fact that we managed to win it and pick up 21 points was obviously an added bonus. It took us five games to get our first win last season.”

Lowestoft batted first after winning the toss and a fine second wicket stand between skipper Tom Brice (61) and Nathan Garrod (38) took them past 100 before a late flurry of wickets saw them dismissed for 137, with Liam Conroy taking 5-15.

Thetford made a solid start in reply, and were offered the option of calling it a day at one stage when the rain returned, but they opted to stay out and ended up being dismissed for 130, after being 76-2 at one stage. Liam Conroy top scored with 47 while Craig Guy took 3-20.

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