Luke Edgar and Ian Turner both avoided having to buy a jug of beer each in an impressive performance by the Earl Stonham second XI against a resilient Elmswell side. Turner and (Luke) Edgar both scored 49 runs and Stonham finished on 202 for 4 wickets. Ed Player, who opened with Turner, and Simon Edgar also contributed towards the run total with 41 and 28 respectively. Elmswell chased down the target impressively, needing around 6 runs per over, but Stonham fielded very consistently, dropping no chances. The bowling attack of Taylor Thorpe, Paul Storer, Kirsty Macrow, Sean High and Luke Edgar all took wickets. After Macrow teased Elmswell’s powerful opening batsmen into a drive that resulted in an inside-edge onto his own wicket, victory seemed more likely, but it was only until the dismissal of Elmswell’s captain (the only player to actually score a half-century) when the game drifted away from the away team. Stonham wrapped the game up when Macrow, this time bowling up the hill, was hit in the air, but only to mid-on where cool Chris Allen dispatched the final threat.
Unfortunately the Saturday side lost their third game in a row following the victory against Harwich & Dovercourt at the beginning of the season. They hope to bounce back next weekend against local rivals Stowmarket.