Runs, runs and more runs!
The season is underway and the Stonham wicket has already seen almost 900 runs over two matches.
On Saturday, Stonham narrowly lost another close match against Ipswich II. At tea time things looked good for the first team having scored 229. After losing the early wicket of Stephen Lewis, Scott Martin (below) and Harry Wrinch steadied the ship. Harry scored a devastatingly fast fifty, which included only one single. Harry was eventually caught at deep mid-wicket, but Scott continued his and Stonham’s season with a bang by scoring a classy maiden century, racking up 121 runs in total. Ipswich lost an early wicket when opening bowler Kirsty Macrow accurately dismissed one of their experienced opening batsmen leg before wicket. After that dismissal, like Stohnam, Ipswich performed well and despite a brave effort in the field and a super three-fer from fourteen year old debutant, Steve Stowe, Ipswich ended up only requiring one run to win from the final over with two wickets remaining, which they managed fairly comfortably in the end, despite a brilliant catch at deep mid-off by Alex Crane.
The Sunday side made amends for Saturday’s defeat by scoring an enormous 279 for only 1 wicket, and then bowling Battisford out for 150. Jake Dye, almost called off in the morning due to an injury concern, but luckily for Stonham and himself, he played scoring his maiden fifty and century, completing the innings unbeaten on 116 not out. Stephen Lewis also came very close to his second century, scoring a brilliant 93 runs, before making way to Sam Fenning, who efficiently notched up a quick forty
-plus. Jake’s brother Jordan bowled very economically, rarely offering the Battisford batsmen a bad ball to attack. It was soon evident that Battisford were not going to be able to reach Stonham’s huge total, which allowed captain, Luke Edgar, to mix things up at the end of the match by trying out a few new and old faces with the ball, including another debutant Chris Pope, who kept things nice and tight until the end, with Battisford ending up on 155-8.