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MAURICE Dye was the star for Swaffham as they beat hosts Ashmanhaugh in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.The victory means Swaffham remain unbeaten since the first game defeat to Downham who Swaffham host on Saturday.
MAURICE Dye was the star for Swaffham as they beat hosts Ashmanhaugh in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.
The victory means Swaffham remain unbeaten since the first game defeat to Downham who Swaffham host on Saturday.
Swaffham won the toss and opted to bat and the opening pair of Walsh and Boardman got Swaffham off to a great start, putting on 84 before the latter was bowled after a fluent run a ball 50.
Thereafter, Swaffham suffered a mini collapse - Walsh followed Boardman after being stumped off the bowling of Harmen.
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The re-introduction of pacey professional Satti removed Eagle and Gricks within three balls, Eagle's middle stump cartwheeled out of the ground and Gricks bowled with a ball that kept a little low.
Swaffham were left on 106-4 but still had plenty of overs and capable batsman left.
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Ashmanhaugh made a costly mistake in bringing Satti out of the attack when he maybe could have taken a few more wickets. This enabled Reeve and Yates to push the Swaffham score along, Reeve hitting three sixes in his 31-ball 42 and Yates made 38.
However, both got out to poor shots and the pressure was put back on Swaffham with Satti taking a further two wickets to leave Swaffham on 192-9 with four overs to go, staring at an inadequate total on a small ground with a lightning-quick outfield.
But a cracking 37 run partnership between father and son Maurice and Michael Dye gave Swaffham momentum and a reasonable score to defend.
Michael hit three sixes in his short innings, including a charged six off Satti's last ball highlighting his first-team credentials.
After the interval Ashmanhaugh got off to a flying start with Smith out of sorts and Clark again unlucky with several edges through the slips.
The introduction of Eagle brought a wicket immediately with dangerman Satti dragging a ball onto his stumps for 47.
Ashmanhaugh maintained the run rate and were 107-1 when Maurice Dye (pictured above) was introduced into
the attack and took two wickets in two balls in his first over to swing the game back Swaffham's way.
Maurice proceeded to take four more wickets, including another two wickets in two balls, and finished with 6-31 in a great spell.
Clark took a deserved wicket but Swaffham again couldn't take the final wickets to ensure maximum points as Ashmanhaugh settled for a losing draw.
A good day for the Dyes and Boardman in front and behind the stumps.