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Derby clash ends in draw

PUBLISHED: 15:19 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 08 July 2010

The setting couldn't have been much better for the derby clash between Thetford and East Harling staged at Mundford Road.

This was the first-ever league clash between the two sides.

The setting couldn't have been much better for the derby clash between Thetford and East Harling staged at Mundford Road.

This was the first-ever league clash between the two sides.

Harling won the toss and elected to bat which, due to the conditions, looked the right decision.

This was until Thetford's opening bowler Anderson struck the Harling opening batsman on the glove with the first of the innings, consequently forcing him to retire.

Despite this, Harling rallied, forcing Piggott to introduce Smeed into the attack rather prematurely.

The ever-economical bowler took 1-12 of 12 overs.

Terry was then brought on soon after, putting a dent into the middle order with figures of 4-44, helped by Piggott, surprising everyone by taking two catches and Terry snr, also playing a major role by taking two stumpings and one catch.

This was followed by a Piggott sidewinder, almost spelling the end for Briggs. But the stubborn Harling skipper held strong.

The re-introduction of opening bowler Lingard broke the stubborn resistance of the Harling lower order, removing the wicket of Wells, who top scored with 46.

Harling ended with 162 all out.

Thetford then began their innings, but to the worst possible start.

Dennis, Bryanton and Conroy all fell in quick succession, with some controversial umpiring somehow finding its way in between the loss of wickets. This early loss proved costly as Piggott and Newey were forced to be patient, with the draw looking now likely. Eventually they both fell, Piggott (45) and Newey (25), batted very well in worsening conditions and very accurate Harling bowling, with Pill the pick with 4-17.

Terry and Bacchus were left to anchor the home side to an inevitable draw, but also gain a vital batting point by reaching 100 runs in the final over. The game ended with Thetford scoring 100-6, in reply to East Harling's 162, obtaining a losing draw - a sight all too familiar with the home team.

Thetford Town CC host touring side Wateringbury, from Kent, for an evening 20/Twenty fixture on Friday from 6pm. Thetford's new bar facilities will be open and food will be available; admission will be free.

All spectators are welcome for what should be an entertaining evening as the club's cricketers test themselves against unfamiliar opposition.

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