Aldborough CC battle their way to draw

Aldborough travelled to Stow A at the weekend looking to improve on their performance from the previous Saturday. Stand-in skipper Skinner won the toss and put the opposition in to bat.

Michael Board (12-4-44-3), making his first start of the season, bowled well in tandem with Smith (12-2-37-0), picking up two early wickets to restrict Stow to 34-2 from 13 overs.

First change bowler Dingle (7-3-24-1) picked up a further scalp to leave the score at 85-3 from 27 overs. Sargeant (43) and Fossey (46) then shared a 64 wicket partnership for the fourth wicket, moving the score to 149-3 from 37 overs.

With the Stow batsmen showing aggressive intent, Youngman (3-0-23-0) and Moakes (4-0-24-0) found it difficult to settle as they were introduced to the attack.

Plumb (8-1-40-1) did well to bowl a final innings spell as Stow sought to target maximum batting bonus points with a late cameo from Skinner (22 not out). Plumb and the returning Board each picked up a wicket in the closing overs as Stow A closed on 204-5 from their 46 overs.

In response, Aldborough made a great start as Plumb (30) and makeshift opener Smith (8) put on an opening partnership of 47 from nine overs before Smith was caught behind.

Youngman (22) and Buxton (21) both made starts after Plumb's departure and left the score at 112-4 from 28 overs.

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With Skinner (8) going shortly after, Aldborough decided to close up to ensure the draw. Swinbourne (14 not out) picked up from where he left off last week as he batted sensibly, supported by Siddall (6), Phillips (4) and Moakes (0 not out), securing the draw in the process. Aldborough finished on 146-7 from their 46 overs.

Black Boys man-of-the-match was Michael Board (3-44).

Aldborough are at home to Swardeston CEYMS on Saturday in their latest Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance fixture.