Leaders prove too strong for Aldborough CC’s 10 men

In the penultimate week of action for Aldborough, the 10 men available battled against top of the table Garboldisham A seeking the elusive victory to safeguard themselves in Division Five for next season.

Following a close game earlier in the season, Aldborough knew it would be difficult to replicate that performance with many missing due to injury, work commitments or personal reasons.

Aldborough lost the toss and were asked to bat first. A good start was made with Siddall (11) and Robinson (25) opening together for the second week in succession before the former played around a ball that swung back in to him.

Cramp (14) joined Robinson at the crease and the pair negotiated the spells of the opening bowlers, taking Aldborough to 47-1, with Robinson looking in good form. This soon became 47-3 however as Robinson was caught and bowled and Youngman went first ball, caught behind. Cool heads were required and Holroyd (21) was the right man for the job as he with Cramp took the home side to 68-3 at drinks.

With the Garboldisham first change bowlers bowling with good line, length and rhythm, it was difficult for the Aldborough batsman to hit the accelerator. Cramp fell to a low caught and bowled chance driven straight back, which set the wickets tumbling as Nicholson (2), Smith (2), Holroyd, Phillips (1) and Cook (1) all fell as Aldborough were bowled out for 94, leaving Fisher as the not out batsman.

With 10 in the field, it was always going to be an impossible task to defend 94, but the team showed a good spirit in trying to pick up some wickets to give themselves some bonus points.

Smith (7-1-34-1) and Cramp (6-0-25-2) picked up three wickets between them, one due to a fantastic low catch at mid-wicket by Youngman, to earn Aldborough a point. Holroyd (5-0-17-0), Youngman (3-0-13-0) and Cook (1.1-0-7-0) bowled well but without reward.

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Aldborough travel to Brooke on Saturday for their final game of the season. They currently stand eight points behind Bradenham A, who are without a fixture at the weekend, and so will move above them if they can secure a positive result.

The Black Boys man of the match was David Robinson.

n Aldborough Sunday XI entertained Bacton on the Green and secured a win, keeping their unbeaten run going which now stretches over a year.

Siddall (31), Howett (22) and Youngman (22) were significant contributors with the bat as Aldborough posted 153-8 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Moakes (10-4-10-5) ripped through the Bacton top order, claiming his second five wicket haul of the season, which left the away side some way adrift as they ended on 99-9 from their 40 overs.

Black Boys Man of the Match: Ashley Moakes.