Cricket: Clark stars for Luddington

Cricket stock photo. Cricket ball against boundary  rope. (d14051261)
Cricket stock photo. Cricket ball against boundary rope. (d14051261)

Luddington CC got their first home game in the Broughton Evening League off to the best start, beating Normanby Park by 60 runs.

Homegrown talent Darren Clark opened the innings with Peter Tait and from the off they batted with purpose, taking every opportunity to pick up singles and twos.

Normanby’s youngsters were bowling quite well and it was Jacob Render who made the break through when he had Tait caught by Sam Kelsey for 23 (total 42), bringing Ludd skipper Andy Lawson in.

He took his time to assess the bowling and the track but along with the now well-established Clark, they kept the scoreboard ticking over before pressing the accelerator.

Lawson was beginning to threaten another big innings when he was involved in a run-out that saw him depart for 27 (total 97).

Scott Buttrick joined Clark in the middle and they continued to push the score along before Clark brought up his half century with a boundary, prompting him to retire as per league rules.

Russell Fletcher (13) and Buttrick (11) finished the innings for 153/2.

Paul Mitchell and Andy McDaid opened for Normanby but McDaid made just three when he edged a Graeme Fletcher delivery to brother Mark behind the stumps (total 11).

Liam Hebblewhite then took the score to 30 before Liam McAnaney bowled the latter for 11. With just six runs added, Hebblewhite was also gone - bowled by Buttrick for 13.

Skipper Declan Dunning and Render put together a stand of 23 only for Dunning to find himself bowled by Buttrick having made 20.

Ludd’s Sunday skipper Gareth Parkin came on and picked up the fifth wicket when bowling George Thomas for two (overall 72).

Render was dismissed when he was caught by Russell Fletcher off Clark for a top score of 32.

Clark went on to pick up a further two wickets - meaning figures of 3/2 from just one over. Normanby ended 93/8 with Luddington taking the win.