Cricket: Nine men of Luddington suffer derby defeat

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

Luddington crashed out of the Amazing Smile Knockout Cup after being bowled out for 99 by derby rivals Outcasts.

The nine men of Luddington batted first and soon found themselves one down when Joe Woolhouse was bowled by Graeme Fletcher for just a single with the total on nine.

The scoreboard had not moved when Darren Clark was harshly given out LBW to Liam McAnaney for four which left skipper Gareth Parkin and Graham Clark to rebuild the innings.

And they did just that before Clark had a swipe at Scott Buttrick to be bowled for 17, and 41 overall.

Once again no run had been added when Parkin was caught by wicket keeper Mark Fletcher off Craig McAnaney for 13 - the ball lodging in his pads.

Andy Lawson then took the game to his parent club - crashing four sixes in a quickfire 27. It took an excellent catch in the deep by Jamie Belton to bring an end to his stay, off the bowling of McAnaney again as he picked up a third wicket from Jamie Arrowsmith.

Steve Proctor and Danny Taylor took the score to 92 before Graeme Fletcher took a return catch from Taylor on six then Matthew Mellers and Proctor moved the score up to 99 only for Russell Fletcher to catch the former for five.

Fletcher finished with 3 for 16 and McAnaney 3 for 33 to share top billing for the Priorymen.

A target of 100 was always going to be obtainable for Outcasts given Ludd’s lack of numbers but they restricted them to just 40 off the first 20 overs.

However, Ludd’s wicket keeper Proctor handed over the gloves to skipper Parkin after a back spasm and Arrowsmith then hurt his back.

Belton and youngster Josh Bramhill opened the batting for Outcasts but Belton was out early, caught by Danny Taylor off Mellers for four, which brought McAnaney to the middle. He and Bramhill guided Outcasts along.

McAnaney picked out Jamie Arrowsmith to give Darren Clark a wicket but Fletcher helped ease Outcasts over for 100/2.