Fletcher stars for Luddington in victory

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Luddington completed the double over Normanby Park to record their second win of the season in the Broughton Evening League.

A youthful Normanby batted first with Alex Czabniuk and Liam Snell, playing in his first senior game, opening.

Snell made three runs before he was bowled by Alex Fletcher with the total on nine. Only three further runs had been added when Matt Leigh was bowled by Alex’s brother Graeme.

Zach Meadows was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Liam McAnaney when the total stood at 15 then Czabniuk and senior player Andy McDaid added a dozen runs before the young opener was trapped lbw by the excellent Alex Fletcher for 13.

Alex Fletcher then bowled Declan Dunning before Ludd introduced debutant bowler Matt Grimbleby. He struck almost immediately when McDaid was caught by another debut man John Stokoe, out for 13 (56/6).

Jacob Render was next to go, bowled by the confident Grimbleby for four then the experienced Jason Whiteley picked up the wickets of Alan Dawson and Liam Hebblewhite. Normanby were 76/9 - Alex Fletcher taking the bowling plaudits with 3/22. Grimbleby and Whiteley also played their part.

Normanby made a terrific start as Oliver Coulman was bowled when the visitors had made just three but Jamie Arrowsmith joined Stokoe in the middle and with a great degree of sensible batting, they proceeded to build the Luddington reply.

Dawson was later brought on and eventually bowled Arrowsmith for 19 excellently gathered runs.

Russell Fletcher then headed for the crease and complemented opener Stokoe who could not be shifted.

Hebblewhite was then unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his spell of three overs but Ludd’s two experienced batsmen were finding the gaps.

They eventually accelerated the score past Normanby’s target with just short of two overs to spare, Stokoe making 34 not out and Fletcher 15.