Dereham A hope to build on Norfolk Cricket Alliance victory
Dereham A entertained Lowestoft A hoping to banish the memory of the previous week's poor performance at Bradfield A.
However for the game to go ahead the team were indebted to a few individuals working overtime to get the game on, most of all groundsman Adie Hewitt.
Dereham won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jamie Irons produced an outstanding ball to remove the off stump of opener Rice in just the second over, but Lowestoft settled into their innings and pushed the score along at a good rate.
Irons stuck again to finish a fine spell (2-25) and Richard Milbourne (1-16) got into the act but at drinks Lowestoft seemed on course for a big score at 81-3 with captain Wayne Nixon looking dangerous.
However with a much improved fielding display Dereham began to claw their way back into the game.
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Skipper Phil Milbourne removed his opposite number Nixon for an excellent 26 and this opened the floodgates as outstanding spells from Phil Milbourne (5-19) and the returning George Pledger (2-32) ripped though the rest of the batting order, leaving Lowestoft 110 all out inside 38 overs.
A solid start was much needed on a difficult batting track and openers Sam Widdows and Liam Cameron provided this with a patient and well crafted stand of 47 before Widdows (20) top edged one for a simple chance.
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Paul Taylor joined Cameron at the crease and they continued to make steady progress before Cameron was stumped for well made 30.
Jack Perrin-West, in a confident mood after his last outing of 62, helped push up the run rate before the dark clouds began to gather.
Dereham began to attack the Lowestoft bowlers with wickets in hand in order to gain a result out of the match and this ultimately cost the wicket of the unselfish Taylor (12).
Phil Milbourne joined Perrin-West in the middle and got Dereham within two runs of victory before an outstanding catch removed Perrin-West for a classy 30.
It was left to the skipper to hit the winning runs to seal Dereham A's second victory of the season in Norfolk Alliance Division Six.
Dereham A travel to Beccles A on Saturday hoping for back to back wins for the first time this season.
n Dereham's derby match at Bradenham in Norfolk Alliance Division One was abandoned after heavy rain. Dereham are at home to Horsford A on Saturday.