Vikings come up just short
Stradbroke (199-8) lost a nail-biting Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Nine West encounter to Nowton II (200-8) by just one run on Saturday.
On a typically flat pitch, Nowton, as ever, relied heavily upon Marco Cacchioli.
He faced 112 of the 243 balls bowled, dealing with the bad deliveries calmly, twice flexing his muscles to hit a six.
Nobody gave lasting support as Ian Cattermole, Josh Franklin-Mann and James Gilbee equally shared the eight wickets.
The visitors’ 200 came off the last ball with Cacchioli stranded on 96.
It was a competitive score, which was soon put into perspective by Stradbroke openers Matt Wise (31) and David Allum (28), who added 61.
Franklin-Mann & Mark Auchterlonie then had a net in the middle, finding gaps in the field almost at will and their partnership grew to 125.
However, with 15 required off five overs both batsmen fell – Franklin-Mann for 47 and Auchterlonie for a cultured 70.
Nowton’s Henry Rolfe took four wickets, leaving five runs off the last ball.
With all of the fielders stationed on the boundary, Cattermole almost bunted the ball into the covers and set off running.
Panic ensued with throws missing, fumbled returns and overthrows, before his partner was run out a mere two yards from an all run four which would have tied the game.
The result has left Stradbroke in fifth position in the standings ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Stowmarket II (1pm).
Hosting Stowmarket are currently second from bottom, having only been able to chalk up one win so far this season.