TWO COUNTIES LEAGUE
DIVISION EIGHT WEST
Stradbroke Vikings (72) lost to Eye and District (73-3) by seven wickets
Stradbroke Vikings were completely outclassed by Eye and District as they got the new Division Eight West season off to a poor start.
Despite the disappointing afternoon what was noticeable in the seven wicket defeat was the spirit shown by Vikings.
The fact they batted 35 overs testifies to this, the lower order proving hard to shift. Christian Whiting (4-28) moved the ball both ways, while Ross Stannard (4-9) is always a nemesis.
Only a grafting 15 from James Webster, caught the eye. Defending 72 left no room for manoeuvre, prompting the unlikely opening pair of bowlers, Billy Freeman (aged 66) and 14-year-old Brett Cotton.
Pascoe Warner (24no) treated all bowlers the same as victory became a formality, but at least James Gilbee (2-16) earned Stradbroke a bowling point to show for their efforts.
The Vikings will be aiming to seal their first win when they host Battisford tomorrow, who also suffered defeat in their opening game, going down to Stowupland.
n Having overcome Stradbroke, Eye and District will be looking to build on momentum when they travel to Stowmarket II.
n In Division Five, Earl Stonham (104) got off to a promising start to the new campaign as they secured a nine-run victory away at Harwich and Dovercourt (95).
The club have a week’s break from action before returning to travel to Great Bromley on May 2.