INDOOR CRICKET: Champion start to campaign

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At Fort Regent there were also wins in Division II for Farmers 2, Centurions and Springfield, against Lord’s Taverners JJCA I, St John’s and JCA Seniors respectively.Phoenix Knights can thank Daryl Calder (34) and Micky Poulter (29) for getting them to 79 off 12 overs against Abbey National.

Nigel Crocker, Peter Blackburn and Bradley Vautier each took a wicket with Crocker scoring 22 with the bat and his brother, Ian, 15.Useful runs from Vautier and Richard Gomersall meant that Abbey were always up with the run rate and despite losing four wickets they came home to win by two wickets in 10.2 of their allotted 12 overs.Farmers 2 scored three runs off the final ball, after requiring 18 to win from the final over, to beat LT JJCA I by two wickets.

The Juniors made a creditable 105 following good efforts by Ben Naylor (27), Dan Lundy (24) and Tom Wherry (20).

Dave Buxton (32) and Pete Simon (25) top-scored for Farmers 2.Having kept Centurions down to 68, St John’s must have fancied their chances in the run chase.

But Richard Huckle and Ged McKeever each with three wickets in the space of six overs sharply disabused them of any such notions blasting St John’s out for 19.

Huckle top-scored for Centurions with 38.Springfield and JCA Seniors both played a man short but it was still an entertaining game.

Springfield reached 104 in 12 overs thanks entirely to Charles Woodrow with a superb undefeated 71 and good support from Lee Graveson.Peter Glennon, for the Seniors, followed up a four-wicket haul with a top score of 35, while Barry Breuilly, Ray Wilson and Keith Dennis all reached double figures.Graveson and Richard Parker took two wickets apiece to keep Springfield just about in control and they ran out victors by 11 runs.

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