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CAULKHEADS WINNING RUN CONTINUES

THE ISLAND'S DISABILITY SIDE CONTINUED THEIR WINNING START TO THE SEASON WITH A SECOND WIN AGAINST LONDON CCCCA. WITH CENTRE TIME IMPORTANT SKIPPER GRAHAM SPRACK PROMOTED SOME LOWER ORDER BATSMEN TO START THE INNINGS OFF. HOWEVER, THIS SEEMED TO BE BACK-FIRING, WHEN, AFTER 12 OVERS GOOD TIGHT BOWLING BY BILAL ALI AND ZOHEB AKBAR HAD REDUCED THE ISLANDERS TO 34 FOR 4. BUT LONDON COULDN'T SUSTAIN THIS GREAT START, AND WHEN THE DEMISE OF RICHARD DIXON FOR 0, BOUGHT TOGETHER PETER BROWN(96 NOT OUT) AND MATT GOULDING(60 NOT OUT), THE ISLANDERS WERE SOON REVERSING THE FORTUNES. THEIR UNBROKEN 173 A RECORD FOR THE 5TH WICKET.
IN REPLY, LONDON STRUGGLED ON THE DAMP PITCH WITH ONLY STEFAN McKENZIE AND DARREN MELLSTEAD OFFERING ANY RESISTANCE. 'BAZ' MATTY RICE PRODUCED A NEAR PERFECT AND ALMOST UNPLAYABLE SPELL OF BOWLING TO FINISH WITH 7 FOR 12. (THE FIRST 7-FOR BY A DISABILITIES ISLANDER, AND AFTER THE MATCH, WAS PRESENTED WITH THE MATCH BALL BY ADAM HALL OF LONDON CCCCA) HE WAS ABLY BACKED UP BY KAYTON EVANS - RETURNING TO THE SIDE AFTER A NEAR-YEAR LONG ABSENCE, AND DEREK HAYLES.
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