Rain ruins Goddy bid for victory

East Anglian Premier League - Poswick Godmanchester (172-8) drew with Norwich (205) A RAIN interruption denied Matt Pateman a century and his side the chance of victory in Godmanchester s match at Norwich. Pateman was left stranded on 96 not out after co

East Anglian Premier League - Poswick

Godmanchester (172-8) drew with Norwich (205)

A RAIN interruption denied Matt Pateman a century and his side the chance of victory in Godmanchester's match at Norwich.

Pateman was left stranded on 96 not out after compiling what looked to be a match-winning knock in just under three hours.


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A batting collapse had earlier left Goddy on 44-5 as they chased the home side's 205, but after Pateman's knock it was the visitors left cursing the weather.

Godmanchester remain in second place in the EAPL, behind league leaders Swardeston, who visit The Parks on Saturday.

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Captain Bevis Moynan won the toss for the fourth time in five matches and opted to put the hosts into bat.

Norwich made a solid start and were 107-3 at one stage, largely thanks to aggressive opening batsman Ben Patston, who finished with 79.

After Paul Swannell pouched Patston off the bowling of Praneth Jayasundera, Godmanchester began to take charge.

Swannell himself (3-69) and Jayasundera (4-20) tore through the batting and only a last wicket stand of 26 carried Norwich past the 200-run mark.

Elliot Baldwin and David McCallum took a wicket apiece.

Norwich pace bowlers Paul Wiseman (3-35) and Malinga Surappulige capitalised on weak batting at the top of the visitors' order, with only Pateman offering resistance.

Eventually, Pateman found a partner in Adam Cousins, who recorded his third-best ever EAPL score of 33.

Pateman smashed eight boundaries and two sixes on his way to 96, but losing 35 minutes to rain at the tea break left Goddy with an unlikely task to win.

The middle-order batsmen sacrificed their wickets playing shots as they looked to increase the scoring rate but by the time Moynan came in to bat at number 10, the chase had been abandoned.

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