Copdock & Old Ipswichian bowled out for just 81 at Norwich

Tom Rash, who scored 46, more than half of his Copdock's side total of 81, in a nine-wicket defeat a

Tom Rash, who scored 46, more than half of his Copdock's side total of 81, in a nine-wicket defeat at Norwich. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

Copdock & Old Ipswichian’s three-match winning streak came to an abrupt end at lowly Norwich in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, and in shock cirumstances.

Second-from-bottom Norwich had been defeated by basement dwellers Bury St Edmunds the previous weekend, but the Norfolk hosts bounced back in devastating style to inflict a real thrashing on under-performing Copdock.

Put into bat by their opponents, Copdock were skittled out for a dismal total of just 81 in 33.1 overs. And Norwich needed just 11.2 overs to race to a crushing nine-wicket victory, and so celebrate only their third success of the summer.

It was a day to forget for Copdock, who had recorded an exciting last-over win against Vauxhall Mallards just seven days earlier, thanks to a century from the prolific Jaik Mickleburgh and 86 from captain Tom Rash.

For once, Mickleburgh failed with the bat on Saturday, trapped leg before by Dominic Mirner for a second-ball duck.

The early exit of the former Essex stalwart was a big blow, and it set the trend for a dreadful morning as Copdock were quickly reduced to 39 for seven.

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Mirner claimed the first three wickets, having opener Martyn Cull (4) caught behind, and an in-form Jack Beaumont lbw for a duck. Mirner finished with figures of 7-2-15-4.

Mirner’s new ball partner, Aaron Watson, weighed in with three for 32, including Sam Webb-Snowling (14), who was one of only two batsmen to reach double figures.

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Only skipper Rash provided any resistance, scoring more than half of his team’s runs. All-rounder Rash made 46 off 66 balls before he was the last wicket to fall.

In all, there were five ducks in Copdock’s innings, the other five batsmen other than Rash contributing a mere 27 runs.

Norwich made short work of reaching their target, opener Oliver Higenbottam (30 off 28 balls) and Patrick Sheridan (43 off 33 balls) sharing an unbroken stand of 62 for the second wicket.

Copdock’s only success was Hugo Douglas having opener Russell Emmanuel caught by wicketkeeper Webb-Snowling for nine when the score was on 20.

Copdock are on the road again this Saturday, when they take on fourth-placed Cambridge Granta at Clare College.

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