Melford edged out in cup final

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Abington 153-7 beat

Long Melford 144-6 by nine runs

THE Melford Twenty20 midweek team lost the final by just nine runs in near darkness at Haverhill.

Abington openers Norman (44) and Lawrence (40) put on 70 for the opening stand. It could have been so different as Norman seemed to live a charmed life and might have been dismissed for a duck.

Three run-outs before and after a 30-minute break for rain helped slow down the scoring rate, and Ivan Newman picked up two wickets.

In reply, Nick Wright smashed his way to 49, despite losing opening partner Elliot Pinkham (4) as the light faded quickly.

Wright lost his wicket to a delivery that kept very low and was replaced at the crease by Dan Harvey who, along with Ashley Skeggs, kept the Melford momentum going, but playing conditions were worsening.

The bounce of the ball was getting lower and it was getting harder to pick the ball out of the gloom.

Ketteridge bowled well for Abington and picked up a match winning 4-23, which included Stuart Whitehart who was out to a delivery which pitched and shot along the ground, giving him no chance. Cleverley, Martin and French came in and all threw the bat in the hunt for victory but could not reach the target required.