Dunmow brought back down to earth with Ipswich loss

Dunmow Cricket Club's Luke Swanston. Picture by Jamie Pluck

Dunmow Cricket Club's Luke Swanston. Picture by Jamie Pluck - Credit: Archant

Dunmow fell back to earth with a bump after consecutive victories as they were made to toil by Ipswich in fantastic conditions at St Edmunds Lane.

Dunmow won the toss and chose to bat in the Two Counties Championship Division Two clash on a wicket that looked chock full of runs.

An excellent start was made as Luke Swanston and Nav Ali put on 48 for the first wicket, before Ali holed out for 24.

Swanston (48) dropped anchor, looking to bat through the innings, but wickets fell in bunches.

Although Josh Rix added a brisk 27 not out and Dunmow at least batted their overs, there was a level of frustration at tea as their 166 was going to be hard to defend.

And so it proved as the Ipswich opening pair of Stuart Hammond and Joe Rusby built a risk free opening partnership of 127 before Hammond fell tamely for 66 from the bowling of Rix.

Rusby continued serenely, becoming more aggressive with time, taking Rix for three consecutive boundaries on the way to finishing 82 not out, with Rob Southall at the other end 16 not out as Ipswich completed their victory with nearly nine overs to spare.

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Dunmow travel to Easton this coming Saturday.