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Leaders are destroyed by Stratford; Stratford v Cannock.

IN an amazing match where 13 wickets fell in three hours Stratford did well to beat league leaders Cannock by seven wickets.

The start was delayed due to rain and play eventually got under way at 3.30pm with the side batting first getting 35 overs and the second 29 overs.

Cannock batted first and were amazingly bowled out for a mere 40 runs on a pitch which took variable bounce and movement.

Skipper Laurie Potter (10) was caught by Chris Howell off Mike Palmer (5-16) when the score was on 13.

Jason Revell (2) was caught and bowled by Mike Palmer as the batsman played the ball early on a slowish wicket.

Cannock soon found themselves five wickets down for 21 runs and things just kept getting worse.

Staffordshire wicketkeeper Mark Humphreys (1), the lynchpin of Cannock's middle order, perished quickly caught by Jim Troughton off Mike Palmer. Steven Kerby (5-17) was the other destroyer as he mesmerised the Cannock batsmen with swing and seam.

Cannock, reduced to 29-7, then lost the last of their recognised batsmen in Graham Wright (1) bowled by Kerby. The tail was polished off to leave Stratford a meagre total to chase.

Things didn't start smoothly for Stratford, who lost young opener Hugh Jones (4) stumped brilliantly around his legs by keeper Mark Humphreys off Paul Greenfield (2-14) when the score was on eight.

Prolific opener Neil Humphrey (4) was next to go, lbw to left-armer Geoff Cook (1-25) playing across the line to a ball which kept very low.

Chris Howells (2) did not last long, caught by Mark Humphreys off Greenfield trying to cut a good length ball.

However, the experienced David Graham (18 not out) and Troughton (12 not out) played sensibly to give Stratford a good win and boost their chances for the championship.
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Title Annotation:Cricket
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2000
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