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Row of ducks bowl cricketers over
A cricket team which lost without anyone scoring a run is blaming a "dodgy wicket" for its failure.

Statisticians are checking the record books to see if Goldsborough Seconds' dismal performance against local rivals Dishforth is the worst ever recorded.

The team scored a total of five in their Nidderdale Amateur League clash at Dishforth, North Yorkshire.

But all the runs were extras and none of the batsmen troubled the scorers - with 10 ducks and a nought not out.

Goldsborough chairman Henry Webster defended his team, saying the wicket was terrible and pointing out that the league-topping opposition also struggled.

'Character-building'

Mr Webster said: "It was a very, very dodgy wicket.

"When Dishforth came in to bat, they only needed six but they were nought for two at one point - and we dropped two catches as well.

"It could have been nought for four."

Mr Webster said there were a number of youngsters in the side and he hoped the experience would be "character-building".

He went on: "This team were 210-2 a few weeks ago. They can bat.

"One of the players hit 109 not out. They really are not that bad.

"It's not something we're proud of but we have to look on the funny side of it."


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