Downham Market bat Simmonds makes Alliance monthly shortlist

Stow CC captain Keith Thomson ANL-151102-142819001
Stow CC captain Keith Thomson ANL-151102-142819001
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Prowess with both bat and ball earned Downham Town A’s Ian Simmonds a place on the five-man shortlist for the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance’s July Player of the Month competition.

Playing in Division Three, Simmonds scored 70 in the home win against Sprowston and 56 in the away victory over Mundford. At home to Hardingham he plundered 4-17 to help his side to another success.

However, the award was won by Bradenham’s Will Dewing who was the scourge of Division Two batsmen as he took 19 wickets for a miserly 138 runs during July.

Damian Conway, a director of Swaffham, Norwich and Diss-based independent opticians Dipple & Conway, commented: “What impressed Dipple & Conway above all is the success enjoyed this month by home-grown youth talent. With ambassadors like them, the game looks to have a healthy future in this great county.

“Dipple & Conway is keen to encourage excellence among Norfolk’s younger players.”

l Premier Division: Cromer 158-10 (47.3 overs; Chad Bowes 3-29, Lloyd Marshall 2-22) 5pts lost to Fakenham 162-6 (42.2) 22pts.

Division One: Acle 154-10 (48.1; S Moulton 10-2-29-4) 22pts beat Stow 98-10 (27.4; Keith Thomson not out 37, George Cook 20) 5pts.

Division Two: Fakenham 2nd 173-1 (25.4; Harrison Futter not out 88, Harry Bammant 49, William Buckingham no 25) 22pts beat Brooke 2nd XI 169-8 (45; Emily Woodhouse 3-24) 3pts.

Division Three: Bungay 190-9 (45) 24pts beat Downham Town 2nd 137-10 (43) 6pts; Old Buckenham 2nd 157-9 (45; Mark Eagle 5-35) 7pts lost to Swaffham 201-9 (45; Eagle 77, Mike Dye 63) 24pts.

Division Four: Dersingham 140-8 (45; Jamie Cook 21) 6pts lost to Garboldisham 2nd 143-9 (44.5; Jamie Cook 2-40, Benji Linsell 3-23, Darren Cook 1-37, Pete Brassett 1-12, Ben Southgate 2-16 ) 21pts. North Runcton 2nd 178-2 (25.5) 23pts beat Norwich 3rd 174-8 (45) 4pts. Stow 2nd 236-3 (40; Matthew Blowers 73, Joe Barter 88, Thomas Davey not out 35, Otto Esse not out 13) 22pts beat Sheringham 234-5 (45; Kieran Knott 3-46) 6pts.

Division Five: Beccles Town 2nd 205-6 (45; Carlos Greeves 1-26) beat Bircham 263-6 (45; W Pillinger 77, S Fisher 55) 23pts.

Division Six: Thetford Town A 147-10 (42; Simon Groom 5-26 ) 2pts lost to Hockwold 151-1 (30.5; Anthony Ruddick no 77, Carl Smith no 53) 23pts.