Esse-ntial all-round effort puts Stow back on track with Thetford win

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Stow CC returned to winning ways with a hard-fought Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Division One three-wicket win over Thetford.

Stow captain Thomson won the toss and elected to field first with conditions being damp due to the week of adverse weather.

Visiting Thetford opener Baulch (58) took the attack to opening bowlers Ward (1-40) and Richmond.

Otto Esse came into the bowling line up to get a much needed wicket, having Caley caught by Cook with the score on 75. Stow then bowled very well, turning the game around. Moulton had big hitting Baulch caught by Pat Green.

The Conroy brothers then batted calmly to move the score onto 128 until Moulton had Ryan Conroy stumped down the leg side with a smart piece of work by Cook. Brother Liam then fell in the same way to Ward; however this time the stumping coming via the pads of Cook in a fortunate fashion.

Esse then bowled Lockwood for 9 to finish with figures of 2-27 on his return. Thomson and Richmond bowled fantastically at the death well.

Richmond bowled Newey for 2 and Greyson first ball. Thomson removed Mann LBW and Richmond (4-36) finished the innings having L Greyson caught well by Bowman. Thetford had gone from 75-0 to being 179 all out.

Stow’s reply got off to a terrible start with Bowman being bowled by a big inswinging delivery from Greyson.

This turned into 13-2 when Landymore was caught behind off Hills. Denny looked to counter attack but was caught in the deep off D Greyson for 26.

Pat Green was then stumped for 11 and when Cook was run out Stow were in trouble at 80-5.

Captain Thomson and Esse then produced a match winning partnership. Both players batted calmly and superbly, manoeuvring the ball around the field.

Then Esse changed the game when he went on the attack. Some big blows took the game out of Thetford’s control.

Esse (46) was removed lbw by Conroy, however Thomson then took over the attacking shots to see Stow close to the target. White was removed for 3 and Richmond helped Thomson (63*) finish the innings. Stow took 23 points from the game to move back into fifth.

Saturday’s Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance round-up: Premier Division

Diss 159-9 (35) 4pts lost to Downham Town 242-4 (35) 24pts; North Runcton 134-10 (43) 6pts lost to Garboldisham 157-10 (40.1) 22pts; Swardeston 2nd 5pts, Fakenham 5pts - rain.

Division Two

Fakenham 2nd 5pts, Bradenham 5pts - rain.

Division Three

Downham Town 2nd 110-3 (29.2; Ian Simmonds not out 50, Ian Stacey 4, Jason Porter 0, Alex Vincent 7, Ashleigh Corbett* not out 39) 21pts beat Great Melton 108-10 (32.5; Sam Sharp 1-27, Porter 3-14, Robert Hooton 1-32, Vincent 4-9, Simon Brooking 1-4) 2pts; Swaffham 128-5 (26.5; Mark Eagle 9, Phillip Balls 17, Jasper Payne 13, Alexander Payne 15, Michael Dye 2, Ryan Bradbury not out 36, Tom Puckey not out 19) 22pts beat Winterton 127-10 (34.1; Jasper Payne 7-4-6-2, Eagle 2-39, David Annakin 1-21, Jack Coggles 2-36, Puckey 2-5) 4pts.

Division Four

Great Melton 2nd 5pts, Stow 2nd 5pts - rain; Rocklands 98-10 (31.1; Jamie Cook 1-15, Benji Linsell 4-27, Darren Cook 3-24, Ben Southgate 1-25, Pete Brassett 1-0) 1pt lost to Dersingham 100-3 (22.4; Alex Havers 12, Jack Melton-Doy not out 30, Shane Fisher 8, Jamie Cook 5, Jack Southgate not out 36) 21pts; Sheringham 98-1 (23.4; Fisher 1-28) 20pts beat North Runcton 2nd 97-10 (38.2; George Rawlings 18, Jack Johnson 34, Ben Skipper 4, Andrew Barrett 2, Darren Cubitt 17, Sam Major 3, Alexander Rawson 1, Bob Belcher 1, Harvey Cross not out 5, Joseph Mayes 4, Callum Fisher 1) 0pts.

Division Six

Hockwold 131-0 (21; Euan Gilmour not out 56, Joel Gilmour not out 63) 22pts beat Dereham 2nd 130-10 (35.1; David Spencer 1-32, Roy Bland 3-38, Matthew Allsop 3-12, Carl Smith 3-2) 2pts.