Gould anchors Downham Market to reach highest position

Stow at home to Bradfield on Saturday. The Stow X1. Back from left: Jack Redhead, Jack Gould, Dan Ward, Tom Davey, Ed Landymore and Tom High. Front from left: Josh Ring, George Cook, Keith Thomson (c), Will Denny and Lloyd Richmond. ANL-140507-191959009
Stow at home to Bradfield on Saturday. The Stow X1. Back from left: Jack Redhead, Jack Gould, Dan Ward, Tom Davey, Ed Landymore and Tom High. Front from left: Josh Ring, George Cook, Keith Thomson (c), Will Denny and Lloyd Richmond. ANL-140507-191959009
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Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier

The sun finally shone on the Memorial ground on Saturday as Downham beat visitors Old Buckenham to take them above their opponents and away from the relegation zone.

‘Old Buck’ won the toss and chose to bat on what looked like a good pitch to bat on.

Although they built a solid platform of 100 for 1 their run rate was never to the level they would have liked.

Three wickets for the inform Chris Sharp backed up by Ian Harrison (1 for 30) and Jignesh Chaunan (1 for 39) restricted Old Buckenham to 216. In the usual Downham way, chasing the target proved to be harder than it might have been.

After a solid start, Downham lost three quick soft wickets, including Tom Tansley who batted well for his 37, to go from 76 for 1 to 85 for 4.

It was left to Jack Gould to calmly set about rebuilding the innings along with some hard hitting at the other end from Addam Todd (32).

Although at times frustrated at the pace he was scoring, Gould ended up 52 not out, holding the innings together brilliantly and allowing others to score freely around him, including Joss Stuart who made 23 off 16 balls.

Although it was a nail-biting finish as wickets continued to tumble, Gould and Sharp saw Downham through to their target with three wickets to spare. This result moves them up to fourth in the table, Downham Town’s highest position this season.

Downham travel to Cromer this weekend hoping to continue their run of good form.

CGM Group MoM – Jack Gould.

Fellow Premier Division side Fakenham won the toss and elected to bat against Garboldisham, but they slumped to an inadequate total.

With Luke Findlay out first ball and then quickly followed by Chad Bowes, this wasn’t the start they had been hoping for.

Wickets continued to fall with only Will Dunger making any useful contribution (29).

The pitch was very dry and lively. It was offering assistance to Kieran Pask (5 for 26), who bowled with hostility which the Fakenham batsmen could not deal with.

But also poor shot selection by some of the team led to their meagre total of 71 runs in the 30th over.

Fakenham bowlers could not find the same hostility as their hosts, and the Garboldisham openers cruised past their total in the 12th over.

Fakenham know that this was a very poor performance and will have to put this game behind them and adopt a positive attitude for the next game when they entertain league leaders Brooke tomorrow.

Cookes of Fakenham man of the match: Will Dunger.

Division Two

Fakenham 2nds won the toss and asked Swardeston B to bat. The visitors had a good early partnership between Will Kidner (86) and Benjamin Chapman (64), allowing Swardeston to reach 217 for 8 in their 45 overs.

Oscar Campbell produced a fine spell of bowling with figures of 6 for 44 off 8 overs.

The Fakenham reply was led by Harrison Futter and Harry Bammant and they started aggressively, having 80 on the board in the first 10 overs.

They continued to dominate the Swardeston bowling attack and reached the target of 218 in the 30th over with both completing well executed centuries, giving Fakenham an excellent 10-wicket victory.

l Grimston CC are looking for a friendly on Sunday, August 7. Grimston can play home or away. Please contact Tim Tilbrook by email (timothy.tilbrook@btinternet.com) or 07552994123.

l More cricket on page 102.