Fakenham A recorded their second NCL win of the season playing Hethersett and Tas Valley on Saturday.
Tas Valley batted first and scored 237 for 7, Harry Bammant and Billy Buckinham both taking two wickets.
Fakenham’s reply centred around a fine 130 not out by Harry Bammant who was well supported by Nathan Turston 20 and Joe Bane-Young 43, reaching the total in the 44th over. This is the third week running that a young Fakenham player achieved a century.
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Fakenham won the toss and asked Brooke to bat on a green-tinged pitch.
This seemed like a good decision as the Fakenham opening bowlers Chad Bowes and Steven Earle had the Brooke openers, Robert and Richard Porter, playing and missing, but the batsmen put on 42 before Porter was out for 27 LBW to Toby Hood in his first over.
Johnathon Wills and Mike Jones went quickly and at 51 for 3 Fakenham were pleased with their decision to field first. Matthew Collinge and Robert Porter built a good partnership, taking the score to 136 when Porter was caught for a patient 36.
Another quick wicket followed and at the dismissal of Collinge for 50, Fakenham looked on top with a score at 152 for 6. This brought together Matthew Carver and John Habershon. Carver didn’t take long to hit the ball to all parts of the ground in rather an unorthodox manner, but pushed the score along quickly.
He was well supported by the more conventional Habershon (44 not out) and they put on 109 in a few overs before Carver was run out for a swashbuckling 64 in the last over; Brooke 261 for 7.
The pick of the bowlers was Hood, 2 for 41.
Fakenham needed to make a solid start with Chad Bowes and Paul Dunger opening the innings, but this didn’t happen.
In the second over Bowes was caught in the deep and Keegan Monahan-Fairlie was also caught. With the score at 16 for 2 the prospect of a Fakenham victory took a knock.
Dunger and Harry Blackiston played with caution but kept the scoreboard ticking over. Blackiston grew in confidence and started to play some glorious shots.
He was well supported by Dunger who was determined not to give his wicket away and pushed the score on to 103 before he was out for 30 in the 28th over.
Will Dunger was next in but Blackiston was soon out for an elegant 56. Dunger batted with composure with support from Lloyd Marshall, 17, and Tommo Yarham, 14 not out.
Fakenham reached 40 overs requiring 80 runs and felt this was still achievable. Dunger was playing well but with the score on 207 he mistimed a ball and was caught for 62. After his dismissal the wickets fell quickly and Fakenham were all out for 226 in the last over.
Cookes of Fakenham man of the match: Harry Blackiston.
Other scores: North Runcton 183-4 (48.1 overs; Dean Robinson 75no, Ben Coote 54) 22pts beat Old Buckenham 181-8 (50; Michael Annakin 4-63) 5pts.
Mattishall 356-9 (49.5; Lloyd Richmond 3-63) 24pts beat Stow 353-9 (50; Will Denny 146) 9pts.
Bungay 135-10 (39.4; Matthew Brockman-Smith 3-25) 3pts lost to Swaffham 136-2 (22; Jasper Payne 60no) 22pts. Hardingham 183-6 (45; Jason Porter 2-7) 24pts beat Downham Town 2nd 154-10 (43.1; Ashleigh Corbett 49) 6pts.
Dersingham 230-6 (45; Jamie Cook 49, Jack Southgate 49) 25pts beat Norwich 3rd 223-10 (44.5; Ben Southgate 4-53) 8pts; Hethersett & Tas-Valley 2nd 195-10 (39.3) 6pts lost to North Runcton 2nd 254-5 (45) 25pts; Stow 2nd 151-8 (45; Justin Sargeant 63no) 4pts lost to Garboldisham 2nd 152-3 (31.5; Sargeant 3-16) 22pts.
Cromer 2nd 243-4 (45) 8pts lost to Bircham 331-7 (45; Will Pillinger 102, R Preston 71, Paul Lough 52) 22pts
Happisburgh 192-10 (40.1; Matthew Allsop 4-53) 7pts lost to Hockwold 193-7 (42.2 - revised target 49 from 45.0; Roy Bland 76no) 24pts.