High fives for Stow after Tom hits 20 from an over

Fakenham's Ben Harvey hitting a six, Ben top scored with 41, in their defeat to Garboldisham.
Fakenham's Ben Harvey hitting a six, Ben top scored with 41, in their defeat to Garboldisham.
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Division One

Stow 309-5 (50) 25 points beat Norwich 2nd XI 114-10 (22.1) 2pts by 195 runs

Stow returned to winning ways after a big win over Norwich on Saturday.

Returning captain Thomson won the toss and batted on a good looking surface at Stow.

A new opening combination of Bowman and Thomson started brightly putting on 43 for the first wicket. Bowman looked very impressive striking the ball cleanly and running hard to make a fluent 29 before misreading the length and being bowled by Key for a well made 29.

This brought in form man Denny to the crease, who along with Thomson continued the positive nature to the batting, striking boundaries at will. Thomson was beginning to find his stride with a lofted straight six.

The pair put on 50 until Denny was caught and bowled by Sexton off a sharp chance for 30. Thomson then looked to hit Mirner for six but mistimed his sweep and was caught for 30 with the score on 110.

Then came a big partnership of 125 between High and Landymore. Once the 40th over came the innings began to gather pace with Landymore striking the ball with power and High using his full array of shots including 20 off one Sexton over. Landymore was yorked by Wiseman for 62 and High bowled by Cook attempting another ramp shot for 89.

Big hitting duo Cook and Davey capitalised on wayward bowling and woeful catching with Cook hitting a six that nearly landed on the nearby A10. Stow finished on 309-5 in a commanding position.

With the threat of rain around, Norwich sent out some attacking openers to try and chase down the big total and this worked in Stow’s favour as the big shots brought about wickets for Ward in his second over – with Bradford and Cudden both being caught at mid-off by Davey.

Richmond joined the party removing Binnie caught behind for 0. Ward then had Sexton very well caught by Morgan. Richmond (2-39) then produced a beautiful delivery to hit the top of Mirner’s off stump reducing Norwich to 15-5. With the rain now starting to fall at a constant rate, Ward carried on his spell, bowling Brister with a delivery that seamed away, bowling Lovick for 0 and finally having Cook caught by Moulton. He finished with club best figures of 6-49.

With attacking fields set by captain Thomson, Kailainathan smacked a well made 66 not out, while Ward run out Key for 18. Debutant Morgan bowled well but it was High who replaced Ward at the tree end who took the final wicket having Wiseman well caught by Thomson at slip to give Stow a 25 point win.

By Gordon Turner

Premier Division

Fakenham 170-10 (44.3) 6pts lost to Garboldisham 249-8 (50) 25pts by 79 runs

On another very windy day, skipper Will Dungar won the toss and asked Garboldisham to bat first on a good batting wicket.

Fakenham had an early success with Steven Earl having Jonny Wyatt trapped LBW.

Henry Phoenix joined Kristian Williman who played some excellent cover drives to the boundary and their running between the wickets was excellent turning singles into two’s.

Williman who was dropped twice took full advantage and compiled a useful partnership. Phoenix was out first for 59 and Williman for 65.

At 165 for 3 after 37 overs Fakenham felt they could still contain Garboldisham to around 220 but captain Danny Cash playing very well for 49, before being bowled by Chad Bowes pushed the score to 249 for 8 with Fakenham picking up late wickets to give them four bonus bowling points.

The wickets were shared around: Bowes 3 for 42, Earl 2 for 37 and Ashley Jarvis 1 for 33 off 10 overs.

The Fakenham innings opened aggressively with Luke Findley and Bowes hitting the ball to all parts of the ground.

Perhaps more control and patience would have been a better tactic. With the score on 50 after six overs, Bowes was caught for 23. Keegan Monahan-Fairlie soon followed for a quick fire 15 then Findley for 25.

This signalled a collapse and at 94 for 5 after 20 overs Fakenham looked in real trouble.

Ben Harvey tried very hard to resurrect the innings with a solid 41 but Fakenham fell well short of the required 250 and were all out for 170 in 45 overs. This was a poor performance from Fakenham who need to bat with more patience and purpose when chasing a score and be prepared to build solid partnerships.

Top order batsmen need to have a better shot selection if they are to achieve last year’s success.

Cookes of Fakenham man of the match: Ben Harvey.

Fakenham 2nds travelled to Swardeston, won the toss and decided to bat. Openers Harry Bammant and Harrison Futter gave them a solid start.

Jack Wells was the real star with a fine 101. This is the second week running that a Fakenham 2nd XI player has scored a century.

A good 43 not out by Nathan Thurston boosted the Fakenham score to 281 for 7.

This was not enough to see them to victory, Swardeston having a strong batting line-up (Alex Levinson 116 not out), reaching the total in 36 overs.

This was a disappointment to a mainly young Fakenham side after a strong batting performance.

Fakenham 3rds recorded a good win over Denver. Batting first, Fakenham scored 153 and bowled Denver out for 114.