North Runcton beat Downham Market in penultimate ball thriller

Fakenham's Cookes Man of the Match Harry Blackiston, scored 40 not out to see his side over the line, after Cromer were restricted to 158 all out.

Fakenham's Cookes Man of the Match Harry Blackiston, scored 40 not out to see his side over the line, after Cromer were restricted to 158 all out.

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Downham hosted North Runcton at the weekend and succumbed to a penultimate ball defeat after a great day’s Norfolk Alliance cricket.

Downham batted first and were going well at 102 for 1 before Ian Harrison (31) and captain Pat Yates (35) fell in the same Josh Ring over.

This brought Nick Kelly and Jason Porter to the crease, and after a slow start they put on 65 for the fourth wicket.

Kelly fell for a well-made 40 to the bowling of Major who bowled well for his 3 for 57.

This brought about a mid-order collapse as Downham fell to 187 for 8. It was left to Chris Sharp to try and get some momentum back in the Downham innings, and that he did with a quick-fire 14 not out. This led Downham to 227 for 9 at the halfway point, a competitive total but probably slightly under par.

In reply Runcton started well, reaching 38 without loss, but when Mark Skipper fell for 13 the wickets started to fall. All the runs were coming from one end and when New Zealander, Dean Robinson, was run out cruelly at the non-striker’s end for 51 by Sharp, the game turned in Downham’s favour.

Michael Crisp (38) and Lankfer (25) rebuilt well, but the required run rate kept rising. Runcton captain Coote came to the crease and smashed a quick 34 which turned the game really as Downham were left to rue a number of missed chances.

Once Coote went, however, Downham still looked favourites with the batting side needing 50 runs from the last five overs. This soon changed however as Ben Allsop blasted his way to 33 to score the winning runs with a ball to spare.

Downham travel to Fakenham tomorrow.

CGM Group MoM – Chris Sharp.