Stow enjoy winning derby draw with Downham Market

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Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier Division

Stow (17 points) had a winning draw against Downham Town (6 pts)

Stow 241-4 (Gould 101, Bowman 54). Downham 175-7 (Harrison 77, Yates 55).

Both sides had notable absentees; and with opening bowler Angus Stuart having to pull out on the morning of the match due to work commitments, visiting captain Duncan Lanchester elected to chase a total rather than defend.

Having put on an opening stand of 100 last week at Swardeston, Bowman (54) and Gould (101) set about their work and did so again. Both punished anything short and the running between wickets was once again a feature of the partnership.

The pitch made it hard to come in and hit boundaries straight away, especially with the bowling of Ian Harrison (2-62). He bowled the death overs from one end and seldom went for a boundary except from an improvised shot. Gould, now joined by Thomson (38*), both decided ones and twos and scoring off as many balls as possible was the way to go. Gould ultimately fell run out to a quick single, due to exhaustion and a sharp piece of work from good friend Pat Yates.

After the break, Dan Ward (3-40) and Lloyd Richmond formed another solid opening partnership. Ward removed returning Addam Todd first ball, a steepling catch taken by Bowman.

Runs were at a premium as the score became 29-1 after 10 overs. Town battled hard when Yates (55) joined Harrison (77), and pushed the score on to almost 100-1 at drinks.

Having recovered from earlier endeavours, Gould (2-29) was introduced. He bowled 12 miserly overs, completely locking one end down and breaking the key partnership, having Yates adjudged LBW. At the other end Thomson (2-37) hadn’t started brilliantly.

The wicket brought Downham gun Nick Kelly to the crease, who scored 144 in the reverse fixture. Thomson removed his off stump for 1, and then Paul Harwood for 0 in the same over.

Momentum had swung again, and from that point Harrison was starved of the strike and Town closed up shop for a draw.

MKM MoM: Jack Gould.

CGM MoM: Ian Harrison.