Stow lose top of table clash with Acle

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Stow slumped to a second consecutive Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Alliance loss with a poor performance in the top of the table clash in Division One against Acle, writes Abby Marshall.

Stow captain Keith Thomson won what looked to be a vital toss and chose to bowl on a wet looking wicket. The decision proved justified as opening bowler Moulton (1-31) took the first wicket as Handley hit a full toss and was well caught by Landymore.

Landymore was in the action again as Ward (1-19) had Betts caught again, reducing Acle to 6-2.

Ward found the edge of Wilson’s bat but the chance was missed at slip. This proved to be costly as Wilson batted deep into the innings to make 75.

After Davey removed Press for 12, Wilson was joined by Larner for a crucial 108-run partnership. Stow were below par in the field with too many wides and an inconsistent length.

Thomson brought on Barter to bowl and he got the breakthrough having Larner caught by Moulton for 50.

Acle captain Rowe made a few lusty blows until Barter had him caught behind by Cook for 20.

Débutant Green removed Wilson lbw for 75 and High removed Roberts with a good slower ball. Stow gained the eighth wicket off the last ball as Acle tried to get their final batting point but ended 223-8.

Stow started their chase positively with Bowman continuing his good form.

He struck the ball cleanly and hard. Him and Green put on 29 until Green drove to cover for 5.

This brought Denny to the crease. However he could not repeat his heroics from the previous week and was given out lbw for 1.

Landymore then hit Flatt to mid on and Stow were struggling at 51 for 3. High and Bowman started to rebuild the innings as Acle turned to spin. Bowman continued to bat well however High got a poor umpiring decision, given out lbw with the ball hitting his glove for 16.

Davey struck a massive six early in his innings but then mistimed a drive to cover and Stow were 108-5. The big wicket then came as Bowman was caught for a well made 57.

Barter then fell lbw for 0 and Stow found themselves 114-7.

Captain Thomson started to up the run rate with some powerful shots and good running with Cook who was caught and bowled for 8.

Thomson made his way through to 50; however the final two wickets were taken by Roberts leaving Thomson unbeaten on 56 and Stow all out for 181.

Division Four

Stow 2nds lost their game by three wickets at Sheringham on Saturday.

Scores: Sheringham 108-7 (41.2; Cooke 3-17, Knott 3-13) 20pts. Stow 2nd 106-9 (45; Matthew Blowers 19, Finlay Wilcox 17, Callum Robinson 0, Mike Broad 9, Jamie White 1, Justin Sargeant 0, Otto Esse not out 40, Samuel Morgan 3, Simon Cooke 4, Christopher Manning 0, Kieran Knott not out 2) 4pts.