Todd hat-trick and big 150 stand sees Downham Market win

Downham Cricket 1st team
left to right back Angus Stuart, Pat Yates, Alex Stuart, Addam Todd, Rob King and Joss Stuart
left to right front Alex Vincent, David Paterson, Ashley Corbett, Ian Harrison and  Duncan Lanchester ANL-140622-093446009
Downham Cricket 1st team left to right back Angus Stuart, Pat Yates, Alex Stuart, Addam Todd, Rob King and Joss Stuart left to right front Alex Vincent, David Paterson, Ashley Corbett, Ian Harrison and Duncan Lanchester ANL-140622-093446009
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Downham were victorious at Diss on Saturday but the game had been in doubt after heavy rain for much of the week.

After deliberation between umpires and captains it was decided a 35-over game would start at 3pm.

Downham lost the toss and were stuck in to bat on what looked like a green wicket, however after taking the early wicket of Tansley, the Diss bowlers struggled to control the wet ball and Downham began to pile on the runs.

Pat Yates continued his run of fine form making 103 including 14 boundaries as he and Ian Harrison (41) put on 152 for the second wicket.

The wicket of Yates brought New Zealander, Nick Kelly, to the crease and after a slow start the latter hit five maximums in the 33rd over before finally falling for a brilliant 50. Kelly was ably supported by Addam Todd (42*) as Downham finished on 242 for 4 off their 35 overs.

Diss began the run chase strongly, and Downham knew they would come out playing a lot of shots, reaching 78 in just 12 overs.

Wickets fell regularly however and when Jignesh Chaunan had the overseas pro caught by Todd on the boundary for 36 things started to really turn in Downham’s favour.

There were two wickets apiece for Chaunan, J. Stuart and Kelly but it was Todd who would take the headlines with a hat-trick, in which all three wickets were clean bowled.

Downham couldn’t quite grab the final wicket for maximum points, however a haul of 24 points on a day when sides around them failed to beat the rain, meant Downham are now up to fifth in the league approaching the halfway point.

Downham host Swardeston A at the Memorial Ground tomorrow.

CGM MoM – Pat Yates.