Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier Division
Downham Town 122 all out (5 pts) lost to Old Buckenham 247 for 8 (22) by 125 runs
Champions Downham were convincingly beaten by Old Buckenham at the Memorial Field on Saturday.
Town asked the away team to bat first on a wicket that was always going to be tough to bat on after the week’s rain.
Town did their best to keep the scoreboard moving for the visitors with a few wides and a dropped catch.
Perry and Alexander took the score to 33 before Alexander was caught in the gully by Angus Stuart off Sam Sharp’s bowling.
Aussie Crittenden then joined his skipper and kept the scoreboard moving with some hard hit cover drives.
The score passed the 100 mark in the 25th over as Town’s bowling attack battled away without success.
Pete Barnard trapped Crittenden LBW and Rob King ran out Free to give Town some hope.
Perry was still there and Long (58) then took the attack to Town hitting some big sixes along the way.
Buckenham lost Perry for 80 and a few more wickets in the run chase but Town had to accept that 247 was a true reflection of the way they had bowled on a helpful wicket and also that Old Buck had wickets in the bank in the run chase.
Kelly picked up four more scalps but again Joss Stuart was the pick of the bowlers.
Ian Harrison and Tom Tansley opened the innings for Town after their successes of the previous week.
Harrison missed a straight full toss early on to be given out LBW but over number 10 bowled by Lee swung the game massively in Old Buckenham’s favour as Pat Yates dragged a ball onto his stumps and Kelly was caught behind for a duck to leave Town 37 for 3.
Town never recovered as wickets continued to fall and only the wides bowled by the visitors kept the board moving.
Jason Coe (25) and Peter Barnard (35 not out) gave the score slight respectability but four wickets for Austin and two for Crittenden saw Town bowled out in the 42nd over for 122.
A bad day at the office for Town who will look to improve next weekend in the local derby with Stow.
CGM Group Man of the Match: No-one nominated.